OHL Announces January Academic Players of the Month

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for January, 2016, including forwards Brady Pataki of the Sudbury Wolves, Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67’s, Cliff Pu of the London Knights and defenceman Conor Timmins of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

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East Division: Ottawa 67’s rookie forward Austen Keating is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for January after maintaining an 80% average over Grade 11 English, Mathematics, Communication Technology and Physical Education courses at Blyth Academy. The 16-year-old has 12 goals, 12 assists and 25 points in 39 games with Ottawa this season and also won gold at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in British Columbia with Team Canada White. The Guelph, ON, native was Ottawa’s first round (16th overall) pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.

Central Division: Sophomore Sudbury Wolves winger Brady Pataki is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for January after excelling in University level Grade 12 Mathematics and Chemistry courses at Lasalle Secondary School. The 17-year-old is on pace to graduate with outstanding marks in June, 2016, before pursuing University studies. The Wallaceburg, ON, native has three goals, four assists and seven points in 44 games with the Wolves this season. He was the club’s fourth round (65th overall) pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.

West Division: Rookie defenceman Conor Timmins of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds has been named the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for January. The 17-year-old has achieved an 82% average in University-level Law, Geometrics and Data Management courses so far this semester at Superior Heights Secondary School. The Thorold, ON, native currently has two goals, five assists, seven points and a team leading plus/minus rating of plus-23 in 40 games this season. “We as an organization are very proud of Conor and his efforts both in the classroom and on the ice this season,” said Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis. “He is an OHL player who is a worthy representative of an individual combining the best of both worlds.” Timmins was Sault Ste. Marie’s fourth round (79th overall) pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.

Midwest Division: Sophomore London Knights winger Cliff Pu is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month. The 17-year-old is maintaining a 91% average in Grade 12 University-level courses at Blyth Academy. In addition to his high performance in the classroom, Pu is also the Grade 12 representative for student council at Blyth Academy and is involved with clubs within the school community. The Richmond Hill, ON, native has nine goals, 12 assists and 21 points in 43 games with the Knights this season. He was Oshawa’s first round (16th overall) pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.

2015-16 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

West Division:
January – Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
December – Sasha Chmelevski (Sarnia Sting)
November – Brady Gilmour (Saginaw Spirit)
October – Kyle Keyser (Flint Firebirds)

Midwest Division:
January – Cliff Pu (London Knights)
December – Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
November – Brock Philips (Guelph Storm)
October – Jake Lawr (Erie Otters)

Central Division:
January – Brady Pataki (Sudbury Wolves)
December – Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
November – Jacob Ramalho (North Bay Battalion)
October – Ruan Badenhorst (Barrie Colts)

East Division:
January – Austen Keating (Ottawa 67’s)
December – Riley Stillman (Oshawa Generals)
November – Sam Field (Kingston Frontenacs)
October – Jack Hanley (Hamilton Bulldogs)

During the 2014-15 season, the CHL proudly awarded 769 graduate players with academic scholarships representing an investment of over $6.2 million this season.  Scholarship Programs throughout the CHL are solely funded by the member clubs of the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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