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Mission Statement

The South Alberta Hockey Academy provides a world class education-based hockey experience that cultivates integrity, leadership and excellence. Students, teachers, coaches and performance professionals collaborate to provide academic and athletic experiences that leverage every student’s strength.

Educational Support

The demanding schedule for our student-athletes requires additional educational support. In addition to the support our students receive from the EBHS teachers and staff, we have developed a pool of resources and supports that allow our student-athletes to learn and excel in a comfortable and accommodating environment. Our educational assistants monitor student grades and progress on a daily basis. This is important to the success of our student-athletes because of the busy schedule the CSSHL presents. This ensures the students do not fall behind in their studies and remain up-to-date on current lessons and assignments. We have a teacher and an educational assistant that work with our student-athletes on a daily basis. The roles and responsibilities of our educational staff go beyond monitoring and tracking assignments. Our staff has been able to build relationships with our students and provide them with the time and resources to work, complete, and excel in their studies. Our educational support also extends to our mandatory study hall every Thursday evening. Study hall takes place at Coulee Collegiate which is located within the Medicine Hat College campus. Coulee Collegiate provides tutoring services and quiet and comfortable work spaces for our students to work on assignments, study for tests, and collaborate with classmates. Many of our student-athletes wish to continue their hockey and academic careers through post secondary education. For that reason, we have developed a SAT preparation program that allows our students to excel on their SATs in preparation for NCAA hockey.

Courses and Planning

The South Alberta Hockey Academy understands that school plays a pivotal role in the future success of our students whether as professionals or as athletes. In North America we are fortunate to have multiple post-secondary paths that allow student-athletes to obtain a degree while still competing at the highest level of hockey possible. In collaboration with each individual student, we implement a roadmap that will prepare them for success and create additional opportunities at the collegiate level, whether this includes hockey or not. The South Alberta Hockey Academy has been fortunate to develop relationships with post-secondary institutions throughout North America which creates pathways and resources for our student-athletes to pursue their future ambitions.

Academic Standards

Our students’ grades are monitored on a daily basis by our education staff. With that, it is required that all student-athletes maintain a high school grade average of 60% or higher. We strive for excellence and believe that academics play an integral role in the future success of our student-athletes. If a student fails to meet these expectations, there will be a discussion between the student and coach to determine the appropriate course of action. In addition to the monitoring of grades, we also monitor attendance. Classroom attendance is critical to the academic success of our student-athletes and is a mandatory requirement for all South Alberta Hockey Academy students.

Alberta Education High School Credits Earned

➼ 5 PE Credits ➼ 5 Fitness Credits ➼ 5 Leadership Credits ➼ 2 Wellness Credits ➼ 3 - 10 Credits from DL Courses (completed by end of May) ➼ 20 Credits from Core Courses at EBHS


Student-athletes that attend South Alberta Hockey Academy attend Eagle Butte High School. The demanding schedule for our student-athletes requires additional educational resources and support. In addition to the support our students receive from the EBHS teachers and staff, they also work with a teacher and educational assistant on a daily basis. In preparation for post-secondary education, we have developed an SAT preparation program for our students wishing to pursue NCAA hockey. SATs can be written at EBHS as it is an accredited SAT writing center.


As a student-athlete at SAHA you experience a 10 month development plan. This includes daily on-ice structured practices and skill development sessions. It also includes daily off-ice strength training and flexibility, mobility, and recovery sessions. SAHA student-athletes are also exposed to various other off-ice seminars such as video sessions, nutrition, hydration, peak performance training, mental wellbeing, leadership, and injury prevention. Our student-athletes also have full access to the world class facilities that the Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre offers during their time with us.


The SAHA student-athlete experience goes far beyond just the rink and classroom. We believe in growing strong character individuals and future leaders. We focus on different areas of individual development including life skills, interpersonal relations, personal growth, and inclusion and diversity. Our goal is for our student-athletes to be well prepared for whatever their futures hold once their time at SAHA is complete.