Brandon McReynolds


In 2016 Brandon McReynolds was the captain of his Jr. B team in Comox and was also affiliated with the Jr. A team in Port Alberni. He finished 9th in the league in scoring on a below 500 team and ended up with 22 goals and 28 assists in 42 games.

Brandon received the Premier’s Award for Aborginal Youth Excellence in Sport on March 21, 2016. Six young women and six young men were presented an award by Premier Christy Clarke for outstanding athletic accomplishments and commitment to their community and future aspirations. More than 75 Aboriginal youth athletes were nominated throughout the province.

Read more about the award here.


Daniel Cotton attended Sentinel Secondary and participated in the Premier Hockey Academy in his Bantam years. Daniel grew up playing hockey for the West Vancouver Minor Hockey Association. He participated in the U16 and U17 programs and was nominated to the U17 Team Pacific roster as one of 3 goaltenders. In Daniel’s second year of Midget, he played for the North West Giants of the BC Major Midget League, posting some of the leagues top stats and wins. That year the Giants were Regional Champions, and went on to play in the Telus Cup National Tournament in St Johns Newfoundland. Daniel’s goaltending stats were the best in that tournament, posting a .919 save percentage and a 2.15 GAA. The following year Daniel played with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. He was traded the following year to the Everett Silvertips of the WHL, where he played for 2 more seasons. He participated in 82 games over 3 WHL seasons and recorded 3700 mins of playing experience. Daniel is now attending Saskatoon Polytechnic in Saskatchewan in their Commercial Aviation Diploma Program, using the proceeds of his WHL Scholarship Fund that he earned as a goalie, to fund his goal of becoming a Commercial Pilot.

“I’m glad I went to the Premier Hockey Academy. It’s a great program for aspiring goaltenders and players.”

rielly_morganMorgan Rielly

Morgan Rielly, a former Premier Hockey Academy student, graduated from Sentinel Secondary, June 2012 and was drafted in the 1st round, fifth overall, of the 2012 NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 2011, Morgan was selected to the Western Hockey League AllStar Team to face Team Russia, November 17, 2011 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

The details of Morgan’s most recent achievement:

The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Western Hockey League and the Moose Jaw Warriors and Regina Pats Hockey Clubs announced the rosters for Team WHL that will compete against Team Russia in the 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series.

The 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series will take place November 7 – 17 and marks the ninth straight year that teams of CHL All-Stars have competed against Team Russia in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championships. The SUBWAY® Super Series is an integral part of the evaluation process prior to Team Canada’s final selection camp in December. This season, Canada will be competing for their 14th straight medal at the 2012 tournament in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.

Team WHL will face Team Russia in games five and six of the series played Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in Regina, SK, and on Thursday, November 17, 2011 in Moose Jaw, SK. The first two games of the series are hosted by the QMJHL with the OHL hosting games three and four.

Team WHL was selected by a special committee of WHL General Managers along with Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s Head Scout for the Canadian National Junior Team, as part of the selection process for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships.

“I am honoured and excited to have the opportunity to coach Team WHL at the 2011 SUBWAY Super Series,” said Don Hay. “This is an impressive group of talent that has been put together and I’m eager to see how they will stack up against the best Russia has to offer. This is also a great opportunity to get a better look at some of the guys who could be playing for Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships.”

The Team WHL roster consists of 29 players – two goalies, 11 defenceman and 16 forwards, with the remainder of the roster be named at a later date.

Top NHL prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft Matt Dumba (RD), Morgan Rielly (MJ) and Colton Sissons (KEL) will compete in the series.

