The Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) today announced the addition of two new programs that will begin play starting in the 2015-16 season.
Okanagan Hockey Academy Edmonton and the Northern Alberta X-treme, each based out of Edmonton, Alberta, have both been accepted into the CSSHL, bringing the total number of programs within the league to 13.
“The CSSHL is very excited to be expanding into the Edmonton area,” said CSSHL Chairman, Andy Oakes. “The Northern Alberta area has produced a number of great hockey players over the years and this expansion allows the players in this area an opportunity to purse their hockey and academic goals together and stay within their Alberta academic system.”
Okanagan Hockey Academy Edmonton, which is a division of the Okanagan Hockey Group and a partnership with the Royal Glenora Club and Ross Sheppard High School, will ice one team during the 2015-16 season in the Prep Division.
“The Okanagan Hockey Group is very excited to have our new Academy in Edmonton accepted into the CSSHL for the 2015-2016 season,” said Okanagan Hockey Group Vice-President, Dixon Ward. “The quality of teams and players throughout the league and the great success of many league alumni, will prove to be a very positive development opportunity for our players.”
The Northern Alberta X-treme, in partnership with St. Francis Xavier High School and the Edmonton Catholic School District, will have one team in the Elite 15s Division and one team in the newly-formed Female Division.
“We are very excited and honoured to be accepted into the CSSHL,” said Jason Stewart, Director of the X-treme. “We feel strongly that the CSSHL and its members are dedicated to providing the best developmental opportunities for young student-athletes on and off the ice and we look forward to upholding the exceptional standards of the league as we grow and develop our program in the Edmonton area.”
Founded in 2009, the CSSHL features 13 Hockey Academies spread across Alberta, British Columbia and Idaho. The league consists of six divisions: Prep, Varsity, Elite 15s, Bantam Prep, Bantam Varsity and Female.
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