OHL Announces Academic Players of the Month for January

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for January 2019, including forwards Logan Morrison of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Peter Fleming of the Barrie Colts, Alex Gritz of the Erie Otters and Ethan Keppen of the Flint Firebirds.

East Division: Hamilton Bulldogs rookie Logan Morrison is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for January, recording an average in the 80’s across the board in his Grade 11 studies at Ancaster High School. Morrison is currently studying university level International Business, Recreation & Healthy Active Living Leadership and Challenge and Change programs as a 16-year-old in his first OHL season. “Logan puts the ‘student’ in student-athlete,” said Bulldogs academic advisor Sean Nicholson. “He is always on time with his assignments and never falls behind in his studies, even with a busy schedule in the OHL.” A native of Guelph, Ont., Morrison has 18 points (6-12–18) through 30 games this season after being Hamilton’s first round pick last spring from the Guelph Gryphons Minor Midgets.

Central Division: Barrie Colts rookie Peter Fleming is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for January, maintaining an 84% average in his Grade 12 studies. “Peter’s plan is to attend university and complete an engineering degree,” said Colts academic advisor Chris Cudmore. “He’s currently excelling in university level biology, physics and co-op programs and is looking forward to second semester challenges in chemistry and math.” On the ice, Fleming has four points (2-2–4) through 39 games this season. The 6-foot-2, 167Ib winger was Barrie’s sixth round pick in 2017. He spent last season with the St. Thomas Stars Jr. B club.

Midwest Division: Erie Otters winger Alex Gritz is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for January, carrying a 93% average through studies at Seneca Valley High School. He’s currently studying Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, Modern Humanities, Consumer Decisions, Physical Education, French, Health and Personal Finance. “Alex is an extremely motivated young man working diligently every day to balance his academics with his hockey commitments,” said Otters academic advisor Jaime Cieszynski. Now in his third OHL season, Gritz has recorded 18 points (7-11–18) through 42 games in 2018-19. The native of Cranberry Township, Penn. was originally a third round pick of the Soo Greyhounds in 2016 from the Waterloo Wolves Minor Midgets.

West Division: Flint Firebirds winger Ethan Keppen is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for January, achieving high grades in Grade 12 Advanced Sports Skills, Accounting/Finance, Life Management and Foundations of College Mathematics programs at Grand Blanc High School. “Ethan is a leader inside and outside of the classroom,” said Firebirds academic advisor Nathan Riek. “He is a mature young man and is well-liked and respected by his classmates and teachers.” The 17-year-old from Whitby, Ont. has 40 points (20-20–40) over 52 games this season. Keppen had a productive month of January, one that included a 10-game point streak and 12 points (7-5–12) in as many games. Flint’s first round pick in 2017, Keppen is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.

2018-19 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
January – Logan Morrison (Hamilton Bulldogs)
December – Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
November – Will Cranley (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals)

Central Division:
January – Peter Fleming (Barrie Colts)
December – Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
November – Peter Stratis (Sudbury Wolves)
October – Jonah De Simone (Niagara IceDogs)

Midwest Division:
January – Alex Gritz (Erie Otters)
December – Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
November – Gerard Keane (London Knights)
October – Isaac Langdon (Kitchener Rangers)

West Division:
January – Ethan Keppen (Flint Firebirds)
December – Jordan Frasca (Windsor Spitfires)
November – Cole MacKay (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
October – Colton Kammerer (Sarnia Sting)

Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 321 OHL Alumni at 66 different academic institutions across North America with a total scholarship payment in excess of $3.2 million. Since the 2007-08 season, OHL Scholarship payments have totaled more than $22 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.

OHL Academic Players of the Month for December

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for December 2017, including Jake Murray of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Kai Edmonds of the Barrie Colts, Alex Gritz of the Erie Otters and Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds.


East Division: 
Hamilton Bulldogs rookie forward Jake Murray is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old native of Komoka, Ont. has produced excellent grades in Grade 12 university level kinesiology and challenge and change in Society courses, serving as a good example to his classmates and other student athletes. “Jake prepares carefully in advance for missed classes due to road trips and he quickly gets caught up when he returns,” said Bulldogs academic advisor Sean Nicholson. “He sets high expectations for himself and is well liked by both teachers and peers at Ancaster High School.” A former fourth round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Minor Midgets, Murray has a goal and an assist in 22 games with Hamilton this season.

Central Division: Barrie Colts rookie netminder Kai Edmonds is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old native of Carlsbad Springs, Ont. has achieved an overall average of 87% in Grade 12 university level studies at Innisdale Secondary School. “Kai is currently taking four university level courses and has maintained high grades including a 92% average in advanced functions,” said Colts academic advisor Chris Cudmore. A 6-foot-2, 162Ib. goaltender, Edmonds was an 11th round pick by the Colts in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection from the Cumberland Grads Midgets. He’s posted a 5-1-0-0 record with a 3.24 goals-against average and an .892 save percentage in eight games with the Colts this season.

Midwest Division: Sophomore Erie Otters forward Alex Gritz is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old native of Cranberry Twp., Penn. holds a 91% average over six different Grade 12 courses at Seneca Valley High School including a 98% in psychology and a 96% in physical education. “Alex is an extremely focused and motivated student,” said Otters academic advisor Jaime Cieszynski. “He is a leader in the classroom and sets a great example for his teammates.” A former third round pick by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, the Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget graduate has 10 goals, eight assists and 18 points in 36 games with the Otters this season.

Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

West Division: Sophomore Flint Firebirds centreman Ty Dellandrea has been named the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old native of Port Perry, Ont. has achieved high grades in Grade 12 digital media arts, physical education, English and speech courses at Grand Blanc High School. “Ty is a hard-working and responsible student,” said Firebirds academic advisor Nathan Riek. “He is well respected by his teachers and classmates.” Flint’s first round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Dellandrea has 13 goals, 14 assists and 27 points in 34 games for the Firebirds this season. He was a ‘B’ rated skater on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2018 NHL Draft.

2017-18 OHL Academic Players of the Month:
East Division:

December – Jake Murray (Hamilton Bulldogs)
November – Chad Denault (Peterborough Petes)
October – Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)

Central Division:
December – Kai Edmonds (Barrie Colts)
November – Isaac Walker (Mississauga Steelheads)
October – Blake McConville (Sudbury Wolves)

Midwest Division:
December – Alex Gritz (Erie Otters)
November – Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
October – Billy Moskal (London Knights)

West Division:
December – Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
November – Chris Playfair (Windsor Spitfires)
October – Brett Jacklin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 301 OHL Alumni with a total scholarship payment in excess of $3.17 million.  Since the 2007-08 season, OHL Scholarship payments have totaled more than $18.8 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.