Team WHL also features three first round draft picks from the 2011 NHL Draft, Duncan Siemens (SAS), Mark McNeill (PA) and Joe Morrow (POR). Moose Jaw Warriors forward Quinton Howden is the sole returning player from Team Canada’s 2011 silver medal team at the World Junior Championships and was selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Team WHL Roster – Moose Jaw, SK – November 17, 2011

Goal (2): Tyler Bunz (Medicine Hat Tigers)*; Calvin Pickard (Seattle Thunderbirds)*

Defence (6): Jordan Fransoo (Brandon Wheat Kings); Dylan McIlrath (Moose Jaw Warriors) Mark Pysyk (Edmonton Oil Kings); Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw Warriors); Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades)*; Zachary Yuen (Tri-City Americans)

Forwards (10): Michael Ferland (Brandon Wheat Kings); Justin Feser (Tri-City Americans); Patrick Holland (Tri-City Americans); Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors); Adam Lowry (Swift Current Broncos); Mark McNeill (Prince Albert Raiders); Josh Nicholls (Saskatoon Blades)*; Max Reinhart (Kootenay Ice)*; Mark Stone (Brandon Wheat Kings); Jordan Weal (Regina Pats)*
*Players competing in both games

Team WHL Staff:
Don Hay, Head Coach (Vancouver Giants); Ryan Huska, Assistant Coach (Kelowna Rockets); Lorne Molleken, Assistant Coach (Saskatoon Blades)

Team WHL Training Staff:
Greg Mayer (Regina Pats)
Curtis Amiot (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jamie LeBlanc (Swift Current Broncos)

2011 SUBWAY® Super Series Schedule of Games:
Game 1 – Monday November 7 at Victoriaville, QC
Game 2 – Wednesday November 9 at Quebec City, QC
Game 3 – Thursday November 10 at Ottawa, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 14 at Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 16 at Regina, SK
Game 6 – Thursday November 17 at Moose Jaw, SK

A big congratulations to Morgan Rielly. A big thank you to the Sentinel Secondary School staff for understanding and assisting Morgan with his academics as he continues to pursue his dream to make it to the NHL.

NHL Draft: West Vancouver’s Morgan Rielly prepares ‘to go find a job’
The Province – June 17, 2012
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academy-ribbon-dylan-tuskeyDylan Tuskey

“Going to Sentinel Secondary School (2007-2012) and participating in the Premier Hockey Academy for 3 years has really been a great experience for me. I feel so privileged to have been able to participate in this program and it has really helped me to develop not only as a player but also as a person. All my years of minor hockey was played out of the West Vancouver Thunder Association. Being a pretty small association, we never really had the best team. However, through the hockey academy I was pushed by training with older players who were very skilled. That environment really helped to develop my skills and my overall work ethic.

Dylan TuskeyThe training I went through while in the academy was particularly great, being able to work on my overall fitness with coaches from both Twist Conditioning as well as on-ice training with the coaches from the Inside Edge. Everyone involved in the program pushed us to be the best that we could be and it has really been paying off. Now, in my graduating year, I just finished a great season with the North West Giants Hockey Club and hope to be playing Junior A next year.

I should add that the Hockey Academy really helped me with my schooling as well. Being able to go off and work out every afternoon, all during school hours, really opened up my schedule later in the day. After school, I could then focus on my home work. I can easily say that attending Sentinel Secondary School along with the Premier Hockey Academy was the best decision I could have made.”

academy-ribbon-jaime-perezJaime Perez de la Sierra

April, 2015 update from Jaime Perez, Sr.

On March 22nd, Jaime competed for team Mexico at the IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DIV III GROUP A, in Taipei, Taiwan.

Mexico ended with a Silver medal in a very competitive tournament, and Jaime had the best Goalkeeper record, with a 94.92 SVS %. [read more…]

Jaime Perez de la Sierra

This was Jaime’s last tournament at the U18 level, he will be playing the U20 next year.

I like to share this with you because you are a very important part of Jaime’s school and hockey life, the year he was at the Hockey Academy were a big influence on him in so many aspects, you run a great program and we will remember you always. We will try to stop by and say goodbye before the end of the school year. Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication.

February, 2014 update from Jaime Perez, Sr.

I feel it is important to mention that Jaime Jr. wanted me to share this current news with you. He remembers you well and the years he spent at the Premier Hockey Academy, where he was able to improve his game and become a better teenager / man, and we are very proud of him.

Jaime PerezThank you again for all your hard work and dedication, without a doubt you and your program make a great and long lasting impression on every kid.

Jaime returned from Izmir, Turkey, where Jaime was invited as a back- up goalie for the U20 Mexican Hockey team. Izmir was the host for the 2014 IIHF ICE HOCKEY U20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division III.

