Program Profile: Yale Hockey Academy

Located in Abbotsford, BC, Yale Hockey Academy joined the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) in 2013, competing in the U15, U15 Prep, U17 Prep and U18 Prep divisions.

PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION STATEMENT

Yale Hockey Academy will…

Promote academic and athletic excellence. We will develop self-confident Life Champions who are committed to continuous improvement as scholars, athletes, and community leaders. We will coach positive attitudes, sportsmanship, and teamwork. We will teach career planning, skill development, and community citizenship.

Our success will be measured in our students’ growth as “Life Champions”!

LIST OF TEAMS

  • U15
  • U15 Prep
  • U17 Prep
  • U18 Prep

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LOCATION AND YEAR THE PROGRAM ENTERED THE CSSHL

  • Ice & Dryland
    • Summit Centre (3600 Townline Road, Abbotsford, BC)
  • Year entered the CSSHL
    • 2013

EDUCATION

  • Partner school
    • Yale Secondary School
  • What are some of the things your program does to provide educational support?
    • Our dedicated team off education assistants, are ready and able to support a diverse group of learners. Students with designated IEP’s are paired with a support teacher who regularly meets to monitor our student athletes progress through their individual education plans. Moreover, our educators are regularly available for remedial support throughout the day. Finally, all staff regularly monitor student athletes’ achievement scores throughout the year.
  • How are grades monitored and how often?
    • Yale Hockey Academy/Yale Secondary Teachers make use of MYEd to post achievement scores and students to monitor.
  • How are courses and the graduation path for student athletes chosen?
    • Our student athletes are fortunate to have a team four course counselors to assist all of them in graduation/course planning.
  • Do you have an academic probation policy?
    • Yes, we follow the policy in the Yale Hockey Academy policy manual (up to two-week probationary period)
    • The Yale Hockey Academy is proud to encourage, support, and train the Student-Athlete. Because the Yale Hockey Academy places a heavy emphasis on academic excellence, it is mandatory for all Yale Hockey Academy students to maintain a B average (73% cumulative) while attending our program. Many of our students have gone on to receive scholarships at the NCAA level or CIS level. The Yale Hockey Academy wishes to maintain a high academic standard.
    • In addition to British Columbia’s graduation program, the Yale Hockey Academy supports those students wishing to obtain hockey scholarships in the USA.  Therefore, our senior students are required to write the SAT.  Our program preps each student desiring to write the SAT through tutorial sessions, and support classes.

ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

  • https://www.yhahockey.com/page/show/7835304-school-information
  • The Yale Hockey Academy is proud to encourage, support, and train the Student-Athlete. Because the Yale Hockey Academy places a heavy emphasis on academic excellence, it is mandatory for all Yale Hockey Academy students to maintain a B average (73% cumulative) while attending our program. Many of our students have gone on to receive scholarships at the NCAA level or CIS level. The Yale Hockey Academy wishes to maintain a high academic standard.
  • In addition to British Columbia’s graduation program, the Yale Hockey Academy supports those students wishing to obtain hockey scholarships in the USA.  Therefore, our senior students are required to write the SAT.  Our program preps each student desiring to write the SAT through tutorial sessions, and support classes.
  • Student-Athletes who are committed to developing as:
    • Scholars
    • Athletes
    • Role-Models with strong Character

RESIDENTIAL LIFE

  • Do you offer a billeting program or a dormitory for non-local student athletes?
    • Billeting Program – the billet / student athlete connection is developed thru Billy Wilms
  • What kind of life skills to the student athletes learn by living in the dorms or with billets?
    • Interacting with families
    • Independence
    • Cleanliness and family chores
    • Self-accountability
    • Character

STUDENT ATHLETE HEALTH

  • How are injuries and sick student athletes monitored?
    • Through our Head Athletic Kim Hawker.  Ms. Hawker works with the student athletes / families and doctors to ensure a speedy but safe return to play.

SCHEDULE

  • What days the daily schedule look like for a student athlete in your program?
  • How many games can your teams expect to play?
    •  U15
      • League = 36
      • Tournaments = 3 @ 5-6 games per tournament
      • Playoff Games = 3-5
    • U15 Prep
      • League = 36
      • Tournaments = 3 @ 5-6 games per tournament
      • Playoff Games = 3-5
    • U17 Prep
      • League = 36
      • Tournaments = 2 @ 5-6 games per tournament
      • Playoff Games = 3-5
    • U18 Prep
      • League = 36
      • Tournaments = 2 @ 5-6 games per tournament
      • Playoff Games = 3-5
  • What does the on and off ice training look like?
    • Off Ice
      • Speed Agility Quickness run by Antonio Domingo.  A local dryland specialist that has a great repour with the student athletes
    • On-ice
      • Weekly skill development, team play strategies, special teams tactics
  • How long does your program run?
    • September – June **mirrors the school year
      • CSSHL League Player – September to March
      • Skill Development – April to June

KEY CSSHL ALUMNI

  • Zach Benson – Buffalo Sabres
  • Bowen Byram – Buffalo Sabres
  • Dylan Cozens – Buffalo Sabres
  • Logan Stankoven – Dallas Stars
  • Noah Juulsen – Vancouver Canucks
  • Shea Theodore – Vegas Knights
  • Gage Goncalves – Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Devon Toews – Colorado Avalanche
  • Jake Virtanen – Vancouver Canucks/Europe Pro

KEY STAFF AND CONTACT

NAME POSITION CONTACT INFO.
Billy Wilms Director of Player Personnel l Community Relations bwilms@yhahockey.com
Brad Bowen Director of Hockey Operations l U15 Prep Coach bbowen@yhahockey.com
Erin Thornton Director of Programs l U15 Prep Coach ethornton@yhahockey.com
Doneau Menard Head Coach U15 hardcorehockey@telus.net
Derry Menard Ast. Coach U15 derrynards@hotmail.com
Mark Holick Head Coach U17 Prep markholick@gmail.com
Andy Neilsen Goaltending Coach l Ast. Coach U17 Prep andy@nextlevelgoaltending.com
Adam Nugent-Hopkins Head Coach U18 Prep arlnh72@gmail.com
Antonio Domingo Strength & Conditioning Coach coachdomingo@gmail.com
Kim Hawker Sports Therapist l Rehabilitation

 PRICE

  • What is including in the price to attend the program?
    • Team Fees = $15,500 (reviewed every spring)
      • Practice ice/dryland rental/apparel/equipment/facility rentals/business ops/coach’s salaries
    • Travel Fees = $7,000 – $8,000
      • Depending on league travel
      • Travel expenses
        • Busing/flights/meals/accommodations/entry fees

CONTACT

  • What is the best way to contact the program?
    • Website: yhahockey.com
    • Email: info@yhahockey.com or ethornton@yhahockey.com
    • Phone: 604-615-0080
    • Social Media:
      • Instagram: yha_lions
      • X: @YHA_Lions