Top Hockey Academies in Ontario


St. Andrew’s College

Location: Aurora, Ont.
Head Coach: David Manning

About The Program: Founded in 1899, St. Andrew’s is an all-boy’s university prep school offering grades 5 to 12, with a focus on academic achievement, athletics, and leadership development. With just 630 students and 83 faculty, St. Andrew’s offers both day student and boarding school options. Seven members of the 2019-20 prep hockey team that went 40-6-2 earned NCAA Division I scholarships – Jack Bar (Harvard), Mark Hillier (Merrimack), Devlin O’Brien (Merrimack), Kienan Draper (Miami), Cole Galata (Bentley), Liam Cavan (Merrimack) and Frankie Carogioiello (Miami).

Notable Alumni: Alex Newhook, Greg Hotham, Michael Del Zotto, Warren Foegele, Dylan Sikura.

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Ridley College

Location: St. Catharines, Ont.
Head Coach: Mike McCourt

About The Program: Hockey has been played at Ridley College since the school opened its doors in 1889. Today, Ridley offers five hockey programs from under-14 through to their senior boys’ and girls’ teams. The sport has grown into a key feature of their athletic program. Ridley’s prep boys’ hockey team is the oldest active sports team at the school. The team competes in two of the top prep leagues in North America, which run concurrently from September to March – the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISSA), consisting of prep-school programs in Ontario and Western New York and the Mid-West Prep Hockey League (MPHL), comprised of prep school teams from, Quebec, Ontario, New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois.

Notable Alumni: Ben Meisner, Cole Cameron, Will Lochead.

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Canadian International Hockey Academy

Location: Rockland, Ont.
Head Coach: Andre Savage

About The Program: A secondary school institution that recruits, educates and trains student-athletes from around the world, CIH Academy provides a uniquely rich and diversified experience. Their school offers professional-level facilities and an elite hockey program, as well as a world-class educational program provided by Blyth Academy. They promise to challenge students in the classroom and on the ice, developing young athletes’ minds, bodies, and spirits while preparing them for post-secondary education and beyond.

Notable Alumni: Gabe Vilardi, Donovan Sebrango, Dylan Peterson.

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St. Michael’s College

Location: Toronto
Head Coach: Dan Brown

About The Program: One of the most traditional hockey-playing schools in Canada, at one time, St. Mike’s was a feeder school for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich and Tim Horton all played at St. Mike’s en route to winning multiple Stanley Cups with the Leafs in the 1960s. Today’s St. Michael’s Majors prep team plays a combination of league games, tournaments and exhibition games throughout Canada and the United States. The Majors offer a 50+ game schedule with over 75 on-ice practices. The team has a dedicated, year-round dressing room and on-premises fitness facility. Cutting-edge player development in the areas of skating, individual skill development, team play, and mental skills training are all part of the program. The Majors also support and conduct full-year and off-season training programs, including weight training, fitness and yoga.

Notable Alumni: Over 200 St. Mike’s grads have played in the NHL, including 14 Hockey Hall of Famers. Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars is a current St. Mike’s grad in the NHL.

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Ontario Hockey Academy

Location: Cornwall, Ont.
Head Coach: Pat Turcotte

About The Program: The Ontario Hockey Academy (OHA) is an English language athletic private school. The OHA delivers outstanding university preparatory academics and offers an Ontario Ministry of Education secondary school diploma program, as well as both boys and girls prep hockey teams. They welcome students from all across Canada, the United States, and many other countries.The Academy’s outstanding university and/or junior hockey placement rate of close to 100% has propelled many of their student-athletes into top-caliber university programs in both Canada and the United States.

Notable Alumni: Paul Swindlehurst, Caleb Lawrence, Sebastien Gingras

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Hill Academy

Hill Academy

Location: Caledon, Ont.
Head Coach: Brett MacLean

About The Program: The Hill Academy was founded in 2006 in order to provide optimal academic and athletic programming for dedicated student-athletes. The Hill Academy is based on the concept that Sport is a Laboratory for life. Its student athletes are immersed in a transformational program, using all the positive elements of sport in an academic environment to build paths for future short and long term success in school, athletics, and life in general. Over 50 of their players have earned NCAA Division I scholarships.

Notable Alumni: Mitch Marner, Brendan Lemieux, Thomas Harley, Nick Ritchie, Devin Shore.

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Upper Canada College

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Head Coach: Carl Beaudoin

About The Program: Upper Canada College is an independent school for boys between senior kindergarten and Grade 12. UCC offers both day school and boarding school options and boasts of a 100 percent university acceptance rate. UCC’s location in the upscale Forest Hill area of Toronto offers professional-caliber theatres, a new design lab, airy art rooms, a fully-equipped training and workout room, two gyms, a twin-pad arena, tennis courts and several playing fields.

Notable Alumni: Brian Conacher, Colin Greening.

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A21 Academy

Location: Windsor
Head Coach: Robb Serviss

About The Program: Just three years since opening its doors, A21 Academy has developed into a top-tier program in both Ontario and Canada. While playing a schedule against all of the elite Ontario programs. A21 utilizes its proximity to the U.S. border to travel for games against such notable U.S. prep schools as Shattuck St. Mary’s, Lake Forest Academy and Gilmour Academy. The academy is open to both day students and international students, who are billeted with land parents in the Windsor area similar to how junior hockey works. Classrooms are adjacent to the academy’s home arena, the WFCU Centre and school work is taught by Ontario board-certified teachers.

Notable Alumni: Tyler Laureault, Valentin Tarasenko.

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Le Sommet International Hockey Academy

Location: Hawkesbury, Ont.
Head Coach: Shawn Anderson

About The Program: With its proximity to the Quebec border, Le Sommet provides bilingual programs and offers an Ontario public school program that is recognized throughout North America. They give students the ideal balance between school and hockey scheduling in order to ensure good academic habits. College and university eligibility is guaranteed upon graduation. Students are advised on how to apply for higher education from both an admissions and financial aid standpoint. There are also SAT and ACT courses offered and tutoring is available to students.

Notable Alumni: Xavier Delisle, Jeremy Doucet,

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Trinity College

Trinity College

Location: Port Hope, Ont.
Head Coach: Rick Traugott

About The Program: For more than 150 years, Trinity College School (TCS) has been internationally recognized for excellence in educating young people. The Trinity College boys’ hockey program includes two teams. The Varsity team, or Bigside, is typically made up of older and more experienced players. Their second team, or Junior Varsity, is a springboard to playing at the Bigside level and is open to all grades.

Notable Alumni: Toni Soderholm, Salvatore Bertucci

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