The Western Hockey League announced today that 83 WHL Alumni will compete for U SPORTS supremacy at the 2019 Cavendish Farms University Cup in Lethbridge, Alta., scheduled for March 14 to 17.

The WHL is represented with graduate players on all eight rosters of competing teams at the annual tournament, including 26 with the Canada West (CW) champion University of Alberta Golden Bears, 23 with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and 17 with the host University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

All tournament games, including the bronze medal game, will be streamed on USPORTS.LIVE. Semifinal action on Saturday, March 16 will be broadcast on Sportsnet 360 (1 p.m MT & 6 p.m. MT). The tournament closes on Sunday, March 17 with the gold medal final broadcast live on Sportsnet 360 at 6 p.m. MT.

The University Cup serves as the U SPORTS national championship for men’s university hockey in Canada. It was first presented in 1885. Having won the national title in 2018, the Alberta Golden Bears have earned Canadian University supremacy 16 times.

This year, a record 405 WHL graduates are accessing their WHL Scholarship, including 199 competing at the U SPORTS level. Established on a league-wide basis in 1993-94, over 6,000 WHL Scholarships have been accessed by WHL graduates, representing an investment of over $25 million by WHL Clubs. This season, WHL Clubs will contribute in excess of $2.6 million to the 405 WHL graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.

Administered by the WHL Office, WHL Scholarships are solely funded by the WHL member Clubs. Every player who plays in the WHL is eligible to receive the WHL Scholarship. For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a guaranteed, full-year WHL Scholarship including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of their choice. The WHL Scholarship is a fully-guaranteed academic scholarship with no requirement to play university hockey to qualify. The WHL graduate can apply the funding to any post-secondary or career-enhancing program of his choice, including trades schools or professional career training programs.

CLICK HERE for a detailed list of all WHL Scholarship recipients for the 2018-19 academic season.

(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Brendan BurkeGoaltenderScottsdale, Ari.Calgary Hitmen
Kenny CameronGoaltenderCalgary, Alta.Medicine Hat Tigers
Zach SawchenkoGoaltenderCalgary, Alta.Moose Jaw Warriors
Ben CarrollDefenceSherwood Park, Alta.Edmonton Oil Kings
Nick CharifDefenceEdmonton, Alta.Spokane Chiefs
Graeme CraigDefenceRed Deer, Alta.Prince Albert Raiders
Jason FramDefenceDelta, B.C.Spokane Chiefs
Clayton KirichenkoDefenceSherwood Park, Alta.Medicine Hat Tigers
Sawyer LangeDefencePrince Albert, Sask.Prince Albert Raiders
Ryan RehillDefenceEdmonton, Alta.Kamloops Blazers
Wil TomchukDefenceFort McMurray, Alta.Prince George Cougars
Tyson BaillieForwardEdmonton, Alta.Kelowna Rockets
Taylor CooperForwardSherwood Park, Alta.Regina Pats
Trevor CoxForwardSurrey, B.C.Vancouver Giants
Jayden HartForwardSpruce Grove, Alta.Prince Albert Raiders
Riley KieserForwardEdmonton, Alta.Edmonton Oil Kings
Stephane LegaultForwardEdmonton, Alta.Edmonton Oil Kings
Cole LinakerForwardEdmonton, Alta.Kelowna Rockets
Brandon MageeForwardEdmonton, Alta.Victoria Royals
Curtis MiskeForwardBeaumont, Alta.Prince Albert Raiders
Lucas NicklesForwardSalmon Arm, B.C.Tri-City Americans
Steven OwreForwardEdmonton, Alta.Medicine Hat Tigers
Grayson PawlenchukForwardEdmonton, Alta.Red Deer Rebels
Luke PhilpForwardCanmore, Alta.Red Deer Rebels
Cole SanfordForwardColdstream, B.C.Regina Pats
Tyler SoyForwardCloverdale, B.C.Victoria Royals

