WHL - Brian King, Receives Presidential Scholar Award

Everett, WA - August 15, 2017

by Taylor Rocca

When Brian King was drafted by the Everett Silvertips in May 2014, he wasn’t exactly sure what that meant or where that road was going to take him. Punch the throttle and cruise ahead three years, the 18-year-old product of Golden, Colo., is about to hit the Autobahn as his life shifts into a completely new gear.

Monday afternoon, the Silvertips announced the retirement of the 2017 WHL Scholastic Player of the Year after he accepted a prestigious Presidential Scholar’s award from the University of Alabama, opting to pursue a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and German, complete with an international exchange to Esslingen University of Applied Sciences in Germany and an internship with renowned automaker Mercedes Benz.

King’s exciting academic endeavours will be supported by benefits of the WHL Scholarship, which he earned over the course of two seasons with the Silvertips organization.

“Some people think going in… they don’t imagine education with hockey,” King said. “At the same time, the [Western Hockey] League really puts a lot of emphasis into education and the players take it serious as well. That’s great to see and it really helped me achieve what I’ve been able to accomplish so far.

“[Everett] is a great place to play, it’s a great place to be. All the fans are very supportive, even with what I’m doing now… The past three years I’ve been there, the fans have been amazing, the community has been amazing to us and the organization has really helped me put this all together. I couldn’t have done it without [the Silvertips] as well as the WHL Scholarship program, which has helped me as well.”

 

Having just graduated from Everett High School, earning valedictorian honours – only the second player in WHL history to do so – with a 4.0 grade-point average and 1,490 score on his SATs, it isn’t that long ago King was trying to figure out exactly what track he should be laying rubber on.

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