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OHL announces academic players of the month for February march 9th, 2011

Toronto, ON - The Ontario Hockey League announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for February.

West Division - The OHL Academic Player of the Month for February in the West Division is defenseman Grant Webermin of the Windsor Spitfires. Webermin, 16, a native of Novi, Michigan is currently attending St. Anne High School in Windsor. “Grant has completed successfully his first four courses and has achieved an A average. He has become a well respected student athlete by his Teachers and peers. Grant constantly strives to do his best and has been a role model since arriving here from Michigan. The Spitfire family is proud to have such an outstanding young man be part of our organization and wish him continued success in his second semester,”commented Spitfire Academic Advisor Dennis Gignac. Grant was a first round selection of the Spitfires in the 2010 Priority Selection.

Midwest Division - The OHL Academic Player of the Month for February in the Midwest Division is centre Jarrod Maidens of the Owen Sound Attack. Maidens, 16, a native of Grimsby, Ontario is currently attending West Hill Secondary School, in Owen Sound. “Jarrod is a determined young man with a strong work ethic who challenges himself both on and off the ice. He is currently enrolled in Grade 11 focusing on University level Math and Science courses. His respectful demeanour and positive attitude makes him a favourite of both teachers and coaches. He is a role model for hockey players and students alike,” commented Sarah Rowe, Academic Advisor for the Attack. Maidens was a first round selection of the Attack in the 2010 Priority Selection.

Central Division - The OHL Academic Player of the Month for February in the Central Division is right winger Dylan DeMelo of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. DeMelo, 17, a native of London, Ontario is a Grade 12 student at Philip Pocock Secondary School in Mississauga. Majors Academic Advisor Kim Bailey had this to say about Dylan, “Dylan maintains a 75% average with his three second term academic courses. He keeps focused on both his academics and his hockey.”

East Division - The OHL Academic Player of the Month for February in the East Division is goaltender Andrew D'Agostini of the Peterborough Petes Hockey Club. D’Agostini, 17, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, is currently in Grade 12 attending Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School in Peterborough. “Andrew’s academics are very important to him. He maintained his honour roll marks throughout his first semester. All of his teachers describe him as being conscientious, responsible, organized and proactive,” commented Janet Wylie, Academic Advisor for the Petes.

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.

2010-11 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

West Division:

February – Grant Webermin, Windsor Spitfires

January – Brock Beukeboom, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

December – Nathan Chiarlitti, Sarnia Sting

November – Brandon Saad, Saginaw Spirit

October – Tom Wilson, Plymouth Whalers

Midwest Division:

February – Jarrod Maidens, Owen Sound Attack

January – Chris Tierney, London Knights

December – Andrew Crescenzi, Kitchener Rangers

November – Garret Sparks, Guelph Storm

October – Adam Pelech, Erie Otters

February – Dylan DeMelo, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

January – Samuel Schutt, Sudbury Wolves

December – Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs

November – Jordan Auld, Brampton Battalion

October Central Division:– Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts

East Division:

February – Andrew D’Agostini, Peterborough Petes

January – Ryan Shipley, Ottawa 67’s

December – Lucas Lessio, Oshawa Generals

November – Franky Palazzese, Kingston Frontenacs

October – Jan Kaminsky, Belleville Bulls



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