Prep Hockey Program
King’s-Edgehill’s varsity hockey program is considered amongst the top Prep hockey programs in Canada. The program has male and female teams who have combined to win 13 Nova Scotia championships in the past 20 years as well as more than 100 major tournament championships throughout Canada and in the US during the past decade.
The KES male varsity hockey team play 35 to 45 games in a typical season and practice almost daily during the hockey season. The team members are commonly from Atlantic Canada and other parts of Canada as well as from several European countries. Players from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, Slovakia, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Scotland, Belgium and the United States have skated with the KES varsity team during the past decade.
King’s-Edgehill’s annual schedule includes games in the Prep School Hockey Federation, PSHF, and approximately 5 highly regarded tournaments that provide maximum exposure to college, University, professional, and major junior scouts. Recent tournament competition has included the prestigious National Independent School Invitational Championship in Toronto,the Stanstead College Invitational in Quebec, the Tilton School Tournament in New Hampshire and the Dynamique Coupe in Quebec City.
King’s-Edgehill is proud to have produced several notable graduates. While successful graduates of the King-s-Edgehill program would be too numerous to name, a brief outline of a few recent KES players is as follows:
- Mathieu Pompei - Mathieu was an offensive gifted forward with KES and led the team with 104 points in 2009-2010. He went on to play for the Yarmouth Mariners in the MHL and had over 100 points in the 2011-2012 season. Mathieu graduated with a Business degree from Mcgill University while playing for the Redmen. He currently plays professional hockey for Ravensburg Towerstars in the German Elite League.
- Frantisek Skladany – Frank was a key member of Boston University for four years where he was the team’s leading scorer and an Academic All-American. Frank was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche and now plays professionally with HC Karlovy Vary in the Czech Elite League.
- Brandon Benedict – Brandon played 5 seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he was team captain in his final season. Brandon is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Halifax Mooseheads. He next played for Acadia University in the competitive Atlantic University Hockey Conference where he was an all-star forward and was able to earn his undergraduate business degree. He was the captain of Team Canada for the World University Games in Europe and he led Team Canada to a gold medal. He has played professionally in the AHL and Europe and is now completing his MBA while playing professionally in Nottingham England.
- Geoff Walker – Geoff plays professionally with the Pittsburgh Penguins American Hockey League team. Geoff was a leading scorer at King’s-Edgehill School and went on to a successful three year career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he played for Gatineau and the Prince Edward Island Rocket where he had 90 points in his final season.
- Ryan Chisholm – Ryan is one of the most successful players in King’s-Edgehill history. He was a consistent winner during his four years at KES and he finished his career with more than 200 wins and 20 major championships. He realized his goal of playing college hockey in the U.S. when he graduated from King’s-Edgehill School as he attended Bowdoin College in Maine where he earned a business degree. He now manages a $100 million dollar company in Nova Scotia.
- Martin Bartek – Martin had a successful major junior career after his season at KES and was drafted by the Nashville Predators. He played with Nashville’s AHL team before returning to Pardubice HC in THE Czech Elite league.
- Tyler Davidson – Tyler spent three season with King’s-Edgehill and moved on to play major junior after graduation. He spent three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he was a valuable member of the Bathurst Titans.
- Michal Macho – Michal was drafted by the San Jose Sharks and is considered a rising prospect in their organization as a result of his strong performance at the pro level in Europe over the past two seasons.
- David Andrews – David has been the President and CEO of the American Hockey League for the past 18 years. David has consistently been ranked as one of the most powerful people in hockey by The Hockey News and stays very supportive of the King’s-Edgehill hockey team where his son is an assistant coach. David played university hockey at Dalhousie and UBC following his graduation from KES. He also played pro in Europe before becoming Head Coach and General Manager of the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League. He moved on to become the General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers American Hockey League teams before becoming the league’s President.
Strength and Conditioning Program
The King’s-Edgehill hockey program implements a year-round team strength and conditioning program that physically prepares each individual player for the upcoming season and the next level of competitive hockey. The primary goal of this program is injury reduction, making sure that each athlete is prepared to physically withstand the stresses of playing competitive ice hockey.
A comprehensive team evaluation is administered multiple times throughout the school year and assesses strengths and weakness in the following areas:
- Explosive strength
- Muscular endurance
- Cardio-respiratory fitness
- Injury precursors (muscular imbalances)
The program design is exclusive to the KES hockey program and incorporates every facet of athletic based training:
- Speed development
In addition to the strength and conditioning training, the team receives sports nutrition guidelines where they will learn the basics of eating to perform and how to make healthy and smart food choices on the road and during their athletic career. Players with more specific nutritional needs can meet with the strength and conditioning coach to develop an eating program suited to their personal goals or needs. Eating plans that address a medical condition will require a medical referral and be handled through the school nurse and doctor.
Young athletes (grades 7-9) will participate in a strength and conditioning program designed to introduce strength training fundamentals and prepare them for more advanced training in the years to come. Focus on the developmental program will be based on age appropriate strength training techniques and will involve (but are not limited to) uses of body weight, free weights and nautilus machines to learn and establish a solid strength foundation.
In addition to strength, the athletes of the development program will participate in speed development programming that will focus on motor skill development, running technique, and muscular coordination.
All team training and evaluations are scheduled as to not interfere with other athletic and academic commitments and each session is implemented and supervised by a certified and experienced strength and conditioning coach
SHAUNA FORSYTH, MSc, ATC, CSCS, PN1
Shauna is the owner and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Maritime Strength and Conditioning in Windsor, Nova Scotia where she specializes in sports performance, injury reconditioning and personal training. She has worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the past 14 years training youth, amateur, university and professional athletes. She has prepared many athletes for successful careers at the NCAA D1 level and has coached athletes competing at both the professional and Olympic levels. Prior to relocating to Nova Scotia, she was the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at Harvard University where she was responsible for the year-round strength and conditioning training of 10-15 of their varsity sports teams. Prior to her strength and conditioning career, she worked as an Athletic Trainer, certified through the National Athletic Trainer Association (USA) both in the high school and Physiotherapy settings. She holds both a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine. She is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds a Level 1 nutrition certification through Precision Nutrition. Shauna is a former NCAA soccer and basketball athlete and understands firsthand the commitment and preparation it takes to play at the next level.
Shauna’s office is located on the second floor of the Ted Canavan Athletic Centre
Contact phone: 902-799-0334Email contact: email@example.com