St. Catharines hockey player named OHL Academic Player of the Month

By Don Redmond

Published on February 3, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Niagara IceDogs forward Pano Fimis is not only a great player, he’s also an excellent student, earning him the OHL Academic Player of the Month award in January. (Photo: OHL)

Niagara IceDogs forward Pano Fimis isn’t just a solid Junior A hockey player. He’s also an A student.

Fimis was selected as the Ontario Hockey League’s Central Division Academy Player of the Month for January.

A Grade 12 English, Advanced Functions and Exercise Science student at Governor Simcoe High School in St. Catharines, 17-year-old Fimis is currently hitting the 80 mark in her grades.

“Pano is having a great season on and off the ice,” said IceDogs education advisor Tim Tope. “He is highly respected by both staff and students and is sure to lead the IceDogs for years to come.”

The Richmond Hill native was a big contributor for the IceDogs, recording 23 points in 34 games (6-17-23).

He scored his first career goal in his OHL debut against the Barrie Colts on Oct. 7 after being selected second overall by the IceDogs in the 2020 OHL Priority Draft, where he was ranked 77th in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings for the 2022 NHL Draft.

Other OHL Division College Players of the Month include Oshawa Generals rookie defenseman Luca Marrelli in the East Division, Kitchener Rangers goaltender Jackson Parsons in the Midwest Division and Sarnia forward Sting Ryder McIntyre in the West Division.

A total of 343 graduates used their OHL scholarship at post-secondary institutions in North America in the 2020-2021 academic year, with a total team contribution of over $3.1 million. Over the past 10 seasons, OHL scholarship payments have totaled more than $25 million.

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