Program Profile: STAR Hockey Academy

Located in Seattle, Washington, STAR Hockey Academy joined the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) in 2023/24 and will compete in the U15, U15 Prep and U17 Prep divisions next season.


  • STAR provides our student athletes with elite development opportunities in education, sport and leadership. We are dedicated to creating a“team” environment in all areas of our programs that allow each member to thrive with the unwavering support of their coaches and teammates.


  • U15
  • U15 Prep
  • U17 Prep


  • STAR Hockey Academy is located in Kent, WA just 20 minutes south of Seattle. Our facility is a 10-minute drive from Sea-Tac Airport making it convenient for out-of-state families to fly in and catch a game. STAR entered the league in 2023-2024 and placed 4th out of 13 teams in our U15 inaugural season.


  • Partner school
    • Grades 9-12: Kennedy Catholic High School
    • Grades: 7-8: St. Bernadette Parish School
  • What are some of the things your program does to provide educational support?
    • STAR works closely with both Kennedy Catholic and St. Bernadette’s to build a schedule that is both academically and athletically rigorous for our student athletes. Our hockey schedule is built to minimize days away from school with a goal of no more than 9 days of school missed per season. We also provide weekly study halls both at our training facility and when traveling on the road. Kennedy has a strong student mentor program, excellent tutoring resources and early morning class assistance for students looking for extra 1:1 time with teachers. As a Niche “A” rated academic private school, Kennedy also offers an exceptional Student to Teacher ratio of 8:1 allowing each student a high level of daily interaction and monitoring by their teachers.
  • How are grades monitored and how often?
    • Our student athlete grades are monitored weekly. Both Kennedy Catholic and St. Bernadette communicate directly with our Hockey Director (Tanner Glass) and highlight any concerns that need to be addressed. All Coaches consider academic excellence a key component to our players development.
  • How are courses and the graduation path for student athletes chosen?
    • Kennedy Catholic structures its academic curriculum to prepare all student athletes to apply and be competitive candidates for post-secondary education. They offer a robust Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit coursework. They also offer more than 60 athletic teams and clubs allowing for students to thrive both in and out of the classroom. As proof of our shared academic goals, the Kennedy graduating class of 2023 had a 100% college acceptance rate. Finally, as a US Private School we are closely connected to all NCAA requirements for our athletes who choose the USA college hockey path.
  • Do you have an academic probation policy?
    • Our academic expectations are that students maintain or exceed a 3.0 GPA. Any player that falls below a 3.0 will be placed on educational support in order to bring them back into good standing. We recognize the opportunities for our players both in and out of hockey are greatly enhanced with strong academic results.


  • Do you offer a billeting program or a dormitory for non-local student athletes?
    • Kennedy Catholic (STAR’s high school partner) offers both Dormitory and Homestay programs for STAR student athletes. Dorms are just steps away from the school and include a fitness room, game room, study area and staffed kitchen. Homestay is a more traditional “billeting” solution for our players that allows for carefully screened families to host our student athletes. Host families are required to maintain regular communication with the school to ensure a safe and happy homestay experience for all students.


  • How are injuries and sick student athletes monitored?
    • We employ Certified Athletic Trainers during all CSSHL games to monitor the health and safety of all players. We also require all off-ice training professionals to be fully certified in athletic training and CPR. We also have a mental health professional (Dr. D’Anthony Smith) who works with our athletes each month on various mental health and sports psychology topics. Our coaches follow all USA Hockey concussion protocols. And, we keep parents informed at all stages of injury with frequent updates on any change of injury status.


