The Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) announced today that the Prairie Hockey Academy (PHA) has been approved by the Board of Governors as the CSSHL’s 20th member, and will begin play in the 2018-19 season.
PHA, located in Caronport, Saskatchewan, began play as a sanctioned Hockey Canada Sport School, the first of its kind in Saskatchewan, during the 2017-18 season.“We are excited to be adding such a professionally run program that aligns with our leagues vision and values,” said Kevin Goodwin, Chief Operating Officer of the CSSHL. “To have the first ever Hockey Canada Sports School from Saskatchewan joining the CSSHL is a great step in expanding the league in the Prairie region. PHA’s commitment to building life champions through hockey is what the CSSHL strives for in all of its programs and that makes them a great fit for our league.”
During the 2018-19 season, PHA will operate teams in the CSSHL’s Elite 15 Division and Midget Varsity Division. "Prairie Hockey Academy, in partnership with Caronport High School, is honoured for its acceptance into the prestigious CSSHL,” said Justin Simpkins, President of Prairie Hockey Academy. “The CSSHL is known as a leader in education-based hockey and we share their vision for the holistic development of student-athletes. We are excited for the opportunity that this partnership creates for our student-athletes to continue their skill development onice and off-ice in a competitive league across Western Canada."
Students at PHA will attend Caronport High School, an associate member of Prairie South School Division and part of Briercrest College and Seminary.
"This announcement is great news for Caronport High School and Prairie Hockey Academy. Our partnership will grow from operating one hockey team currently, to being home to two hockey teams next season. These teams will compete in the highly regarded CSSHL. More importantly, this expansion provides us with the opportunity to continue to inspire and transform more young leaders through the game of hockey. We are excited about greater influence that we can have for the Kingdom as our teams will travel to and host teams from across Western Canada."
Derek Zacharias Vice-Principal, Athletic Director, Caronport High School