Athletic Teams


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Teaching balance both on and off the ice.

St. George’s School offers talented student-athletes a hockey program that is tailored to emphasize high-level competition and dedication to academics. We focus on developing strong, competitive players both on and off the ice, and take pride in the integration of our players to the wider scholastic and social school community.
St. George’s School offers all students who meet age and admission requirements the opportunity to try out for one of our teams: U15 Varsity, U15 Prep, U17 Prep, or U18 Prep. These teams are registered with the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL), a sports organization dedicated to education-based hockey for elite-level student-athletes.
Students participating in the Hockey Program will receive a distinguished education while playing hockey at the highest level available. Our teams frequently travel across North America for games, tournaments, and unique opportunities that may not be found in any other hockey program.
The academic focus within the program is a key component of our overall approach to developing character. Team schedules are built around school hours to allow the player to achieve their maximum educational potential while developing their hockey skills in the morning or after school.
All St. George’s Students are expected to be fully committed to the joy and rigours of their academic, co-curricular, and service opportunities.


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    Todd Harkins 

    Head of Hockey

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  • Program Structure

    Our relationship with the University of British Columbia ensures that our players have access to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, including dedicated dryland training space and three sheets of ice.
    We have our own designated change room with space for all four of our rosters. Each player receives their own stall for equipment within the change room, with onsite laundry, and state-of-the-art fitness and recovery facilities immediately adjacent.
    ON-ICE: Each team practices four times per week, outside of school hours.
    • 1 technical and 3 tactical practices
    • 1 goalie specific training session

    Each team has a minimum of two sessions per week.
    Skill-Specific Training:
    Allows for individualization of training for each athlete, both on and off the ice. This approach ensures each boy can build his skills along a continuum that best meets the player’s needs. All coaches and players can access both home and away game video footage, allowing them to review their on-ice performance for improvement and individual development. The following specific areas have dedicated coaches who work with athletes throughout the year:
    • Power Skating Coach
    • Player Development Coach
    • Goaltending Coach
    • Strength and Conditioning Coach

    While each hockey season presents new opportunities for competitive play, a typical season can be characterized as follows:
    • Seven months – September 1st to March 30th
    • 50 games, including showcases, tournaments, championships, etc.
    • 130 hours of on-ice time
    • 65 hours of dryland practice
    • Routine travel across North America for games, tournaments, and unique opportunities
  • Goals

    In the spirit of the School’s mission — Building Fine Young Men. One Boy at a Time — the goals of the Hockey Program are to:
    • Integrate academics and hockey so they benefit from each other;
    • Develop fine young men using hockey as a vehicle for personal growth;
    • Elevate and expand your son’s natural skills and talents with innovative, professional coaching;
    • Develop each boy’s sense of self-worth as a valuable member of a Hockey Program;
    • Develop strong team members that compete at their highest competitive level; and
    • Prepare student-athletes for junior and/or collegiate hockey.
  • Coaches

    U18 Prep Team
    Head Coach – Tyler Kuntz
    Assistant Coach – Naeem Bardai
    U17 Prep Team
    Head Coach – Bayne Koen
    Assistant Coach – Zachary Yuen '11
    U15 Prep Team
    Head Coach – Todd Harkins
    Assistant Coach – Joe Carvalho
    U15 Varsity Team
    Head Coach – Mike Grant
    Assistant Coach – Nicklas Harkins
    Player Development Team
    Power Skating Coach – Karen Kos
    Power Skating Coach – Victor Kraatz
    Goalie Coach – Lynden Sammartino
    Strength & Conditioning Coach – Peter Provenzano
    Support Staff
    Athletic Performance Lead – Lisa White
    Head of Student Health – Kelly Bodutch
    Head Trainer – Jonathan Figueroa
    Head Equipment Manager – Nolan Bowker
    Athletic Boarding Liaison – Connor Jaques
    Head of Transportation – Gary Backhouse
  • Cost

    Day Students: $20,000
    Boarding Students: $13,000
    Payment plans for the 2023–24 season are available upon request. Please contact Todd Harkins at for more information.
    What’s Included in the Hockey Program Fee:
    • Professional coaches, trainers, and skill coaches
    • Professional strength and conditioning coach for hockey-specific dryland training
    • A Development Team that is dedicated to maximizing overall player development and experience
    • A modern dressing room and fitness centre in our home arena  – the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC
    • Select, high-profile invitational tournaments for each team, CSSHL League Games, and CSSHL Championship Playoffs
    • Travel by coach bus in BC and major airline travel outside of BC
    • Hotel accommodations for each team and select nutritional meals provided on all road trips
    • Professional-level hockey apparel that includes a tracksuit, polo shirt, dry strip, jacket, travel bag, and backpack
    • Team uniforms including jersey, socks, pant shell covers, helmet (cage), gloves, and an equipment bag

    As with all applicants to the School, families are welcome to apply for financial assistance.
    For more information on financial assistance, please check the following link or contact
      • Please note: While the School does offer financial assistance, it does not offer athletic scholarships.
  • Program Alumni

    Andrew Cristall '23 – Kelowna Rockets (WHL), 2022 Team Canada U18
    Connor Levis '22 – Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
    Josh Mori '22 – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
    Thomas Tien '22 – Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
    Trevor Wong '21 – Kelowna Rockets, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
    Kayden Sadhra-Kang '21 – Lethbridge Hurricanes, Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
St. George’s School acknowledges that we are situated on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam First Nation.

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