Hockey Academy

Interested in Hockey Academy? Contact Academy Director, Lance Ward for more information!

We believe sport drives a passion for learning and leading. The LPSD Hockey Academy offers a program that allows students to learn through sport. Students’ maximum performance levels are realized through deliberate practice and effort to create balance in the development of competence and character for academics and athletics.

LPSD Hockey Academy Program opened registration for the 2021-22 school year on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.  The program will continue to offer 2 on-ice and 2 off-ice training sessions per week in order to develop athletics, academics, and character. 

The program has been an important part of LPSD's offerings for the last 10 years. Helping students engage in their schoolwork while pursuing athletic goals is a proven model that we are proud to offer within our division. The current economic situation in our community does affect our program moving forward and we would like to help out as much possible.

We have reduced the annual tuition fee for Hockey Academy for the 2021-22 school year to $1500.  We are hopeful this change will make the program more affordable and accessible to families that would like to register their child.


For further information please call (780) 875-5541

Check out what Hockey Academy has to offer!

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Lance Ward - Hockey Academy Director

As a Professional Hockey Skills Coach, former NHL, and professional hockey player, Lance has a wealth of knowledge from his playing and coaching experiences in Europe and North America.  His ability to connect with students, his knowledge of the game, and his ability to demonstrate skills make him an asset to the development of local talent.  His strong background, coupled with his relationships in the hockey community and the support of skilled and professional staff, assists students in hitting their full potential.

Academy Teachers:

Shawn Coulter

Jeff Mazzei

Program Fee Structure and Location

The 2021-22 tuition is $1500.00 (payable monthly)

Registration opens Tuesday, April 13, 2021.  A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required with registration. We anticipate a full Hockey Academy Program for the 2021-22 school year, be sure to register soon.

The Hockey Academy program is offered at Rendell Park Elementary School for Grades 4-6 students and at Bishop Lloyd Middle School for Grades 7-9 students. It is also offered at College Park School for Grades 4-9 students. Programming at College Park School is only available to students who live in that school's existing attendance boundaries.

Program Structure

LPSD Hockey Academy enables students to pursue academic excellence, while striving to reach their full potential within hockey and athletics. Certified teachers accompany and support the learning of all students, who benefit from a low student-to-teacher ratio. Other benefits include:

  • The LPSD Hockey Academy includes both on ice and dry land training.
  • Certified Teachers accompany and support the learning of all student groups who participate in the Academy.
  • Time for the Academy will replace instructional time typically received for physical education and health. Curricular outcomes in health are covered through various Academy activities.

Program content

  • Students will be exposed to all curricular outcomes in Physical Education and Health through various Academy activities.
  • Certified teachers, along with Academy staff will plan, instruct, and assess students on the required outcomes.

On ice and off ice sessions

On Ice

The on ice portion focuses on skill development. By using knowledgeable instructors and innovative teaching techniques, students are guaranteed to improve their on ice skills. 

  • Testing: Quantitative testing of skating, shooting, stick handling and passing. All testing will be used to advance curriculum. This also provides the athletes and their parents with feedback on areas that require improvement.
  • Individual Technical Hockey Skills: These are the base or core of every hockey player and include shooting, passing, stick handling and skating.
  • Private Training: Players and parents get to pick the skills that need improvement. An individual program will be made for each player.
  • Tactical Game Skills: Taking the individual technical skills and applying them to a game environment, which includes puck protection, scoring goals, two-on-one play, defending, creating space and hockey IQ.
  • Tactical Skating: Also referred to as skating with a purpose, players will be taught how to take individual skating skills and apply them in specific game situations.
  • Video Analysis: Using the latest in technology, our highly-qualified staff use video to help teach athletes on the ice. Video will also be used to give feedback to the parents on their child's development.
  • Goaltending Development: This program includes contracting an expert to work in conjunction with the other staff to execute this program. Students will be coached in movement mechanics, crease work, rebound control and more.


Off Ice

Students participate in an enhanced physical education program that challenges the athlete's minds and bodies to adapt to new sports and new challenges. The Off Ice Program is led by the Academy's home room teachers, with strong support from the Academy co-ordinator and other fitness professionals.

  • Health Program: The health class will be determined by LPSD guidelines and will be directed by home room teachers.
  • Fitness and Wellness: The aim is to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
  • Nutrition for Athletes: Nutrition seminars or classes are offered in addition to the health curriculum.
  • Athleticism: General athleticism and testing gives Hockey Academy a baseline for where student athletes' abilities are.
  • Character Development:  Group work, mentorship groups, leadership groups or individual meetings with students.
  • Team Building: Elements are added to Hockey Academy sessions that involve teamwork in order to develop trust, strengthen relationships and build friendships within the groups.

U11 Players Skills

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U13 Players Skills

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U15 Players Skills

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  • Transportation to Academy schools is only provided to families residing in the traditional bussing zone for the Academy school. Students not residing in the bussing zone will need to have parent transportation to school. For more information about bussing, please visit
  • Transportation is provided for students from the Academy school to the Academy venue. At the end of each Academy day students are dismissed to parents from the Academy venue.

Program Evaluation

  • As with all LPSD programs, the Hockey Academy will be reviewed periodically to ensure that it is supporting the Division Mission, Vision, and Values for all students, academy or otherwise.