EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), five-time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, announced in conjunction with the WHL that center Brian King has been named Western Conference Scholastic Player of the Year. King is a finalist along with Adam Kadlec of Prince Albert for the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year.
The award will be presented at the 2017 WHL Awards Show, Wednesday, May 3 in Calgary. 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.
“Brian’s dedication to his education is strong and he has made his course work a priority,” said Darren Parsons, Silvertips Education Advisor. “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.”
In 1996, the Scholastic Player of the Year Trophy was named in honor 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.
King, 18, earned the Silvertips “Unsung Hero” award and totaled career highs in points (17) and games played (62) in his second season with the Silvertips, en route to helping guide the club to their fifth U.S. Division title. The Golden, Colo. native played in all ten playoff games and balanced his academic goals with the WHL schedule this year, posting a 4.0 GPA while handling core AP English, Calculus and Physics courses.
He enrolled in College in the High School courses and multiple other honors 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.
The 6-foot, 180-pound center was selected by the Silvertips in the fourth round (82nd overall) of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.