King’s-Edgehill’s hockey program is considered amongst the top Prep school 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 female varsity hockey team play 30-40 games throughout the season and practice or train five days a week. The team members are commonly from Atlantic Canada as well as other parts of Canada and Europe. In recent years players have come to KES from PEI, Quebec, New Brunswick,Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Russia.
King’s-Edgehill’s annual schedule includes approximately 8 highly regarded tournaments that provide maximum exposure to college, University and National teams. As a North American Prep Hockey Association member (NAPHA) our girls will play in 5 tournaments against other prep schools across North America.
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:
- Stefanie Lewis – After her 4 years at King’s-Edgehill School Stefanie decided to attend New England College in New Hampshire where she competed in the ECAC and was named to the All-Academic team as she completed her science degree.
- Laura Shearer - One of the most accomplished female athletes and coaches at KES, Laura has been a huge part of the growth and success of King’s-Edgehill hockey. A two time provincial champion Head coach (2013 & 2014) with our girl’s hockey team, assistant coach for two seasons and former player, Laura was influential in the building of a strong prep school hockey program.Before coaching at KES, Laura played 5 years with the Dalhousie University Tigers hockey team. She served as the Dalhousie captain, a role she also served at King’s-Edgehill. She was a CIS All Canadian and had numerous AUS All-star awards.
- Rebecca Mosher – Rebecca attended St. Mary’s University where she was named to the Atlantic University Hockey Conference All-Rookie team. She played a key role in a very successful season for St. Mary’s who captured their first ever Atlantic Conference Championship and competed for the National Championship.
- Sarah Astle – A 2010 graduate of King’s-Edgehill, Sarah was a standout Defenseman while on the Female Varsity team. She first attended Saint Mary’s University where she played one season and was named the Rookie of the year. Sarah transferred to the University of Calgary for the 2011-2012 school year and captured the 2012 CIS University Cup.
- Erica Kelly - A 2014 graduate of KES, Erica played two season and led the team to two straight provincial titles and a successful entry into the NAPHA. With numerous college and University offers, Erica choose NCAA Division 1 Union College to study engineering and to continue her hockey career.
- Kate Nikonova - An outstanding goaltender for KES, Kate won numerous awards during her two years at King's-Edgehill. A 2014 graduate, Kate will be attending Manhattanville College where she will study Computer science and will play for the NCAA Division 3 hockey team
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: 902-799-0334
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