McBride Named WHL’s Top Scholastic Player

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Calgary, AB – The Prince Albert Raiders are proud to announce that goaltender Nick McBride has been named the 2015 Western Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year and the winner of the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy this afternoon at the WHL Awards in Calgary.

A grade 12 student from Maple Ridge, BC, McBride put together an outstanding year in the classroom while also backstopping the Raiders in net. McBride achieved an average of 96% while completing difficult classes – Chemistry 30, English Language Arts 30, Physics 30, and Pre-Calculus 30 with 99%. He also attained a 95% average during his Grade 11 year.

“Nick is a very worthy recipient of the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy. He is an outstanding Grade 12 student who has excelled in his academic studies this year,” said Raiders Education Advisor Geraldine Arpin. “He has consistently demonstrated a commitment to his education, and in doing so, he is an excellent example that it is possible to simultaneously excel in both sport and school.”

McBride becomes the fourth Raider to win the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy, joining Ken Baumgartner (1983-84), Jeff Nelson (1988-89, 1989-90), and Josh Morrissey (2012-13). The Raiders have seen a member of their team win the award five times, tying the Brandon Wheat Kings for the most all-time.

On the ice this season, McBride played a career-high 37 games, posting a 13-18-1 record with two shutouts. The 18-year-old puck stopper ended his second year in the WHL with a 3.41 goals-against average and a 0.895 save percentage. In January, McBride competed in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where he made 11 saves as part of a 6-0 shutout by Team Orr over Team Cherry.

NHL Central Scouting ranked McBride seventh among North American goaltenders in their final rankings for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in June.

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