The Western Hockey League announced today the Academic Spotlight for December, featuring the Central Division. Student athletes recognized this month for their academic achievements include forward Adam Kydd of the Calgary Hitmen, forward Jake Neighbours of the Edmonton Oil Kings, forward Noah Boyko of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, defenceman Dru Krebs of the Medicine Hat Tigers, forward Dallon Melin of the Red Deer Rebels, and defenceman Hendrik De Klerk of the Swift Current Broncos.
Jake Neighbours, Edmonton Oil Kings: A 17-year-old product of Airdrie, Alta., Jake is committed to his educational goals at Salisbury Composite High School. Enrolled in Math, Social Studies, and Leadership courses, Neighbours is furthering his academic pursuits while also succeeding on the ice.
“While playing a leading role on the ice, Jake is still committed to his academic pursuits,” said Oil Kings Academic Advisor Sharon Sereda. “He is setting a strong educational example for other players with the Oil Kings.”
With the league-leading Oil Kings, Neighbours ranks second in team scoring with 46 points (15G-31A) through 44 games this season, also tying him for 17th in league scoring. Neighbours has also garnered considerable interest for the 2020 NHL Draft and was recently ranked 30th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting on their midterm rankings.
During the months of November through February, each of the WHL’s 22 member Clubs will name a student-athlete that has achieved significant academic results as selected by the Club. Each month, one WHL Division will have their players celebrated in the Academic Spotlight:
Academic Spotlight Schedule
November – East Division
December – Central Division
January – U.S. Division
February – B.C. Division
For full details on each academic achiever for the month of December, click here.