BOYS PREP (U- 18)
Coaching staff: CoFounder and President, Billy Doherty is a hands on leader who inspires the BHA coaching team and players to be their absolute best and make everyday a masterpiece.
Garry Unger is known worldwide as one of hockey’s great players. After spending 17 years in the NHL and experiencing numerous coaching successes, Garry is now dedicated to the development of young aspiring hockey players. Garry provides BHA players with exclusive access to endless anecdotes on how to be a sound performer game in and game out. His knowledge and passion for hockey is infectious.
Justin Cardinal is our Goaltending Consultant. He has been working in the WHL for the past 7 years with the the Prince George Cougars and the Kootenay Ice Justin works with goaltenders at all levels in Alberta from Minor Hockey all the way to the NHL level.
Education: All high school students attend the Banff Community High School and follow the Alberta Learning curriculum. Mandatory study halls are held 4 nights per week for 1.5 hours. These study halls will be tutored by qualified teachers.
Accommodation & Meals: All non local Prep team athletes are housed at the BHA residence located at 338 Banff Avenue or billeted by a Banff family. Each billet family is required to complete a careful screening process. Team meals and snacks are hosted at the BHA residence.
Dressing Room: The Men's Prep program has its own dressing room at the arena as well as laundry facilities, weight room, skate sharpening and physiotherapy rooms.
The BHA Prep team trains both on and off the ice daily. Practices are held from Monday -Friday for 90 minutes. Off ice training takes place either before skating sessions or after them. The Prep team plays in two leagues and has a schedule that consists of 30 to 36 games in the Canadian Sports School League and 38 games in the Heritage Junior Hockey League. The blend of these two leagues creates a powerful developmental and showcase opportunity for our athletes.
Our off-ice program consists of four-ninety minute sessions per week. During this time, we employ a variety of training disciplines from weight training, speed, agility and quickness to Peak Mental Performance coaching. These different methods all aid in the development of a more mature, physically and mentally balanced athlete. Our program is created and implemented by the BHA’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. The off-ice sessions occur at various locations throughout Banff depending on the type of workouts. The facilities used for our programs are Banff Community High School Gym and Weight Room, the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre, and the local track and field grounds.
The Banff Hockey Academy Peak Mental Performance is delivered by Richard Monette of InnerWarrior Coaching and Consulting. The PMP sessions take place in a classroom of the Banff Community High School twice a month and the sessions are one hour in length. Richard attends many of the BHA home games and shares his advice to the players before and after games.
The typical age of a PREP team member is 17 - 18 years of age. However, players can be 15 or 16 years of age as the team is built on ability first.
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