Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Academic Players of the Month for February including Luca Marrelli of the Oshawa Generals, Andrew Wycisk of the Niagara IceDogs, Matthew Andonovski of the Kitchener Rangers and Easton Wainwright of the Sarnia Sting.
East Division: Oshawa Generals blueliner Luca Marrelli is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for February.
Marrelli is achieving an overall average of 89 percent across three grade 12 university-level courses, with a 92 percent average in Human Development, a 78 percent average in Advanced Functions and a 96 percent average in Personal Fitness at Maxwell Heights Secondary School.
“Luca is described as a very personable and dedicated individual by his teachers, coaches and teammates,” said Generals academic advisor Tom Buchanan. “Luca also demonstrates a strong work ethic”.
The 17-year-old from Toronto, Ont. has recorded 28 points (5-23–28) in 57 games for the Generals this season. Marrelli was selected in the fifth round (81st overall) by Oshawa in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection from the Mississauga Reps U16 program.
Central Division: Niagara IceDogs defenceman Andrew Wycisk is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for February.
Wycisk is currently achieving academic excellence in grade 12 level courses, including high grades in Advanced Functions, Physics, World Issues and Fitness at Governor Simcoe Secondary School.
“Andrew is an excellent student and is currently holding an average in the high 80’s,” said IceDogs academic advisor Tim Tope. “Andrew is well respected by both staff and students and is sure to lead the IceDogs for years to come.”
The 17-year-old from Etobicoke, Ont. has played 18 games this season, recording two assists for the IceDogs. The 5-foot-9, 150Ib. blueliner was selected in the third round (45th overall) by Niagara in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection from the Vaughan Kings U16 program.
Midwest Division: Kitchener Rangers blueliner Matthew Andonovski is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for February.
Andonovski is achieving high grades in grade 12 courses, including an ‘A’ average throughout his demanding schedule that includes Data Management, Biology, International Business, Leadership and Large Group Physical Education at Victus Academy. Andonovski is excited at the prospect of attending university next year to study Sports Management and Business.
“A physical, puck moving defenceman with a knack for leading others on the ice and in the classroom, coaches and teachers alike describe Matthew as a passionate young man, always willing to give his best effort,” said Rangers academic advisor Dave Tennant.
The 17-year-old from Markham, Ont. has played 55 games this season, recording 14 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-16 for the Rangers. The 6-foot-2, 200Ib. defenceman was selected in the fourth round (62nd overall) by Kitchener in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection from the Mississauga Reps U16 program.
West Division: Sarnia Sting forward Easton Wainwright is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for February.
Wainwright completed a very successful first semester at Northern Collegiate in Sarnia with an overall average of 90 percent in Advanced Functions, Biology, and Fitness. He is now currently taking Kinesiology, English, Nutrition and Health.
“Easton exhibits a high level of diligence in his studies, a commitment to his daily attendance, and is a frequent contributor to his classes,” said Sting academic advisor Todd Whitlock. “He is an great example of a student-athlete, and positive role model for his peers.”
The 18-year-old from Mount Hope, Ont. has played 57 games this season, recording 10 goals, 14 assists and 24 points for the Sting. The 5-foot-9, 172Ib. centreman was selected in the ninth round (172nd overall) by Sarnia in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection from the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs U16 program.
2022-23 OHL Academic Players of the Month:
February – Luca Marrelli (Oshawa Generals)
January – Mason Vaccari (Kingston Frontenacs)
December – Callum Cheynowski (Hamilton Bulldogs)
November – James Guo (Peterborough Petes)
October – Brad Gardiner (Ottawa 67’s)
February – Andrew Wycisk (Niagara IceDogs)
January – Wyatt Kennedy (North Bay Battalion)
December – Grayson Tiller (Barrie Colts)
November – Finn Harding (Mississauga Steelheads)
October – Kieron Walton (Sudbury Wolves)
February – Matthew Andonovski (Kitchener Rangers)
January – Jett Luchanko (Guelph Storm)
December – Nathan Sauder (Erie Otters)
November – Braedyn Rogers (Owen Sound Attack)
October – Denver Barkey (London Knights)
February – Easton Wainwright (Sarnia Sting)
January – Joey Willis (Saginaw Spirit)
December – Tristan Bertucci (Flint Firebirds)
November – Bronson Ride (Windsor Spitfires)
October – Alex Kostov (Soo Greyhounds)
The OHL continues to produce student-athletes that move on to both professional and U SPORTS men’s hockey endeavours.
A total of 349 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2021-22 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3.5 million. Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.
A total of 217 OHL Alumni were included on U SPORTS men’s hockey rosters to open the 2022-23 season.
About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.