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Ignace Hockey Canada Skills Academy
Ignace Hockey Canada Skills Academy

Flyer for Ignace Hockey Canada Skills AcademyContact Ignace School to register!

*Students currently registered in our hockey academies do not need to re-register each year, your child will continue in the program year to year unless notice is given by the family that a child will no longer participate.  


 MEET YOUR COACH - Dustin murray

Coach - Dustin Murray

Biography - Coach Dustin Murray

I graduated as an Ontario Scholar from Dryden High School in 1998. Since then, I earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master’s degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. I then attended the University of Toronto (OISE) for teacher’s college. I joined the KPDSB in 2009 and now teach grades 7 and 8, as well as our elementary and high school hockey academies.

My love for hockey, and sports in general, was born on the outdoor rink in Eagle River where I spent countless hours of my childhood playing shinny hockey. At the age of 12, I decided to join minor hockey and played for the Vermilion Bay Cougars for several seasons. In high school, I played house league, AA, and high school hockey in Dryden. In university, my focus moved from hockey to track and field, as I represented Queen’s in CIS (varsity) track and field.

I have formal training as a Hockey Canada Skills Academy coach, as well as NCCP Can Skate training. I have also gained experience from coaching volleyball, basketball, baseball and soccer for Ignace School and the Township of Ignace.

I am honored to be a part of the Hockey Canada Skills Academy program. As an educator, I feel it is an excellent opportunity for me to pass on my knowledge, experience, and love of hockey to others. Students will have an opportunity to build confidence, resiliency, and determination while engaging in a fun activity. The development of these skills will not only help them on the ice, but also in the classroom and in the real world.


The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board continues to partner with Hockey Canada, and Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO) to provide our students with an elite Hockey Canada Skills Academy program. The Ignace area Hockey Canada Skills Academy is designed to challenge and inspire all students who participate. It is a complete program that includes a strong focus on academics, as well as on-ice skills, off-ice strength and conditioning, mental training, and personal and team development. On-ice sessions include hockey fundamentals such as skating, puck handling, checking, passing, and tactics. When students are not on ice they are exposed to sport specific fitness training, floorball, stickhandling and shooting.

This is a great program for those students wanting to enhance their current skill set and also provides an opportunity to introduce the game to students new to hockey who want to play for the first time. The Academy is open to all students in grades 3-12 in the Ignace areas. The program operates during the school day, from September to April each year.

Your Ignace area Hockey Canada Skills Academy coach, Dustin Murray, is committed to the development of each player in the program and providing personalized and directed strategies for improvement. The individual needs of each player are identified by analyzing their academics, hockey skills, strength and conditioning and future goals. As hockey is a team sport, students are then taught how to use their skills to support their team. All program participants will receive both on and off ice training.

Focusing on individual improvement and team building helps maximize a student’s development potential. The program will offer on-going skill development that will, in turn, create the opportunity to build on individual skills in addition to team development.

The Ignace area Hockey Canada Skills Academy has been accredited by Hockey Canada. The framework of the program is consistent with the standards for development set by Hockey Canada. As well, it is in full compliance with the Ministry of Education provincial learning outcomes for physical education.

Who can apply for the program?

Any boy or girl enrolled at Ignace School can apply. For those students who do not currently attend one of our schools, parents must complete a school registration form along with the Hockey Academy application form to participate in the program.

Does my child have to play hockey?

No. Any child regardless of their hockey skill level may apply to enroll in the program. We will also develop our program to ensure that students who have experience and/or are enrolled in minor hockey have the opportunity to further develop their skill level.

Will my child need to bring equipment?

We expect that some students will have equipment and others will need assistance. We will be working with corporate sponsors such as JumpStart Canada to help support the needs of our students and their families.
On-Ice Hockey Conditioning Program Highlights:

•             90 - 270 minutes per week depending on grade level
•             Detailed break-down of all facets of the game, both individually and team oriented
•             Qualified on-ice coaching staff

Off-Ice Conditioning Program Highlights:

•             Qualified off-ice training staff
•             Nutrition and supplement guidance

Mental Training Highlights:

•             Goal setting
•             Positive reinforcement
•             Self Discipline       

Contact Ignace public school at 934-2212 to register!