Jaime will play as starting goalie in the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division III Group A In Sofia, Bulgaria, 24-30 March 2014, but was invited to the U20 as well due to an injury from the other goalie.

Jaime did not have too much time to prepare with school exams, but the teachers made an exception based on Jaime’s good grades so he was able to go to Turkey in the end.

Jaime is currently in Grade 11 at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, in Saskatchewan.

It was a great experience. Team Mexico performed very well, winning the bronze medal in a very tight tournament. Jaime played 2 games, got a shootout in his first ever IIHF Tournament and ended up with the highest Goalkeepers save % average: [read more…]

Jaime is now preparing for the U18 tournament at the end of March, 2014.

June, 2013 update from Jaime Perez, Sr.

I want to share with you some exiting news about Jaime Jr. Two weeks ago, Jaime went to Queretaro, Mexico to play in the National Youth Olympics Hockey tournament. He played for the Mexico City team, one of 9 teams that compete in the Midget category. It was very competitive, a lot of good players, mostly from Mexico, but also some Mexican-born kids like Jaime, who reside in Canada and the USA.

Jaime PerezJaime’s team were considered the underdogs because most of the kids were very young, a few 97s, but most of them 98s. At the end, they played very well and ended up winning Bronze in a very exiting final game!

As if this was not enough good news, after the award ceremony, the president of the Hockey association invited Jaime to do the try-outs for the U 18 team, that will be competing in Sofia, Bulgaria, next year in March, 2014.

It was a very proud and happy moment for Jaime and all of us, and while sharing this with you, I also want to thank you again for all your help, support and dedication to Jaime during and after his 2 years at the Premier Hockey Academy.

In September Jaime will be attending Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, in Saskatchewan, where he will continue his studies and his passion for hockey. He will always remember you and his time in the Academy.

academy-ribbon-brandonBrandon McReynolds

February, 2014 update

Brandon makes the cut for the TV series, Hit the Ice, starting February 27, 2014 and running for 13 episodes on the APTN channel. [read more…]

May, 2013 update

Brandon continues to achieve, participating as a member of Team BC in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) held April 28 – May 4, 2013, in Brossard & Kahnawake, Quebec.

Brandon’s team’s first game was against Team Saskatchewan who had not lost a game and won the gold medal for this tournament for the last 5 years in a row. Brandon’s team beat Saskatchewan 5-4 and just kept the momentum going after that.

This is the first time ever that Team BC made the medal rounds. Not only did they make the medal rounds but they won GOLD!!! Brandon scored the game winning goal in the gold medal game and was named the second star of the game. In the semi-final game he set up the tying goal with 1:53 left in the game to send it into overtime and a beautiful 2 on 1 pass.

He had a really solid tournament and ended up with 2 goals and 4 assists in 6 games. Could have, should have had at least 2-4 goals more than he did but was either robbed or just missed.

Also he was invited to attend “Hit the Ice” which is a hockey camp/program put on by John Chabot (a former NHL player) for the top 20 Aboriginal Hockey players in Canada at the end of the tournament. They also make this into a TV series starting in Jan 2014. Brandon will attend the camp in July, 2013. They have invited 28 players and after the first 3-4 days will cut the roster down to 20 players. Last year they had current and former NHL players come in to the camp to work with the players. They also had the conditioning trainer for the Ottawa Senators work with the boys at the Senators’ training facility!

A big congratulation goes out to Brandon as he continues to work hard, persevere and enjoy his ongoing achievements.

NVMHA Report: McReynolds To Represent North Van At
Aboriginal Championships

North Van Minor will have some representation at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships when they kick-off in Saskatoon, Sask. at the beginning of May.

Brandon McReynolds attended the tryouts, held two weekends ago at the Shulus Community Arena in the Lower Nicola Band near Merrit, to try and earn a spot on Team BC, and the committee liked what they saw and brought him aboard. [read more…]

Brandon McReynolds at the 2011 Chowder Cup

Team Canada West is made up of elite players from B.C. and Alberta, and competes in the Jr. Chowder Cup in Boston each summer. Top teams from the U.S., Russia, Latvia, Belarus, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic have been competing in the tournament since 1984. This past July, WVSD’s Premier Hockey Academy’s BRANDON McREYNOLDS was invited to be on Team Canada West, and he tells his story below.

