2019-20 Scholastic Player of the Year – Brendan Williamson
The Seattle Thunderbirds and the Western Hockey League place an important emphasis on academics.
T-Birds players are more than just hockey players; they are students as well.
Rookie left wing Brendan Williamson has proven he is equally adept at doing both as he balanced a busy hockey schedule while excelling in the classroom.
“Brendan showed his impressive intelligence and work ethic in his rookie season with the Thunderbirds. It can be difficult for students to transfer to a new school in a new country but Brendan handled it with ease. He excelled in 12th Grade Chemistry despite the tough schedule and demands of life in the Western Hockey League,” said T-Birds Skill Development and Video Coach Jared Crooks.
Williamson was highlighted by the WHL in their Academic Spotlight for January for his work in the classroom.
“He was never afraid to ask clarifying questions when working on assignments and always got his work done in spite of a demanding travel schedule for the Thunderbirds,” said Jamie Eager, Academic Advisor for the Thunderbirds in the Academic Spotlight story. “We are all impressed with his time management skills and work ethic.”
Every player in the WHL is guaranteed a WHL Scholarship for every year he plays in the WHL. A player is able to attend any career enhancing institution of his choice, including universities, colleges, technical institutes, trade schools, or any other institution which will help the player achieve his academic and career goals.
For each season played in the WHL, a player receives a one-year post-secondary scholarship, which includes: Tuition, Compulsory Fees and Required Textbooks.
The WHL provides the top young hockey talent in western Canada and the United States with the opportunity to develop their skills on the ice at the highest possible level, without compromising their academic goals. The WHL is committed to recognizing academic excellence.