Laguna Niguel native, Jr. Ducks alum Kerbrat chosen EHL Student-Athlete of the Year
The Eastern Hockey League and the Eastern Hockey League Premier announced Wednesday that Wiggle Kerbrat (New Hampshire Avalanche), Colin Philippon (Vermont Lumberjacks), and Andreas Matejka (New England Wolves) have been named the 2018-19 Student-Athletes of the Year.
Each player turned heads both on the ice and off the ice, exemplifying the idea of being a ‘student-athlete.’ Whether it was community service hours, or additional time spent studying, each individual set themselves apart from the rest.
“This is our second year recognizing a group of top student-athletes, and I believe it truly shows how dedicated our players are both on and off the ice,” said Mark Kumpel, the league’s director of hockey operations. “Our organizations are helping these players grow as young men, and much of this growth takes place away from the rink. Of course what takes place on the ice is important, but all the college coaches also ask about what takes place when our guys aren’t playing hockey. The college coaches are looking for players who will help them win hockey games, but also earn an education while they play.
“These three individuals all have very bright futures ahead of them, because they are dedicated to aspects of their life other than just hockey. On behalf of the league, I would like to congratulate Wiggle, Colin, and Andreas for all the work they put in this past year.”
Kerbrat and the Avalanche ended their 2018-19 season in grand style, knocking off the Philadelphia Little Flyers and making it back-to-back championships for New Hampshire. In just two seasons with the Avalanche, Kerbrat played in 65 career games in the EHL, tallying 32 goals and 56 assists to his name. It was no surprise when Kerbrat was named to the 2018 EHL All-Star Team back in October, and then earned himself First Team All-Conference honors at the end of the year.
However, Kerbrat’s skill and determination isn’t just seen on the ice, as the 1998 native of Laguna Niguel is also a phenomenal student. Kerbrat’s SAT score of 1380 and ACT score of 32 helped the multi-talented forward earn his spot at Wesleyan University, one of the most prestigious schools in the country.
“I am extremely excited to attend Wesleyan University in the fall,” said Kerbrat. “My goal has always been to balance both my hockey career and my academic interests. I could not have found a better environment to challenge me both in the classroom and at the rink. I believe this experience will provide me with a solid foundation to build upon for my future.”
During his youth career, Kerbrat skated for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks.
(May 2, 2019)