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The following is feedback from students, parents and others that have witnessed and/or participated in the program. 

“This academy has been a great learning experience. It has promoted and encouraged my hockey development in a fun educational way. The staff is approachable and knowledgeable, giving me a sense of comfort and belonging.”

  • KIERAN BLOCK, GRADE 10 

“The on ice sessions are high tempo, challenging, fun and offer a variety of new drills everyday.”

  • STEVE KORDYBAN, GRADE 11

“Every day is an interesting challenge to look forward to. I feel I am accomplishing and learning a lot.”

  •  ANDREW JACKSON, GRADE 12

“We are extremely happy with the hockey program offered at St. Francis Xavier High School. The instructors and guest speakers are of the highest caliber and our son has definitely improved physically and mentally, enabling him to perform at a much higher standard of hockey. The scholastic program offered by F.X. is top notch and the Hockey Academy is a plus for the promising young athlete.”

  • BETTY BRADLEY, PARENT

“The fitness aspect of the program has improved my level of strength. My endurance has doubled and my agility has been brought up to a higher level.”

  • KATIE SAWATSKE, GRADE 10

“The hockey program has helped both on and off the ice. The on-ice sessions are high tempo and allow me to develop skills at my own pace.”

  • AMANDA DICK, GRADE 11

“The Hockey Academy has greatly helped with my skill development. It has made me stronger, faster and has shown me how to be mentally ready for games. The Academy has helped me to perform at my best on my team – even my coach says he can see the improvement.”

  • WHITNEY JUSZKIEWICZ, GRADE 11

“The on-ice sessions gave me the opportunity to work on my individual skills, giving me more confidence to bring my game to a higher level.”

  • ERIN DUGGAN, GRADE 12

“The St. Francis Xavier High School Hockey Academy is a very progressive program that involves young athletes striving to combine Hockey and Education. I am impressed that the program covers not only Ice Sessions, but also Fitness and Mental Skills. As a parent of a student attending the Hockey Academy, I can honestly tell you that my daughter truly enjoys getting up and going to school everyday.”

  • ROCKY MAZE, HEAD COACH, CAC, JR. FEMALE HOCKEY CLUB

“The St. Francis Xavier High School Hockey ‘Academy promotes the development of young players by emphasizing basic skill development which lacks in most minor hockey practices This program compliments the core courses by adding fun to a learning environment.”

  • JUSTIN REYNOLDS. ASSISTANT COACH, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA PANDAS

‘The F.X. Hockey Academy allows athletes to develop and prepare for a high level of hockey, while placing a strong focus on education. The educational benefits while developing in this program provide for opportunities in hockey and beyond.

  • IAN KALLAY, COACH/G.M., DRAYTON VALLEY THUNDER – AJHL

Testimonials

The following is feedback from students, parents and others that have witnessed and/or participated in the program. 

“This academy has been a great learning experience. It has promoted and encouraged my hockey development in a fun educational way. The staff is approachable and knowledgeable, giving me a sense of comfort and belonging.”

  • KIERAN BLOCK, GRADE 10 

“The on ice sessions are high tempo, challenging, fun and offer a variety of new drills everyday.”

  • STEVE KORDYBAN, GRADE 11

“Every day is an interesting challenge to look forward to. I feel I am accomplishing and learning a lot.”

  •  ANDREW JACKSON, GRADE 12

“We are extremely happy with the hockey program offered at St. Francis Xavier High School. The instructors and guest speakers are of the highest caliber and our son has definitely improved physically and mentally, enabling him to perform at a much higher standard of hockey. The scholastic program offered by F.X. is top notch and the Hockey Academy is a plus for the promising young athlete.”

  • BETTY BRADLEY, PARENT

“The fitness aspect of the program has improved my level of strength. My endurance has doubled and my agility has been brought up to a higher level.”

  • KATIE SAWATSKE, GRADE 10

“The hockey program has helped both on and off the ice. The on-ice sessions are high tempo and allow me to develop skills at my own pace.”

  • AMANDA DICK, GRADE 11

“The Hockey Academy has greatly helped with my skill development. It has made me stronger, faster and has shown me how to be mentally ready for games. The Academy has helped me to perform at my best on my team – even my coach says he can see the improvement.”

  • WHITNEY JUSZKIEWICZ, GRADE 11

“The on-ice sessions gave me the opportunity to work on my individual skills, giving me more confidence to bring my game to a higher level.”

  • ERIN DUGGAN, GRADE 12

“The St. Francis Xavier High School Hockey Academy is a very progressive program that involves young athletes striving to combine Hockey and Education. I am impressed that the program covers not only Ice Sessions, but also Fitness and Mental Skills. As a parent of a student attending the Hockey Academy, I can honestly tell you that my daughter truly enjoys getting up and going to school everyday.”

  • ROCKY MAZE, HEAD COACH, CAC, JR. FEMALE HOCKEY CLUB

“The St. Francis Xavier High School Hockey ‘Academy promotes the development of young players by emphasizing basic skill development which lacks in most minor hockey practices This program compliments the core courses by adding fun to a learning environment.”

  • JUSTIN REYNOLDS. ASSISTANT COACH, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA PANDAS

‘The F.X. Hockey Academy allows athletes to develop and prepare for a high level of hockey, while placing a strong focus on education. The educational benefits while developing in this program provide for opportunities in hockey and beyond.

  • IAN KALLAY, COACH/G.M., DRAYTON VALLEY THUNDER – AJHL