West Division - The OHL Academic Player of the Month for January in the West Division is defenseman Brock Beukeboom of the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. Beukeboom, 18, a native of Uxbridge, Ontario is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie. “Brock has shown maturity and resolve both on and off the ice: He has independently balanced a demanding hockey schedule with post-secondary level academic responsibilities, and has achieved a high level of success in both. Brock is an excellent example of an OHL player who is able to balance playing high level hockey while maintaining above average grades in the classroom,”commented Greyhound Academic Advisor Jerry Bumbacco.
Midwest Division - The OHL Academic Player of the Month for January in the Midwest Division is centre Chris Tierney of the London Knights. Tierney, 16, a native of Keswick, Ontario is currently attending Saunders Secondary School, in London. “Chris is currently maintaining an 80% average in his academic classes. He is a conscience student who is able to combine his academic studies while playing in the OHL,” commented Rob Waugh, Academic Advisor for the Knights.
Central Division - The OHL Academic Player of the Month for January in the Central Division is right winger Samuel Schutt of the Sudbury Wolves. Schutt, 16, a native of Palmer Rapids, Ontario is a Grade 11 student at Lockerby Secondary School in Sudbury. Wolves Academic Advisor Gord Ewin had this to say about Sam, “He maintains an 82% average and is a pleasure to be around. He has made a nice transition both in the class room and on the ice during his first year in the OHL.”
East Division - The OHL Academic Player of the Month for January in the East Division is defenseman Ryan Shipley of the Ottawa 67’s Hockey Club. Shipley, 16, a native of Ilderton, Ontario, is currently in grade 11 attending Hillcrest High School in Ottawa. “Ryan is a hard worker with a good attitude. He takes his school seriously and is excellent with his time management,” commented Mary Kelso, Academic Advisor for the 67’s.
OHL Academic Highlights:
• OHL players successfully completed 97% of high school courses during the 2009-10 season.
• Of the 57 overage players that competed in the league during the 2009-10 season, 31 have signed professional hockey contracts while 26 have accessed their academic scholarships in 2010-11 at various institutions across North America.
• 363 OHL graduates and current players are on scholarship from OHL Member Teams at 66 different institutions across North America.
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