09 Jun. 2023
Sioux LOOKOUT hockey Canada Skills AcademIES
Just contact Sioux Mountain Public School at 737-3480, or Sioux North High School at 737-3500 to register!
*Elementary 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.
WATCH OUR HOCKEY CANADA SKILLS ACADEMY VIDEO FOR A GLIMPSE INTO OUR ACADEMIES!
MEET YOUR COACHES!
COACH steve dumonski - Sioux Mountain - Grades 1-8
Biography - Coach Steve Dumonski
My name is Steven Dumonski. I am pleased to be an instructor with the Hockey Canada Skills Academy at Sioux Mountain Public School. I am bringing with me many years of experience, both as a hockey player and as a coach. I spent three years in the OHL with the Plymouth Whalers, Ottawa 67s and St. Michael’s Majors before moving on to a professional career in the ECHL and UHL. I have played under some of the best coaches in the game including Brian Kilrea, Rod Langway and Pete DeBoer. After I retired from hockey I started coaching Junior A, AAA Kings and Junior B for many years in Thunder Bay while attending Lakehead University. Since moving to Sioux Lookout I have been part of the coaching staff for the Queen Elizabeth District High School Warrior Boys hockey team. I have received instructor training specific to Hockey Canada Skills Academy as well as Coaching Development I through Hockey Canada.
Hockey has always been a big part of my life and has opened many doors for me. I am proud to be part of a program that provides an opportunity for hockey to do the same for our students. Through the Hockey Canada Skills Academy program, I am teaching hockey skills to students every day and watching them improve in their individual abilities and skill development. At the same time I am watching them develop self-confidence, leadership skills, work in collaboration and build character. These are all important life skills that all students will need both on and off the ice. Through the Hockey program, I hope to see the skills students are learning on the ice translate into the classroom with an improvement in student attendance and engagement in learning. It has been great to see more children getting involved in sports, especially those that cannot afford to play otherwise. Every child deserves a chance to play and we are proud to offer this opportunity to all students in grades 1-8 at Sioux Mountain.
COACH Jason MacMillan - QEDHS - grades 9-12
Biography - Coach Jason MacMillan
I received my Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2009 and Bachelor of Education in 2010 from Lakehead University. Prior to University, I grew up playing minor hockey in Ottawa and was invited to the regional Under 17 Tryout camp for Ontario in 2003. I was drafted 12th overall in the CJHL junior A draft and received an invitation to attend training camp with Baie Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as a non-drafted invitee in 2003. I ended up playing two seasons with the Sittsville Royals of EOJBHL while affiliating with the Kanata Stallions of the CJHL. Upon acceptance to Lakehead University, I played two seasons in the Superior International Junior A Hockey League and was named the league’s top defensive forward in 2007.
Since University I have continued my education in coaching through theory and skills courses with the National Coaching Certification Program and received my Development 1 Coaching Certification with HNO in 2014. I have a Honours Specialist in Health and Physical Education from Queens University and share the role as co-athletic director at Queen Elizabeth District High school. I currently coach the Queen Elizabeth District High School Girls Hockey Team and the Track and Field team.
Being part of the Hockey Canada Skills Academy at Queen Elizabeth District High School is a rewarding experience. Developing relationships with students outside the regular confines of a classroom allows you to relate and interact with students in a more positive and engaging manner. This opportunity allowed me to grow as an educator and individual by providing students an option to experience school in a different environment. Our program uses the game of hockey to teach fundamental life skills such as responsibility, organization and self-regulation through the greatest sport in the world. This program brings together a variety of different peer groups from different grades in our secondary school and helps develop friendships between students that attribute to positive interactions inside and outside of school.
The goals of the Hockey Canada Skills Academy at QEDHS are to develop fundamental skills in both life and in the game of hockey that are transferable between the two environments. Specialized learning programs like Hockey Academies are innovative, unique and optional programs that focus on a specific area of study. These programs, developed with input from our community, coaches and educators are intended to engage students with varied educational interests and aptitudes. The outcome of the QEDHS Hockey Academy is to enhance a student’s confidence, self-esteem and opportunities in athletics and academics through the sport of hockey. This will help develop the core learning skills of students in our program so they are willing to try new things and be successful inside and outside of school. Our current students feel they are part of something at our school and say with pride they are Hockey Academy students at QEDHS.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR HOCKEY CANADA SKILLS ACADEMIES!
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 Sioux Mountain 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 the 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 1-8 at Sioux Mountain Public School. The program operates during the school day, from September to April each year.
Your Sioux Mountain Hockey Canada Skills Academy coach, Steve Dumonski, 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 Sioux Mountain 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 Sioux Mountain or Sioux North can apply.
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