(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Taz BurmanGoaltenderVancouver, B.C.Swift Current Broncos
Jonny HogueGoaltenderLethbridge, Alta.Lethbridge Hurricanes
Garret HughsonGoaltenderMedicine Hat, Alta.Spokane Chiefs
Clint FilbrandtDefenceCalgary, Alta.Kootenay ICE
Spenser JensenDefenceAirdrie, Alta.Moose Jaw Warriors
Blake OrbanDefenceCalgary, Alta.Edmonton Oil Kings
Jeff RaymanDefenceFernie, B.C.Vancouver Giants
Dallas ValentineDefenceRed Deer, Alta.Kamloops Blazers
Evan WardleyDefenceCalgary, Alta.Seattle Thunderbirds
Ryan ChynowethForwardLethbridge, Alta.Kootenay ICE
Brooks MaxwellForwardCalgary, Alta.Red Deer Rebels
Russell MaxwellForwardMagrath, Alta.Seattle Thunderbirds
Sam McKechnieForwardAirdrie, Alta.Saskatoon Blades
Jordan RoyForwardKimberley, B.C.Red Deer Rebels
Connor SanvidoForwardMaple Ridge, B.C.Saskatoon Blades
Dalton SwardForwardAbbotsford, B.C.Vancouver Giants
Torrin WhiteForwardBalzac, Alta.Moose Jaw Warriors

(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Travis ChildGoaltenderKillam, Alta.Edmonton Oil Kings
Taran KozunGoaltenderNipawin, Sask.Seattle Thunderbirds
Gordie BallhornDefenceWetaskiwin, Alta.Kelowna Rockets
Shane CollinsDefenceRosetown, Sask.Prince George Cougars
Evan FialaDefenceClavet, Sask.Saskatoon Blades
Jesse ForsbergDefenceWalheim, Sask.Moose Jaw Warriors
Colby HarmsworthDefenceSaskatoon, Sask.Calgary Hitmen
Tanner LishchynskyDefenceSaskatoon, Sask.Kootenay ICE
Sam RuoppDefenceRegina, Sask.Prince George Cougars
Kohl BaumlForwardSaskatoon, Sask.Everett Silvertips
Levi CableForwardHudson Bay, Sask.Kootenay ICE
Carter FolkForwardRegina, Sask.Victoria Royals
Alex ForsbergForwardWaldheim, Sask.Victoria Royals
Connor GayForwardSaskatoon, Sask.Saskatoon Blades
Andrew JohnsonForwardSaskatoon, Sask.Swift Current Broncos
Wyatt JohnsonForwardSaskatoon, Sask.Spokane Chiefs
Logan McVeighForwardKenaston, Sask.Kamloops Blazers
Donovan NeulsForwardGrenfell, Sask.Seattle Thunderbirds
Collin ShirleyForwardSaskatoon, Sask.Kamloops Blazers
Michael SofillasForwardMorden, Man.Lethbridge Hurricanes
Carson StadnykForwardSaskatoon, Sask.Everett Silvertips
Jordan TkatchForwardPrudhomme, Sask.Prince Albert Raiders
Jaimen YakubowskiForwardDalmeny, Sask.Moose Jaw Warriors

(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Darian SkeochDefenceNew Liskeard, Ont.Vancouver Giants
Matthew SozanskiDefenceCalgary, Alta.Moose Jaw Warriors
Aaron BoydForwardWinnipeg, Man.Prince George Cougars
Rykr ColeForwardMoosomin, Sask.Spokane Chiefs
Brogan O’BrienForwardPrince George, B.C.Prince George Cougars
Dakota OdgersForwardSpy Hill, Sask.Moose Jaw Warriors

(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Seth SwensonForwardParker, Colo.Lethbridge Hurricanes

(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Luke Lee-KnightGoaltenderCalgary, Alta.Tri-City Americans
Rylan ParenteauGoaltenderSaskatoon, Sask.Tri-City Americans
Joe GatenbyDefenceKelowna, B.C.Kamloops Blazers
Mark RassellForwardCalgary, Alta.Medicine Hat Tigers

(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Luke BertolucciForwardMontrose, B.C.Edmonton Oil Kings
Jared BethuneForwardFort Frances, Ont.Prince George Cougars
Duncan CampbellForwardBrandon, Man.Brandon Wheat Kings

(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Cole MacDonaldDefenceWetaskiwin, Alta.Everett Silvertips
Mitchell WheatonDefenceSherwood Park, Alta.Brandon Wheat Kings
Matthew NeedhamForwardKamloops, B.C.Kamloops Blazers