Hockey Academy Update - September 2020

Important Reminder as we enter into Winnipeg Winter!!!

Bus cancellation = No hockey class

Just a reminder that IF buses are cancelled due to inclement weather (snow, windchill, etc) hockey class will be cancelled.  Because SJAHA classes are at the MTS Iceplex, all students are bused, thus if buses are cancelled, on-ice sessions will be cancelled. All students would be asked to report to their school office during the scheduled hockey class time if they are able to safely make it to school.

HCSA Summer Seminar 2019 in WINNIPEG!

From July 3rd to July 5th, the Hockey Canada Skills Academy summer seminar took place in Winnipeg, and more specifically the Bell MTS Iceplex. 14 SJAHA and WJHA staff participated with over 100 other delegates from across the country. On Wednesday night delegates came together for a tour of the Iceplex, a Hockey Yoga session and some team building at Activate! The night concluded with our 1st keynote speaker Olympic Champion Melody Davidson.  On Thursday, we spent the whole day in the classroom and on the ice with Riley Dudar (Small Area Skills), Bob Caldwell (Defence Skills), Nutrition stations with Jorie Janzen and some Floorball with Pier Alexander Poulin. At night all 100+ delegates toured the Human Rights Museum, which was followed by dinner in the contemplation garden with our 2nd keynote speaker Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice. Finally, on Friday we spent the day again in the classroom and on the ice with World Champion Jenelle Kohanchuk (Shooting Skills), Focus Fitness and Winnipeg Jets AJ Zeglen (Athletic Success), and The Rink training centers Jon Cara (Skating Skills).  What a great seminar! All presenters were from Manitoba, which is something that makes us so proud. They were awesome! We were so happy to host, and we are so excited to use all of the great knowledge we learned with our students next year!!!

HCSA Article featuring SJAHA Students and Families

EXTRA EXTRA - READ ALL ABOUT IT!  SJAHA Program and Students and families featured in HCSA article: 

Metro Article featuring SJAHA Students and Program

EXTRA EXTRA - READ ALL ABOUT IT!  SJAHA Program and Students featured in Metro Newspaper article:

Metro Article featuring SJAHA Students

Above is a link to an article about some of our Sturgeon Heights students.  Great job guys!

Welcome Back 2018-2019

We want to extend a warm welcome to all students, parents and staff who are participating in SJAHA this school year.  We are excited to work on getting our students better everyday.

Please explore our website to find things you might need throughout the school year like: calendar, forms, payment info, about us, nutrition, off ice training, and assignments.

Good Luck this year!

Are you entering Grade 6 hockey in the fall?  Here is some information for you?

 Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy Students
 St James Assiniboia Hockey Academy Students

Important Reminder as we enter into Winnipeg Winter!!!

Bus cancellation = No hockey class

Just a reminder that IF buses are cancelled due to inclement weather (snow, windchill, etc) hockey class will be cancelled.  Because SJAHA classes are at the MTS Iceplex, all students are bused, thus if buses are cancelled, on-ice sessions will be cancelled. All students would be asked to report to their school office during the scheduled hockey class time if they are able to safely make it to school.

Jamboree 2017 - George Waters/Hedges

Jamboree 2017 Form: CLICK HERE

    The Hockey Academy Jamboree will be taking place on the morning of Thursday, June 22, 2017 at MTS Iceplex, from approximately 8am – 1pm. It is the only time during the year that we split the middle school groups (grades 6-8) from George Waters and Hedges up into different teams and play in a mini-tournament. After the games are completed we will meet upstairs for a free lunch provided to us by the restaurant at MTS Iceplex.
    We provide a bus ride from school (8am pick up at school), as well as a ride back to school (approximately 1pm). Because this is during school hours, as well as it may be something a student does not want to partake in, please fill in the form by Friday, June 16, 2017, so we can formulate bussing arrangements and food orders.

Floorball Month Begins Feb 27th

February 27th is the first day for SJAHA students to take a break from the ice and jump into the gym to play Floorball.