  • What does the daily schedule look like for a student athlete in your program?
    • At the U15 / U15 prep level, student athletes attend school from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Players then take a shuttle from school to the rink and eat lunch together. Then one team will hit the ice from 1:30pm – 2:45pm while the second team hits the gym. Teams then switch (on-ice / gym) and continue training from 3pm – 4:15pm. A minimum of once a week we replace a gym session with a group video session. There are also individual video sessions throughout the week that players and coaches work through together. A typical day wraps up between 4:30 – 5pm. In addition, twice a week, all STAR teams have dedicated 3v3 Freeplay ice at our small-ice private training facility in Issaquah (30-minutes from the rink). These typically run from 5-7pm and are highly attended, offer exceptional development and support team bonding opportunities.
    • At the U17 prep level, student athletes begin their day on the ice from 7:45am – 9am Monday – Friday. Then they are shuttled to the school to begin classes at 9:30am. They attend core courses throughout the rest of the day with one afternoon period dedicated to “off-ice” development at the Kennedy gym, track and / or training facility. The U17 prep day ends between 2:30pm – 3pm allowing players to join other high school sports teams or clubs, grab a bus or be picked up for home. As with the U15 teams, the U17 prep team also has two dedicated 3v3 Freeplay sessions that typically run between 5-7pm M-F or on open weekends.
  • How many games can your teams expect to play?
    • All STAR teams will play between 40-50 games per season. These include all CSSHL regular season games and Championships, exhibition games and potential USA Hockey Tier 1 State, District and National Championship games.
  • What does the on and off ice training look like?
    • On-Ice Highlights:
      • 4-5 practices per week (75-min, single team, full-ice)
      • 40-50 games per season
      • Dedicated focus on fundamental hockey skills with weekly power skating, elite skill drills, regular on-ice testing.
      • Team concepts / hockey systems weekly
      • Hyper focused on-ice cognitive development (decision making, processing speed through pressure drills and small ice 3v3).
      • Digital video analysis both at the team and individual level
      • Professional coaching staff with NHL credentials providing a consistent message that preparation, work ethic, daily effort and efficient recovery are essential ingredients to ongoing development
    • Off -Ice Highlights:
      • 4-5x per week on-site training facility
      • Strategic blend of strength, agility, range of motion, recovery, speed and muscular endurance phases throughout the year
      • Utilizing free weights, plyometrics, core equipment and school track to support physical development objectives
      • Multiple off-ice testing days to compare and measure progress and / or assess individual development opportunities
      • Nutritional and rest / recovery guidance ongoing
  • How long does your program run?
    • STAR offers a 10-month hockey development program that mirrors the school year (September – June).


  • STAR Hockey Academy operates out of Kent Valley Ice Center in Kent, WA. The facility hosts an 800-seat ice surface and is currently in the process of adding a second STAR dedicated ice-surface to be completed in the summer of 2025. A few facility highlights:
    • 1 ice surface + 1 NEW ice surface dedicated to STAR (by Summer 2025)
    • Private Academy locker rooms
    • Dedicated on-site private gym fully equipped with an on-site shooting lane
    • Private “Club” Team room (study hall, team video, relaxing, refreshments, etc)
    • Full-size classroom
    • 3-acres of city maintained fields (baseball/recreation) surrounding the rink
    • Batting Cages/mini-golf
    • On-site skate sharpening
  • STAR also has access to a private training facility in Issaquah, WA. That facility includes:
    • Small 3v3 ice surface
    • 4,000 square foot sport court
    • 3v3 Basketball
    • Pickelball
    • Golf Practice area/Trampoline
    • 3-acre field for games (soccer, flag football, lacrosse, etc)
    • Across the street from a 2.5 mile uphill hike (~2,000 vertical feet)
    • Large riverside fire pit/field for team events
    • Private Academy locker room


    • Tanner Glass – Hockey Director and VP. Former NHL Player (500+ games) and current New York Ranger Asst. Director of Player Development. Email:
    • Rob Sumner – Program Director. Current NHL Calgary Flames Asst Director of Scouting and Former WHL Coach (15 years). Email:
    • Turner Stevenson – U17 Prep Coach. Former NHL Player (644 Games) and Stanley Cup Champion (2003). Email:
    • Andrew Howard – U15 Prep Coach. Former NCAA player, NHL Arizona Coyotes Video Coach and Scout and Tier 1 Elite Coach. Email:
    • Jamieson McVicar – U15 Asst Coach and STAR Skills Director. Masters Degree in Coaching from Ohio University. Former ACHA D1 Asst Coach. Email:
    • Tom Ogee – U15 Coach. Former USHL hockey player, NCAA baseball player and two-time WA State Coach of the Year. Email:
    • Chinda Che – Strength and Conditioning
    • Lucas Bill- Strength and Conditioning
    • D’Anthony Smith – Mental Skills / Sports Psychology


  • Breakdown of our fees:
    • Hockey Program Tuition: $18,900
    • Travel Fee (billed at cost): $2k – $5k (Team/Schedule dependent)
    • St. Bernadette’s Middle School: ~$6,750
    • Kennedy Catholic High School: ~$14,500
    • Homestay “Billet” Program: ~$850 per month (varies by family)