Hockey

Ice hockey is one of Canada’s national pastimes and, as Canada’s World School for Boys, Vancouver’s St. George’s School offers talented student-athletes a hockey program that is motivating, demanding, and transformational. 
 
St. George’s School offers all age-appropriate students who meet the School’s admission requirements the opportunity to apply to play for our U15 Varsity team, U15 Prep team, as well as our U17 Prep team and U18 Prep team. These teams are registered with the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL), an organization whose mission it is “to be national leaders in education-based hockey.”
 
Student-Athletes in our Program will have a complete educational experience while playing hockey at the highest level available. Our teams routinely travel across North America for games, tournaments and unique opportunities such as touring NCAA hockey facilities. 
The academic focus within the Program is a key component of our overall approach to developing character. The Hockey Program is 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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  • Goals of the program

    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.
  • Head of Hockey

    Todd Harkins:

     A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Todd Harkins was selected 42nd overall by the Calgary Flames in 1988 while attending Miami (OH) University. He spent time in the NHL with the Flames and the Hartford Whalers during the early 1990s. Todd proudly represented the United States in the 1992, 1995, and 1998 World Championships, and enjoyed playing four seasons in the German Elite League from 1997-2001, before retiring from professional hockey.

    After playing hockey professionally, Todd was the Hockey Director at the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver, B.C., for 12 years. During his time there, Todd had a hand in developing and coaching 20 players that went on to play in the National Hockey League. Among his coaching highlights are leading the BC Major Midget’s Northwest Giants to back-to-back Provincial Championships in 2011 and 2012 and to a final-4 finish in the Telus Cup in 2011. In 2014, Todd became the General Manager of the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League. During his time in Prince George, Todd was able to lead the franchise to its first-ever Western Hockey League banner, winning the BC Division title in 2017. Todd joined the St. George’s community in 2019, and is excited to continue developing young players and coaching the game he loves.
  • Coaches

    Our coaching team consists of Hockey Canada certified professional coaches. Our skill-development and strength and conditioning coaches provide position-specific and skill-specific training. They are dedicated to developing each player’s individual potential, while helping to establish a cohesive and competitive team.

    • Tyler Kuntz: Head Coach U18 Prep
    • Spencer Edwards: Assistant Head Coach U18 Prep
    • Josh Bonar: Head Coach U17 Prep
    • Naeem Bardai ‘10: Assistant Coach U17 Prep
    • Todd Harkins: U15 Prep Head Coach and Head of Hockey
    • Nick Harkins: U15 Prep Assistant Head Coach
    • Mitch Fyffe: U15 Head Coach
    • Cole Todd: U15 Prep Assistant Coach
  • Format

    Our partnership 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 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

    STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING: 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
  • Season Snapshot

    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 such as touring NCAA Hockey Facilities.
  • Cost

    Day Students: $18,000
    Boarding Students: $8,000

    Payment plans for the 2021-22 season are available upon request. Please contact Todd Harkins at tharkins@stgeorges.bc.ca 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: www.stgeorges.bc.ca/financialaid or contact: senioradmissions@stgeorges.bc.ca

    Please note: While the School does offer financial assistance, it does not offer athletic scholarships.

Coaches

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    Todd Harkins 

    Head of Hockey

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St. George’s School acknowledges that we are situated on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam First Nation.
 
Contributions to St. George's School are tax creditable as prescribed by Canadian law. St. George's School's Charitable Registration Number is: 11917-5511 RR0001.
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