Profiled School – Kuper Academy Women’s Hockey Program
As a women’s hockey coach at the University level, I am often asked about different places to play and what academic institutions parents should being looking at for their daughters. One high school option that I often discuss is Kuper Academy. Personally, I am a former physical education teacher at Kuper and was also named as the first ever women’s hockey coach at Kuper in 2005. It was an extremely enjoyable experience and I believe it continues to be a top option for young female players. Below is a profile of Kuper Academy and their women’s program.
Kuper Academy is a private co-ed high school that offers a wonderful opportunity for female hockey players to excel and development their hockey skills. To begin, the coaching staff is extremely experienced and provides a great practice environment both on and off the ice. Noemie Marin, Brittany Privee, and Bruce Hannough coach the girl’s hockey team at Kuper. Noemie Marin, played NCAA hockey at the University of Minnesota Duluth and was a member of Canada’s U22 National Development team. She was also a member of Canada’s Olympic Softball team. Brittany Privee, played in the CIS for the McGill Martlet Hockey team and currently coaches in the CIS for the Carabins de Montreal. Bruce Hannough understands what it takes to excel at the varsity level. He played CEGEP hockey for Champlain College and then went on to play for Bishops University at the CIS level. Bruce has been a involved in minor hockey at a variety of levels for many year. The coaching staff at Kuper uses their experiences well and are able to develop players, and help them understand the importance of both academics and athletics.
Kuper Academy female hockey team plays in the Ligue de Hockey Féminin de Développement du Quebec (http://www.publicationsports.com/site/lhfdq). Known as the Kuper Kodiaks, they compete in approximately 40 games per season, which includes four or five tournaments, and exhibition games. The goal or mission of the hockey program at Kuper is to prepare the student-athlete to make the jump to the next level both academically and athletically. The coaching staff challenges each player to be the best they can be in school, on the ice for practice and in games. Players are expected to compete each day for the top positions.
Olympic Gold Medalist Marie-Philip Poulin attended Kuper Academy in her final year of high school. “It was Amey Doyle who explained to me the importance of learning english and going to school in english for a year prior to entering CEGEP. She thought that Kuper would be a good fit for me academically, and she was right! I knew that I would be attending CEGEP and University in an English environment, so Kuper became a great option for me to start this transition”. Although Poulin could not play for the Kodiaks because she was a member of the Montreal Stars a senior team at the time which meant she was not eligible to play GMAA sports. She understood the importance of getting a ‘head start’ in her English education and Kuper was an integral part of that. Poulin attended Dawson for one year before being centralized to Calgary with the Olympic Team in 2010. Currently, she is in her second year at Boston University and credits Kuper as helping her feel comfortable in English.
Current McGill Martlet hockey sensation Leslie Oles and Dartmouth College star Camille Dumais also wore the Kuper Jersey during their high school days. Both players have fond memories of Kuper not only with the hockey program but with the entire environment. “It was a great place to go to school” explained Oles. “The teachers were very supportive of the athletes but they made sure we got our work done. Now I understand just how important that is”.
Even though Kuper Academy is a private academic institution, the players on the Kodiaks are not required to be full time students. Currently, there are seven players on the team who also attend Kuper for academic reasons. All practices take place in the middle of the afternoon, which allows the players to be free in the evenings to complete their academic requirements. The coaching staff are looking for serious student-athletes who are interested in progressing to playing hockey at the next level. They look for good skaters that have a passion for the game and are serious about development.
If you feel Kuper Academy might be a good option for someone you know, please feel free to email Amey Doyle and I will forward your requests to the appropriate personnel. Best of luck in your hunt for the best academic and hockey option for you!