Floorball is a sport endorsed by Hockey Canada as an off ice activity that helps hockey players as it has many transferable skills to Hockey.  Most notably, stick skills like shooting, passing and stickhandling (dribbling).  Students require gym clothes and running shoes for this activity.

John Taylor, Westwood, Sturgeon Heights, St James and George Waters will always be at the Manitoba School for the Deaf (242 Stradford st) for their Floorball classes.  Hedges will split between MSD and Camp Manitou gymnasium (850 Green Oaks Ln, Headingley MB).  Hedges students/parents see below for your Floorball schedule:

More info on FLOORBALL:

Stanley Cup and Lanny McDonald surprise SJAHA & WJHA students!

Link to George Waters Blog Post:
Link to Hedges Hawks Blog Post:

Important Reminder as we enter into Winnipeg Winter!!!

Bus cancellation = No hockey class

Just a reminder that IF buses are cancelled due to inclement weather (snow, windchill, etc) hockey class will be cancelled.  Because SJAHA classes are at the MTS Iceplex, all students are bused, thus if buses are cancelled, on-ice sessions will be cancelled. All students would be asked to report to their school office during the scheduled hockey class time if they are able to safely make it to school.

Important Information Regarding the NEW Payment Option for SJAHA fees online:


BEFORE Logging in to your account click on “ITEMS”

Choose the payment option you wish to use and follow the prompts to log into your account.

SJAHA Staff in Calgary with Hockey Canada
Every year, the SJAHA staff travel to Calgary and participate in the Hockey Canada Skills Academy yearly seminar.  This year we learned from Marc Power skating coach for the Ottawa Senators, Hockey Canada Vice President Paul Carson, Goaltending coach Brad Kirkwood and Manitoba's own Bob Caldwell who presented on Developing Defencemen.  Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks Willie Desjardins was the keynote speaker in the Hall of Champions and he spoke about leadership and what he looks for in his players.

Having the SJAHA connected with Hockey Canada provides the staff and the program with many great opportunities and most importantly these events, in turn strongly impact the students in our program.


SJAHA-WJHA-GWMS Students at Moose Game
9 Students from George Waters Middle School were given tickets to go to the Manitoba Moose game on New Year's Eve!  The Moose won 4-3.  Students were given the opportunity to meet Winnipeg Jets 1st Round pick Josh Morrissey after the game!  Wow, what an opportunity.  Josh signed a puck for all of the students and Josh answered questions like "do you get nervous before games - and - what would you being doing if you were not playing hockey?  Josh was also asked about how he did in school.  Josh talked about how he was awarded the WHL Scholastic Player of the year last year.  He talked about how it wasn't easy to get a 96% average while being on the road playing hockey, but I really worked hard to get it, it didn't come naturally.  As he said "nobody can take your marks away from you, work hard and be proud of what you accomplished".  Thank you to the WJHA for this opportunity to watch a great hockey game, as well as a chance to meet a great person and a great hockey player in our community!

WJHA Student of the Month - Isaac L (GWMS)
Click here to see the post from the Winnipeg Jets:
Here is the write up for Isaac:
We have some awesome kids in our Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy!
This month’s WJHA Player of the Month is Isaac L. From George Waters Middle School. Isaac has been in the WJHA/SJAHA for 4 years now and recently received the George Waters Middle school "Shark award". To be awarded the “Shark Award” at George Waters the student must get Involved in school activities, stand up for others, be a philanthropist and most of all, make someone’s day better. Isaac has been heavily involved in making his academics stronger on a daily basis and has improved his hockey skills during his hockey academy ice sessions. He stood up for his friends who were getting picked on, saying things like “that stuff doesn't happen at this school, you need to stop doing that”. Also, at the Terry Fox Run he gave his popcorn to another student because he was hungry. The staff at GW said they see Isaac happy, smiling, asking how their day is going or thanking them for that lesson today, because it was awesome.

Congrats Isaac being this month’s WJHA Player of the Month.

SJAHA Grads helping raise money for Pettinger

The charity shinny game has been named the First Annual Rafter's Christmas Cheer Board Classic and will take place from 1:00-5:00pm on December 22nd at Sturgeon Heights Community Center. The shinny game itself, will be 3:00-4:30pm.

