Who We Are


Prairie Hockey Academy (PHA) is where life champions are developed. As Saskatchewan’s first Hockey Canada Sport School, PHA has created an experience that fosters growth and development in young student-athletes who will become  tomorrow’s leaders.

Through our comprehensive hockey development program, our student-athletes have the opportunity to achieve excellence in sport while building an educational foundation for an academic career in the future.


What We Stand For

Saskatchewan is the ‘heart land’ of hockey. A sport that embodies the togetherness of a community and teaches the fundamental values of leadership. Hockey offers a familiar environment for our children to cultivate relationships and learn the principles of great sportsmanship that will help them become life champions.

At Prairie Hockey Academy we don’t focus on talent, we focus on developed skill. Through developed skill, our student-athletes are better able to understand the importance of having a growth mindset and are better equipped to accept failure as a step forward rather than a step backward.

At PHA, we believe that teaching, and modelling authenticity, humility, and accountability produces the heart of a champion in our student-athletes.  We believe that these are the most important characteristics in leaders both on and off the ice.

The Vision for Our Athletes

Prairie Hockey Academy student-athletes will learn one of life’s most important lessons – greatness is only achieved when one learns to adapt and grow from failure. Once they are able to understand how failure contributes to developed skill, they will be able to recognize their full potential as a student, athlete, and an individual.

Our Mantra

We believe in teaching GRIT.

  • Grace - First for yourself and then for others

  • Respect - For every person, at all times

  • Integrity – You do what you say you are going to do

  • Toughness – Get the job done

Greatness is only achieved when one learns to adapt and grow from failure.
— Justin Simpkins, President and General Manager of PHA

The Day in the Life of a PHA Student-Athlete

At Prairie Hockey Academy, we have created a schedule that allows our student-athletes to stay on top of their academic performance while focusing on the development of their athletic career.

In partnership with Briercrest Christian Academy, our student-athletes have the opportunity to enroll in a 3-semester program that allows them to complete all required classes plus a number of elected courses each year. Although, they will have a different schedule than an average student, it is our desire to fully integrate PHA athletes with the regular student body.

Outlined below is an overview of our academic schedule for PHA student-athletes in Semesters 1, 2 and 3. PHA student-athletes would earn 7 credits over the first two semesters and earn 1 credit for the third semester.

Semester 1 and  2

  • Breakfast 7:30 am - 9:00 am

  • Period 1 8:30 am - 9:45 am Core Course 1 credit

  • Period 2 9:50 am – 10:35 am Chapel/Christian Ethics Course 0.5 credit

  • Period 3 10:40 am – 11:55 am On-Ice Training

  • Period 4 12:25 am – 1:15 pm Noon (Lunch 11:30 am - 1:00 pm)

  • Period 5 1:20 pm – 2:35 pm Core Course 1 credit

  • Period 6 2:40 pm – 3:55 pm Off-Ice Training 1 credit

  • Supper 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Study Hall 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Monday - Thursday)

Semester 3

  • Breakfast 7:30 am - 9:00 am

  • Period 1 8:30 am – 11:10 am Core Course 1 credit

  • Lunch 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

  • Period 2 12:50 pm – 3:30 pm On & Off-Ice Training

  • Supper 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Study Hall 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Monday - Thursday)

Each day is divided between classroom learning periods and on/off ice training sessions to ensure that PHA student-athletes maintain balance in both their academic studies and athletic performance.

In addition, PHA student-athletes will have the opportunity to experience some of the best on and off ice training in Saskatchewan and in turn will be a step ahead of their peers when it comes to skill development.

Here is a breakdown of where PHA student-athletes will allocate their time each year:

  • Games Played 45+

  • On Ice Hours 165 - 205

  • Off Ice Hours 185 - 215

  • Study Hall Hours 140