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High Performance :: MALE U15 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


The current structure of the High Performance Program at the Under 15 Level is:

  • Spring Identification Camp (BMO Centre)                                                                      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 15 division, the program does also include the selection of twenty players to represent Nova Scotia in the Under 15 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 to16 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
  • Matthew Highmore, Chicago Blackhawks
  • 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 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 15 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:                  Major Bantam Player aged players born in 2005 (1st Year Major Bantam) and players who participated in the Under 14 Summer Camp in 2018

                                    Registration is limited


                                    NOTE:   AA players MAY be considered if room is available


Location:                   BMO CENTRE, BEDFORD NS 


Date:                          April 19-21/ 2019





All players interested in the Male Under 15 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



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 Hockey Development Festival, 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 15 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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