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Phantoms' Connor earns USHL All-Academic honors

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Youngstown Phantoms forward Kyle Connor, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American prospects eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, earned United States Hockey League All-Academic honors on Thursday.

Connor, who recently took part in the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, earned an A average while attending Austintown Fitch High School in Ohio. He maintained those grades while also leading the USHL with 80 points in 56 regular-season games. His 34 goals and 46 assists each ranked second in the league, and he led the USHL with nine game-winning goals on the way to being named USHL Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.

"Education is extremely important to me and is a big part of my life," Connor told the Phantoms website. "I am looking forward to furthering my education at the University of Michigan next year as well."

Connor finished his USHL career with 82 goals and 195 points in 174 games.

"Academic success, community involvement, and on ice development are the three main areas of emphasis for us here in Youngstown," Youngstown coach Anthony Noreen said. "The fact that Kyle was able to have the academic success he did, while also excelling on the ice and in the community speaks volumes about the type of person he is."

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