REGISTRATION FOR DONNAN HOCKEY IS OPEN!
Registration for Donnan Hockey is open as of February 3rd!
To register for Donnan Hockey, you need to Register online with AAD and then download, fill out and return the school registration documents.
For further information visit the Apply page.
Want to see what Donnan Hockey has to offer student-athletes? Apply for a Shadow Day.
VIMY HOCKEY MOVES TO VIMYEDMONTON.CA!
AAD is proud to announce the launch of VimyEdmonton.ca!
This new site will feature news and information from every AAD sports program at Vimy. Vimy Hockey, Vimy Sport Rec and Vimy Lacrosse student-athletes are all VIMY student-athletes, so it makes sense that there should be ONE site to represent them.
The main page will feature all the latest news, featured student-athletes and staff from every program.
Want to just know whats going on in your sport of choice at Vimy? Click on the sport tab at the top of the page and you will be brought to a sport-specific page, featuring news items based on that specific sport, their featured staff and student-athlete as well as sport-specific ads and notices.
Please visit the site by clicking HERE.
WELCOME BACK/SUMMER WRAP UP
Welcome back to all of the student-athletes at Donnan and Vimy Hockey. As we start our ice sessions this week, it is a good time to remember our CORE statement:
Citizen - Striving to be a good citizen on a daily basis and making good choices
Opportunity - Taking advantage of the opportunity presented at Donnan and Vimy on a daily basis
Respect - Respecting your peers and teachers, and building confidence in each other
Enthusiasm - Approaching each day with enthusiasm and language
This summer was an eventful one at Donnan and Vimy Hockey, here are some of the highlights:
Donnan Hockey alum and Vimy Hockey student-athlete Jess Healey was named to Team Canada for the U18 series against the US this August, a series the Canadians took 2 games to 1.
Vimy Hockey goaltending instructor Dustin Schwartz was a part of the coaching staff that took home Gold at this summer's U18 World Championships
Several more Donnan / Vimy Hockey alumni were drafted into the NHL. Adam Tambellini went 65th overall to the New York Rangers, Mitch Wheaton 139th to the Detroit Red Wings, Greg Chase 188th to the Edmonton Oilers and Peter Quenneville went 195th to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Look for a brand new website coming this fall!
HAVE YOUR PEEWEE PLAYER LEARN BODY CHECKING WITH DONNAN AND VIMY HOCKEY
Are you concerned with Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta's recent decision to ban body checking at the PeeWee level?
All of the hockey instructors at Donnan and Vimy Hockey have the Body Checking Certification from Hockey Alberta and how to receive and give a body check has always been a part of the hockey curriculum student-athletes at Donnan and Vimy Hockey receive.
Next year to ensure that our PeeWee aged players are ready for the switch to Bantam contact hockey, a further focus will be put on teaching the correct techniques in regards to body checking and the appropriate times and reasons to use the body check.
If you'd like to see what Donnan or Vimy Hockey has to offer your student-athlete, Sign Up For a FREE Shadow Day
VIMY HOCKEY STUDENT-ATHLETES DRAFTED INTO WHL
Donnan and Vimy Hockey are proud to congratulate 7 current Vimy Hockey student-athletes on being drafted into the WHL in the Bantam Draft on Thursday, May 2nd.
Sam Steel, David Quenneville, Nolan Volcan, Hunter Lorenson, Cale Chalifoux, Carter Hart and Keenan Roszko all had their names called by WHL teams at the draft, which was held in Calgary.
Sam Steel, centre for the Sherwood Park Flyers takes the record for the highest ever Bantam Draft selection for a Vimy Hockey student-athlete, selected by the Regina Pats, who won the draft lottery to move from 6th place to 2nd overall. Steel had an impressive 104 points this season in 31 games.
David Quenneville was the next to be selected, as the SSAC Defenceman was taken 10th overall by the Medicine Hat Tigers to be the second of two top ten picks in the Bantam Draft for Vimy Hockey. Quenneville was 2nd in Defenceman scoring in the AMBHL with 32 goals and 72 points in 32 games.
In the second round, MLAC winger Nolan Volcan was selected 27th overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds. Volcan was 8th in AMBHL scoring with 40 goals and 76 points in 32 games played.
In the fifth round, Hunter Lorenson, the first of two Vimy Hockey goalies was selected by the Swift Current Broncos. Hunter was also a member of the Maple Leaf Athletic Club Bantam AAA squad, where he posted a .915 save percentage and a 13-4-1 record.
KC Defenceman Cale Chalifoux stayed in province when he was selected in the 6th round, 124th overall by the Red Deer Rebels after posting 10 points and 62 PIMS this season.
