Nogier Scores Top Grades From WHL

Saskatoon Blades defenceman Nelson Nogier is taking home some major hardware from the WHL’s 2013-14 Awards in Calgary. 

While hockey players are used to being recognized for their achievements on the ice, Nogier had a season to remember off the ice.  The Blades alternate captain has taken home the WHL’s Top Scholastic Player Award, the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy.

“It’s absolutely an honour to even be considered for this kind of award,” said Nogier.  “Finding the balance between hockey and school can be a real challenge for players across the league and it’s something I’ve really taken pride in since I was a young.”

Academically, Nelson had an exceptional season and was rightfully considered for this award.  He posted an average of 96% during his first semester of grade 12 this year while taking four core courses.  He’s currently continuing to excel while being enrolled in classes such as Calculus 30, Physics 30 and English B 30.  He’s expected to graduate high school with Great Distinction this spring and has already completed his application to the University of Saskatchewan for next season.

The award comes as a great achievement for Nogier, just due to the tough circumstances he faced on the ice this season.  In December the 17 year old blueliner injured his shoulder, was forced to have surgery and subsequently missed the second half of the year.  Despite the obstacles and disappointing circumstances, Nogier didn’t let his grades slip due to his hard working mindset and attitude. 

“I really have to give lots of credit for this award to a few people, including my parents.  They’ve always pushed me to do my best and taught me that school needs to be a top priority.  I also have to thank the Blades education advisor Kim Hebert.  There’s not always a lot of spare time for a hockey player so having her there to guide me through things was always a big help and greatly appreciated.”

Receiving hardware has been a pretty regular thing for Nogier so far in his WHL career.  This season he was named as the Blades Top Scholastic Player for the second straight year, while also earning Top Defenceman honours.  Last year he was also named Top Rookie to go along with his Top Scholastic award.

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