Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Adam Kadlec (Prince Albert Raiders/Edina, Minn.) has been named the Eastern Conference Scholastic Player of the Year and Brian King (Everett Silvertips/Golden, Col.) has been named the Western Conference Scholastic Player of the Year. Each has also been nominated for the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year.

The Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy will be presented at the 2017 WHL Awards on Wednesday, May 3, in Calgary, Alta. It is awarded annually to the WHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year and recognizes a player who has demonstrated academic excellence while competing in the WHL.

In 1996, the Scholastic Player of the Year Trophy was named in honour of Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman, a pioneer in promoting higher education and hockey as well as a leading supporter of the WHL’s education and scholarship programs.

Eastern Conference – Adam Kadlec (Prince Albert Raiders)

In his first full WHL season, Kadlec registered 14 points (5g-9a) in 60 games played. After making the transition from Prince George to Prince Albert earlier this year, the Edina, Minnesota product excelled in the classroom. Kadlec posted a 96% average while taking six core classes in his first semester of Grade 12 this year – Chemistry B, Statistics A, English A, Art History A, Spanish IIA and Introduction to Communication. Currently, Kadlec is enrolled in Art History B, Earth Science B, English B, Spanish IIB, Statistics B and Sports Management and is carrying a 96% average once again including 100% in Earth Science.

“Adam’s maturity and ability to make wise and prudent decisions towards his school work make him an exemplary leader for those around him,” commented Raiders Education Advisor Geraldine Arpin. “He has successfully demonstrated strong leadership qualities by setting positive examples for his fellow teammates while maintaining a clear sense of purpose.”

Kadlec was selected by the Prince George Cougars in the 10th round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

Western Conference – Brian King (Everett Silvertips)

A product of Golden, Colorado, 2016-17 marked King’s second full season with the Silvertips. In 62 regular season games this year, King notched 17 points (4g-13a) for Everett. King excelled at balancing his academic goals with the WHL schedule this year, posting a 4.0 GPA while taking difficult core AP courses such as English, Calculus and Physics. King also enrolled in College in the High School courses and multiple other honours classes while maintaining his GPA. Ranked first in his class at Everett High School, King qualified for membership in National Honor Society this year and posted a score of 1490/1600 on the new SAT. King is a leading candidate to become the valedictorian of Everett High School and also routinely spends time providing tutoring to his teammates.

“Brian’s dedication to his education is strong and he has made his course work a priority,” commented Silvertips Education Advisor Darren Parsons. “ He has done an amazing job meeting his course work deadlines and his submissions of assignments are always on time or ahead of schedule. Brian has done an excellent job combining his high academic standards to the rigors of playing in the Western Hockey League, which is not easy to do.”

King was selected by the Silvertips in the fourth round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.