CSSHL Program Profile: Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg

Located in Oak Bluffs, MB, the Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg joined the CSSHL in 2016 and has now expanded to offer four teams.

2020-21 Teams:
U18 Prep
Female U18 Prep
U16 Prep
U15 Prep


Partner School: Shaftesbury High School (Grades 9-12)

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

“RHA provides a tutor at minimum twice a month, with that becoming weekly near exam times. Study Halls happen daily at the RINK as well as on the road.”

How are grades monitored and how often?

“Grades are accumulated by Shaftesbury staff and then sent to head coaches. Once a month there is a progress report of each student, as well as at each report card date which occurs four times during the school year.”

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

“Courses are chosen by the students at the end of each school year for the next year. Mrs. Clark who is the academic advisor for RHA helps all the student athletes in choosing the right courses and helps with career path. We as a program allow the Shaftesbury High School advisors to do all the coordinating on courses and career paths.”

Do you have an academic probation policy?

“Student athletes are to maintain a 70% average in school, which is reviewed monthly. Each student has certain circumstances on that grade point.”


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

“RHA has a billet coordinator where together with the coaching staff look for a family to billet the student athlete. It is encouraged that families from the appropriate team billet the student athlete but if no options are available, we look externally to outside families. This process includes a questionnaire, in house visit and reference checks. There is monthly check in and year end exit interview. We make sure it is imperative that the student athlete and family have a connection and it is the right fit for both parties.”


How are injuries and sick student athletes monitored?

“All injuries and illnesses are handled and monitored by the personal development team and coaching staffs. The personal development team consists of athletic therapists, the team physician and therapy service team. Each team’s head coach is contacted daily on the recovery of student athletes.

Parents/guardians are in contact with our staff in regard to the severity of the injury, recovery time and any other medical issues.”


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

“Student Athletes attend Shaftesbury High School from 7:30-12:00 and then arrive at the RINK Training Centre around 12:30 pm for their afternoon activities. In the afternoon they have an on-ice full team practice or skill session, an off-ice workout as well as study hall time in one of our boardrooms. All activities are completed by 5:00 pm.”

How many games can your teams expect to play?

“All RHA teams play a minimum of 50 games, with teams playing between 50-60 games a season, which includes the CSSHL regular season and Championships, exhibition games and tournaments both in Canada and the United States.”

What does the on and off ice training look like?

“We try to guarantee a minimum of 50 games, 150 practice hours, 120 study hall hours and 150 off-ice training hours. A major focus of our program is the skill development program where we incorporate RINK Player Development and RINK Goalie Development. RINK Testify Performance handles all the off-ice training where programs are set put for each player individually and are based off the student athletes workload during the week or upcoming weekend.”


Who are some of the key staff at the Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg?

Ryan Cyr, Governor
Brad Rice, Governor
Brad Purdie, U15 Prep Head Coach
Jeff Borse, U15 Prep Assistant Coach
Sandy Henry, U16 Prep Head Coach
Rob Smith, U18 Prep Head Coach
Ian Duval, U18 Prep Assistant Coach
Maggie Litchfield-Medd, U18 Female Prep Head Coach
Tess Dusik, U18 Female Prep Assistant Coach
Izzadmaher Satoudian, Head Athletic Therapist
Matt Asmundson, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Tyler Fehr, Hockey Operations
Nick Fuher, Director of Player Personnel
Dwayne Gylywoychuk, Coaching Consultant
Sherryann Clark, Education Advisor
Jenny Brennan, Billet Coordinator


What is included in the price to attend the Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg?

“The cost for the ten-month program (September-June) is $26,500 plus GST. This cost covers everything for the student athlete from games, tournaments, off/on ice training, travel, food, equipment, apparel, skate sharpening and more. If a student athlete requires billets, there is a separate cost between the host family and student athlete family for approximately $500 a month.”


What is the best way to contact the Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg?

Website: rinkhockeyacademywinnipeg.ca
Email: info@therink.ca