Nine Canadian Hockey Skills Academies in Full Operation for 2002-2003 School Year
June 28, 2002

CALGARY, ALBERTA - After two years of operating as a pilot project of the CHA's development program, the Canadian Hockey Skills Academy (CHSA) Program will have nine new licensed programs in full operation for the 2002-2003 school year, the Canadian Hockey Association announced on Thursday.

At the recent 2002 Annual General Meeting, the CHA Board approved making the CHSA an official program of CHA Hockey Development, after two years as a pilot project.

The CHSA are a direct result of a recommendation that was approved at the 1999 Molson Open Ice Summit on player development in Canada. The 10th recommendation stated that the CHA should: "Promote cooperative efforts between school boards, local hockey associations and sponsors, to better utilize ice times and school facilities and move towards the development of sport schools."

"We're excited to see the CHSA concept take shape and become an important part of the CHA's hockey development program," said Johnny Misley, the CHA's Director, Development. "By taking advantage of available ice-time during the day, the Canadian Hockey Skill Academy Program represents a new and innovative way to further improve skill development."

The Canadian Hockey Skill Academies are based on a number of principles:

  • Strictly supplementary to the existing programs run by Branch Minor Hockey Associations;

  • To provide additional training for minor hockey aged players;

  • Focused on individual skill development and academic achievement;

  • May not establish or develop teams for competition, instead program curriculum is focused on individual skill training;

  • Is an equity based program therefore must provide program access to students through a scholarship program derived by the school or school board;

  • Sanctioned for operation by the CHA, the Provincial Branch and the local School Board

Canadian Hockey Skill Academies in operation in 2002-2003 are:

Location Academies Contact person

Pentiction, BC Penticton Secondary School/Okanagan Hockey School Larry Lund (250-493-1408)

Edmonton, AB Ross Sheppard High School Brian Buchynski (780-430-6939)

Medicine Hat, AB Medicine Hat High School/Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Association : General Manager (403-527-5773)

Pincher Creek, AB St. Michael's School Kevin Yellowaga (403-628-2968)

Thunder Bay, ON St. Patrick High School Dave Bragnolo (807-346-8915)

Hamilton, ON Sherwood Secondary School Anthony Herrington (905-526-0098)

Hartney, MB Hartney School Guy Williams (204-858-2634)

Winnipeg, MB George Waters Middle School Dwayne Green (204-888-0457)

Winnipeg, MB École Seven Oaks Steve Medwick (204-697-4184)

A number of applications from other locations across Canada are currently under review and awaiting approval.

For information on the Canadian Hockey Skills Academy Program and the application process, contact the CHA's Director, Development, Johnny Misley, at 403-777-4586 or at

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
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