The event aims to donate 75% of funds raised to Braden Pettinger, who was playing in an MJHL game on November 12th and was paralyzed from the neck down. The other 25% of the funds will go to the Christmas Cheer Board of Winnipeg.

The featured players are from the NWHL (Tatiana Rafter), WHL (Ryley Lindgren, Adam Brooks, Chase Harrison, Nick Zajac, and Keegan Kolesar), MJHL (Maverick Rafter, Rhett Lough, Cole Mccartan, Dallas Starodub, Kevin Takatch), CIS (Lucas Froese), NCAA (Tess Bracken, Kati Tabin, Allison Sexton, Brook Langois), WIAC (Saige Patrick).

Event Details:

3:00pm - 4:30pm Shinny Game

4:45pm - All draws will take place (50/50, silent auction prizes, stick auctions)

The following activities starting at 1pm:
1. Skate at the ODR: Featured players will be present to help tie skates and help kids go out on the ice
2. Write in the #prayersforpettinger book that will be given to Braden following the event. We encourage people to make their own pages prior to coming and we will put it into the book!
3. Get your 50/50 Ticket
4. Check out the Silent Auction Prizes
5. Make a Donation
6. Get a Puck - to - Chuck after the second period
7. Bake Sale
8. Meet the rostered players before the game!

If you want to help volunteer, or you want to donate silent auction prizes, or contribute baked goods, or sponsor/promote the event, they should contact us via email.

Tatiana Rafter
Buffalo Beauts #43 - NWHL

Maverick Rafter
OCN Blizzard #17

Women's Players:
1. Tatiana Rafter: Buffalo Beauts (National Women’s Hockey League)
2. Tess Bracken: Dartmouth College (NCAA)
3. Kati Tabin: Quinnipiac University (NCAA)
4. Christine Bumstead - St. Mary's Academy
5. Allison Sexton - Merrimack college (NCAA)
6. Brook Langois - Maine Blackbears (NCAA)
7. Saige Patrick - University of Wisconsin Superior (WIAC)

Men's Players:
8. Rejean Beauchemin - Philadelphia Phantoms, Houston Aeros, and Manitoba Moose.
9. Ryley Lindgren - Lethbridge Hurricanes
10. Adam Brooks - Regina Pats
11. Chase Harrison - Regina Pats
12. Nick Zajac - Saskatoon Blades
13. Keegan Kolesar - Seattle Thunderbirds
14. Maverick Rafter - OCN
15. Rhett Lough -Wayway
16. Cole Mccartan - Selkirk Steelers
17. Dallas Starodub - Selkirk Steelers
18. Kevin Takatch - Wayway
19. Lucas Froese - Ryerson Rams
20. Jordan Geddes - Portage College (ACAC)
21. Cole Pruden - UBC Thunderbirds (CIS)
22. Cody Danylchuck - Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
23. Jordan Miller - St. James Canucks
24. Matt Garvey - St. James Canucks (currently playing lacrosse for Concordia University Wisconsin)
25. Stuart Fleury - Stonewall Jets
26. Justin McIntyre - Oak Park Raiders
27. Dallas McDougal - St. Paul's High School
28. Marcus Hudon - Sturgeon Heights Huskies

Andrew Koch - SJAHA Grad - Winnipeg Jets

SJAHA staff would like to recognize a former student from our program and wish him good luck tonight in the Winnipeg Jets home opener!  Andrew Koch (SJCI/GWMS) is working with the Winnipeg Jets this season with their dressing room staff.  Koster was a valued member of our program, winning a high school hockey championship with St James Collegiate and going on to finish a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of Manitoba.  He has worked with Team Manitoba, Manitoba Bisons and the Allen Cup Championship Team the Prairie Thunder.


Welcome to 2015 - 2106 SJAHA Season!

On behalf of the staff at SJAHA, we want to welcome everyone to another exciting hockey season!  We have updated all of our sections on our website including Calendar, Forms, Payment Information and Assignments.  On the first day of school you will receive all of the information that is necessary for each student to be granted access to the bus, ice and off ice requirements of the hockey academy.  If you want to get a head start or you have lost any forms/information, this website has everything for you!  

