Scholastic Players of the Month – Marcus Kearsey Profile
Marcus Kearsey has been the definition of an all-round player since the moment he put on a Charlottetown Islanders jersey.
Drafted 32nd overall by the Islanders, he joined the team at the beginning of the 2022 season as a 16-year-old. From the minute I met him, I knew he was a mature, hard working, and dedicated young man both on and off the ice. He began his Grade 11 year at Colonel Gray High School, taking two in-person classes and one online course in his first semester. He would switch to online classes only for his second semester, so that he could transition easily back to Newfoundland when the hockey season was complete.
On the ice, Marcus was awarded the 2022-23 Raymond-Lagacé Trophy (QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year) and proved to be integral part of the Islanders team at just 16. This season, Marcus was rewarded for his leadership and dedication when given the role of assistant captain.
His leadership qualities are not just limited to on ice, however. The defenseman has always shown a positive and dedicated attitude towards his education and has proven to be a self-motivated learner. He has been a great support to his teammates with their own education as well and shows those around him what is required to excel academically.
Marcus is also the Islanders’ Hockey Gives Blood ambassador, helps encourage adoptions at the local Humane Society, and started Kearsey’s Kids, a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottetown in which he gives tickets away to each home game, highlights the program, and how to get involved.
Marcus is now currently half-way through his Grade 12 year and recently completed four courses with an overall average of 91%. He is eager to complete his final three courses this semester to graduate High School in June! Marcus is an absolute pleasure to work with and can take great pride in being named as the Islanders Scholastic Player of the Month for January.
Text written by Hannah Woodworth, Academic Advisor of the Charlottetown Islanders