Weyburn’s Braden Birnie, who just wrapped up his freshman year with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks, received national honours this week. He was one of seven members of his team named to the American Hockey Coaches Association All-American Scholar Program.  

The former captain of the Weyburn Red Wings, who is majoring in Business Administration, finished up his first year at the university with a GPA of 3.89, and his GPA in the past term was 3.93. 

Last season, Birnie played in 16 games and picked up two goals and three assists. Earlier this month, he was also awarded the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Faculty Athletic Representatives Scholar-Athlete Award, which is presented to students at any school that is part of the conference that have a cumulative GPA of .385 or higher.