FEIA FALCON

HOCKEY PROGRAM

The FEIA Falcon Hockey Programs are designed to support and develop the skills of our student-athletes by providing the opportunity to work with highly qualified coaches and high-performance athletes. Our talented pool of educators and training staff have been selected because of their extensive experience and dedication to student success. FEIA’s Hockey Programs provide student-athletes with the tools, resources and opportunity to reach their full potential on the ice and in the classroom.

It is our vision to provide high-quality education paired with top-quality hockey training programs in a safe and positive environment to meet the needs and goals of each individual athlete.

Our mission for FEIA Athletics is to inspire every one of our student-athletes to reach their goals while becoming well rounded, mature, and holistically healthy leaders of our community.

OUR VALUES

As a key part of our program, our coaching and leadership teams work to instill four key values in all of our student-athletes:

Integrity

Who you are in public is who you are in private. People of solid character never waiver in who they are - or adjust their standards to fit in. We will be people of integrity in what we do and say.

Commitment

We do what we say we're going to do. Hard work, long nights, sore muscles, are all evidence of an unmatched commitment. This program has committed to you. Your teammates, your education, and this program deserve the same in return.

Discipline

Hard work, selfless play, and the mental toughness to push through even when we don't want to. Discipline starts between the ears and manifests in your hands, feet, and mouth.

Humility

Even the best players have coaches. None of us can perfect the game, and we need to remain humble and coach-able to grow and develop. No one is above this team. Be quick to listen, and slow to speak.

PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE

  • Extended access to world-class on-ice instruction from FEIA’s highly experienced coaching staff;
  • Nutritious elite athlete meal plans designed to maximize our students’ potential;
  • World-class off-ice, dry land and game strategy training;
  • Top-quality performance equipment and instruction;
  • Assistance to high school players in marketing their skills to colleges and universities with overall guidance as well as admission and SAT exam preparation;
  • An elite education that opens the doors to careers each in the hockey world and beyond.

ON AND OFF THE ICE

10 month 

long intensive hockey program

11 hours a week 

of strength and conditioning training

8 hours 

on-ice skill development training

Our high-performance athletic trainers work with student-athletes on an individual basis focusing on personal development and unique needs, including power skating, puck control, agility, and more.

FEIA’s professional coaches, along with guest experts in specific fields, arm all student-athletes with the tools necessary to instill a team-first mentality, provide position-specific coaching as well as additional support around nutrition, strategy and resiliency.

PROGRAM OPTIONS 

U18 Elite Program

The Competitive U18 Elite Hockey Program will play in leagues across the board, many of which feed into colleges and universities, junior programs, and more. Our U18 program offers: 

  • Up to 8 hours of on-ice training per week; 
  • Daily off-ice instruction (classroom and gym);
  • Estimated 50 game schedule*;
  • Home rink & on-campus hockey lounge*; 
  • Team uniform, team equipment, tracksuits, workout gear, and more; 
  • A world-class education valued at $30,000.

*Based on Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education COVID-19 guidance

Click for Elite Prospects Information 

U16 Hockey Program

FEIA’s U16 Hockey program is our feeder program for our U18 Elite team. This option is for students from grades 9 through 12 (with some exceptions for inclusion in grades 6-8 based on skill level) and offers:

  • Opportunity to affiliate with the U18 team;
  • Up to 8 hours of on-ice training per week;
  • Home rink & on-campus hockey lounge; 
  • Daily off-ice training regime;
  • Estimated 30 game schedule*; 
  • Home rink & on-campus hockey lounge*; 
  • Team and workout gear**;
  • A world-class education valued at $30,000.

*Based on Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education COVID-19 guidance

**Additional team apparel available at a 20% discount.

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Skills Development Program

The Skills Development Program is designed for grades 6-8 to build upon the foundational practice of hockey, to elevate skill sets and understanding of the game. The Skills development also feeds into our U16 program and  includes:

  • up to 8 hours of on-ice training per week;
  • off-ice instruction;
  • dedicated rink & on-campus hockey lounge*; 
  • practice uniform, workout gear;
  • world-class education valued at $30,000**.