Feel free to contact Jordan Sobkowicz ( or Dale Baydock (


SJAHA - GWMS Hockey Jamboree 2015

Assignment REMINDERS

We would like to remind all students that they have assignments to finish each month that count for large portion of their overall mark in our hockey class.  We have a total of 10 assignments for the school year, which works out to be 1 assignment per month.  ALL assignments can be found on the website, under the students grade.

SJAHA Welcomes new staff member

We would like to introduce Billy Keane as our new Educational Assistant for the St James Assiniboia Hockey Academy.  Billy brings with him almost 30 years of hockey experience as a player, coach, skill instructor, coach mentor, and parent.  He is very excited to start making strong connections with our students and our program.  Welcome aboard Keaner!

Wanna play floorball?

A former SJAHA student has opened up the Sansome gym throughout the winter, to provide anyone interested, a place to play the great game of FLOORBALL!  


Every WEDNESDAY from 8:30pm to 10pm @ Sansome School.

Contact Graham if you are interested (call/text):


Reminders for SJAHA

* All forms, calendars and payment information can be found on this website

* All forms need to be into SJAHA teachers before they can start participating in the course

* Period 1 classes = bus picks up at your school at 7:25am and leaves at 7:30am.  Bus will bring you back to school by 9:30am.

* Period 3 classes = bus picks you up at 10:55am and leaves at 11:05am.  Bus will bring you back to school by 12:55pm.

* George Waters Middle School students = bus picks you up at 9:50am and leaves at 10:00am. Bus will bring you back to school by 11:50am.

Click Below for a link to answers to 
Click Here

Welcome Back 2014 - 2015

Welcome back everyone!  We are very excited for another SJAHA season.  We have some new things planned this year, and we have a new staff member!

First things first!  Click on your grade (top toolbar) to see the first 3 assignments for the school year.  We will start working on these on the first day of school.

Don't forget to get your forms signed!  And don't forget to check your calendars!

Under 19 Team Canada Floorball

Congrats to SJAHA students Chase H (SJCI), Eric W (Sturgeon Heights), Graham R (Westwood) and Richard W (John Taylor) who were all named to the U19 Team Canada Floorball roster.  Chase and Eric have been named to the Top 20 and Graham and Richard have been named as alternates (Top 40).  Team Canada will be participating in the World Championships in Sweden in May 2015.



* All 2014-2015 school year forms and calendars are available now on this website.  See you in September!


 Hockey Jamboree Schedule

Hockey Jamboree Teams Announced

Hockey Academy JAMBOREE 2014

JUNE 19th - 2014 @ Canlan Icesports

Floorball Stats (FINALS)

and our George Waters WINNERS!

Team Manitoba Floorball Tryouts

Any grade 9-12 student interested in playing for Team Manitoba, please attend the following tryout dates:

March 17: 4-6pm @ Sturgeon Heights
March 18: 4-6pm @ Sturgeon Heights
March 24: 4-6pm @ Sturgeon Heights
March 25: 4-6pm @ Sturgeon Heights

* The team will be playing in the Canada Cup in Toronto on May 15-18.

Contact Jordan Sobkowicz for more details:

Floorball has started!

Just a reminder that SJAHA classes are at MSD (Manitoba School for the Deaf) for the next 3 weeks running our floorball unit. Students require gym clothes and runners for this activity.


Why do we play FLOORBALL?

Hockey Canada Skills Academies have been using floorball for many years now as a method to enhance student hockey skills in an off ice activity. No bulky equipment or skates, just a focus on proper stick skills and team play strategies. 

More info on FLOORBALL:


Couple of updates for Term 2:

1) We are off ice this week (Feb 4-7) doing our Fitness and Total Hockey Centre testing (round 3). These scores are available in the students gradebook (these scores are NOT for grade).

2) Mike Keane Classic volunteering - We have 34 volunteers signed up for Feb 13, and we are looking for 2-3 more. If interested please email

3) Floorball dates: Feb 26thMarch 5th and March 10th-28th. Team Manitoba Floorball tryouts will be posted on the website and should start in the last 2 weeks of March.