“I was much honoured to be picked to play for Team Canada West and to have the opportunity to experience hockey at a different level. The games were fast-paced and competitive as all the teams consisted of some highly skilled players. About 75 per cent of the players (from the 1996 birth year) have already been drafted into the WHL. The coaches were very friendly and supportive, and gave us some good feedback to play better together as a team.”

“We got started with a meet-and-greet and practiced just once together before the tournament started. The players were friendly, and everyone was looking forward to just playing some hockey. We attended meetings as a team with the advisors from Boston College, Boston University, and North Eastern, where they explained to us the advantages of college sports versus Major Junior hockey.”

“They explained the experience of the college route and opportunities to continue playing competitive hockey combined with education. There is less travel to compete, and they focus on developing hockey skills on and off the ice, along with academics. When you graduate from an NCAA school, you enter the next level more mature mentally and physically. If you decide not to have a career in hockey, you have an education to fall back on.”

“I was impressed with the facilities at the colleges, arenas, training camps, video rooms, and full access to the rinks and gyms. There was a real focus on skill development, and the college is dedicated to its sports teams. Many people talked about the Bean Pot, where all the colleges in Boston compete against each other with huge fan support.”

“Although we didn’t lose a game (two wins and two ties with some good, hard-playing hockey), we didn’t make the finals. All in all, it was a great experience and I would recommend it to others, and will definitely attend again if I get the opportunity.”

Of the 20 players on Brandon’s team, most were from Alberta and eight were drafted into the WHL this summer. All were scouted throughout this past season and were invited to take part. There are no tryouts. The team was coached by Lou Gravel of Nanaimo, and included two former NHLers as instructors: Glen Wesley (Carolina Hurricanes) and Martin Gelinas (Nashville Predators).

Congratulations, Brandon!

By Dan Sallows – 11 Nov 2012

“Brandon McReynolds is a talented two-way centre that could be an exceptional Jr. player as he continues to put in the work. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound pivot is a strong skater that is excellent at getting pucks deep and forcing opponents on the forecheck. He distributes the puck exceptionally well, has a high hockey IQ, competes hard, makes his linemates better, is strong along the boards, enjoys getting engaged physically, and has decent hands. The 16-year-old represented the Squamish Nation, BC and NVMHA at the 2012 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, and has played a few games of Jr. B in the Lower Mainland this season as well.”


In 2005 Michael received a major blow to his confidence when he tried out for the West Vancouver Minor Hockey Association rep team and was the first goalie cut. This pushed him to train harder during his first year at the hockey academy and it all paid off. Michael became one of the goalies to make the A-team the following year and ended the season feeling better than he did when he started it. This was the moment when Michael learned how hard work can pay off to achieve the goals he has always dreamt of. Michael spent the following three years in the hockey academy and playing rep hockey. Each year his work ethic increased exponentially and the results came with it. When Michael was in grade 11 he decided to leave to hockey academy to focus on school and his looming future as a university student. In 2010 Michael started at the University of Victoria to pursue a career as an engineer. He has felt that the hockey academy has helped him stay disciplined and focused while studying biomedical engineering. The lessons that Michael learned both on the ice and off the ice are still applied in his academic life, his career, and to everyday tasks.

The Hockey Academy was more than a place for Michael to develop his on-ice skills. At the time Michael did not realize how important the classroom sessions were to shaping him into a more well-rounded individual. Michael thought the classroom sessions were taking away from hockey but he now knows these were a valuable learning experience. He still applies information from lessons such as developing a new skill or setting goals. Michael would also like to take a moment to thank Diane Nelson for all the valuable skills she has taught him.

academy-ribbon-destry-straightDestry Straight

“When I joined the Sentinel Hockey Academy in grade 8 I didn’t know what to expect. I would soon realize that coming to Sentinel and enrolling myself in the Hockey Academy was a brilliant idea. The countless hours I spent training on and off the ice at Hollyburn and at Twist Conditioning jump started my hockey career and allowed me play the sport I loved as much as possible. Being able to compliment high school academics with hockey skill development training through a hockey academy was one of the best decisions of my life.”

