It can be a difficult task to balance hitting the books with work in the rink, but Prince Albert Raiders forward Adam Kadlec is being recognized for just that.
Kadlec, the 17-year-old who hails from Chicago, was named the WHL Eastern Conference Scholastic Player of the Year. He’s up for the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year as well, going head-to-head with Brian King of the Everett Silvertips.
Kadlec posted a 96 per cent average in his first Grade 12 semester this year despite a trade from Prince George to Prince Albert, and currently has a 96 per cent again as he finished up his second semester.
“Adam’s maturity and ability to make wise and prudent decisions towards his school work make him an exemplary leader for those around him,” Raiders Education Advisor Geraldine Arpin said in a WHL-issued statement. “He has successfully demonstrated strong leadership qualities by setting positive examples for his fellow teammates while maintaining a clear sense of purpose.”
On the ice, Kadlec scored five goals and 14 points in 54 games. He also potted his first WHL career goal with the Raiders on Oct. 23, 2016 against the Calgary Hitmen.
Adam Kadlec scores his WHL career goal to put the Raiders up 1-0 in Calgary. A great wrister as well to evade Porter pic.twitter.com/i1wYrpdYu2
— Jeff D'Andrea (@Jeff_paNOW) October 23, 2016
He also got into his first fight as well, tangling with Davis Murray of the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Now that I'm caught up with the goals, here's that insane Adam Kadlec, Davis Murray fight from earlier in the frame pic.twitter.com/E9VYHCsBhh
— Jeff D'Andrea (@Jeff_paNOW) January 22, 2017
The Raiders have won the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year five times since 1983-1984.
Nick McBride won it in 2015, while Josh Morrissey won the WHL and CHL awards in 2013.
Jeff Nelson was back-to-back winners of both the WHL and CHL Scholastic awards in 1989 and 1990. Ken Baumgartner was the first ever winner of the award in 1984.
Jeff D'Andrea is paNOW's sports reporter. He can be reached at [email protected] or tweet him @jeff_paNOW.
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