Whitby native Ethan Keppen was named the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for January on Feb. 5.

The Flint Firebirds left winger, a Grade 12 student at Grand Blanc High School, achieved high grades in programs for Advanced Sports Skill, Accounting/Finance, Life Management and Foundations of College Mathematics.

“Ethan is a leader inside and outside the classroom,” Firebirds academic advisor Nathan Riek said. “He is a mature young man and is well-liked and respected by classmates and teachers.”

The 17-year-old, a first-round pick of Flint in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, has racked up 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points in 52 games this season. In his second year with the club, Keppen had a productive month of January, including a 10-game point streak and 12 points (7G, 5A) in 12 games.

The six-foot-two, 212-pound Keppen is ranked 110 on the NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings among North American Skaters for the upcoming 2019 NHL Entry Draft, which takes place June 21-22 in Vancouver, B.C.

He is one of four Flint players ranked.

“This is another testament to the hard work and commitment that these players put in on a daily basis,” Firebirds vice president of hockey operations and general manager Barclay Branch said. “Having four players on the list is an indicator of the type of talent we have on our roster and the bright future ahead in Flint.”

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.

OHL scholarship payments have totaled more than $22 million since the 2007-08 season.

 

photo: Whitby native and Flint Firebrids winger Ethan Keppen (No. 92) was named the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for January. Luke Durda/OHL Images

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