Destry Straight“After participating in the Sentinel Hockey Academy, I was lucky enough to obtain a scholarship to Boston College where I just finished my Freshman year. The experiences, friendships, and on-ice success I have had here has been incredible. In my first year, we managed to capture the National Championship at the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay.”

HOC RE-VISITED: Frozen Four title run caps dream frosh season for W. Van’s Straight


Jacob Fournier

Vancouver’s North Shore Winterhawks grab bantam championship – April 5, 2015

Jacob Fournier

Jacob’s North Shore Winter Club (NSWC) Bantam A1 Team won the Bantam AAA Tournament in Medicine Hat (Nov. 2014). Jacob and his team went 6-0, played extremely well on both ends of the ice, worked hard every single shift, limited the shots from our opponents, and displayed fantastic team ethics on and off the ice!

Jacob Fournier

Jacob Fournier


Lyndon Stanwood

The Premier Hockey Academy wasn’t just a “cool” way to get out of last block to goof around with your friends; it was a way to succeed in more places than just the classroom. The Premier Hockey Academy was one the best decisions I have ever made so far in my young hockey career. Extremely talented hockey players, well-educated coaches, and an extremely organized Diane Nelson made every last second of my three years worthwhile.

Every time I got on the ice I felt was getting better, learning new things, setting new goals, and most importantly, having fun doing it all. Lyndon StanwoodTo me, the hockey academy wasn’t just about the hockey; it was also about the friendships I made along the way. A lot of my close friends now all participated in the hockey academy.

I remember one year I was going through a phase where people were bothering me about my height. If anybody knows anything about me, it is that I am shorter than the average goaltender but make up for it with my quick feet and competitive drive. So when my friends would make fun of me for my height, it would make me mad. I would get unfocused from hockey, school and home life. So, one day Ms. Nelson noticed my smile had disappeared. She asked if I wanted to talk about the situation and I said yes. I will never forget the conversation we had, her advice made me look at each situation, in life and hockey, in a completely different way. I can never thank her enough.

Now thanks to the hockey academy and everyone helping along the way I wouldn’t be playing in the best Jr. A League in Canada and competing for a national championship with the Langley Rivermen.

For anyone looking to pursue their hockey dreams with incredible help along the, I highly recommend the Premier Hockey Academy to you! It’s certainly about hockey, but it’s also about development as a young person as well.


Max Metzner

“Before entering the hockey academy, truthfully, I was scared. I was the only hockey player admitted into the Sentinel Hockey Academy from my elementary school, and I was changing schools practically blind-folded. But as it turned out, the Sentinel Hockey Academy was one of the best things that happened to me in high school; all pre-high scholars are meant to think that high school is tough and sometimes quite tedious. Through my experiences with the Sentinel Hockey Academy, I left half-way through the academic day just to start my athletic portion of the day, which turned out to be my most favourite, helping me relax from the pressures of school while pursuing my passion. 3 excellent years passed, and I was faced with Max Metznera dilemma; the hockey academy used 2 courses, and with the curriculum I was following required that I dropped one of those courses. This is when I was introduced to Nelson’s P.E. block. This was the jam to my peanut-butter, as it only took up one block and allowed me to accompany my education with my pursuit of hockey. Given this time off, I was able to train independently. Although I did miss the hockey academy, the flexibility of this new opportunity helped me push through to new levels, noticeably in hockey. Diane Nelson, through Sentinel’s Hockey Academy and her P.E. block, has helped me transform from a quiet shadow to a skilful, confident player and a respectful person. I took what I learned through my years in the Academy and reflected them on my team this year, and as their Captain, the Hollyburn Midget AAA, we proudly represented being rated #1 in British Columbia. I would recommend this to each and every athlete, no matter the level of skill, as it creates fantastic players with extraordinary personalities. And to those who found themselves in my shoes, even a nobody can become a somebody.”


