Agile By Rucoline Sandals - Women Agile By Rucoline online Sandals online Rucoline on Canada - 11409510GX 921735

Agile By Rucoline Sandals - Women Agile By Rucoline online Sandals online Rucoline on  Canada - 11409510GX 921735
Camper RUNNER women's Shoes (Trainers) in White, Nike Free Run RN 2017 women's Shoes (Trainers) in GreyEspadrilles Sandals - Women Espadrilles Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11275635JLArmani Jeans Sandals - Women Armani Jeans Sandals online on Canada - 11237503AH,L' Autre Chose Sandals - Women L' Autre Chose Sandals online on Canada - Tommy Hilfiger FW02828403 women's Shoes (Trainers) in multicolour,Adidas By Stella Mccartney Ultra Boost X SneakersElisabetta Franchi Sandals - Women Elisabetta Franchi Sandals online on Australia - 11308371PO, adidas Climacool CM Black men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Pablosky NEDURE boys's Sandals in Blue,United Nude Sandals - Women United Nude Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11432969FC,Meindl Minnesota Pro GTX (Herren)Donna Più Sandals - Women Donna Più Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11331658NLVicini Tapeet Sandals - Women Vicini Tapeet Sandals online on Canada - 11356113DK,Converse Breakpoint Pro Skate Shoes black/white/gum,Mod'8 KANDINSK boys's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Reebok Sport Sublite Speedpak Athl MT women's Shoes (Trainers) in RedBrogini Ladies Como V2 Riding Boots Black,Rieker LYTHAM RIEKER LADIES SANDALS 62850-80 Size: 45, Colour: WHITE,Bugatti - men's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue,L.K. Bennett Alie Dark Pink Suede Sandals,Protector Sicherheits-Stiefel S5 EN 345 gelb | 45Cafènoir Sandals - Women Cafènoir Sandals online on Australia - 11408433XI, Nike Wmns CK Racer women's Running Trainers in multicolour,Susana Traca Sandals - Women Susana Traca Sandals online on Australia - 11356154HMGianni Marra Sandals - Women Gianni Marra Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11399265KLPatrizia Pepe Sandals - Women Patrizia Pepe Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11436460BS,Gabor DEBESTIO women's Court Shoes in GoldXti CRISFOL women's Shoes (Trainers) in Gold,Valentino Garavani Sandals - Women Valentino Garavani Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11306965FP,
January 20, 2012

Agile By Rucoline Sandals - Women Agile By Rucoline online Sandals online Rucoline on Canada - 11409510GX 921735

By: Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press

It’s long been accepted in these parts that the fastest way to the NHL was through the Western Hockey League, but for an education the U.S. college route was best.

The WHL, however, says times change and so have they.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 15 years, I would say. Especially with our scholarship program. The game has changed and you need skill guys and smart guys. Life after hockey is more important to our league than it ever was and the WHL scholarship program gives our guys that safety net if pro hockey doesn’t work out,” said Tyler Boldt, WHL manager of player recruitment, following an information session for prospective players and their parents at Canad Inns Polo Park on Monday night.

Boldt says the WHL is still the strongest development league out there but has more to offer than just great coaching and a pro-type schedule.

“The conversation always used to be, ‘Do you want to be a hockey player or do you want to get an education and a job,'” said Boldt. “We provide our guys with both sides of that as we give them the best way to become a pro hockey player and, if you realize that you may not be able to achieve that goal, we have our full scholarship program to fall back on.”

The WHL has been a leading supplier of NHL talent for over 40 years and since 1993 more WHL players have been selected in the NHL Draft than any league.

In last year’s draft, 33 WHL players were selected with five going in the first round. More than 20 per cent of the NHL’s current players are WHL grads.

“We attract 90 to 95 per cent of all the players we want to play in our league,” said Boldt. “Every year there are few high-profile players that choose to go the U.S. college route but for everyone that leaves there is another excellent player in Western Canada more than happy to take his place.”

Faced with competition from U.S. college programs, the WHL has improved its education policy and this year more than 300 WHL graduates have utilized their WHL scholarship at more than 70 different post-secondary institutions.

Last season, 110 active WHL players registered in post-secondary courses, all paid for by their WHL team.

The scholarship program guarantees each player a full year scholarship for every year played in the WHL which includes tuition, compulsory fees and textbooks.

Players that choose a Canada West University program will receive additional financial assistance which the league says is equivalent to a full ride U.S. college scholarship.

“Most of players are former WHL players and are on the scholarship program combining league and school funds,” said University of Manitoba Bisons coach Mike Sirant. “They get tuition, books and compulsory fees from the WHL and then from us they get the equivalent in cash of tuition and fees. For the kids living at home in Winnipeg it’s a very good position and for kids living away from home it comes very close to covering all their costs.” Twitter: @garylawless