CSSHL Program Profile: Prairie Hockey Academy

“Using the power of hockey to develop Life Champions”

Located in Caronport, Sask., 20 minutes west of Moose Jaw, the Prairie Hockey Academy entered the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in 2018.

2020-21 Teams:
U17 Prep
U16 Prep



Partner School: Briercrest Christian Academy (BCA)

What are some of the things your program does to provide educational support?

“We have a student support centre staffed with two student support teachers. We have study halls every evening for 60-90 minutes, as well as study periods on all travel days and away weekends. The High School is connected to Briercrest College, which gives high school students access to upper-class humanities, student-run student success centre and tutors.”

How are grades monitored and how often?

“All classes, assignments, and grades are all organized and available on Canvas (website and app). Teachers, students, parents and coaches have access to the student-athletes Canvas account. We have weekly meetings with BCA administrators to discuss the current academic standing and eligibility of our student-athletes.”

How are courses and the graduation path for student athletes chosen?

“The school’s Vice-Principal is our academic liaison and works with each student-athletes specific graduation path.”

Do you have an academic probation policy?

“Our academic probation policy is implemented and monitored in partnership with Briercrest Christian Academy.”

“Our academic probation policy is implemented and monitored in partnership with Briercrest Christian Academy.”



Do you offer a billeting program or a dormitory for non-local student athletes?

“We have on-campus dormitories that are ran by the school. The dorm staff includes a Residence Director, Residence Assistant Director, three or four Residence Advisors and on each floor, there are one or two College Livers, who are upper-class college students that live in the high school dorm.”

What kind of life skills do the student athletes learn by living in the dorms?

“The dorm encourages a high level of self-discipline and maturity. Student athletes are required to keep their rooms cleaned and have the option to do their laundry at the dorms.”



How are injuries and sick student athletes monitored?

“We partner with Highland Rehabilitation Centre in Moose Jaw, which is fully equipped to provide all rehab equipment necessary, to care for the student athletes’ injuries. Highland sends out a Certified Athletic Therapist at least once a week for appointments during the day in Caronport to care for the student-athletes. Student athletes are seen and monitored as requested by the staff of Highland Rehabilitation and follow up appointments booked as needed. Sick students are monitored and cared for by the dorm staff and coaching staff.”



What does the daily schedule look like for a Prairie Hockey Academy student athlete?

“Each day is divided between classroom learning periods and on and off ice training sessions to ensure that PHA student-athletes maintain balance in both their academic studies and athletic performance. You can find more about the day in the life of a PHA student athlete by clicking here.

How many games can your teams expect to play?

“Our teams play over 45 games every season, which includes the CSSHL regular season and Championships, exhibition games and tournaments.”

What does the on and off ice training look like?

“Being a Hockey Canada Accredited School, our student athletes train for 10-months, from September until June. They receive 165-205 of on-ice hours, 185-215 off-ice hours, on top of the 140 study hall hours. We conduct four fitness tests a year (September, December, March and June), which includes height and weight measurements, beep test, squat, standing broad jump, vertical jump, bench press, med ball toss, pull-ups.”



Who are some of the key staff Prairie Hockey Academy?

Justin Simpkins, Program Director
Erik Robitaille, Dir. Hockey Operations
Scott King, Dir. Player Development
Lorne Molleken, Dir. Coach Development
Lloyd Friesen, Dir of Alumni Relations
Jordan Cheechoo, Head Coach U17 Prep
Micah Abbott, Head Coach U16 Prep
Darryl Osborn, Video and Analytics Coach
Andy Schmidt, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Matt Weninger, Goaltender Development Coach
Liane Davis, Power Skating Coach



What is included in the price to attend the Prairie Hockey Academy?

“Our hockey fees are $18,500 (+GST) and include 165-205 of on-ice hours, 185-215 off-ice hours, 140 study hall hours, transportation, food and hotels for away weekends, team apparel, team equipment, leadership classes and guest speakers. Academic fees vary upon place of residence. People can contact us for more information.”



What is the best way to contact the Prairie Hockey Academy?

Website: prairiehockey.ca
Email: info@prairiehockey.ca