Who We Are

 
 

Prairie Hockey Academy (PHA) is where life champions are developed. As Saskatchewan’s first Hockey Academy, 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 will have the opportunity to achieve excellence in sport while building an educational foundation for an academic career in the future.

 
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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 Caronport High School, 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

Management and Staff

 
 
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Justin Simpkins

President, Prairie Hockey Academy

Justin is the founder and Director of the Crusaders AAA Hockey Program (Established in 2009) and has become the driving force behind Saskatchewan’s first Hockey Canada Sport School, Prairie Hockey Academy. 

Prairie Hockey Academy is about creating a better future for todays student-athletes and is built on the experiences and knowledge Justin has accumulated over the course of his personal hockey career and as a student of leadership. 

Justin has worked various leadership roles: Coaching at the college level, Head Instructor for Hockey Ministries International (Caronport, Sk), Assistant Director for Athletics at Briercrest College and Assistant to the General Manager for The Moose Jaw Warriors (Volunteer).

His work with young hockey players and dedication to provide learning that improves individual players leadership, teamwork and skill development has delivered substantial results.

He starts by building relationships with each player, asking great questions about their goals and aspirations, and listening. He doesn't try and apply a pre-packaged solution to meet individual needs, but rather, provide the personal leadership development and skill enhanced training needed to yield exceptional results.

Justin believes that all young people need to know three things before they graduate high school. One, they are loved. Two, they are loved and accepted for who they are, not what they do. Three, they need to know that they have something of importance and significance to offer to the world. One of Justin's favourite statements is "See the person, not the performance".

Wayne Gretzky once said, “Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better.”  Prairie Hockey Academy will embody this in its heart first approach to hockey development.

Justin lives with his wife and daughter in Moose Jaw, Sk.

 

Scott King

Director of player development

Scott King, currently assistant/player development coach for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League, is joining Prairie Hockey Academy as Director of Player Development for their inaugural season.

Originally from Saskatoon, King played one season with Boston University (NCAA) in 1995-1996. He then joined the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) for the 1996-1997 season, scoring 97 points in 68 games before being named the Kelowna Rockets Rookie of the Year. Following the ‘97 season King signed with the Montreal Canadiens (NHL) and went on to play four seasons in the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League, being named an American Hockey League All-Star and both Scoring Champion and Most Valuable Player in the ECHL.

King spent the next 14 years playing professional hockey in Germany where he was a five time All-Star and is sixth all-time in scoring. Selected five times to play for Canada at the Deutschland Cup, King was a part of Canada’s Championship Teams in both 2005 and 2008.

Before returning to Canada, King spent two years as a Skills Development Instructor in Germany (2013-2015) and has completed Hockey Canada’s Hockey University Coaching and Safety Modules. He has travelled internationally attending hockey programs in Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Japan.

King was Hockey Canada’s Head Skills Development Coach in 2015-16 prior to joining the Moose Jaw Warriors; a position he will now hold with Prairie Hockey Academy.

 
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Lloyd Friesen

Bantam Prep - Head coach

Lloyd will be a familiar face behind the bench for Prairie Hockey Academy this year, having spent 12 seasons as the head coach of the Caronport High School Midget AA Cougars (1986-1998), 3 seasons with the Moose Jaw AAA Warriors (1999-2002), where they hosted the Telus Cup Western Regionals in 2001; before moving back to the college ranks coaching the Briercrest Clippers of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (2013-2015). 

In addition to his Head Coaching duties with the Bantam Prep Team, Lloyd will handle alumni relations for Prairie Hockey Academy.

 
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Rodney MacPhee

Midget varsity - Head coach

As a graduate of Briercrest College & Seminary (2009), Rodney is familiar with the confines of campus life in Caronport and the Barkman Arena. Rodney spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Briercrest College Clippers hockey team during his time as a student.

In addition, he has coached spring AAA hockey for the past eight seasons, winning numerous tournaments at various age levels, and coached the Bantam AA Weyburn Red Wings for the past two seasons.

In addition to his Head Coaching duties with the Midget Varsity team, Rodney will handle a large portion of the hockey operations and be our Director of Recruitment and Scouting.