*Based on Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education COVID-19 guidance

**Additional team apparel available at a 20% discount.

IN THE CLASSROOM

All student-athletes are required to be committed to pursuing excellence in academics, as well as athletics. The FEIA Falcon Hockey Program is seamlessly integrated into a specialized school day, allowing athletes to be fully immersed in FEIA’s first-class academic curriculum while advancing their excellence in sport.

All student-athletes enrolled in any FEIA Falcon Hockey Program follow a tailor-made educational timetable to accomplish all requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. All educational programming is taught by our highly qualified staff, certified by the Ontario College of Teachers.

WHY FEIA

 
  • International private school education incorporating the Ontario Ministry of Education School Curriculum
  • Small class sizes
  • After school academic assistance including teacher-led tutoring, guidance and homework support
  • High-calibre teachers, certified by the Ontario College of Teachers
  • Ongoing student assessment
  • Open communication and partnership with parents
  • On-site extracurricular activities*
  • Off-site cultural excursions*
  • Thorough COVID-19 precautions which include socially distanced in-person classes and activities made possible by the large campus and sanitization protocols. Click here for more information.
  *Available once the Ministry of Education allows it.

COACHING STAFF

Carson Johnstone

U18 Elite Head Coach & Hockey Program Director

Local to the beautiful Niagara Region, Carson comes from a strong hockey and academic background. Growing up, he was fortunate to play hockey in Europe, USHS prep, and at the Junior and Collegiate levels. These experiences have provided him with a wide range of hockey friendships and connections. Today, he is the President and COO of Pursuit Hockey Development.

Over the course of his career, Carson has coached Junior hockey in Canada, U20 programs in Denmark and a U15 program in Sweden. When coaching, he counts on his hockey knowledge and past experience to develop students into great young players.

"I am lucky to have done and seen so much at a young age. I feel as if I owe it all to hockey and education. I've been able to use these avenues through hockey as a tool to see the world and experience so much already. It's been amazing so far and I am thrilled for the opportunity to coach and guide FEIA students. I'm very grateful that hard work and commitment have brought me to a place where I can pass on my own passion and knowledge of the game to future student-athletes in hockey."

Jesse Parker

U16 & Skills Development Program Head Coach

Coming to FEIA with a lifelong love of hockey, Jesse has been a part of a wide variety of professional hockey organizations including playing for teams in Canada, the United States, and Europe. It became increasingly important to Jesse as his career progressed that he wanted to help younger athletics make connections and take the steps necessary to play elite-level hockey.

He maintains many post-secondary commitments throughout Canada and the USA.  Jesse pursued his passion for developing promising young hockey players into high calibre athletes by deploying seminars and coaching in the offseason.   

“I look to bring all my experiences from my life, on and off the ice, to Fort Erie International Academy to help guide and build successful student-athletes wherever their life decides to take them.”

Jon Stephansson

U18 Assistant Coach & Hockey Program Manager

Originally hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jon grew up loving hockey. It was through his passion for the game and defensive talent, in which he now specializes, that he was able to obtain a scholarship to and graduate from Portage College.

These same skills enabled him to coach and play in many countries around the world including the United States, Israel, Lithuania, and Serbia. He truly embodies the FEIA vision for students to become well-rounded global citizens.  

“I have had a multitude of coaches throughout my hockey career. Some had a wonderful impact on me. From some coaches, I learned a lot of what not to do. I’ve taken the best of what I’ve learned and I’m excited to apply it to the players here at FEIA.”

Matthew Reynolds

U16 Assistant Coach & Strength/Conditioning Lead

Growing up all over Ontario, Matthew brings detailed knowledge of what the hockey landscape looks like all over the province. His experience in different athletic programming and his strength and conditioning background make him a valued member of the FEIA Hockey staff.

After careful consideration of several college admissions offers in Canada and the U.S, Matthew chose to pursue academic opportunities closer to home and continue his education in social work. Matthew strongly believes that hockey is a wonderful way to learn, grow, and discover your passions, but also saw the opportunity in exploring an education off-ice that complemented his experiences on-ice.

"I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to help develop a winning and inclusive culture with the Falcons hockey teams. I have had the opportunity to not only play but learn across the province during my playing career and am excited to pass on those lessons and teachings to the student-athletes at FEIA.  It's been amazing so far and I look forward to making history of our own in the coming years".