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OHL Alumni of the Month Spotlight

 

The OHL Alumni Association is pleased to continue the OHL Alumni of the Month program again this season.

This five part web series is designed to recognize former players from all 20 member clubs achieving success in the corporate, business, or professional world.

The second edition for the 2017-18 season includes Jay Gilbert (Niagara IceDogs), Chris Hulit (Oshawa Generals), Mike Hasson (Kitchener Rangers), and Taylor Dupuis (Sarnia Sting).

 

Jay Gilbert (Niagara IceDogs 2007-10):

Upon graduation from the OHL in 2012, Jay chose to attend Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.  He combined hockey and education playing four seasons with the Men’s Varsity Thunderwolves while pursuing a degree in Business Administration and graduating in 2016.  In each off-season during university, Jay was as a Fire Ranger with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry, fighting wildfires all over Canada.

“I’ve fought fires in the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, and Northern Ontario, some of the most remote places in our country,” Gilbert says. “I utilized my scholarship package not only at Lakehead University, but also at Texas A&M, where I was able to take the Traditional 3 Month Fire Recruit Academy.”

Jay is currently a crew leader with the Thunder Bay Fire Management Headquarters with aspirations of becoming a full-time structural Firefighter.

“I have moved on from playing competitive hockey, but stay involved by coaching minor hockey here in Thunder Bay,” he said. “As I reflect back on my career as a hockey player and my time in the OHL, I am truly grateful for the opportunities hockey has given me, but more importantly, the life-long friendships I have made.”

 

Chris Hulit (Oshawa Generals 2001-05):

After the OHL, Chris took advantage of his Scholarship Package and went right into U Sports, enrolling in the George Schwartz School of Business at St. Francis Xavier University.  He captained the X-Men and played five years of hockey graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2011.

Chris made the move back to his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie to parlay his playing experience and business training into a Corporate Partnerships role with the Greyhounds. Ultimately, Chris and his family moved to Toronto to start his career with RBC, where he is currently an RBC Mortgage Specialist. Chris is still playing competitive hockey with Stoney Creek in the Ontario Senior AAA loop.

“The OHL afforded me the opportunity to get a premier University education after battling for a Memorial Cup,” Hulit said. “I’m where I am in my career today because of this opportunity.”

 

Mike Hasson (Kitchener Rangers 2010-11):

Hailing from Ariss, Ont., Mike played parts of four seasons in the OHL finishing his tenure with the Rangers in 2011.  Utilizing his Scholarship Package at the University of Guelph, he played a vital role in the Gryphons’ 2015 Queen’s Cup Championship and captured a bronze medal at the U Sports National Championship.  Mike was also able to attend Texas A&M where he completed Fire Academy training.

“After my career in the OHL, I was fortunate to have been given a scholarship to attend the University of Guelph,” Hasson said. “Going to university opened many doors for me, and provided me the opportunity to play on the men’s hockey team, while pursuing a degree. Together these experiences equipped me with the skills needed to land my dream job: becoming a full time firefighter with the City of Guelph. Having a degree is something that almost all employers look for today, and I am so grateful to receive support from the OHL to invest in my own education.”

 

Taylor Dupuis (Sarnia Sting 2013-15):

Originally from New Liskeard, Ont., Taylor broke into the league with the Subury Wolves in 2012-13 before heading to the Sarnia Sting and a 92-game career over two seasons.

“I am proud to have been part of a rebuild that has put Sarnia back on the hockey map and seen as a consistent powerhouse in the OHL today,” said Dupuis. “I hope that one day soon the city of Sarnia will see a championship banner being raised as there is no doubt in my mind they are the most deserving city of all.”

Taylor now attends Ryerson University where he just completed his third season with the Men’s Varsity Rams.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s already been three years since my time in the OHL,” he said. “Looking back now, there are so many memories I can think of and I will forever be grateful for the opportunities that the Sudbury Wolves and Sarnia Sting provided me. Thank you to the OHL for giving me an opportunity to pursue post-secondary opportunities. I am fortunate to be studying Sports Media at Ryerson University and this would not be possible without the education package and support that the Ontario Hockey League provides its players.”

 

The OHL Alumni Association:

The OHL Alumni Association is a member focused organization with the primary function of forming a global hockey based community directed towards strengthening and sustaining the connection and relationship between alumni, the league, and current players.

 

2017-18 Past Spotlights:

First Edition: Chris Chappell (Saginaw Spirit), Chris Van Laren (Guelph Storm), David Ling (Kingston Frontenacs), and Ken Peroff (Brampton Battalion).

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