The Hockey program’s vision is to combine a much-valued Shawnigan education with a high quality hockey experience. All the strands of a truly “complete education” are pursued, with academic excellence at the heart of everything we do. For 2014-15, Shawnigan’s ice hockey program includes two teams, one each at the Bantam and Midget levels. Each team’s season of play begins in September and runs until Spring Break in mid-March.
When not on the ice, athletes take part in SAT Prep programs beginning in grade 10. Teams also “tour” each year to Eastern Canada and the United States, where they compete in tournaments before top tier coaches. In 2015 they will also compete in the National Independent School Invitational Championships (NISIC), co-hosted by Upper Canada College and St. Andrews College in Ontario.
The Varsity team, made up of students in grades 10-12, competes in the prestigious Canadian Sport Schools Hockey League (CSSHL). The CSSHL was created in 2009 and includes teams from British Columbia, Alberta and Idaho. It has grown from five sport schools to 11 across five divisions (U18 Prep, U18 Varsity, Elite 15s, Bantam Prep and Bantam Varsity).
The CSSHL was specifically designed to enable like-minded players increased level of competition and exposure. The league’s mandate is to provide student-athletes with a high-level hockey experience that complements their academic commitments. Each team plays 24-30 league games, followed by playoffs to determine the final standings for the season. The games are scheduled on weekends to minimize school conflicts.
Despite a relatively short existence, the CSSHL has already produced seven players selected in the National Hockey League draft, and two alumni who have competed in the NHL, including Mathew Dumba (Minnesota Wild) and Curtis Lazar (Ottawa Senators). More than sixty former players have gone on to play Major Junior hockey, while sixteen have earned scholarships to NCAA Division I programs.
It is hoped that the Bantam program will debut in the CSSHL’s Bantam Prep division in 2015-16, once the Shawnigan Arena is completed. In addition to their CSSHL fixtures, the Varsity and Bantam teams also compete in a number of tournaments throughout the season of play. Long-term plans for the Hockey program include the addition of another Midget-aged side and the creation of a girls’ program, taking advantage of hockey’s growing prominence in female athletics.
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Mr. Kevin Cooper
Admissions Associate, Director of Hockey
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Mr. Cooper earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Middlebury College. At Middlebury, he was a three time All-American, the school’s all-time leading goal scorer and, in 2004, was named the National Player of the Year. Mr. Cooper also broke the modern day goal scoring record with his 99th goal in his very last game of his college career. This goal also clinched the National Championship in 2004. In four seasons at Middlebury College, Mr. Cooper tallied 159 points in 114 career games. As a senior with the Panthers, he scored 35 goals and 57 points in just 30 contests.
Following his collegiate career, Mr. Cooper played eight seasons of professional hockey, including a brief stint with Providence of the American Hockey League. Most of his career was spent in the ECHL, CHL and other leagues across the United States. His playing career reached as far as Sweden, Finland and Germany.
During his professional career, Mr. Cooper scored 356 points in 400 professional games. With Elmira of the UHL in 2005-06, the Toronto native appeared in 75 games, scoring 33 goals and totaling 56 points with 38 penalty minutes for the Jackals. As a rookie, he played one game with the AHL’s Providence Bruins in 04-05 and spent the rest of the season in the ECHL, playing 72 games with Pee-Dee and Texas and notching 48 total points.
When his playing career ended, Mr. Cooper moved on to work at Bridgton Academy in Maine, where he balanced several roles including Admissions Counselor, Associate Teacher, Student Advisor, Dorm Head and Associate Head Hockey Coach. Thanks to an extensive network that includes coaches from Division I to Division III, he has helped place more than twenty players at various levels within the college hockey ranks. Kevin lives on campus with his wife, Kimberley and daughter, Charlotte.
Mr. Jeff Compton
Mr. Compton received his B.Sc. in Human Performance in 1993 (University of Ottawa) and Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2006 (University of Victoria). He has worked as a skating coach with the Dallas Stars and performed fitness testing or consulting with several NHL teams including the Maple Leafs, Senators, Rangers, Capitals, Jets and Canucks. He has worked as the strength, conditioning and skills coach for the Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL) and Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) and currently holds the same title with the Victoria Royals (WHL). Mr. Compton is also working with the J20 and Pro teams in Haparanda to ensure they have the fittest teams in Sweden. He recently co-developed the curricula for Hockey Canada’s HP1 and HP2 course and wrote the Physical and Mental Preparation modules. He has consulted for BC Hockey, Nike’s SPARQ training program and Polar, a heart rate monitoring company from Finland.
