Ethan Peters named WHL Scholastic Player of the Year

Edmonton, AB – The Western Hockey League named Edmonton Oil Kings defenceman Ethan Peters as it’s 2020-21 recipient of the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy as the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year presented by CIBC today.

Committed to recognizing academic excellence, the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy for WHL Scholastic Player of the Year is presented annually to the WHL player who has excelled both in the classroom and on the ice during the WHL Regular Season.

“It’s a really special achievement and a really exciting day for me and my family,” said Peters on winning the award. “A lot of great people have won it over the years, so to join that company I’m pretty honored.

“I’m really blessed to have received it this year and it’s largely a testament to the fantastic people I’ve been working with over the last couple of years. Being in Edmonton this last year has really helped me grow as a person and a hockey player. They hold us to a high standard and having Sharon Sereda, our Education Advisor, she’s been unbelievable helping me out along the way.”

Peters, a Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan product, is coming off his first season in the WHL after being signed by the team in January to a Standard Player Agreement after being listed by the team following their 2018 training camp.

During his rookie season, the 6-foot-2, 165-pound defenceman played in all 23 games for the Oil Kings registering five points (1G, 4A) and led all Oil Kings rookies in ice-time after quickly establishing himself as a top-four defenceman on the roster.

“I was really fortunate to be on a great team, with great coaches and a lot of veteran guys that helped out us younger players,” said Peters. “We really had a tight-knit group that made my transition to the league easier and obviously we had a pretty successful year to be proud of.”

“Ethan’s tremendous academic habits have proven to translate directly to his on-ice performance, as we as a staff see tremendous potential for Ethan moving forward,” added Oil Kings assistant coach Luke Pierce. “Ethan led all first-year players in time on ice. His immediate impact in such a competitive environment can be strongly attributed to his capacity for learning and his desire to grow as a player and person.”

Following the season, Peters’ on-ice contributions were recognized by NHL Central Scouting as they ranked him 198th amongst North American skaters ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft, slated for next month.

“To be ranked on the Central Scouting list is an incredible honor,” added Peters. “It was a really exciting day and I was really humbled to be included and being with a first-class organization has helped out a lot.”

While Peters exceeded on the ice, off the ice he saw even more success. During the season, he studied independently under the guidance of Oil Kings Education Advisor Sharon Sereda in the team’s study hall situated in Ford Hall at Rogers Place while being enrolled at Moose Jaw’s Vanier Collegiate and Regina Catholic Learning Online Program. In his Grade 12 year, he has achieved a core average of 94.67%, highlighted by a 98% grade in Math 30 Pre-Calculus and 97% grade in English 30 B.

“It’s something that has been instilled in me from my family,” said Peters on his academic achievements. “It’s something I’ve always prioritized over the years and something I’ve worked for.”

“It is truly remarkable for a student to achieve such high grades this year with no in-class instruction,” said Sereda. “The discipline and motivation he has exhibited is outstanding.”

Peters is the first Oil Kings player to win the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy.

One of Canada’s leading hockey philanthropists, the trophy is named in memory of Mr. Doc Seaman, who played a vital role in establishing the WHL’s Education Program. The program ensures players in the WHL can develop their skills on the ice at the highest level without compromising their academic goals. Since 1993, the WHL Scholarship program has awarded over 6,700 scholarships to graduate players, representing an investment in excess of $31 million by WHL Club Ownership. This season, WHL Clubs will contribute in excess of $2.6 million to 373 WHL graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.

First awarded for the 1983-84 WHL season, the Scholastic Player of the Year Trophy was named in honour of Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman in 1996.

Winners of the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy / WHL Scholastic Player of the Year (since 2001)
2020-21 – Ethan Peters, Edmonton Oil Kings
2019-20 – Dylan Garand, Kamloops Blazers
2018-19 – Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips *
2017-18 – Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs
2016-17 – Brian King, Everett Silvertips
2015-16 – Tanner Kaspick, Brandon Wheat Kings
2014-15 – Nick McBride, Prince Albert Raiders
2013-14 – Nelson Nogier, Saskatoon Blades
2012-13 – Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert Raiders *
2011-12 – Reid Gow, Spokane Chiefs
2010-11 – Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
2009-10 – Adam Lowry, Swift Current Broncos
2008-09 – Stefan Elliott, Saskatoon Blades
2007-08 – Jordan Eberle, Regina Pats
2006-07 – Keith Aulie, Brandon Wheat Kings
2005-06 – Brennan Wray, Moose Jaw Warriors
2004-05 – Gilbert Brule, Vancouver Giants *
2003-04 – Devan Dubnyk, Kamloops Blazers *
2002-03 – Brett Dickie, Brandon Wheat Kings
2001-02 – Tyler Metcalfe, Seattle Thunderbirds
2000-01 – Dan Hulak, Portland Winter Hawks *

* Denotes CHL Scholastic Player of the Year recipient

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