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High Performance :: MALE U14 HPP REGISTRATION
Hockey Nova Scotia formally established a High Performance Program in 1996 after the 1995 Canada Games in Grand Prairie, Alberta. 

The purpose of the High Performance Program is to identify and prepare young players from Nova Scotia for Hockey Canada National Team opportunities. The program also serves as a pathway for players to participate in the Canada Games (every 4 years), the Atlantic Challenge Cup, and the QMJHL U16 Challenge every year.

What is the High Performance Program

  • Opportunity for players & coaches to participate in best on best provincial program
  • Pathway for Canada Winter Games Programs for players and staff
  • Pathway for QMJHL Gold Cup Event at U16 level
  • Pathway to  Hockey Canada National Under-17  Program for players and staff
  • Best-on-Best Players
  • On and Off Ice Education/ Curriculum

In 2007, Hockey Nova Scotia introduced the Under 14 Division to the prestigious High Performance Program, allowing players in their second year of Peewee to participate in the Program for the very first time and begin to prepare themselves for an opportunity with provincial, regional or national teams within Hockey Canada’s High Performance Programs. In 2008, Hockey Nova Scotia sent an Under 14 Team to the Atlantic Challenge Cup, where Nova Scotia claimed the Gold Medal in the inaugural Under 14 Division of the Hockey Canada’s Atlantic Challenge Cup.

The current structure of the High Performance Program at the Under 14 Level is:

  • Spring Identification Camp (BMO Centre, Bedford )                                                   April 19-21
  • Summer Development and Evaluation Camp (St FX University, Antigonish)         July 17-21
  • Atlantic Challenge Cup (Moncton, NB)                                                                           October 11-14

While development is still the primary objective of the Under 14 division, the program does also include the selection of twenty players to represent Nova Scotia in the Under 14 Division as part of the Atlantic Challenge Cup, hosted annually in Moncton, New Brunswick.

For the past ten years, Hockey Nova Scotia’s High Performance Program has grown to include male players aged 13 to 16 while the female divisions now include players aged 13 to 17. The Program has become very successful and is highly respected as a vehicle to assist players in advancing to Regional and National High Performance Programs.
The Nova Scotia High Performance Program has provided a unique opportunity to many players who have advanced within Hockey Canada National Programs. Some of the many players who have participated in Nova Scotia’s High Performance Program include:
  • Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Hockey Canada World Junior
  • Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins, Hockey Canada World Junior
  • Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey Canada  World Junior
  • Shane Bowers,Colorado Avalance, Hockey Canada World Junior Team
  • Jared McIsaac,Detroit Red Wings, Hockey Canada  World Junior Team
  • Drake Batherson, Ottawa Senators, Hockey Canada World Junior Team
  • Stephen Dixon, World Junior Team
  • Joe Dipenta, Canada Games, Anaheim Ducks
  • Ryan Graves , Canada Games, Colorodo Avalanche
  • Matthew Highmore, Canada Games, Chicago Blackhawks
  • Liam O’Brien, Washington Capitols
  • James Sheppard, San Jose Sharks
  • Alex Grant, Anaheim Ducks
  • Aaron Johnson, Canada Games, Boston Bruins
  • Derrick Walser, Canada Games, Columbus Blue Jackets
From 2014-2017 with the introduction of a Hockey Canada National Under 17 Program, Hockey Nova Scotia was second in Canada per registered player in placing players on the National Under 17 Teams. Nova Scotia was first in terms of players invited to the National Under 17 Summer Camp, which is something we continue to work toward  increasing.
The Under 14 Program was the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada and Hockey Nova Scotia believes that offering this opportunity to graduating peewee aged players will assist participants in experiencing a high performance hockey environment as well as gaining a stronger understanding and appreciation for what it will take to succeed at higher levels in the game. This exposure is very important to assisting young players to focus on the skills and attributes necessary to succeed in hockey at an earlier age. 
The High Performance Program, while being focused on preparing and identifying the very best players in our province for future national program opportunities, offers a strong commitment to player development. The program will concentrate on exposing players to high level training programs including a focus on skill development, off-ice training and conditioning, and class sessions on many topics relevant to aspiring hockey players. The Under 14 Program will also provide Hockey Nova Scotia the foundation for those players who will eventually be selected to go on in the High Performance Program to higher divisions.
To this point , Hockey Nova Scotia has established a relationship with Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic who provide and deliver an off- ice curriculum at our summer camp which includes:
  • Fitness Testing and education around testing
  • Nutrition education: Past sessions have included cooking lessons in the kitchen and trips to the grocery store
  • Mental Performance: dealing with adversity, and handling pressure
  • Strength and Conditioning: learning how to train properly
Eligibility:                  Peewee AAA aged players born in 2006
                                   Registration is limited
OTE:    AA players MAY be considered if room is available after the registration deadline
Location:                   BMO CENTRE ,BEDFORD NS  | RBC CENTRE, DARTMOUTH, NS
Date:                          April 19-21, 2019
All players interested in the Male Under 14 camp must register online by their respective position:
Players must register no later than FRIDAY, MARCH 8. The registration cost for the Spring Camp is $245.00.
Registration for the program will be restricted and will be on a first come first serve basis for 2nd year Peewee AAA players for the Under 14 Division only.
Players will receive notification of schedule and final camp details for the Spring Camp prior to April 5th 2019.  
After March 8th, refunds will only be available should a player become injured and be unable to attend at the time of the camp. If a player becomes injured and cannot attend, requests for refunds must be accompanied with a written medical certificate from your family doctor specifying the reasons why the player should not attend.  In the case of all refunds, a $50.00 administration fee will be levied. All such requests must be forwarded to Hockey Nova Scotia, attention High Performance Programs, at fax (902) 454-3883.
Upon the completion of the Hockey Nova Scotia High Performance Program Spring Camp evaluations, forty-six (46) players will be selected to attend the Summer Development Camp. Players must attend the Spring Camp to be eligible for the summer camp, unless given Special Consideration because of injury.
At the conclusion of the summer camp, Hockey Nova Scotia will select twenty players to represent Nova Scotia at the 2019 Atlantic Challenge Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick.
For further details on the High Performance Program and the Under 14 Male division, please contact Darren Sutherland, Development Director at (902) 454-9400, by e-mail at or visit our website at

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