Head Coach: Marco Pietroniro
Assistant Coaches: Jonathan Lachance & Geoffrey Fizet
The U18/Varsity team, formerly known as the "First Hockey Team", is comprised of those student athletes born in 1998 and younger. Our Varsity program focuses more on the end result, which ensures our players are put in situations to be successful and showcase their abilities in front of top scouts from all Junior A leagues, Major Junior, Canadian Universities, NCAA schools, and of course the NHL. We make this possible with a combination of league games, tournaments and showcases.
The team plays a competitive and extremely challenging 45-50 game schedule against opponents from the top boarding schools in North America. A full-time member of the Midwest Prep Hockey League (MPHL), the team is also an associate New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) member and participates part-time in the Prep School Hockey League (PSHF) – of which they are the 2015-16 regular season champions.
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.