Hockey & Boarding School


Boarding school hockey programs have helped grow many of the NHL's very best players. Don't believe us? Former boarding school hockey stars include budding superstars (and Stanley Cup ring holders) Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby, up-and-coming LA Kings defenceman Jack Johnson and Hall of Famer Brian Leetch... among many others. In women's hockey, boarding school grads include the Lamoureux twins, Jocelyne and Monique.

There are a number of boarding schools across Canada with hockey teams, as well as schools that focus on developing hockey players. You don't have to develop into a professional hockey player to benefit from a hockey boarding school, of course. As one Brentwood College School teacher says, "Sports absolutely has a beneficial effect on learning. Any time you're involved in sports, you're working with a team, cooperating with others and learning self-discipline."

Women's hockey rules in boarding school

What holds true for guys is equally true for women's hockey. A US boarding school women's hockey coach tells us, "We’ve seen graduates returned with a 3.97 grade-point average (in) pre-med and played hockey the whole season. That's what makes the whole experience worth it."

"I greatly improved my hockey skills, made lifetime friends, found mentors who would have a profound effect on my future, and engaged in life-altering experiences that not many people of my age could have laid claim to."

—Jim, Banff Hockey Academy

At a boarding school, hockey players bond on the ice and off the ice. In some cases, friendships formed can become life long, as seen in the relationship between Sidney Crosby and Jack Johnson.

Aside from all that, there is no better way to hedge your career bets than by attending boarding school. It's a big gamble to focus on hockey but boarding school opens up a wealth of other options.

Branksome Hall Branksome Hall
10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1N4
Type: Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Trinity College School Trinity College School
55 Deblaquire Street North, Port Hope, Ontario, L1A 4K7
Type: Traditional, Waldorf
Upper Canada College Upper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8
Type: Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Lakefield College School Lakefield College School
4391 County Road 29, Lakefield, Ontario, K0L 2H0
Type: Liberal Arts
Neuchâtel Junior College Neuchâtel Junior College
Crêt-Taconnet 4, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 2002
Type: Traditional
Trafalgar Castle School Trafalgar Castle School
401 Reynolds Street, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 3W9
Type: Liberal Arts
Appleby College Appleby College
540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1
Type: Liberal Arts
St. John's-Kilmarnock School St. John's-Kilmarnock School
2201 Shantz Station Road, Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario, N0B 1M0
Type: Progressive, International Baccalaureate
St. George's School St. George's School
4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 1V1
Type: Traditional
Bishop's College School Bishop's College School
80 chemin Moulton Hill, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1M 1Z8
Type: Traditional, International Baccalaureate
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
72 Orchard Drive, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 2K7
Type: Traditional
Stanstead College Stanstead College
450 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0
Type: Traditional
Brentwood College School Brentwood College School
2735 Mount Baker Road, Mill Bay, British Columbia, V0R 2P1
Type: Progressive
Niagara Christian Collegiate Niagara Christian Collegiate
2619 Niagara Parkway, Fort Erie, Ontario, L2A 5M4
Type: Traditional
Shawnigan Lake School Shawnigan Lake School
1975 Renfrew Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W1
Type: Traditional
Buffalo Seminary Buffalo Seminary
205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, New York, 14222
Type: Liberal Arts
Rosthern Junior College Rosthern Junior College
410 6 Ave, Rosthern, Saskatchewan, S0K 3R0
Type: Progressive
Pickering College Pickering College
16945 Bayview Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4X2
Type: Progressive
North Broward Preparatory School North Broward Preparatory School
7600 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida, 33073
Type: Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Blyth Academy London Blyth Academy London
441 Ridout Street North, London, Ontario, N6A 2P6
Type: Liberal Arts
Rothesay Netherwood School Rothesay Netherwood School
40 College Hill Road, Rothesay, New Brunswick, E2E 5H1
Type: Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Briercrest Christian Academy Briercrest Christian Academy
510 College Drive, Caronport, Saskatchewan, S0H 0S0
Type: Traditional
St. Andrew's College St. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7
Type: Traditional
Luther College High School Luther College High School
1500 Royal Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4T 5A5
Type: Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Havergal College Havergal College
1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9
Type: Liberal Arts
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
P.O. Box 100, Wilcox, Saskatchewan, S0G 5E0
Type: Traditional
King's-Edgehill School King's-Edgehill School
33 King's-Edgehill Lane, Windsor, Nova Scotia, B0N 2T0
Type: Traditional, International Baccalaureate
Great Lakes Christian High School Great Lakes Christian High School
4875 King Street, Beamsville, Ontario, L0R 1B6
Type: Liberal Arts
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
3635 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1Y4
Type: Traditional
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
1569 Rte 169, Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec, G8G 1A8
Type: Traditional
Fulford Academy Fulford Academy
280 King Street East, Brockville, Ontario, K6V 1E2
Type: Progressive
The Bishop Strachan School The Bishop Strachan School
298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1X2
Type: Progressive
Ashbury College Ashbury College
362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0T3
Type: Traditional, International Baccalaureate
Ridley College Ridley College
2 Ridley Road, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7C3
Type: Progressive, International Baccalaureate
North Star Academy North Star Academy
950 Élodie-Boucher, Laval, Quebec, H7W 0C6
Type: Traditional
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