This past week, the Canadian Sport School Hockey League revealed the names of its players earning places on each of its All-Academic CSSHL teams. Included in the eight age brackets were 11 players with ties to the province of Manitoba.
MIDGET PREP: Carter Bateman (18, Stonewall, RHA, Drafted by Steinbach Pistons)
FEMALE PREP: Lainie Nichols (18, Winnipeg, St. Mary’s Academy Prep)
EASTERN DIVISION: None
MIDGET VARSITY: Tristan Kroeker (17, Winnipeg, Pursuit of Excellence), Garret Elder (17, Idaho, Pilot Mound Hockey Academy), Kristjan Shoemaker (16, Winnipeg, Shawnigan Lake School)
FEMALE VARSITY: Paige Henault (16, Winnipeg, RHA), Natalka Rolfson (16, Montana, Pilot Mound Hockey Academy)
ELITE 15s: Peyton Bateman (16, Stonewall, RHA)
BANTAM PREP: Tyson Vouriot (15, Winnipeg, RHA), Eastyn Mannix (15, Alberta, Drafted by Brandon Wheat Kings), Clarke Caswell (14, Brandon, Pursuit of Excellence)
BANTAM VARSITY: None.
The CSSHL Mission Statement reads: ‘To be National Leaders in Education-Based Hockey‘.
The league – designed specifically for elite-level student-athletes – provides high-level hockey players and students an outlet to develop skills both on and off the ice, as well as in the classroom. This opportunity provides each player with significant exposure and sizeable competition.
According to the CSSHL’s website the league, “continually strives to be a leader in education based hockey in North America with Hockey Canada registered Sport Schools. The objective of the league is to provide a competitive environment for young student athletes that share similar values of Sportsmanship, Citizenship, Academic Excellence and Hockey Development. All programs within the CSSHL are sanctioned Hockey Canada Accredited Schools, meeting the regulations of not only Hockey Canada, but their respective provincial branch.”
With a focus on the players living not only as athletes but student-athletes, education has been at the forefront since the league launched in 2009. With various on/off-ice training and practice sessions daily/weekly, paired with league games, tournaments and travel, players learn to balance their busy schedules and academic course loads, while constantly improving their time management skills.
Congratulations to the 2019-20 CSSHL All-Academic Team Members.