Calgary, AB – Ron Robison, Commissioner of the Western Hockey League announced today that Greg Gardner has been appointed to the position of WHL Manager, Education Services at the WHL Office in Calgary.
In his new capacity, Gardner will be responsible to administer the WHL league-wide Education Program policies and procedures, including monitoring the academic progress of all WHL players through the 22 WHL Member Club Education Advisors. Gardner will also manage the WHL Scholarship Program which awards over 325 scholarships each year to WHL graduate players.
“Greg’s experience as a WHL graduate player that took advantage of his WHL Scholarship makes him ideally-suited to manage the WHL Education Program,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Greg has demonstrated excellence both in hockey and academics. Working together with our highly-committed WHL Club Education Advisors, Greg will ensure our players continue to achieve their academic goals while playing in the WHL.”
Gardner, a WHL graduate, joins the WHL Office after spending the previous two seasons playing for the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles. From 2008-13, Gardner attended the University of Alberta where he utilized his WHL Scholarship and was a key member of the Golden Bears, captaining the team in his final two seasons. The product of Cold Lake, AB received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in sports performance in 2013.
During his time at the University of Alberta, Gardner was named an Academic All-Canadian on three occasions. In the 2012-13 season, Gardner earned the Canada West Universities Athletic Association’s Dr. Randy Gregg Award for outstanding achievement in hockey, academics and community involvement. That same year, Gardner was also awarded the Mark Goodkey Memorial Trophy as the academic All-Canadian Athlete of the Year at the University of Alberta.
Gardner played five seasons with the Prince George Cougars from 2003-2008 where he amassed 119 points (54g-65a) in 338 games played before suiting up in five games for the AHL’s Portland Pirates. Gardner holds the Cougars’ franchise record for games played, captained the Club in his final season and was named the Club’s Scholastic Player of the Year for 2003-04.