Haneet Parhar

“I have been a part of Diane Nelson’s PE class for the past three years now and having the ability to have an extra spare block where I can completely devote my time to hockey has been extremely beneficial. From grade 10 I have had the opportunity to pursue a higher level of hockey without affecting my Haneet Parharacademics. I participated in the BC u16 and u18 programs, played for the Vancouver Fusion major midget team, and I have just recently finished playing two years with Pacific Steelers. Next year I’ll be playing for the UBC Thunderbirds. Three years ago I would never have expected to be playing varsity hockey, but it goes to show that hard work and determination doesn’t go unnoticed.”



Christian Gacina

Christian Gacina currently attends Sentinel Secondary and participated in the Sentinel Hockey Academy in his first two years at the school. Christian started his career playing for the NSWC Winterhawks. Christian always preaches to young players that he runs into either while on the ice or at the NSWC, “that they should definitely join the Hockey Academy. It’s where I learned all of my skills.” Christian participated in the U16 BC Cup. In Christian’s first year of Midget he played NSWC Midget AAA Tier 1 as a rookie. “The coaches at the hockey academy really pushed me to play to my maximum ability and looking back on it I really appreciate the time and effort they put in to help my game” says Christian Gacina. Christian also said that the teachers at Sentinel were always very accepting and helpful if they knew you were in an academy. They would always offer help that would work with the busy schedule of attending the academy and the regular hockey season.

Christian says, “The academy taught me to persevere when the times are tough and keep working when noticeable improvement is made. I thank everyone that is a part of the academy for helping me and putting a tremendous amount of work into making my time with the hockey academy memorable.”

academy-ribbon-ryan-pouliotRyan Pouliot

May, 2013, Ryan Pouliot was drafted #228 in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft by the Saskatoon Blades! A big congratulations goes out to Ryan.

Ryan was born in Ottawa, Ontario, but moved with his family to the United States when he was four years old. Ryan learned his hockey and lacrosse skill set in Dallas, TX and played at the AAA level for several years. Ryan played with the Dallas Stars Elite AAA club for several years before moving to Vancouver, BC. Ryan’s Pee Wee Major team was ranked 6th in the nation in 2010, won States, Regionals and went on to the US Nationals. Unfortunately, Ryan’s team lost in the Quarter Finals in OT to the team that eventually won the U12 US Nationals. Ryan is proud of this huge achievement.

Ryan is currently on the North Shore Winter Club (NSWC) Bantam AAA team and recently won the Chilliwack Bantam AAA International tournament, October, 2012, after a grueling 7 game 20 min period marathon. Highlight of the year was coming back to beat Langley Eagles 9-8 in OT after falling behind 8-3 in the Quarter Finals.

Hockey is Ryan’s life and he is committed to it through relentless training. His goal is to play Junior A and College hockey.

NSWC Bantam A1s win BC, Headed to Westerns – March 21, 2013

NSWC Win Gold at John Reid Memorial Tournament in Alberta – January 20, 2013

Chilliwack Challenge Cup

academy-ribbon-brandon-pfeilBrandon Pfeil

“I have fond memories of my time in school in West Vancouver. I remember my teacher, Miss Brown, in Grade 4, who had us write her a letter once per week and she would write us back. Miss Brown asked us things that we worried about, what we enjoying doing, and what our goals were. My mom kept my journal and showed it to me just this past week. It’s all pretty much about hockey. On November 22, 2002, I wrote to Miss Brown that I had two goals: one was, “to get good grades” and the second goal was “doing well in hockey so that I could get a scholarship.” I was ten years old when I wrote that to Miss Brown.”

“Along the way there were steps that allowed me to achieve this. One of them was going to Sentinel Secondary School and attending the Premier Hockey Academy. I enjoyed being able to play hockey every day while still having a flexible schedule to go to school. Without great teachers who worked around my busy schedule, I never would have been able to do as much as I have, and still get a great education.”