In the 8th round, Sherwood Park Flyers goalie Carter Hart was selected by the Everett Silvertips after playing 1285 minutes this season, good for 2nd best in Alberta. Also selected in the 8th round was Steel and Hart's teammate in Sherwood Park , big forward Keenan Roszko, who was nearly a point per game player with 23 points in 26 games played and was drafted 173rd by the Kamloops Blazers.
Congratulations to these exceptional athletes as they begin what will hopefully be long and successful Western Hockey League careers.
DONNAN OPEN HOUSE MAY 1ST
The Sport Programs at Donnan Elementary are hosting an Open House on Wednesday, May 1st from 6 - 8pm. This will provide those that may have missed our Open House earlier in the year a chance to see what the "Donnan Advantage" can provide for student-athletes.
Representatives from Donnan BJJ, Donnan Hockey and Donnan Sport Rec will be on hand to answer questions and give an inside look at the programming a student-athlete who attends Donnan will receive as part of their experience at the school.
Prospective student-athletes and their families are invited to come and see our skating treadmill, fitness centre, shooting cage, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Dojo and meet some of our quality teachers and instructors.
We hope to see many new faces at the Open House!
DONNAN AND VIMY HOCKEY THANK HERBERS AUTOBODY
The staff and students of Vimy and Donnan would like to thank Herbers Autobody for adopting our schools for the Edmonton Oil Kings / CN Adopt a School program.
Throughout the WHL regular season and playoffs, students from Vimy Ridge Academy and Donnan School have used social media to win tickets to watch the Oil Kings' brand of exciting hockey with two guests.
Thank you to Herbers Autobody for their generosity and GO OIL KINGS in the playoffs!!
THIRD ANNUAL AAD GOLF TOURNAMENT
Academic and Athletic Development, parent company of the sports programs at Donnan School and Vimy Ridge Academy, would like to remind everyone that registration for the AAD Golf Tournament is open and spots for golfers, sponsors, donors and volunteers are still open. The tournament is AAD's primary fundraiser, and the funds will be used to further enhance the alternative education programs at Donnan School and Vimy Ridge Academy.
For the second year in a row, the tournament will be held at the Northern Bear Golf Club on May 25, 2013. The tournament will be a Texas Scramble, shotgun start tournament and registration fees will cover your green fees, GPS equipped power carts, tee gift, food and prizes.
There are many ways to support the Golf tournament, you can register as an individual golfer, register a team of four players, sponsor the tournament, donate an item to the silent auction or volunteer to help run the tournament. To fill out our registration form please CLICK HERE.
You can fill out the form on your computer, and print, fax or email it to Sean Beissel to register, sponsor or donate.For any questions on the tournament, please contact Sean Beissel at Sean.Beissel@epsb.ca.
WALTER YADLOWSKI SCHOLARSHIP
The Yadlowskis, long time members of the Hockey Program, have set up a scholarship in memory of their late father Walter Yadlowski, who passed away in early March of last year. They are looking for both donors and applicants for this scholarship, which is open to any athlete who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution or is registered to attend in the fall.
From the site:
The scholarship will be given away annually to an individual(s), male and/or female, who resides in the Edmonton area, and exemplifies hard work, determination, and excels in both academics and hockey.
For more information on the scholarship, including how to apply for the scholarship or donate to the fund please visit www.hockeyfund.ca.
AAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED
AAD is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 school year. The application form and criteria can be found HERE.
- Consists of 2 Scholarships, one for the Hockey and Lacrosse and the other for the Sport Rec
- Open to grade 4 – 12 student-athletes
- Application procedure required
- 18 Scholarships awarded to hockey and lacrosse students
- $6000 is awarded to hockey and lacrosse students
- 4 Scholarships awarded to Sport Rec students
- $700 is awarded to Sport Rec students
- Open to all AAD student athletes in Hockey, Lacrosse and Sport Rec
- Two grade 12 student-athletes advancing to post secondary school
- One year window to register and attend
- $500.00 to each successful applicant
- Application procedure required
- Individually funded and tax receipt issued by Edmonton Public School Board
As time passes, is that it has become increasingly apparent that the individual student-athletes are responding favorably to our Scholarship Program. Many have advanced to post secondary schools in the Edmonton area and beyond and many have advanced to elite levels of play in hockey, lacrosse or there other sport of choice. The high school graduation success is greater than 99%. Perhaps the greatest testament to our student-athletes however is that fact that they all leave with an understanding of the importance of the guiding principles of character, strength, confidence and enthusiasm. With these skills our student-athletes have every opportunity to succeed in their chosen areas.
We believe that our scholarship program gives our student-athletes every opportunity to achieve to their potential. We also believe that this advantage provides for opportunities to return to our communities and contribute in a positive manner.
