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245 games with the Sting and former Captain Nathan Chairlitti treasures every moment.
Nathan’s list of accomplishments has been nothing short of stunning. The journey has included seven years of Canadian university education, much of it fueled by his OHL scholarship and an interesting season of professional hockey in Australia. Academically, he has a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University and an M.Sc. in Exercise Physiology from McGill University. Currently, he is enrolled in his second year of Medical School at the University of Ottawa. During this time, he played five seasons of university hockey, three with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men and two with the McGill Redmen. Most significantly, Nathan finished his university hockey career as one of the most decorated Canadian student-athletes in recent history.
The list of his hockey accomplishments is long and remarkable. He was an Atlantic University Sports All-star every year at St. Francis Xavier. In 2016, he received the Godfrey Award, “presented to the Atlantic University Sports student-athlete best exemplifying the spirit of intercollegiate sport through leadership on the ice and in the community”. That same year he was an Academic All-Canadian and was awarded the Randy Gregg Award as Canada’s most outstanding university hockey player. In 2017, Chiarlitti received the “Prix d’excellence Guy Lafleur”, awarded yearly to a Quebec amateur player “for excellence in hockey, academics and citizenship”. Five months later, he was recognized with the Jean Beliveau Award, as the “McGill University student-athlete most outstanding in their community”. In 2018, he was again voted “Academic All-Canadian” and became only the 6th McGill student ever named as an Academic All-American “for excellence in sport and academics”.
Through his academic and athletic careers, Chiarlitti has maintained an enduring commitment to the world around him. Over the last eight years he has coached minor hockey, mentored hockey skill development, taught new Canadians to skate, supported fitness programming for children and tots, helped people with special needs to connect and integrate with their communities, assisted with thyroid research and data management at Halifax’s Queen Elizabeth II Cancer Centre, assisted in literacy programs and immersed himself in many more causes. When Nate received the prestigious Randy Gregg Award, his coach, Brad Peddle, described him this way,
His list of accomplishments would not be complete if it didnt include “published author” with his book “More Than A Game” touching on how much the game of hockey and his OHL experience means to him and how it has taught him so many important lessons about life.
Nathan is a stunning example of a player who characterizes what it means to wear the Sting crest. He has taken advantage of the opportunities that the OHL has provided through academics and has flourished, on track to accomplish more great things.
“Teachers Life are proud sponsors of the OHL’s Academic Spotlight Program,” says Doug Baker, President and CEO of Teachers Life. “The dedication of the OHL’s student-athletes to their education mirrors Teachers Life’s commitment to students and educators across the province. By celebrating these athletes, they become role models to kids in their communities through their dedication to academic excellence, integrity and curiosity.”
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About the Ontario Hockey League
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Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.