USA hockey announced this week the U.S. Junior Select Team for 2019 World Junior A Challenge coming up December 7-15 in Dawson Creek, B.C. Of the 21 players announced, three are names we are very familiar with. Mitch Miller, Matt Knies, and Logan Stein will be a part of a very strong Team USA.

Miller currently plays for the Tri-City Storm (USHL) and is TPH Center of Excellence alumni for our Detroit location. Knies is a teammate in Tri-City and competed in the World Selects Invite with Total Package Hockey. Stein, currently with the Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL), played TPH Thunder AAA through 16U.

Mitch Miller

Matt Knies

Logan Stein

Jacob Brown is not your average 12 year old living in Huntsville, Alabama attending the TPH Center of Excellence. Brown was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 9. This fight however has not changed Brown’s passion and desire for the game of hockey. An avid Huntsville Havoc fan, Brown was named captain of the Southern Professional team back when he was diagnosed.

Now 12-year-old, Brown went from being on the Make A Wish Foundation’s waiting list, to on a flight out to Los Angels with his family to sign a two-day contract with the Kings.

Brown took the ice with the team joining them in practice, taking warm ups with the team and of course wining the opening faceoff against Arizona Coyotes captain, Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

We are excited for this incredible opportunity  and we will always have Jacob’s back in his fight on and off the ice.

BLOOMINGFIELD HILLS, MI – The 2020 Youth Olympic Games are set to take place in Lausanne, Switzerland from Jan. 9-22 and five TPH Trained players have been named to the Team USA roster. Rutger McGroarty, Hunter Brzustewicz, Cutter Gauthier, Lane Hutson, and Tyler Duke will be representing the red, white, and blue in Switzerland.

McGroarty and Brzustewicz are currently TPH Center of Excellence students in Detroit. Gauthier, Hutson and Duke all attended the Center of Excellence and have since moved on.

“It’s an honor to be selected to play for the Red, White, & Blue. I feel like we have the team that’ll bring home the gold!” says McGroarty.

“It’s an honor to be selected to play for my country and wear their colors.” Brzustewicz added. “I look forward to get started with my new teammates and competing against the best players around the world.”

2020 Youth Olympic Games rosters constructed of 17 hockey players (15 skaters and 1 goalie) consisting of the best 2004 birth years representing U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Russia, and Switzerland will compete in the tournament. Team USA captured gold at the 2016 tournament in Lillehammer, Norway.

“This one is a MAJOR deal,” said Jimmy McGroarty, newly named Head Coach of the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) and father of Rutger. “This event only happens every 4 years. The opportunity these kids have can lead to so much more whether it is a tryout for US National team or an opportunity to build on their NHL draft opportunity. ”

Rutger McGroarty

Hunter Brzustewicz

Cutter Gauthier

Lane Hutson

Tyler Duke


Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce a partnership with Summit Education Group.  Summit will serve as the academic arm for its seventh Center of Excellence at Family Sports Center in the Denver, CO area.  TPH and Summit Education Group will work closely together on the Study component of TPH’s Study-Train-Play model to implement the CoE’s fully customized online learning platform, built by Edmentum, the official academic partner of Total Package Hockey.

“We feel extremely fortunate to be entering into an academic partnership with Summit Education Group,” TPH CEO Nathan Bowen said.  “Summit will commit many valuable resources to enhance the learning experience at our Center of Excellence at Family Sports.  They will take the rigorous and robust learning curriculum and platform that Edmentum has built for us in TPH and see that it is delivered to our student-athletes in a way that gives each and every individual the greatest possible opportunity to succeed academically.  We view this partnership as central to the success of the CoE model in Colorado.”

Established in 2011, Summit is a Colorado-based Education Management Organization committed to ensuring all student learners have the best opportunity for success in life.  Their mission is to empower the world to achieve greatness, one individual, one organization and one community at a time.  Summit offers a unique educational model of blended learning, partnering with associations and organizations such as TPH, school districts, home-school communities, local philanthropic institutions, charter and private schools and businesses.  Summit presently serves the needs of approximately 2,000 students.  They are an AdvancedED accredited Middle/High School with students ranging from grades 6 to 12.

Student-athletes and their families who are interested in learning more about the TPH-Summit partnership are invited to attend tonight’s Open House, which will take place at 7 PM, on-site at Family Sports Center, the home of the TPH-Colorado CoE.  To RSVP for tonight’s event, please click here.

To learn more about the Colorado Center of Excellence and to apply for the 2019-2020 school year, click here.

