Being a student prep athlete can be a difficult task for most. On top of going to school fulltime, a player has practice every day and games on the weekends, which does require some travel time. To balance school, hockey, and friendships is truly impressive, but players in the Northern Pacific Hockey League excel at this.
This week, the league heads to Kennewick, Washington, for a closer look at one particular individual on the Tri-City Outlaws. The student prep athlete of the week is Ty Niskanen. This young man is truly taking control of his education as he is enrolled in honors algebra two and honors biology. In addition to these two honors classes, Niskanen is also taking a pre-advance placement English course, which is required before he takes the AP English course next fall.
Niskanen is a sophomore in high school and he is currently earning a 3.83 grade point average. To accomplish such a feat in his first year of junior hockey is truly impressive. Since the beginning of the season, Niskanen has played in 25 games with the Outlaws while recording two goals and four assists.
Geno McCue, the Outlaws’ head coach, commented on Niskanen’s performance on the ice and in the classroom. McCue stated, “Ty is our best student athlete. He came to us from Klamath Falls, Oregon. Jumping into a new school, and a new hockey environment, can be pretty tough. He is maintaining his grades while also improving tremendously on the ice.”
This weekend, Niskanen and the Outlaws will take on the Bellingham Blazers for a two-game series in Bellingham, Washington. As of right now, the Outlaws are in control of the fourth, and final, playoff spot. But, the Seattle Ravens and West Sound Warriors are nipping at their heels as both teams are only three points behind in the standings. For a full weekend preview, tune in to the NPHL’s website on Wednesday, February 3rd.
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