4) Students that have not paid in FULL for the academy will be held off the ice (starting Monday) until payment has been received.

5) Assignment #5 is up at the website and is due on Friday.

JANUARY 7, 2014 - Buses Cancelled

See message below for more info on today's procedure.

JANUARY 6, 2014 - Buses Cancelled

See message below for more info on today's procedure.

Bus cancellation = No hockey class

Just a reminder that if buses are cancelled due to inclement weather (snow, windchill, etc) hockey class will be cancelled.  Because SJAHA classes are at the MTS Iceplex, all students are bused, thus if buses are cancelled, on-ice sessions will be cancelled. All students would be asked to report to their school office during the scheduled hockey class time if they are able to safely make it to school.

Floorball is BACK - November 20th!
Starting November 20th, we will be starting Floorball.  These floorball classes will take place at Manitoba School for the Deaf at 242 Stradford st (Map - Click here).  Busing is still provided at the regular times.  Students require their gym clothes for this activity. Floorball dates: Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 4, Dec 11.

Here is a sweet picture from our Canada Cup - Floorball team from 2011 at the CN Tower:


Weekly Schedule Change
Make sure you check out the schedule for the rest of the month and more specifically this week with ice times Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 


Busses Cancelled

Because of 'We Day' we will be cancelling our bus service for hockey students on Wednesday October 30, 2013.  Students are required to be at school and in the designated room for a classroom session.


The 2013-2014 season is upon us, and we are very excited to get back on the ice with the SJAHA students.  All calendars, forms, and information is available here on the website.  Feel free to contact Jordan Sobkowicz with any questions.  Thanks!

Day 1:


* New * 2013 - 2014 SJAHA Calendar

Click Here



Jamboree 2013 - Pictures

Click here for all pictures!

Jamboree 2013 - Teams and Schedule

Printable Teams and Schedule


Good News for a former SJAHA student:



The 7th annual GWMS - SJAHA Jamboree will be held on June 20, 2013 @ Canlan Icesports.  For more information, see document below:

Printable Copy (Click Here)



Team Manitoba Floorball 2013 - Canada Cup

Students from all four SJASD high schools (John Taylor, St. James, Sturgeon Heights, Westwood) participated in the 2013 Canada Cup in Toronto on May 17-19, 2013.  With a record of 2-6, the students played very hard against tough competition, but more importantly represented their Province on and off the court in a very positive way.


Team Canada Floorball 2013 - World Championships

Chase Harrison (SJCI), Andrew Koch (former SJCI and SJAHA) and Jordan Sobkowicz (SJAHA) participated in the World Under 19 Floorball Championships from May 3 - 12, 2013, placing 5th. 


John Taylor High School Hockey Team

PROVINCIAL Champions!!!

Congrats to all of the players and coaching staff of the John Taylor Pipers for their well deserved victory over the Oak Park Raiders for the AAAA High School Provincial Championship.  Smitty and the rest of the SJAHA staff are very proud of your accomplishment.

JohnTaylor(winnipeg sun)


Under 19 Team Manitoba Floorball Tryouts

March 6 = 5:30-7pm @ St. James Collegiate

March 13 = 5:30-7pm @ George Waters Middle School

March 20 = 5:30-7pm @ St. James Collegiate


Any students interested are asked to participate in the tryouts.  If you are unable to make it to a tryout, please contact Mr. Sobkowicz @




John Taylor High School Hockey Team - Champions!!!

Congrats to all of the players and coaching staff of the John Taylor Pipers for their well deserved victory over the Oak Park Raiders for the Winnipeg High School Championships.  First championship in 22 years.  Smitty and the rest of the SJAHA staff are very proud of your accomplishment.

