The Hockey Canada Skills Academy (HCSA) program began at St. Bon’s in the fall of September of 2007. The program is designed for players of all skill levels and they all participate together, making it quite different than many other hockey programs.

The program is ran throughout the school day and is designed to supplement the physical education program, so that as little classroom instructional time is missed as possible. It is available for students starting at grade 4 and continues until grade 12. The students are divided into sections based on grades, which depends on the quantity of participants for each grade level. Presently, there are 3 sections; grades 4 and 5, a grade 6 section, and a grade 7-10 section. The grade 7 and up section have class prior to the beginning of the school day to help with scheduling and to give all of our junior and senior students the opportunity to participate without missing class time. Included in the cost of the program is apparel, which can be worn as part of the Holland Hall Physical Education uniform.

The program is divided into on-ice and off-ice sessions. Each student participates in 3 HCSA sessions in a 7 day cycle. During the winter months we have mostly on-ice classes to take advantage of the Forum availability. We aim to achieve a minimum of 50 hours of on-ice activity each season. This will include skills sessions and scrimmages during lunch periods. Each session is scheduled for a full hour of on-ice instruction, not the regular 50 minute time slots. During off-ice sessions, the players take part in physical exercise, cooperative games or other sports games.

On-ice sessions are designed to develop the skills most required by the players. They will consistently work on the basic skills of skating, passing, shooting and stick handling. More advanced skills are developed through station work so that one-timers, skill specific puck handling and any other advanced skill can be developed. The program is skill based, so there is little emphasis on strategic or game play, however, the skills we work on are necessary for executing the strategic plays in a game.

The program is a great asset to the school day for the students and the extra physical exercise is no doubt a benefit to the players. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the HCSA instructor, Mr. Eddie Bartlett at ebartlett@stbons.ca.

The cost of the HCSA program for 2016-2017 is $1,075 per student. The HCSA registration forms for 2016-2017 can be downloaded here