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Battalion's Duchene among named OHL's top scholastic winners

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The Canadian Press
4/16/2009 1:17:00 PM
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TORONTO -- Matt Duchene of the Brampton Battalion won the Bobby Smith Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League's scholastic player of the year Thursday.

Duchene, an 18-year-old from Haliburton, Ont., maintained an average of 85 per cent over his six Grade 12 university prep classes this year. On the ice, Duchene had 31 goals and 48 assists in 57 games with the Battalion and is eligible for this year's NHL entry draft.

Tim Priamo of the Guelph Storm received the Roger Neilson Memorial Award as the league's top academic player attending college or university. Freddie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs captured the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award as the OHL's top player attending high school.

Priamo carried an 80 per cent average over his five University of Guelph courses this year. The 21-year-old defenceman from Guelph, Ont., is in his third season with the Storm and registered 15 goals and 15 assists over 65 games.

Hamilton, a Grade 11 student, has a 99 per cent academic average while maintaining a full course load. The 17-year-old Toronto native had 10 goals and 18 assists in 65 games as a rookie with the IceDogs.

Matthew Duchene (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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