Members of the John Taylor Pipers whoop it up after capturing the Winnipeg High School Hockey League title Tuesday night at the MTS Iceplex.
(Winnipeg Free Press)



Consult the 'Calendar' or 'Newsletter' section of the website for schedule
Assignment #6 will be assigned for all students to complete by Feb 28 2013
Floorball starts in March.  All classes will be at the Manitoba School for the Deaf


Exam Week:  (Jan 29 - Feb 4)
All High School Students - No Classes (Jan 29 - Feb 4)
All GWMS Students - Off-ice classroom sessions (high school computer lab)
* February 5 is the first day back to regular Iceplex classes


Day 246 Period 1 Video:

Day 246 Period 3 Video:

Goalies Video:

Day 135 Period 1 Video:
Westwood Shooting:
All Skating:
Passing #1:
Passing #2:
SJCI Shooting:
JT Shooting:

Sturgeon Heights Period 3  

John Taylor Pipers - Congrats!

Optimist Club of St. James-Assiniboia - Volunteer Opportunity
Any student(s) that is interested in gaining volunteer hours toward graduation can volunteer to help at the Optimist Club tree lot at the lot by ANAVET #283 on Portage Ave (Just west of YMCA). Students would help sell christmas trees, move trees to customers vehichles, and other duties around the lot.  

The lot is open 2-9pm weekdays 11-9pm Saturday and 11- 6pm Sunday.  Saturday shifts are 11am - 3pm, 3pm - 6pm, and 6pm - 9pm. They need people for all shifts on Saturdays through until Dec 22.  Sunday shifts are 11-3 and 3-6.
Contact Lloyd = if you are interested.

Optimist Club of St. James-Assiniboia - Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, November 25th at 1:00 p.m. in the lot by ANAVET #283 on Portage Ave (Just west of YMCA). 

They need help unloading trees and tagging trees to sell to the public.  This will take 2 hours and students (and parents if they want come!) will be home in time for the Grey Cup!  These hours can be used towards volunteer hour requirement for high school graduation.

The Optimist Club has helped our hockey academy in many ways over the years and they are a great organization that gives back to our community. Please let me know if you are intersted in helping out.

Mike Keane Charity Classic - Volunteers Needed!
We are in need of some volunteers for the upcoming Mike Keane Charity Classic Hockey Tournament on November 15th.  The requirements and information are below. 
Please email or call me to confirm your child's attendance.  Volunteer hours can be used towards high school graduation. Students will be excused from school for the day and will be expected to catch up on any work that is missed.
Keane tourney requirements:
November 15th

-        35 male students to do the dressing room attendants role (2 per room)
-        8 female timekeepers, two per rink.
Time Commitment
-        Start time 6:30am for all rink attendants and 7:00am for all the timekeepers
-        End time 6:00 pm at the latest some may be done as early as 4:30pm. Only 16 of the kids will be there until 6:00 PM
Job Description
-        Keep rooms stocked with drinks and powerbars
-        Fill up water bottles prior to games
-        Set dressing room up prior to the start of the tournament
-        Clean up room when team is finished for the day.
-        Be polite respectful and good ambassadors for the SJAHA
-        Know when your team plays so that rooms are ready
Supplied by the Tournament:
-        Volunteer shirts
-        Breakfast and lunch

Floorball Team CDN under 19 Team 
- If you are interested in a tryout with the Under 19 National Floorball team, we are holding the tryouts at Westwood Collegiate Gym on November 10 and 17 @ 10am.  Please contact Mr. Sobkowicz for more information.  
- Also fill out the form below:

September - October
It has been a busy month getting everything going.  We are now rolling!

Couple of highlights:
- Round 1 of Fitness Testing = Done
- Round 1 of Total Hky Center Testing = Done
- Round 1 of On-Ice skill testing = Almost done...

- Assignment # 1 has been marked and will be up on the parent portal shortly
- Assignment # 2 is ready to be completed by all high school students
* assignments can be found under the students grade on the website

- We are booking goaltender sessions at the MTS Icelab (free of charge)
* More information to follow

- The JETS store has a skate sharpening offer to all students of the hockey academy
* check out the October Newsletter for details

- We have been TWEETING a ton!
* Check us out (@stjameshockey)
Getting Ready for 2012-2013

Check out the following sections

- Calendar (2012-13 is updated)

- Pics/Video (Jamboree pictures)

- Forms (all forms for 2012-13 are ready)

May 28 - June 1
SJAHA Presenter Week