Nine West Women's Melliah Fabric Dress Pump,PHILLIP LIM clear PVC silver studded ankle strap chunky heel EU37.5 US7.5Aquatalia Pheobe Kitten Heel Pumps, Antracite, 6 US,Donald J Pliner Shoes Size 8.5 M Womens New Runa Black Strappy Heels NWOBROCHAS light blue suede sandal w/black woven bottom size 39 US 9Femme chaussures bottines cuir model BEN BOOT Eu 33 au 44,JIMMY CHOO~ANIMAL PRINT~PATENT LEATHER~POINTED TOES~LOW HEELS~PUMPS SHOES~40Tory Burch "Widdianne" Brown Woven Leather Platform Clogs Women's Size 9 M.Arche Women's Over Foot Strap Tan Shoe Sz 37.5$995 Nicholas Kirkwood Blue Glitter Platform Heel 7.5 37.5 Suede Leather Shoes,NIB Tory Burch Louisa Logo Leather Wedge Shoes ROYAL TAN 10.5 MMan's/Woman's Jimmy Choo Glossy Elaphe NUDE Adequate supply and timely delivery New in stock Official website,Imagine Vince Camuto Women's Lilo Wedge Sandal - Choose SZ/Color,K. Jacques for J.Crew Picon T-Strap Calf Hair 39 8.5-9 $325 Sandals Shoes,NIB Tory Burch Patent Tortoise Shell Gigi Pumps$1299 Dsquared Shoes Black Leather Size US 6 IT 36 Save 8377,BURBERRY REAL PYTHON BLACK SNAKESKIN ANKLE STRAP WEDGE PUMPS SIZE 37 USA 7Adrianna Papell Women's Gamma Platform Dress Sandal Navy 8 M USStuart Weitzman Womens Nearly Nude Sandal Block Heel Adjustable Strap Sz 5.5,NEW Free People x Jeffrey Campbell Cyndi Suede Block Heels Size 6 RustPaul Green Mini Wedges Patent Leather Suede Brown Women Sz 4,~NEW~ Rachel Comey Mars Silver Heeled Mules sz 7,Womens PRADA Black Patent Leather Logo Bow Heels Shoes Size 38.5Jimmy Choo Praise Patent Slingback Peep-Toe Cork Wedge Sandal, 37.5,Sergio rossi Shoes 448822 Black 36,Men's/Women's Brian Atwood Gold Size 8M Sandal Promotion a wide range of products Different goods,Escarpins Peep Toes STUART WEITZMAN Cuir Noir et Toile Beige T 39 TRES BON ETAT,Vince Women's Ada Ankle Strap Leather Pump Taupe 2913 Sz 8.5 M $395,Miu Miu Blue L7 R8 Suede Crystal Heel Slide Sandal Shoe NEW $3250 MISMATCH$660 New Bottega Veneta Patent Leather Pump w/Woven Detail Sand 322715 9753,
January 20, 2012


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.”

gary.lawless@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @garylawless