Space will be limited for the 2019-2020 school year.  To apply for the Center of Excellence, which is the first step in the registration process, please click here.

Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce that its eighth Center of Excellence will be housed inside the Ice Den in North Scottsdale, AZ.  TPH and Coyotes Ice LLC, have joined forces to bring its Study, Train, Play academy-style model to the desert for the 2020-2021 school year.

“The Phoenix area is a growing hockey market and we couldn’t be more excited to become a part of the Arizona hockey landscape,” TPH CEO Nathan Bowen said.  “We are grateful for the opportunity to bring the Center of Excellence to a community like North Scottsdale and be housed in an immaculate, state-of-the-art hockey facility like the Ice Den Scottsdale.  The area is flourishing with youth hockey players and the market itself is second to none.  Being part of the fabric of North Scottsdale and its surrounding communities, as well as having a partner who is as passionate and progressive as Taylor Burke means we are positioned to continue exceeding expectations of student-athletes, their families and all members of the hockey community.  This is a great day for TPH, one we have been working towards for a long time.”

Bowen references Taylor Burke, a Minnesota native with an impressive business and philanthropical resume.  The Burke family was responsible for the birth of the NHL Coyotes, spearheading Winnipeg’s relocation to the desert in 1996.  Shortly after the team relocated, the family built the Ice Den Scottsdale which resulted in an immediate impact and changed the youth hockey landscape in the state.  In 2011, program growth demanded the addition of a third sheet of ice, followed in 2014 by the acquisition of a second two sheet facility in the southeast valley.  Over 20 seasons later, the building remains the Official Practice Facility of the Arizona Coyotes and offers hockey and skating programming for all ages and abilities.  Constantly evolving and adapting to the needs of its players and skaters has been a key to the facility’s success.

In addition to offering quality programming, investing in the community remains top priority for the family.  Since its inception in 1996, the Burke Family Foundation has directed its philanthropic efforts to partnerships and programs committed to providing and enhancing resources in the areas of health, education and athletics.

Still considered by some as a non-traditional hockey market, keeping top hockey prospects in the State of Arizona has in some cases proved a challenge.  Burke believes the addition of the Center of Excellence to the Phoenix market will help entice the area’s youth to pursue their hockey goals, but remain at home in the process.

“Our motivation for partnering with TPH is to provide driven hockey players across all youth associations opportunities to master a sport that teaches so many valuable life lessons,” Burke said.  “In partnering with TPH, we are providing the next level of that and so much more.  Young hockey players in our area who have dreams of playing at the highest levels of hockey now have an elite-level training and academic learning option right in our backyard.  The CoE model will incentivize families to keep their young hockey players at home, maintain the quality lifestyle the Phoenix metro area offers all of us and provide their sons and daughters access to a hockey academy that is truly cutting-edge.  TPH’s arrival is a great win for hockey families across the entire Arizona hockey community.”

The “cutting-edge” program Burke speaks to references TPH’s on and off-ice Hockey-Athlete training curriculum, as well as its completely individualized, customized blended academic learning experience through Edmentum.  Student-athletes attend the Center of Excellence on a clock similar to traditional school and receive elite-level hockey training and mentorship, all while studying in a learning environment that blends a proven, NCAA-accredited online learning platform with on-site academic leadership.

It is important to note that from an academic perspective, the Center of Excellence is not a “home school,” nor is it a “virtual school.”  The CoE is a blended learning environment that utilizes an online platform to maximize academic development and outcomes customized for each individual student-athlete.

It is important to note that from an academic perspective, the Center of Excellence is not a “home school,” nor is it a “virtual school.”  The CoE is a blended learning environment that utilizes an online platform to maximize academic development and outcomes customized for each individual student-athlete.

“The CoE model creates a best-of-both-world’s scenario,” Nathan Bowen explained.  “Student-athletes complete their coursework online and have the option to take school home or on the road with them every day, with no fear of days missed due to their travels.  At the same time, when student-athletes are on-site, they study under the direction of an academic leader who is focused on fostering a positive culture, maintaining accountability and putting a learning plan in place for each individual based on where, when and how he or she works best.  Our layered academic approach ensures that when it’s time for our student-athletes to focus on hockey, whether its training at the CoE, practicing with their club teams or jumping on a plane to travel to games, they are on-pace or ahead in their courses.”

The process of implementing everything Bowen referenced is well underway.  From a facility standpoint, Coyotes Ice President Mike O’Hearn says preparations are being made at the Ice Den Scottsdale as we speak.

