On Thursday, The RINK Hockey Corporation announced the forward purchase of Edge of Excellence and Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, British Columbia, effective July 1, 2020. Despite having already finalizing the deal, the sale remains subject to approval from the Canadian Sport School Hockey League and BC Hockey.
“We are incredibly excited to add POE Kelowna into our RINK Hockey Academy family,” said RINK Chief Executive Officer Brad Rice, in a press release. “We are looking to implement positive change to maximize constructive, progressive outcomes for all parties involved. David has done a tremendous job creating a strong program and foundation for student athletes here in Kelowna and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
The RINK Training Centre has now been serving its clients in and around its home location of Winnipeg for the past 12 years. The RINK Hockey Academy has been a part of the CSSHL for five seasons, and currently boasts a lineup of four programs including: U15 Prep, U16 Prep, U18 Prep and U18 Female Prep teams. As a Hockey Canada accredited school, RINK Hockey Academy provides all its students with the many tools needed to achieve success both on the ice and in the classroom.
“Providing a world-class experience for these student athletes is objective number one,” said RINK President, Ryan Cyr. “As a program, we strive to provide opportunities both on and off the ice as well as allowing student athletes to excel personally and professionally.”
On June 6, 2019, the RHA Nationals became RINK Hockey Academy and RINK Training Centre, undergoing a rebranding to match all RINK divisions, logos, colours, teams and associations. This, just after officially opening its doors of 57 South Landing Drive in Oak Bluff for the grand opening and festivities for its neighbourhood community.
Now expanding into BC, RINK Hockey Academy will take over the current education-based hockey operations of both Pursuit of Excellence and Edge of Excellence. Current POE/EOE President and CEO David Roy will remain part of the organization and help assist the smooth transition over to RINK Hockey Academy.
“Our goal for student athletes is to maximize their potential by combining their excellence as a hockey player, student, and as a person,” said Roy in the release. “With the RINK’s acquisition of POE, we are now able to tap into their outstanding skill development programs and facilities, both in Winnipeg and now in Kelowna. This will provide young hockey players with an opportunity to develop as 360-degree players beyond what I could have ever imagined.”
“For me personally, joining such a great organization in Winnipeg, is like coming home. Having operated the Edge of Excellence Skating Camps in Winnipeg since back in the early 90s, I am very familiar with the city and the people. This merger will allow me to be freed up from the business side of the organization so that I can get back with players more on and off the ice which is where my lifelong passion continues to be.”