“During the summer of Grade 10, I made the Squamish Wolfpack Junior B team. I moved to Squamish for Grade 11, billeting with a really nice family. That was a great experience and allowed me to learn all kinds of skills, particularly managing on my own. Since then, I have been living in Merritt for the past two seasons, playing Junior A hockey for the Merritt Centennials. With that came more change, but I found that staying organized, following the schedules and routines of the coaches and teachers, and continuing to set goals, helped me move forward.”

“I just committed to Brown University for September, 2012. Ten years seems like a long time ago, but it feels like the time has just flown by. What I would say to other students who may be reading this is that without setting goals, you can lose yourself along the way. Setting goals makes it a lot easier to stay focused and on track when your days get busy and hectic. Before you know it, you look back and realize that all of this hard work has paid off.” Release
Jan 1, 2013
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Centennials alum Pfeil named ECAC rookie of the week

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Merrit, BC – Dec 28th, 2011
Cents’ Defenceman Brandon Pfeil Commits to Brown University

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Brandon Pfeil Headed to Brown University

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Liam Smith

“Being in WVSD’s Premier Hockey has placed me on to the correct path for achieving my goals in hockey and in life. From a young age I was deemed to be not the best at hockey. As a result, I was always put on the lower teams, not because the other goalies out performed me but because someone, somewhere, told everyone I wasn’t very good. But I never stopped trying and the hockey academy helped me prove to everybody that I was good enough to play on high level teams. By training every day, either working out, or being on the ice with high level individuals, made me get better. I improved greatly in the three years that I attended the hockey academy. The coaches and teachers pushed me to always try hard and to do my best, not just in the sport, but also in school too. Liam SmithThey always had time to listen if I had a problem that was bugging me that day. Also, they understand that everybody has a bad day once in a while and really understand. The teachers at Sentinel are really great, too. They knew that I was in the hockey program and if I needed help in something they would always work around my busy schedule to help me do better in school. Everyone there just wants the best for their students and it creates a great working and learning environment. I am currently on the North West Giants in the B.C. Major Midget League and I owe it all to the Premier Hockey Academy program. They taught me my ‘never give up’ attitude and to always pursue my dreams.”

Justin White

“Hockey has always been one of the most important things in my life and I know it will continue to be important for me to be involved in hockey in the future. Unfortunately, I was a late bloomer. I did not hit a growth spurt until late Grade 10 which meant I missed out on quite a few opportunities in Bantam and first year Midget. Luckily, when I did finally start to grow, I had Ms. Nelson’s PE block to help me fast forward. I used that block of time in the afternoon to train and become a more skilled and well-rounded hockey player. Having this extra time was a huge help during my growing phase. I could get used to my new height and length by being on the ice almost every day rather than only being able to use my minor hockey practise time. I was so thankful I could use my PE class to skate rather than playing other sports in a regular PE class. I would have found that to be very stressful. This flexible schedule made a huge difference in increasing my hockey skill development and I have no doubt that it helped me play at the level I am at today.”

“The most amazing thing about Ms. Nelson’s PE block is that even though it is similar to a Super Achiever’s block, with Ms. Nelson’s block, she used our training logs and relevant project work to help us achieve the credits and to assist us in achieving the high marks. The work didn’t seem that difficult because it was something I was interested in doing and I could actually use my training regime to get those credits and get in shape for hockey. To me, this is a perfect fit because it actually helps you as an athlete and as a student. Taking this class not only improved my skills as a hockey player, but boosted my school mark average as well no doubt making it easier for me to get into the post-secondary school of my choosing. I would completely recommend this course to any rising athlete out there; it can be a huge asset to further your career, whatever your sport may be. A piece of advice I would give kids taking this class would be to actually use the time; don’t just treat it as a spare or some time to go home and play video games. Use this time to train and work hard to become that top athlete. Going in with this mindset will definitely make you not only a better athlete but a better person. This will set you up for success as you graduate. Good luck!”

“And I’m glad there are schools out there like Sentinel and people like Ms. Nelson who are making courses flexible and adaptable for students who have a passion to strive in a specific area. Allowing them to work in these areas AND get their marks and credits is absolutely a student’s dream.”


More Information:

Diane Nelson

Director of Instruction
WVS’s Premier Academy
(baseball, fencing, hockey, soccer, tennis)

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575