VIMY HOCKEY STAFF HELP GOLDEN BEARS TO CANADA WEST TITLE
The University of Alberta Golden Bears celebrated their 100th season in style on Sunday by defeating the Saskatchewan Huskies and claiming their 50th(!) Canada West title.
The Golden Bears were not without their fair share of Vimy Hockey staff representation this year with Vimy Hockey Campus Director Ryan Marsh behind the bench as an Assistant Coach to Ian Herbers and Vimy Hockey Support Staff Greg Gardner wearing the C on the ice.
The Golden Bears and Huskies split the first two games of the series with the Golden Bears posting a 5-0 shutout on Friday and losing a 5-4 OT battle to their Saskatchewan rivals on Saturday.
But on Sunday, it was all Golden Bears again as they took the deciding game 5-2 in front of over 2000 fans at Clare Drake.
The rivalry between the two squads is not over for the year, as they will meet in Nationals in Saskatoon starting on March 14th. As Saskatchewan is the host team this year, both teams were guaranteed to make the Nationals regardless of the outcome, but a Canada West title will help to cement the Golden Bears #1 seeding going into the Tournament.
Congratulations to Mr.Marsh, Mr.Gardner and the rest of the Golden Bears and good luck at Nationals!
NEW HOCKEY STAFF MEMBERS
Academic and Athletic Development, Donnan Hockey and Vimy Hockey are proud to announce two welcome additions to our staff. Olympic Gold Medal winning Team Canada goaltender Shannon Szabados and long-time NHLer Nathan Dempsey.
Szabados, Team Canada goaltending fixture and Olympic Gold Medal winner, currently plays for the Nait Ooks Men's Hockey team in the ACAC where she leads the league in Shutouts (5) and GAA (1.58) and is currently preparing for the 2013 World Women's Hockey Championships in Ottawa in April. She will be working with Mr.Schwartz and instructing the Donnan and Vimy goalies using the OR Sports method.
Dempsey, another local product, had a professional career that spanned over 15 years and included stops in the European professional leagues, the AHL and the NHL. In the NHL, Nathan was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, LA Kings and the Boston Bruins. In 2001-2002, while playing for the St.John's Maple Leafs in the AHL, Nathan scored 61 points in 75 games from the blueline. He will be a support instructor with Vimy Junior High Hockey.
Both of these additions to our staff will further enhance the high-end professional instruction that our student-athletes receive at both campuses.
January 9th, 2013
BASELINE CONCUSSION TEST ADMINISTERED TO AAD STUDENT ATHLETES
Over the last months, AAD student-athletes were provided with the opportunity to participate in baseline concussion testing at no cost to their families. This was possible in part due to the generous donors and sponsors at the AAD Annual Golf Tournament.
Distributed by ImPACT and Administered by Nic Allen at River Valley Health, the test sets a baseline of cognitive function so that in the event of a concussion, the test can be re-administered and sound return to play decisions can be made and the best interests of the student-athlete's health are met. In addition, after testing the parents of the student-athlete will be provided access to the data for future use.
Due to the success of the baseline concussion testing, the program will be a staple in AAD programming in future years.
DONNAN AND VIMY ALUM RECALLED BY TEAM CANADA
Mark McNeill, alumni of Donnan and Vimy Hockey and top centreman for the Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL has been recalled by Team Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia this holiday season.
McNeill, who currently has 13G and 26A for 39 points in 35 games played for the Raiders, is no stranger to wearing the maple leaf, as he was named to Team Canada for the 2011 World U18 Hockey Championships which was held in Germany in the spring of 2011.
Congratulations to Mark on the honour of being named to Team Canada and good luck in bringing Canada back to the top of the podium where we belong.
DONNAN AND VIMY HOCKEY SHADOW DAYS
Donnan and Vimy Hockey are entering our Shadow Day season.
Every year, starting November 5th, Donnan and Vimy Hockey provide student-athletes the chance to see if the academic and athletic opportunities at Donnan School and Vimy Ridge Academy are for them by "shadowing" a current Donnan or Vimy Hockey student-athlete on a normal day at school and on the ice.
If you'd like to sign up for your FREE Shadow Day, please fill out the form on our Shadow Day Page.
VIMY HOCKEY HAS TWO NEW STAFF MEMBERS
Vimy Hockey is pleased to announce that for the 2012/2013 school year, our high school students will have two new support instructors on the ice, Defenceman Griffin Reinhart and Forward Mitch Moroz of the WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings.
Both players were drafted in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in June of this year. Griffin was selected by the New York Islanders 4th overall in the 1st round, while Mitch was selected in the second round, 32nd overall by the Edmonton Oilers.
Both players will be on the ice every Tuesday and Thursday as their hockey schedules allow as part of a work experience partnership between the Oil Kings and Vimy Hockey.
This is another example of Vimy Hockey's commitment to providing an exceptional learning environment to its student-athletes.
