OHL Scholarship Program Investment Tops $3.6 Million in 2022-23
Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League announced today that a total of 333 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions during the 2022-23 academic year. OHL member teams made a total contribution of over $3.6 million to the OHL Scholarship Program.
Of the 333 graduates accessing their OHL Scholarship, 217 competed on U SPORTS Men’s Hockey rosters and an additional 28 accessed their scholarships while playing professionally.
Centrally administered through the OHL Office, OHL Scholarships are funded by OHL member teams. Every player who plays in the OHL is eligible to receive an OHL Scholarship. The OHL graduate can utilize their scholarship worldwide at any post-secondary institution or in any career-enhancing program of their choice, including trade schools or professional career training programs.
In addition to alumni accessing their OHL Scholarship following graduation from the League, all current OHL players are encouraged to enroll in post-secondary courses with costs fully covered by OHL member teams. Team investment in scholarships being accessed by current OHL players was approximately $400,000 during the 2022-23 season.
“The investment in the OHL Scholarship Program is an important piece of the player experience and one in which the OHL and its member teams are very proud,” said Commissioner David Branch. “The educational pursuits of both our current and former players are vital to their development as young people and enabling players to achieve their academic goals is central to our mission as a League. The OHL continues to be a leading supplier of talent to both the National Hockey League as well as U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Programs.”
This year, 313 of the 333 OHL Scholarship recipients are furthering their education at Canadian Universities. A total of 201 graduates are attending Ontario-based Universities with the University of Guelph leading all post-secondary institutions with 30 OHL graduates enrolled in full-time studies, while 23 former OHL players enrolled at Toronto Metropolitan University and 20 are studying at Queen’s University. A total of 60 OHL graduates are attending Universities in Eastern Canada with the University of New Brunswick leading the way with 15 former players enrolled. Sixteen graduates have accessed their OHL Scholarship at Universities in Western Canada while five have attended Universities in Quebec.
A total of 31 OHL Scholarship recipients are attending Ontario-based Colleges with Conestoga College leading the way with six graduates.
A total of 19 OHL graduates are accessing their OHL Scholarship while studying at American-based post-secondary institutions while one is enrolled in an institution outside of North America.
OHL member teams have invested in excess of $25 million into the OHL Scholarship Program over the past 10 seasons.