Two locally born hockey players have been named academic player of the month by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Every month, each division of the OHL choose a player who has demonstrated strong academic performance on top of their achievements on the ice.
Newmarket native Jackson Edward, who is a rookie defenceman with the London Knights, was named the Midwest Division academic player of the month for February.
The 18-year-old achieved a 93.5 per cent average while taking courses in data management, English, communications technology and classical civilizations at Blyth Academy, a private school with campuses throughout Ontario.
"Jackson is an exemplary student," said Knights academic advisor Wendy Glover. "In addition to achieving high grades, he attends all academic advising meetings and assists other players as a peer tutor when needed. He exhibits the work ethic and desire to learn more than the required material in all classes."
In the East Division, Brad Gardiner from Aurora was named the academic player of the month. The 16-year-old is a rookie forward for the Ottawa 67's.
He has an 88 per cent average taking courses at both the Grade 11 and 12 level. He is now taking Grade 12 English and nutrition and health, also at Blyth Academy.
"Brad's excellent marks are a direct reflection of his solid work ethic and dedication to his educational goals," said 67's academic advisor Eileen Duffin. "His teachers describe him as well organized, conscientious, and dedicated to working hard."
Subury Wolves defender Matthew Mania was named academic player of the month for the Central Division, while Soo Greyhounds forward Bryce McConnell-Barker was recognized in the West Division.