Wouters named Eastern Conference Scholastic Player of the Year
Saskatoon, SK – The Western Hockey League announced today that Chase Wouters has been named the Eastern Conference Scholastic Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season. The honour also comes with a nomination for the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year. Fellow 18-year-old Lloydminster product, Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs, was nominated from the Western Conference.
The Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy will be presented at the 2018 WHL Awards on Wednesday, May 2, in Red Deer, Alta. 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.
In his second full season in the WHL, Wouters played in all 72 games, recording 51 points (18G-33A), setting career highs in goals, assists, and points. The 18-year-old forward has also scored top marks in the classroom, attaining honours student status throughout all three years of high school, maintaining an 89% average in Grade 10, a 90% average in Grade 11, and an 89% average in Grade 12.
A natural leader and alternate captain for the Blades, Wouters excelled in core courses, posting a 94% grade in Math Foundations 20, a 92% in Math Pre-Calc 30, a 90% in Chemistry 30, an 87% in History 30: Canadian Studies, and an 83% in English Language Arts A30.
Wouters has also been recognized as the Top Academic Player, Hardest Worker, and Defensive Forward of the Year by the Blades during the 2017-18 season. This year marks the second straight season Wouters has been recognized as the Blades Hardest Working Player. The 6-foot-0, 177-pound forward is currently ranked 103rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings ahead of the 2018 NHL Draft. He was also recently named to Hockey Canada’s training camp roster for the 2018 IIHF U-18 World Championship.
“In addition to his strong performance on the ice and his excellent performance in the classroom, Chase is truly an amazing young man in the way he shows respect to all who come in contact with him,” Blades’ Education Advisor Kim Hebert said. “He is mature beyond his years and will have a very bright future ahead of him regardless of the direction he chooses.”
Wouters was originally selected by the Blades in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He departed for Russia on Tuesday along with teammates Nolan Maier and Kirby Dach to prepare with Canada’s U18 National Team ahead of the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championships beginning on April 19th.