Petes goaltender Tye Austin has perfected the formula of playing hard and working smart. The Pembroke native played 19 games last year for the maroon and white and was named the OHL’s East Division Academic Player of the Month in January for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season.
“I treat it [school] like hockey, you have to put the best time and effort into it so I face both the same way. I put a lot of work into hockey to be the best goalie I can be and I put just as much work into school so I can improve and get the best marks I can. It’s important for my future.”
Last season the 18-year-old netminder took grade 12 university-level courses in English, Functions, and Biology, boasting a 100% mark in his Math class and a 97% average.
“You have to be able to manage your time and give up certain things to do the extra work in school too and use my time wisely.”
Tye points to the excellent teachers he has had that has allowed him to thrive in the classroom and on the ice.
“I’ve always had really good teachers. When I went to Peterborough Kim and Barrie Driscall [Petes former academic advisors] they helped me a lot. There are some great teachers at Thomas A. Secondary School.”
In his second year in net for the Petes, Austin held a 4.45 goals-against average and an .879 save percentage through his 19 appearances. Austin was a third round pick of the Petes in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.
Beyond hockey the Petes goaltender has considered a career in medicine as he has his sights set on becoming a surgeon.
This academic spotlight is presented by Teachers Life.
“Teachers Life are proud sponsors of the OHL’s Academic Spotlight Program,” says Doug Baker, President and CEO of Teachers Life.
“The dedication of the OHL’s student-athletes to their education mirrors Teachers Life’s commitments to students and educators across the province. By celebrating these athletes, they become role models to kids in their communities through their dedication to academic excellence, integrity and curiosity.”
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About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.