As teams across Ontario seek challenging competition, the St. Andrew's College (SAC) Saints and the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) have partnered to allow their teams to compete against one another regardless of their home league.
The Saints will play five GOJHL teams twice (home and home) for a total of ten games. The lineup includes the Ayr Centennials, Brantford Bandits, Fort Erie Meteors, Hamilton Kilty B's, and Thorold Blackhawks. SAC will host all five teams for a Showcase Event October 4-5, and the GOJHL U18 All-Star Team will play in SAC's annual MacPherson Hockey Tournament January 28-30, 2022, which brings together the top prep school teams in North America.
"We are very excited about this partnership with the GOJHL," says St. Andrew's Hockey Head Coach, David Manning. "We have worked hard to establish ourselves as a place that takes the development of its student-athletes seriously, and this is another way to provide our players the ability to prepare for their next step."
This partnership comes on the heels of the Saints' collaboration with Culver Academics, Mount Saint Charles Academy, Northwood School, Shattuck-St. Mary's School, and South Kent School to form the Prep Hockey Conference (PHC).
GOJHL Commissioner, Brent Garbutt, is equally excited about this partnership. "The GOJHL is thrilled to partner with a pillar in hockey and academic development, SAC, and Coach Manning," stated Garbutt. "This will allow for increased exposure opportunities for the players in both organizations while allowing our GOJHL Top Prospects the opportunity to showcase their talent at the prestigious MacPherson tournament. It is truly impressive what Coach Manning and the other Academies have done with the creation of the Prep Hockey Conference."
"The GOJHL has a long history of moving players to the higher levels," explains Coach Manning. "This coupled with the experience of playing in some unique environments against great competition makes this an easy decision for us moving forward. This partnership, along with what we already have on our schedule, and the formation of the PHC for the 2021-2022 season, makes us feel like our schedule offers our players the opportunity to compete at a high level and be in the academic environment."
After the cancellation of the 2020-2021 season due to COVID-19, the players are ready to get back to competition as they strive to achieve their hockey dreams. The first contest in this new partnership takes place Sunday, Sept. 12, when the Saints visit the Ayr Centennials.
The Varsity Saints have elevated players to university teams since its inception. In the last 13 years under Coach Manning's guidance, 46 players have moved on to NCAA programs, and another 11 have been drafted to the NHL.
Sunday, Sept. 12 SAC @ Ayr
Sunday, Sept. 19 Fort Erie @ SAC
Sunday, Sept. 26 Brantford @ SAC
Saturday, Oct. 2 SAC @ Brantford
Monday, Oct. 4 Thorold @ SAC
Tuesday, Oct. 5 Hamilton @ SAC
Monday, Oct. 11 SAC @ Thorold
Monday, Oct. 18 SAC @ Hamilton
Saturday, Oct. 30 SAC @ Fort Erie
Sunday, Oct. 31 Ayr @ SAC
About the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL)The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League is a Canadian junior ice hockey league based in Southern Ontario, Canada. The league is sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Association, Ontario Hockey Federation, and Hockey Canada. For more information, visit www.gojhl.ca.
About St. Andrew's College
St. Andrew's College (SAC) is an independent, all-boys preparatory school for Grades 5-12. Founded in 1899 and located 40 minutes north of Toronto in the town of Aurora, our 126-acre campus is home to a mix of 650 boarding and day students from 30 plus countries. SAC offers a rigorous academic curriculum with multiple Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities and a rich, activity-based educational environment. A wireless tablet program adds to the learning experience, incorporating the latest technology into the classroom. We welcome boys from around the world with strong academic backgrounds who also want to become active members of our community. As set out in our mission statement, SAC's academic program is complemented by a wide range of co-curricular activities designed to develop 'the complete man, the well-rounded citizen.' All boys participate in our extensive athletic program (71 teams across 22 sports) and Leadership program. Many of our students also choose to participate in SAC's internationally acclaimed arts, drama, and music programs and are active in photography, broadcast journalism, robotics, community outreach, and more. A St. Andrew's education is like no other. Graduates gain entry to top universities in Canada, the U.S., and abroad and are renowned for their strong values, dedication to community, lasting achievements, and lifelong friendships. To find out more, visit our website at www.sac.on.ca.