CALGARY -- Spokane Chiefs defenseman Reid Gow was named the winner of the WHL's Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy for the Scholastic Player of the Year on Wednesday.
"This is a great honor for me and my family," Gow said. "To win this honor with the amount of hard working and bright players we have in the WHL is special.
"My parents provide me with support and expect me to give my best. They have always stressed that school is important. (Spokane Chiefs Education Advisor) Joe Everson gave me the resources that allowed me to be successful in the school room. He did a lot to help me with this award."
Brenden Kichton, the top scoring defenseman in the WHL with 74 points, including 57 assists, was named as the runner-up for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the league's top defenseman. Alex Petrovic, a 20-year-old from the Red Deer Rebels earned the honor.
Gow, a two-year veteran, earned a cumulative 95% in his core classes; College Prep English, Advanced Placement Statistics and Sports Marketing. Gow is also taking college level psychology on-line through Athabasca University. The defenseman from Killarney, Manitoba scored 22 points, including 20 assists, in 54 games. He had 14 points on the power play. The Eastern Conference's nominee was Calgary's Jimmy Bubnick.
Gow becomes the second Chief all-time to win the award joining Kyle Rossiter, who went on to win the Canadian Hockey League's Scholastic Player of the Year, in 1998.