Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - Submitted by CSSHL Media
Sixty-thousand square-feet of academic space, two NHL-sized ice rinks, two NBA-sized basketball courts, a golf centre with a putting green and a course simulator, two professional dance studios, an outdoor soccer and rugby field with a running track, a sports centre that features a full-time psychologist and a full-time physiotherapist, two professional dance studios and a fully-equipped kitchen that prepares and serves meals in a spacious dining hall.
This is the Edge School for Athletes and their $43-million, 170,000 square-foot facility that is located on 35 acres of land in Calgary, Alberta.
There are over 300 students that attend Edge School, 200 of them enrolled in the hockey program, a program that began in 1999 with just seven students. Students can enroll in other sports as well, such as dance, golf, soccer and figure skating.
“We are able to offer a full spectrum of services under one roof in one day and have our kid’s home for supper with their families,” said hockey director Andrew Boutillier. “We pride ourselves on education, sport development and character development.”
Today, Edge School deploys seven hockey teams. A female squad, a Bantam AA team, a Bantam AAA team, and four teams that will compete in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League next season: an under-16 team that will compete in the CSSHL’s newly-formed Elite 15s Division, two teams in the CSSHLs Varsity Division – Edge School Gold and Edge School Maroon – and a Prep team that will play in the CSSHL’s Prep Division.
Edge's Prep team won the CSSHL Prep Division last season and were also the inaugural Prep Division champs in the CSSHL's first season back in 2009/10.
The hockey program at Edge is both comprehensive and competitive. Teams generally practice three to four times a week and students also work on their mental and physical strength off the ice. The teams play a lot of games and travel all over North America to various showcase tournaments.
The success rate at Edge has been staggering, with 85-percent of grads moving onto post-secondary schools, 40-percent of those on full-ride scholarships. The 15-percent that haven’t moved onto university of college, a good chunk of them are playing professional hockey or major junior.
Former players Mathew Dumba (Minnesota Wild), Mitchell Moroz (Edmonton Oilers) and Coda Gordon (Calgary Flames) were all selected in 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Others like Brady Ramsay (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Joel Hamilton (Vancouver Giants), Aspen Sterzer (Kamloops Blazers) and Jeremy McIntosh (Spokane Chiefs) are chasing their hockey dreams in the Western Hockey League. Not to mention dozens of former players that are playing at the Junior A level, such as Chase McMurphy and James Robinson, who have committed to big-time Division I NCAA schools in the upcoming years.
Lest we forget former Edge products like Thomas Hickey, Joe Colborne and 2010 NHL Rookie of the Year Tyler Myers, who are all playing in the NHL.
For more information on the Edge School for Athletes, head on over to their website, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.