Thursday, November 03, 2005

Whalers' rookie Terry earns OHL award

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for the month of October.

“We are very pleased to introduce this program which identifies and recognizes players who have also enjoyed success in their academic careers,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “All of our teams support the academic pursuits of our players and count on scholastic achievement as one of the building blocks of a successful student athlete."

West Division - The OHL Academic Player of the Month for October in the West Division is Chris Terry of the Plymouth Whalers. The 16-year-old from Brampton, Ontario, is enrolled in grade 11 at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, Michigan.

“It’s not always easy to combine our busy schedule on the ice with work in school – especially for a player in his first year in the league,” said Plymouth assistant coach Todd Watson. ”But Chris has been able to manage his time well. He deserves this award.”

Midwest Division - Vince Scott, Erie Otters
Central Division - Blake Parlett, Barrie Colts
East Division - Geoff Killing, Belleville Bulls

Each month, the OHL recognizes a player from each division who is striving to reach his full potential in his educational program while playing in the OHL. More than 97 percent of the players currently playing in the league are currently attending high school or post-secondary institutions. More than 400 OHL graduates are currently attending Canadian universities and colleges on scholarships from their OHL teams.

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