March 2018 Issue #64
Ontario Hockey Academy Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence By Bob Peters
he Ontario Hockey Academy is celebrating 10 years of combining quality education with world class athletic program. Home base for the Academy is a new renovated campus on Vincent Massey that includes 26 dormstyle rooms, cafeteria, and a hockey specific office training facility. OHA teams practise at the Benson Centre and the Civic Complex, in order to prepare for an extensive game schedule that provides athletes with exposure to a number of scouting opportunities. “We pride ourselves on providing a supportive environment for players in their teen years to combine their love of hockey and their desire to secure that all-important post-secondary education,” says Giles Lacelle, who, with wife Kim, runs the Academy along with a staff of over 20 professionals. “Our students are our family, and our mission is to help them succeed in their dreams and aspirations.” Enrolment at the Academy is currently 135 students, enough to fill out the rosters of 5 boys’ teams and 3 girls’ teams. Students come from across North America and the world – in all, 21 countries are represented.
Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 64, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Bernadette (Website); our writers, Todd, Molly, Victoria, Carrie, Thom, Casey; our editorial columnists, Jim, Jorge, Dave, Matt and Christine, Kirby, Gord, Peter, and Alex; The Sports Panel, Gilles, Jake, Jim; our distribution locations, our advertisers, and of course the people who are featured in our stories. I hope you enjoy # 64
Kudos to Canada’s athletes who recently competed at the winter Olympic Games, bringing in a record (for Canada) number of medals. Taking the NHL players out of the Olympics sure levelled the playing field. I hope they keep it going as it is now. I think the spirit of Olympic competition is amateur athletes. All the best to The St. Lawrence High School Saints as they host and compete at the Provincial A Basketball Championships (OFSSAA) March 4-7
The Academy is registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education which means that all graduates receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. “It is a tough but rewarding academics program that prepares the student for university,” says Jesse Ferguson, OHA principal. “Private school students are 50% more likely than public students to complete a bachelor’s or advanced degree.” Students have gone on to further their athletic careers – and education – at a number of top ranked schools, including St. Mary’s, University of British Columbia, Princeton and Harvard. There are 7 OHA alumni who played in the Olympics in South Korea. A 10 Year Reunion is being planned for June 2018. About the Ontario Hockey Academy The Ontario Hockey Academy is a High Performance Academic-Athletic private school dedicated to providing ambitious boys and girls the very best in academics along with elite hockey. The Academy is located at 1541 Vincent Massey in Cornwall. More information can be found online: www.ontariohockeyacademy.com w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / O n t a r i o - H o c k e y Academy-108238760044
Congrat’s to Monkland native Andy Brown. Andy recently participated in his 1000 OHL game as an athletic trainer and therapist. He began his career in 2003 and is currently with Owen Sound.
Congrat’s also to the Char Lan Crusaders Boys’ Hockey Team for winning the SD &G Boys’ Hockey Championship. What a mess in Ottawa. Hopefully Erik Karlsson is a part of the hockey clubs future and they find a way to resign him. Great to see the Colts honouring Dave Ezard on March 8, re-hanging his # 6 banner back in the rafters of the Ed Lumley Arena.
It looks like hockey season is winding down in the area, congrats to all the players, coaches, and volunteers who participated this year.
Start swinging those golf clubs and baseball bats, get out your soccer and football cleats, check your tackle box, spring is coming. Winners never Quit, and Quitters Never Win, Signing out Until next Month Mike Piquette, Publisher
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