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George O'Neil Public School


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           George O'Neill Public School Hockey Canada Skills Academy


The Superior Greenstone District School Board has partnered with Hockey Canada and Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO) to provide our students in Grades 5-8 at George O'Neill Public School with a Hockey Canada Skills Academy program.  The George O'Neill Skills Academy is designed to challenge and inspire all students who participate.  It is a complete program that includes education, 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, stick handling 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 5-8.  The program operates during the school day, from September to April each year. The GOPS Skills Academy is committed to the development of each player 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 their skill level and enhance their abilities as a team player. GOPS 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 in George O'Neill school in Nipigon for September, 2017 can apply. For those students who do not currently attend any our school, parents must complete a school registration form for September 2017 along with the Hockey Academy application form. The school registration form can be picked up at George O'Neill prior to June 30th.or can be completed online

(Click here for link to application).

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 Jump Start Canada to help support the needs of our students and their families.


All program participants will receive both on and off ice training.  The benefits for each participant are as follows:

  • Enhancement of individual technical and tactical development along with fitness and nutrition.
  • All training sessions occur during the school day.
  • Provides a better balance for the practice to game ratio that currently exists.
  • Enhancement of academic achievement through establishing a better balance between athletics and academics within the school system. 

Opportunity to participate in other extra-curricular activities including basketball, volleyball, archery, floor hockey, etc. as these all take place during the lunch hour Registration Procedures Complete the registration form online or paper form which can be picked up at GOPS. Any boy or girl in grade 5 – 8 who is registered at GOPS for September, 2017 can apply.  For those students who do not currently attend our schools, parents must complete a school registration form for September 2017 along with the Hockey Academy application form. 


On-Ice Hockey Conditioning Program 

The on-ice program consists of the following:

  • Approx. 180 minutes per week depending on scheduling
  • Detailed break-down of all facets of the game, both individually and team oriented
  • Qualified on-ice coaching staff
  • Hockey Canada Skills Academy Curriculum Off-Ice Conditioning Program Off-ice strength and conditioning highlights
  • Qff-ice fitness training
  • Off-ice skill practice/development
  • Nutrition guidance Mental Training Highlights
  • Goal setting • Positive reinforcement
  • Self Discipline
  • Self-motivation
  • Self confidence
  • Breathing techniques

Team building Applications must be submitted by June 30th, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have any questions, please call the school at: 1-807-887-2107 Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is open to 20 participants, however, numbers will be monitored based on interest. Final decisions will ultimately reside with the school principal. 

Quick Links

Important Dates


Regular Board Meeting

Monday, March 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Designated Site:

SGDSB Board Office

Marathon, Ontario


SGDSB Videoconference Sites:

Geraldton Composite HS, 500 Second Street

Geraldton, ON

Lake Superior High School, 19 Hudson Drive

Terrace Bay, ON

Manitouwadge HS, 200 Manitou Road West

Manitouwadge, ON

SGDSB Learning Centre, 46 Salls Street,

Red Rock, ON

Marathon Board Office, 12 Hemlo Drive

Marathon, ON

12 Hemlo Drive, Postal Bag 'A'

Marathon, ON, P0T 2E0

Phone: (807) 229-0436

Fax: (807) 229-1471