Ryan Mast (Photo courtesy of OHL)

Sting rookie D-man wins academic honour

Sarnia Sting rookie defenceman Ryan Mast has been named the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for November.

The 16-year-old Bloomfield Michigan native maintains an 80 per cent average at Northern Collegiate/Blyth Academy in his grade 11 university English and environmental sciences classes, as well as his grade 12 university functions class.

Sting Academic Advisor Mark Scott said Mast works hard on and off the ice.

“Ryan’s academic achievement is a direct reflection of his work ethic and commitment to being the best student athlete that he can be,” said Scott. “Ryan is a leader in the classroom and is a great example for his teammates.”

The 6 ‘ 4 ” 200 pound rearguard has seven assists through his first 26 games of the season.

He was a 9th round (169th overall) pick of the Sting last spring from the Detroit Compuware U-16 program.