Mr. Compton has two books currently in print: the best-seller, Ball Bearings the Complete Illustrated Guide to Swiss Ball Training and Be Your Best Hockey Training Manual. Since the mid 90’s, he has delivered an innovative hockey specific skills program (HEAT) with camps in several locations from Saanich to Stockholm. He has created a revolutionary physical development system that will accelerate an athlete’s time to excellence by several years called (www.racebattlereover.com).
Mr. James Pollock
Assistant House Director - Ripley's, Assistant Hockey Coach
Born in Quebec City, Mr. Pollock moved to Victoria, BC at an early age and Vancouver Island has been his home ever since. He participated in all school sports throughout his middle and early high school years excelling in rugby, track and field and soccer while at the same time playing rep hockey at The Racquet Club of Victoria.
After grade 10, Mr. Pollock moved to Seattle to play major junior hockey for the Seattle Thunderbirds and was then drafted by the St.Louis Blues in 1997. His professional hockey career in the Blues organization allowed him to play with many great players, including Al Macinnis, Chris Pronger, Keith Tkachuk and Doug Weight. In 2003 James was invited to play for Canada in the Spengler Cup, which Canada won and Mr. Pollock was named to the tournament All-Star Team. He has since played 36 games for Canada internationally, and was part of the last Canadian team to win the World Championship in 2007. Some of the highlights of Mr. Pollock’s career took place in Russia, where he played for the Central Red Army (CSKA), giving him many “interesting” stories to share from his time there. He has also played in Switzerland and, more recently, in Germany with the Nürnberg IceTigers where he still holds the DEL record for goals by a defenceman in a year.
Mr. Pollock’s time in Germany also brought him together with his wife Julia and they now have two children, Elsa, two, and William, 9 months, hopefully, both future Shawnigan students. Throughout his years playing hockey, he has always given back to the game through volunteering at summer camps, visiting children’s hopsitals and always being available to promote the game at every opportunity. Now, one of his main priorities is the success of Shawnigan hockey!
Mr. Paul Morris
Mr. Morris attended the University of Waterloo, earning an Honours Applied Chemistry Degree (Mathematics option) and playing Varsity Field Lacrosse as a midfielder for three seasons. Waterloo is known for its pioneering work in co-operative education, combining academic studies with work experience. This provided valuable industrial lab experience during co-op work terms and the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University.
Mr. Morris first arrived at Shawnigan in 1994. In 1998, he married Alison Dewis, and the newlyweds ventured forth to the Arabian Peninsula as international educators, spending the next six years enjoying the expatriate lifestyle in the cosmopolitan Red Sea port town of Jeddah. Mr. Morris added AP Calculus and AP Chemistry to his teaching resume while collaborating with students and educators from all over the world.
Paul and Alison returned to Shawnigan in January 2005, and he has continued to teach and coach full-time. He has earned NCCP credentials levels 1 & 2 in both Rugby and Rowing along with level 1 Squash. His Ice Hockey qualifications include HCSP (safety), HCOP levels 1 & 2 (officiating), NCCP Coach 2 and Development 1. He co-coached and managed both Senior and Junior Ice Hockey teams for eight seasons, and is elated with the continued evolution of the program. Mr. Morris now resides off-campus with his multi-talented wife, children Matthew and Nadine, and chocolate lab, Murphy.
Mr. Tim Murdy
Head of Sport, Head of Rugby, Physical Education
Mr. Murdy has been involved in hockey for over forty years. He started playing minor hockey as a five year old with the Capilano Winter Club, and as a teenager switched allegiances to the prestigious North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver, BC. In the early stages of his university years he carried on playing in the junior varsity league while also playing varsity rugby for the UBC Thunderbirds.
Since graduation, and after a lengthy rugby career, Mr. Murdy has been playing in numerous men’s recreational leagues. Hhe has spent time coaching minor hockey at both Shawnigan Lake School and in the Kerry Park Minor Hockey Association. Mr. Murdy is also Shawnigan’s Director of Physical Education and Head Coach of the 1st XV rugby team, which won five consecutive British Columbia AAA Provincial Championships from 2009-2013. He is married to Teisha and has two children, Kyle and Paige.
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