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HOCKEY NOVA SCOTIA APPROVES NEWBRIDGE ACADEMY AS FIRST HOCKEY CANADA SPORTS SCHOOL IN THE PROVINCE
Apr. 27, 2016

HOCKEY NOVA SCOTIA APPROVES NEWBRIDGE ACADEMY AS FIRST HOCKEY CANADA SPORTS SCHOOL IN THE PROVINCE

Newbridge Academy becomes second Atlantic Canadian school to receive the designation


DARTMOUTH
– Hockey Nova Scotia has officially welcomed Newbridge Academy to the Hockey Canada family.

At an announcement at the Hockey Nova Scotia office in Dartmouth on Wednesday, Newbridge Academy became the first educational institution in the province to receive the Hockey Canada Sports School designation.

“We are very proud to welcome Newbridge Academy to the Hockey Nova Scotia and Hockey Canada family,” said Garth Isenor, president of Hockey Nova Scotia. “This new partnership will allow more Nova Scotia-born players who are looking for the sports school experience to stay here in our province and play hockey.”

Newbridge Academy is just the second school in Atlantic Canada to receive this special designation from Hockey Canada. The Lower Sackville, N.S. school plans to offer multiple hockey programs for both male and female players.

“This is an exciting opportunity and we are very proud to now be partners with Hockey Nova Scotia and Hockey Canada,” said Trevor MacEachern, chief executive officer of Newbridge Academy.  “This opportunity far exceeded my vision for Newbridge Academy when we opened 10 years ago and we intend to be the best option for hockey players in Atlantic Canada and beyond. With our new school and facilities scheduled to open in September 2017, this couldn’t be better timing for us. Thank you so much to Hockey Nova Scotia for working so diligently to make this a reality.”

In order to receive the Hockey Canada Sports School designation, educational institutions must submit an application to Hockey Canada and receive approval from their provincial branch. Hockey Canada Sports Schools must meet educational and athletic requirements as per the Hockey Canada Sports School Program. These schools must also align with the operational mandate and philosophy set out by Hockey Canada and its member branches.

“Hockey Canada continues to see the growth of sport schools across the country by developing partnerships that allow schools to function within the Hockey Canada framework enabling student-athletes to benefit from a combined hockey and academic experience,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada. “While western Canada has evolved the number of sport schools very quickly, Hockey Canada is excited to support Hockey Nova Scotia in welcoming Newbridge Academy as the newest member of the Hockey Canada Sports School model. Hockey is very much about developing great citizens through the lessons they learn in the game. We encourage opportunities for student-athletes to make decisions that allow them to grow in education and sport by electing to pursue their hockey careers through a Hockey Canada Sport School.”

Newbridge Academy will begin its first hockey season as a Hockey Canada Sports School in September 2016.

For more information on Hockey Nova Scotia, visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca and follow us on Twitter at @HockeyNS.




 
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