EVERETT, Wash. – Brian King, a two-year center for the Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), officially announced his retirement from the game today, in order to pursue a world-class academic opportunity studying Mechanical Engineering and German at the University of Alabama.
King, 18, will attend classes at the University of Alabama starting this fall, enrolling in a double major in Mechanical Engineering and German. While attending the University of Alabama, he will receive two years of WHL Scholarship benefits, which include tuition, fees and textbooks for each season played in the WHL.
A native of Golden, Colo., King was named recipient of this past season’s Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy as Western Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year at the WHL Awards ceremony in Calgary. A two-year center with the Silvertips, King skated in 122 games with 27 points and a plus-6 rating. He is the second player in WHL history to earn valedictorian honors after receiving his high school diploma at Everett High School.
King’s announcement: “It’s time to say thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my time in the Silvertips organization, as the moment is right to pursue new avenues in life. My coaches, teammates, support staff, billets, fans, friends, family, and the generosity of the WHL through its Scholarship Program helped bring an exciting and new opportunity to life. When you play in Everett, everyone makes you feel right at home. It is extremely tough to say goodbye, but we must make difficult decisions in life. As my education has always been a priority, I am thankful for the team’s help with my academics and support of my new path in college. As this is a place where I take a lot with me for the rest of my life, Everett will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson said: “Brian King is an amazing testimony of the WHL and the Silvertips, both on and off the ice. He has built a fine hockey career through a top notch work ethic, and his achievements in the classroom have opened doors for an extremely promising future. As we bid farewell to a dedicated player, we salute the decision of an excellent human being who is pursuing a new path in life. Brian will always be a part of our family.”
The 6-foot, 181-pound center was named the Silvertips “Unsung Hero” last season and earned 17 points and a +2 rating in 62 games. He added a goal and an assist in ten playoff games after the Silvertips captured their fifth U.S. Division title in franchise history.
ABOUT THE WHL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Administered by the WHL Office, WHL Scholarships are solely funded by the member Clubs of the WHL. In 2016-17, WHL Clubs contributed over $2.4 million to graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship. 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, and the student-athlete can apply the funding to any post-secondary or career-enhancing program of his choice, including trade schools and professional career training programs.