By Neil Ravin Director of Communications, 04/16/18, 12:00PM
BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League Premier is pleased to announce that Jake Drucker (New England Wolves), Anthony Shrum (Philadelphia Revolution), and Wes Gilbert (Central Penn Panthers) have been named the 2017-18 Student-Athletes of the Year. Each player turned heads both on the ice and off the ice, exemplifying the idea of being a 'student-athlete.' Whether it was community service hours, or additional time spent studying, each individual set themselves apart from the rest. For this year's new award in the EHLP, each team submitted their own candidate and the league officials determined the final award winners.
"Just like our new Humanitarian Award, we sought out to find a way to honor some of the top individuals in the EHLP," said Mark Kumpel, the EHLP's Director of Hockey Operations. "Our organizations are helping these players grow as young men, and much of this growth takes place away from the rink. Of course what takes place on the ice is important, but all the college coaches also ask about what takes place when our guys aren't playing hockey. The college coaches are looking for players who will help them win hockey games, but also earn an education while they play. These three individuals all have very bright futures ahead of them, because they are dedicated to aspects of their life other than hockey. On behalf of the EHLP, I would like to congratulate Jake, Anthony, and Wes, for all the work they put in this past year."
Drucker and the Wolves put together a solid year as they advanced to Second Round of the EHLP Playoffs, losing to the eventual EHLP Champions in the Boston Jr. Rangers. The '98 forward continued to develop while tallying 12 points in 31 total games, and away from the rink, he was a key contributor to the Wolves team that also was named Humanitarians of the Year.
"Jake is a well rounded, team-first player who gives his best effort in all his endeavors," said Wolves head coach and general manager Andrew Trimble. "He has a very bright future ahead of him and I'm sure he will excel both on and off the ice. He is an excellent choice for this award. The Wolves are proud of his accomplishment."