Danyluk: Grad of the month

Wednesday, April 14, 1999

The Canada West University Athletic Association (CWUAA) and the Western Hockey League (WHL) are pleased to announce that forward CAM DANYLUK of the University of Alberta Golden Bears has been named the CWUAA - WHL Graduate of the Month for March, 1999.

DANYLUK, a 26-year-old student in the Faculty of Business, becomes the fifth and final winner of the award in 1998-99, joining Jeff Helperl of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (October), Russ Hewson of the University of Alberta Golden Bears (November), Scott Laluk of the University of Manitoba Bisons (January) and Eric Schneider of the University of Calgary Dinosaurs (February).

Celebrating its tenth season, the CWUAA - WHL Graduate of the Month Award is presented monthly to a graduate of the WHL who is now playing on one of the eight teams in the Canada West University Athletic Association. Each monthly winner, between October and March, receives a cheque for $500.00 from the WHL to go towards the cost of his education.

Canadian intercollegiate hockey is a quality option for players who wish to combine both hockey and education. The eight schools in Canada West have 80 WHL grads on their current rosters. Canadian intercollegiate hockey in general, and Canada West hockey in particular, has allowed these players to further their hockey careers as well as their education at some of Canada's finest academic institutions.

DANYLUK, a 6'4", 220 pound senior from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, scored 10 points in seven games during March and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1999 CIAU University Cup tournament as he led Alberta to its ninth national championship.

At the University Cup tournament, DANYLUK finished second in scoring with six points, including a tournament leading five goals. Three of the goals came in the championship final as DANYLUK's hat trick led Alberta to a 6-2 victory over the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus.

In the three tournament games DANYLUK combined with his linemates - Mike Thompson and Russ Hewson - to score a total of 20 points as he and Hewson had six and Thompson had a tournament-high eight.

The University Cup is the second major championship of DANYLUK's career as he was a member of the Spokane Chief's 1991 Memorial Cup championship team. The Chiefs are one of four teams the Alberta left winger played for during four seasons in the WHL as he also skated for the Portland Winter Hawks, Medicine Hat Tigers and Brandon Wheat Kings.

DANYLUK finished his final season of collegiate hockey as Alberta's third leading scorer with 50 points in 39 games, scoring 22 goals and 28 assists. The Golden Bears' assistant captain also finished third on the team in Canada West scoring with 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points and was eighth in the conference scoring race. DANYLUK finished his three-year career with the Golden Bears with totals of 60 goals and 73 assists for 133 points in 119 games.

A two-time CIAU Academic All-Canadian, DANYLUK was the winner of the 1998-99 Randy Gregg Award as Canada West's outstanding student-athlete. It is the second consecutive season that he has won the award. Ranked in the 97th percentile of all University of Alberta students, he has been accepted into Alberta's Faculty of Law for 1999-2000.