Ouellet Accepts NCAA Scholarship to AIC
Marcus Ouellet, a member of the 2022 graduating class at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) has recently accepted a Division 1 hockey scholarship to American International College (AIC) to continue his education and hockey career.
“Playing hockey for a NCAA D1 programme is a tremendous honour, and getting a scholarship offer is extremely competitive,” says Ouellet, an 18-year-old goaltender. “When AIC reached out, I didn’t hesitate to accept their offer. Playing NCAA D1 hockey has been a dream of mine and AIC has always been near the top of my list of teams. Also, a good portion of my scholarship came from the academic side.”
During his time at SMCS, Ouellet found success in the classroom and on the ice. In his graduating year, he was recognized as an Ontario Scholar and won the Media Arts Medal for his outstanding achievement in the subject.
“St. Michael’s helped me see the importance of achieving good grades while I was in school, which paid off in the end,” says Ouellet. “I had the opportunity to explore many passions that I could pursue in university and the one that stuck with me the most was media arts, in large part thanks to Mr. Escobedo’s support. AIC offers a media arts programme, which is what I am hoping to study.”
On the ice, the highly regarded student-athlete was a core piece of the school’s hockey programme every year.
“While attending St. Michael’s, I played for Mr. Giancola’s U14 Blue team, Mr. Ruta’s U16 team and Dan Brown’s senior team,” says Ouellet. “It was an amazing experience. Playing hockey and representing my school was always a goal of mine when first coming to St. Michael’s in Grade 7.”
After graduating from SMCS, Ouellet traded his St. Michael’s double blue for the double blue of the Cochrane Crunch, a Jr. A team in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. With plans on another year of Jr. A hockey development before joining AIC, Ouellet is looking forward to the experience and living the shared values he has with SMCS and AIC.
“What stood out to me the most about AIC is their culture. AIC doesn’t only look for talented and hardworking people on and off the ice, but also for people with a good character,” says Ouellet. “Over my six years at St. Michael’s, I learned a lot about what it means to be a person of good character, and it’s something I value a great deal.”