Head Coach: Jonathan Lachance
The U16/Prep team is comprised of student athletes born in 2000 and younger. Whereas the Varsity program has as its focus the end result, the Prep platform emphasizes development. Special attention is placed on progression, and honing individualized skills such as power-skating, stick-handling, shooting, and passing. Off the ice, the value and discipline of time management and life balance are taught. These athletes develop tools to manage expectations and stress – both in daily life and in a high performance sport environment. The end goal is a well-rounded student athlete; self-sufficient and equipped with the mental and physical tools to succeed at the next level.
The team competes in the Prep School Hockey Federation (PSHF) and are the 2015-16 Playoff Champions. The 2016-17 season will see them embark on a 40+ game schedule across North America, including PSHF showcases and tournaments, as well as exhibition games against top prep and junior boarding schools from New England and Ontario.
Those student athletes involved in the Elite Hockey program are only required to play two creases at BCS, as elite hockey is a two-term sport that encompasses both fall and winter crease. Players participate in mandatory fitness testing three times a year (September, December, and April/May). The team practices on ice daily and players can also take full advantage of Memorial Arena in the morning for individual skill work or to work on certain aspects of their game. Off-ice, roster members participate in two supervised weight room sessions per week and are required to complete a third workout on their own. Examples of off-ice workouts include: weight room; swimming and pool work; field work with sprints, foot speed drills, and conditioning; as well as playing other sports to complete the well rounded athlete. Players are also expected to attend group video sessions and watch individual clips sent via email either while on the road or on campus.
When traveling for games and tournaments, the team travels on a coach bus equipped with Wi-Fi in order for the players to complete daily homework assignments and study requirements. A tutor travels with the team on any overnight trips, and two to four mandatory study sessions are worked into every such trip.
In addition to three full-time hockey coaches, the program employs a goalie coach, a part-time strength and conditioning coach, and a full-time physiotherapist who also travels with the team.
All members of the hockey program are expected to maintain satisfactory academic standing and act as ambassadors of the school. The coaching staff works closely with the Director of Student Life, Director of Academics, and all teachers to ensure the success of these student athletes.