VIMY HOCKEY TEACHER LANDS OILER POSITION
Rick Carriere, Teacher and Instructor for Vimy Hockey has accepted a position with the Edmonton Oilers.
Mr.Carriere has an extensive hockey resume which includes stints as the Head Coach, GM, Scout, Director of Hockey Operations and Executive Assistant with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Head Coach of the Red Deer Rebels, Assistant Coach with the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate, the St.John Flames and many other coaching and executive positions at varying levels of hockey.
Rick will take the reins of Senior Director of Player Development from current AAD Board Member Billy Moores, who is retiring from the position, and who once coached Rick when he played for the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Rick brought a wealth of knowledge and passion for the game to Vimy Hockey every time he stepped on the ice or in the classroom, a quality that will no doubt help guide the Oilers’ prospects to the next level. The staff of Vimy and Donnan would like to congratulate Rick on this achievement and continued success in his career.
MORE DONNAN/VIMY HOCKEY ALUMS DRAFTED INTO NHL
Donnan and Vimy Hockey are proud to announce that alumni Colin Smith and Jaynen Rissling have been added to the ranks of our hockey alumni who have been drafted into the NHL.
Colin Smith had 85 pts (35 Goals and 50 Assists) in 72GP this season for the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL and the slick centre was drafted in the 7th round, 192nd overall by the Colorado Avalanche.
Jaynen Rissling, hulking 6'4 222 pound Defenceman for the Calgary Hitmen, tallied 23 points (5 Goals and 18 assists) in 53GP this season and was drafted also in the 7th round, 197th overall by the Washington Capitals.
Congratulations to both of these players and their families on their selection in the NHL Draft.
May 14th, 2012
VIMY STAFF AND ALUMNI TAKE HOME WHL CHAMPIONSHIP
The staff and students of Vimy and Donnan Hockey are very happy to congratulate the Edmonton Oil Kings on winning the WHL Championship last night. After a long seven game series, the local WHL squad was crowned the champions and given the Ed Chynoweth Cup and a ticket to the Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, QC.
There were many Vimy Hockey staff on the Edmonton Oil Kings coaching and consulting team this year that helped bring them to this point. Behind the bench, Assistant Coach Steve Hamilton is a high school instructor at Vimy Hockey. Video Coach for the Oil Kings is Sabres coach/instructor Jory Stuparyk. Goaltending consultant to the Edmonton Oil Kings and to Playoff MVP Laurent Brossoit is Vimy Hockey Goalie Coach Dustin Schwartz. Helping the Edmonton Oil Kings to be the scholastic team of the year in the WHL was Vimy's Academic Advisor Roger Castle. Keeping the team fast and powerful on their skates was Vimy Powerskating instructor Vanessa Hettinger of Quantum Speed.
Playing for the team were Vimy Hockey alums Keegan Lowe and Klarc Wilson. Keegan was drafted in the second round of last year's NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes and had 7pts in 20 games and was +13 from the backend during the playoffs. Klarc had 5 pts in 14 games and was named the WHL Player of the week from April 16 – April 22nd.
Congratulations to these players and staff and to the whole Oil Kings organization on bringing the Chynoweth Cup to Edmonton for the first time in modern franchise history. Good luck on the road to the Memorial Cup.
What is Donnan Hockey?
Donnan Hockey is Edmonton's only public school elementary hockey academy. Operating out of Donnan Elementary School (7803-87st), Donnan Hockey provides student-athletes with a combination of high-end academics and sports training from grades 3-6. Donnan Hockey provides programming based on phases, with each phase focusing on different themes and units to provide the foundation for the complete athlete. When Donnan Hockey student-athletes aren't on the ice, they receive off-ice training including time on our skating treadmill, exposure to multiple sports and activities to foster physical literacy and classroom sessions that focus on character building, leadership and goal-setting.
Donnan Hockey is filled with students and staff that have a combined vision of creating an environment which fosters self-respect and builds confidence.
Donnan Hockey student-athletes receive the highest level of instruction in the classroom from EPSB instructors, and on the ice, their skills are trained by our full-time professional hockey staff including Donnan Campus Director Sean Beissel.
Groups and Schedules
Sean Beissel is the Campus Director for Donnan Hockey.
Mr.Beissel is the Head Coach for the Sherwood Park Kings Midget AAA Hockey club.
He will also be the Assistant Coach for Team Alberta U16 at the Canada Winter Games and Coach Mentor for Edmonton North at the Alberta Cup.
Dawson St. John is a Grade 5 Donnan Hockey student-athlete.
Dawson embodies the spirit of "Becoming More" and showed it this February by raising $1650.00 for Make-a-Wish, Ronald McDonald House and the Stollery during this year's Hair Massacure, which was the most raised outside of a corporate sponsor.