“The collective vision of Coyotes Ice and TPH, is to create a one-stop-shop on the Ice Den grounds for all CoE attendees,” O’Hearn said.  “We have identified space that will house a state-of-the-art academic wing and training center, both within steps of the ice arena’s main doors.  We plan to offer on-site lunch plans, athlete-friendly snacks and a space for video sessions.  This vision is in line with TPH’s philosophy of creating mini-campus style setups within their CoE locations.  Our hope is that the TPH-Phoenix Center of Excellence will set the standard for what a CoE should look like.”

Even though the 2020-2021 school year is roughly nine months away, TPH will be releasing a variety of informational materials and will be scheduling a handful of both virtual and on-site open house events over the next several weeks.  In the meantime, CEO Bowen hopes that Phoenix area hockey families will build up a sense of intrigue and give him and his team the opportunity to “show” the hockey community how the Center of Excellence will impact the aspiring elite hockey player, athlete, student and person.

“The vision of Total Package Hockey is to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through the game of hockey.  From being around Taylor and his team as well as interacting with others in the market, it is evident that in North Scottsdale and the surrounding areas, there is both passion and an expectation for doing things the right way.  The CoE model is by no means perfect, but we believe it has the power to change lives for the aspiring elite hockey player, on the ice, in the weight room, in the classroom and most importantly, in the ultimate game- the game of life.”

TPH invites all interested Phoenix Center of Excellence candidates to visit the links below.

TPH Center of Excellence Brochure

Total Package Hockey is excited to announce the addition of Olivia Barnett to the TPH Nashville team. Barnett, native of Erie, Penn., will be the new Program Administrator for the Nashville branch.

Barnett graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, with a Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management degree. Barnett has spent time working with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) in Event Operations and Marketing during in-season events and the PA State Championships during the spring of 2018.

Over the past year and a half, Barnett spent time as an Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh for CMMI Institute, a global leader in enabling organizations to elevate and benchmark performances across critical business practices.

Please join us in welcoming Olivia to the TPH Family!

Congratulations to Kirsten Simms for being selected to the U18 USA Women’s National Team. In addition to this opportunity, Simms is also a 2022 commit to the University of Wisconsin.

“It is an incredible honor to be selected to this program.  I am very excited and humbled by the opportunity to represent USA as a member of the U18 Women’s National Team.  I really appreciate the many coaches and people who continue to support and encourage me in this journey, and I look forward to keep working as hard as possible to improve as a player and teammate every day” -Kirsten Simms

Simms has always competed at the highest levels of hockey including seasons spent with Compuware, Little Caesars, and Selects Academy. Simms was awarded MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in her first season with Selects Academy.

Simms is a TPH Center of Excellence alum, attending 7th and 8th grade at the Detroit location.  Simms has participated regularly in the TPH 8 Week Progressional Program since its inception as well as other TPH training programs.

We are excited for the opportunities ahead for Kirsten and we will be cheering her on as she represents our country.



Nickname:  Simmsy

Who are you inspired by?: Kedall Coyne-Schofield for how incredibly hard she works and for her dedication to the growing hockey as a sport.

Favorite Professional Team:  Tampa Bay Lightning, especially getting to watch how Kucherov plays

Favorite NHL Players: Nikita Kucherov and Artemi Panarin

Total Package Hockey is excited to announce the addition of Sunsea Williams to the TPH Atlanta team as Director of Academics. Williams is joining TPH Atlanta after spending the last 4 years working in Student-Athlete Academic Support Services at Georgia Tech.

“I am truly grateful for this opportunity and very excited to join the TPH family! I am really looking forward to building relationships with the students and parents and utilizing the skills that I have gained to efficiently uplift the academic program.”

“We are very excited to add Sunsea to our team here in Atlanta. She will bring leadership, structure and knowledge to the Center of Excellence classroom here,” said Brad Schell, Director of Hockey Operations, “Coming from an institution like Georgia Tech, we are excited for what Sunsea will add to the student athlete experience especially in terms of culture and tradition.”

Born and raised in South Bend, IN, Williams is a Northern Illinois University Graduate with a Bachelors in Sociology and Masters in Adult and Higher Education. In her time at Northern Illinois, Williams Ran track and field and cross country at Northern Illinois University. Prior to her previous position, Williams served as an Academic Coordinator (2015-2017) and Assistant Director of Academic Programs (2017-2019) at Georgia Tech and a year as the Athletic Academic Advisor at Jacksonville State University

Please join us in welcoming Sunsea to the TPH Family!