The Oshawa Generals do more than just provide a young hockey player with a place to excel as a player – they also provide him with all the tools he needs to succeed in the classroom as well.
The minute that a player joins the Oshawa Generals family, it’s made clear to him that while hockey is important, so is getting an education in the classroom that will help him during and after his career in hockey.
We except all of our players to be in school, and we do everything we can do to ensure they get a quality education while they are playing for the Generals. We cover their costs of getting that education and we encourage them to realize that getting a good education goes hand in hand with being a successful member of the Oshawa Generals.
Starting in September 2014, the OHL Oshawa Generals organization has made the change to private high school education for their school-aged players. We’re excited to announce that the Oshawa Generals school-aged players are now a part of Canada’s largest provider of private education – Blyth.
At the Blyth Whitby campus we take pride in our passionate teachers, warm atmosphere, and strong academics. We are excited to work with the Oshawa Generals players towards achieving their academic goals, and will assist students applying to postsecondary education, whether it be in Ontario or beyond.
We have worked with the Generals to design an academic timetable that will allow players to combine a busy hockey schedule with the important acquisition of academic credits. Each young man’s timetable will be designed to best meet his needs now, and in the future.
Blyth Academy Whitby is honoured to be the education provider for the Oshawa Generals.
Players drafted into the Generals organization have all of their school costs covered while they are playing in the Ontario Hockey League, or in the Generals system. Should they not sign a professional contract in hockey, they will also have their costs of getting a post-secondary education paid for by the club once their junior hockey careers are over.
The Generals make sure all of their players are registered in school and those that are in high school all go to the same school where possible. The club also has an Educational Consultant available to assist them with any schooling needs, and the team does everything it can to assists players in keeping up with their studies off the ice.
The OHL schedule is now nearly 90 percent weekend play and Oshawa’s travel schedule is an excellent one, with only a few overnight trips in the entire season. Practices are scheduled after school hours all week days too.
All of that means that there is no excuse for a player not to attend school and do well in school despite the demands of life in the OHL. Education should be a priority in everyone’s life and that includes an OHL player’s life. We intend to make sure that’s the case here. We want our players in school for their good and the team’s good. If you look at the numbers, you’ll see a much higher percentage of OHL players are in school at the provincial average. That’s something we are very proud of.
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