CHILLIWACK, B.C. – Hockey Canada, in conjunction with the Canadian Junior Hockey League, has announced that Geoff Kitt of the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) has been named the 2017-18 RBC Scholastic Player of the Year.
The Dryden, Ont., product earned the accolades after being chosen by a national selection committee from nominees from across the 10 leagues and 132 teams that comprise the CJHL.
Not only did Kitt excel in the classroom while being an A-plus student at Algonquin College in the Ottawa area, his contributions with Carleton Place Canadians helped his side be ranked as one of the top Jr. ‘A’ programs across the country.
“Geoff’s character on and off the ice led me to name him as an assistant captain in his second year with our club and our captain this season,” offered Carleton Place head coach and general manager Jason Clarke.
In his Jr. A career, Kitt went on to skate in 168 CCHL contests where he produced 48 goals and helped set-up 80 others for 128 points.
He also set personal single-season point totals in all three years with Carleton Place while helping them claim two CCHL Bogart Cup league championship titles, three Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Jr. ‘A’ Championship appearances and a berth at the 2016 RBC Cup national event.
Kitt will now continue both his hockey career and scholastic endeavours in the fall as he attends Mercyhurst University in Erie, Penn., on NCAA Division I scholarship.
“Geoff has clearly proven himself in the class room at every level, be it high school or university, and by doing so has helped shape his future by accepting a scholarship to attend Mercyhurst to pursue Intelligence Analysis,” stated Clarke.
“For the younger players on our team he afforded them the opportunity to see first-hand the importance of maintaining a strong academic standing. Geoff is a truly remarkable academic-athlete, but more importantly a tremendous individual.”