Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Andrew D'Agostini of the Peterborough Petes is the 2010-11 recipient of the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award presented to the OHL's Top Academic Player in High School.
D’Agostini, an 18-year-old from Scarborough, ON, attends Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School in Peterborough where he currently maintains an 87% overall academic average in six Grade 12 level courses. He has achieved a 91% grade in Canadian and International Law, 89% in Canada and World Issues, 87% in Advanced Functions, 86% in Healthy Active Living Education, 85% in English, and 84% in Exercise Science. D’Agostini becomes the first member of the Petes to win the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award in the seven years it has been presented, but is also the first member of the organization since Scott Tottle won the Bobby Smith Trophy in 1983-84 to be recognized with an Academic Award.
“The Peterborough Petes are extremely proud of Andrew and his accomplishments in the classroom,” says Petes Assistant General Manager Aaron Garfat. “Education is very important to our organization and for Andrew to be able to balance a full course load at Thomas A. Stewart and play in the OHL is a true testament to his character. Not only is he a very competitive and determined goaltender, but he is equally competitive with his studies.”
On the ice, D’Agostini completed his sophomore season between the pipes for the Petes leading the club with 43 games played. He posted a 10-25-0-2 record with a goals-against-average of 4.35 and save percentage of .882. Eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, D’Agostini is currently a member of Canada’s Under-18 Team competing at the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Germany. He was also named the East Division Academic Player of the Month for February.
“Andrew takes pride in his work which is evident in is day to day school routine,” said Petes Academic Advisor Janet Wylie. “He never complains or asks for extensions, he simply gets done what he needs to do. He is very responsible and worked well with others in the class often helping his peers who were struggling, and did not have any trouble juggling his six courses with his hockey schedule.”
This award is given to the Top Academic High School Player and is named in honour of Ivan Tennant, who spent a lifetime combining hockey and education. He was the Kitchener Rangers' Education Consultant for 20 years and a key figure on the OHL's Education Consultant's Committee.
Introduced in March of 2005, previous winners include Matt Pelech (Sarnia, 2004-05), Joe Pleckaitis (Ottawa, 2005-06), and Andrew Shorkey (Owen Sound, 2006-07). Fellow 2011 NHL Entry Draft prospect Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs won the award last season following teammates Freddie Hamilton and Alex Friesen.
Runner-ups for the award were Eric Locke of the Barrie Colts who tied Jordan Auld of the Brampton Battalion.
D'Agostini will be formally presented with his award at the annual OHL Awards Ceremony June 8 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
2010-11 Ivan Tennant Memorial Award Nominees:
Barrie – Eric Locke
Belleville – Adam Bignell
Brampton – Jordan Auld
Erie – Adam Pelech
Guelph – Garret Sparks
Kingston – Ryan Davidson
Kitchener – Ben Thomson
London – Jake Worrad
Mississauga – Dylan DeMelo
Niagara – Jesse Graham
Oshawa – Lucas Lessio
Ottawa – Tyler Graovac
Owen Sound – Jarrod Maidens
Peterborough – Andrew D’Agostini
Plymouth – Tom Wilson
Saginaw – Brandon Saad
Sarnia – Ryan Zupancic
Sudbury – Gregory Jambrosich*
Sault Ste. Marie – Matt Murray
Windsor – Grant Webermin
*Repeat Ivan Tennant Memorial Award nominee
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