Application for Hockey Canada Skills Academy for Sept. 2016

We are very excited to offer students in our community the opportunity to enroll in a Hockey Skills Academy at our school. The Hockey Canada Skills Academy is a program designed to engage students in hockey during school hours to develop individual skills. Students will participate in on- and off-ice skill development and training. These activities will include: healthy living, nutrition, dry- land training and additional sports with transferable skills such as lacrosse, baseball and soccer. Throughout the program, students will also learn valuable life and employment skills such as teamwork, leadership, responsibility, perseverance, and problem solving. The development of these skills are critical to the academic achievement of our students.

Steve Dumonski, who is the Head Instructor for the Sioux Mountain Public School Hockey Academy, grew up in Northwestern Ontario playing minor hockey in Red Rock and Thunder Bay, Ontario. He played AAA Midget in Kapuskasing Ontario before being drafted into the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and later played for seven years in professional hockey leagues in the USA, including the East Coast Hockey League, and the United Hockey League. Steve currently lives in Sioux Lookout where he teaches grade 8 at Sioux Mountain Public School. He has coached the KA Wolverines, the Thunder Bay Bearcats of the SJHL, and the Thunder Bay Bantam AAA Kings. Steve currently co-coaches the Queen Elizabeth High School Boys Hockey Team.

Who can apply for the program?

Any boy or girl in grade 1 – 8 who is registered at Sioux Mountain can apply. For those students who do not currently attend our school, parents must complete a school registration form for September 2016 along with the Hockey Academy application form.

Does my child already have to play hockey?

No. Any child regardless of hockey skill level may apply. Our program is designed to ensure that students who already have experience and/or are enrolled in minor hockey have the opportunity to further develop their skill level.


Is there a cost to parents?

There will be no enrollment fees for our hockey skills academy. All parents will be asked to volunteer to support the program. This will include either volunteer time at the rink or participation in fundraising activities.


Will my child need to bring equipment?

We expect that some students will have equipment and others will need assistance. We will be working with corporate sponsors to help support the needs of our students and their families.


How will students get to the arena?

Students will be bussed to the arena.


How will the Hockey Academy affect students’ academic program?

In the primary division, the program replaces the Health and Physical Education curriculum. In the junior and intermediate grades, students will be asked to complete additional homework to compensate for the time allotted to the hockey academy. Their academic program will have the same rigour as other students.


What are the expectations for students enrolled in the program?

Students enrolled in the program must attend school regularly, put forth a solid effort in their academic studies and follow the rules and procedures of the school and the program. Students will also be expected to satisfactorily demonstrate each of the following positive learning skills: responsibility, collaboration, initiative, organization, independence, and self-regulation.


How many hours per week will students participate in the Hockey Skills Academy?

The number of hours devoted to the program will depend on the level of interest, and age group. On-ice time will begin in September and continue until April.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 29, 2016. If you have any questions, please call the school at: 737-3480.

Please note that application decisions will depend on the level of interest, commitment to the program and available space. Applications may also be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, while priority will be given to students currently registered at our school. Final decisions will ultimately reside with the school principal.

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