Coaching staff: Mikko Makela leads our Female Program and brings with him a wealth of hockey knowledge and a track record of placing close to one hundred female student-athletes into college.

Mikko played 7 seasons in the NHL and played in two Olympics for team Finland, winning a Bronze medal in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway.  Mikko is also a  two time winner of the JWHL (Junior Women’s Hockey League) and a former Team Alberta U18 and U16 coach for the girls.

Mikko is supported by Garry Unger, Billy Doherty and Kaylee Ram.

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 female athletes are billeted by a Banff family. Each billet family is required to complete a careful screening process. Local families whose daughter participates in the BHA program are given the first opportunity to host a student.  Team meals and snacks are at the BHA residence.

Dressing Room: The Girl’s Prep Team has their own dressing room with individual stalls at the Banff Recreation Centre.

BHA Girl's Team on Johnson's Lake

BHA Girl's Team on Johnson's Lake

BHA Girl's Prep Challenge Cup Silver Medalists

BHA Girl's Prep Challenge Cup Silver Medalists

Started in 2010-2011, the Women's Prep Team is a 19-U development program for female hockey players from all over the world. The program will consist of 15 to 19 year old female hockey players that are looking to improve their skills and academics in order to pursue a university education and to play college hockey.

The Women’s Prep team practices four to five times a week for ninety minutes per session. The BHA program focuses on skill development and team tactics to improve the player's skill level and understanding of the game.

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 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 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 Recreation Centre has completed a $ 33 million upgrade and renovation.  The Women's Prep program has its own dressing room at the arena as well as laundry facilities, weight room, skate sharpening and physiotherapy rooms.

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