The puck drops September 24th and the games run through the 26th for the 2021 Jr. Predators Tier I Host Weekend. Twenty-nine teams and 500+ players have one game per day over the next three days in the Music City.

 

This event is not about a trophy or medals. Exposure is the name of the game in Nashville this weekend. In the previous two events hosted in Grand Rapids and Denver, over 50+ scouts were in attendance. Additionally, TPH’s partners at The Prospect Exchange provided all attending athletes the opportunity to take advantage of Premium X. 

 

Premium X, powered by ICEBERG Analytics, gives each player access to shift-by-shift condensed video and analytics to their games. To date, 570 players have taken advantage of Premium X as a resource to learn more and share their skills with coaches. Premium X is available for all players attending this weekend’s event.

 

The 2021 Jr. Predators Tier I Host Weekend will be TPH’s first tournament of the season in Nashville and it is primed for some highly competitive competition amongst top Tier I programs in the nation. Below is an overview of the event.


TEAMS

18U Division: Dallas Stars Elite, Michigan Hockey Advancement Red, Milwaukee Jr Admirals, Nashville Jr Predators, Ohio AAA Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Vengeance, Seacoast Performance Academy

16U Division: Dallas Stars Elite, Michigan Hockey Advancement Red, Milwaukee Jr Admirals, New Jersey Devils, Nashville Jr Predators, Ohio AAA Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Vengeance, Seacoast Performance Academy

15O Division: Dallas Stars Elite, LA Jr Kings, Michigan Hockey Advancement Red, Milwaukee Jr Admirals, Minuteman Flames, Nashville Jr Predators, Ohio AAA Blue Jackets

14U Division: Dallas Stars Elite, Milwaukee Jr Admirals, Nashville Jr Predators, Seacoast Performance Academy 


SCHEDULE


FACILITIES

Ford Ice Center – Antioch: 5264 Hickory Hollow Pl, Cane Ridge, TN 37013

Ford Ice Center – Bellevue: 7620 Hwy 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221


To learn more about future TPH Tournaments, click here.

TPH Minnesota, the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through sport, is thrilled to announce that Lindsey Hammerschidt was recently hired as the Head of Academics for COE Minnesota. Hammerschmidt brings an abundance of expertise and background from Rasmussen University in management and working with a wide range of students.     

 

“When I first met her, she had a really outgoing personality,” said Matt Cooke, Director for TPH Minnesota. “And she was so excited to work with kids, which is the reason why we (TPH Minnesota) are here.”

 

As the Head of Academics, Hammerschmidt will work on-site as both a coach and mentor to student-athletes while building a thriving learning environment for everyone. She will teach organizational skills and responsibility while implementing ongoing support for students and families. Hammerschmidt will leverage her sharp communication skills as a principal liaison between TPH hockey staff, teachers, and parents. As well as hiring a new strengthening and conditioning coach, Hammerschmidt will be an essential asset to TPH Minnesota.  

 

Before TPH, Hammerschmidt worked as an Admissions Manager for Rasmussen University, where she collaborated with leaders on strategies for recruiting students and coached new hires on recruitment strategies and professionalism. Hammerschmidt has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Cloud State University with a Business Management Minor. 

 

Hammerschmidt brings with her an immense amount of experience in guidance and professional development within the academic world. Additionally, she is currently in school to receive her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management at Rasmussen University. 

 

“I’m really excited to work with younger kids,” said Hammerschmidt, “I’m used to working with adults, so helping [the kids] guide them through their academic journey and hockey training as well.”

 

To learn more about our Minnesota TPH CoE, click here. 


About TPH

Founded in 2001, TPH seeks to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through sport. TPH platforms include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics, and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, serving over 10,000 student-athletes annually throughout 15 U.S.-based divisions. TPH prides itself on taking a holistic approach, one that emphasizes the development of the individual in four ways: (1) as a player within a team setting, (2) as an athlete, dedicated to reaching their physical potential, (3) as a student, working to achieve their academic goals, and most importantly, (4) as a person, striving to win the ultimate game, and that’s the game of life.

Regardless of whether you are the Head of Hockey, Head of Academics, a Success Coach, or a parent of a Center of Excellence (CoE) student-athlete, you have probably noticed the benefits of collecting academic, athletic and wellness data for our student-athletes. 


The athlete management system (AMS), Kinduct, has helped supply all our CoE locations with technology that allows our
staff to collect, analyze and monitor the development of our student-athletes. Entering its second year of use, Kinduct continues to obtain results from fitness testing, wellness and injury surveys, strength/speed/agility sessions, and even class attendance records. These numbers and valuable information have assisted the locations in better understanding their student-athletes in order to improve all aspects of the  Study, Train, Play model.

 

“We continue to be extremely impressed by Kinduct’s technology and how it helps our athletes improve the quality of their training,” TPH CEO, Nathan Bowen said. “We are committed to focusing on making our student-athletes the best versions of themselves, and thanks to our partnership we have actionable measurements to enhance all our athlete’s performance and well-being.” 

 

Athletic and academic scores for students have soared due to the tracking of individualized metrics for each athlete. Kinduct’s key data analysis tools have helped TPH team members identify strengths and weaknesses, allowing tailored training programming to be delivered based on the athlete’s unique skill sets. From there, daily benchmarks are monitored, and success plans are administered to support student-athletes both athletically and academically.

 

“We live in a data and technology driven world, and TPH is committed to using industry leading tools like Kinduct to help our team members, coaches and mentors, positively impact each student-athlete that attends The Center of Excellence,” noted Jordan Pietrus, Executive Director, TPH-Colorado. “We have worked closely with Kinduct and studied how elite programs use data to create a system of two-way information sharing between students and TPH team members through the app. After data comes into the platform, our TPH team members are able to easily view key metrics and reports to help create mentoring moments with student-athletes, and ultimately drive development and performance.” 

 

Reports within The Kinduct platform visualize data surrounding a student-athlete’s stress levels, sleep data and even injury soreness levels. Having these insights readily available helps coaches and mentors take action and develop personalized plans for each student-athlete. 

 

Another significant benefit of the Kinduct app is the communication functionality Student-athletes can receive emails or text messages daily from coaches that can be essential in communicating practice changes, drop-off times, or specific needs that student-athletes may need to know. 

 

Kinduct Customer Success Manager Sam Ross adds: “TPH came to us with a unique vision that aimed at blending together the limits of what our platform could do from all angles — performance, academics, and wellness. Having a system in place where each of those data streams could populate our platform simultaneously was a huge win, and we’re looking for building upon that type of innovative mindset.”

 

The partnership with Kinduct provides a competitive advantage for CoE aspiring-elite student-athletes to optimize their athletic potential while also aiding in education opportunities and individual wellness. With the help of Kinduct, TPH looks forward to continuing its mission of helping student-athletes reach their full potential.

 

To learn more about our Center of Excellence, click here.


About Kinduct

Kinduct’s Athlete Management System (AMS) is used by over 500 teams, leagues, organizations, performance centres, military and healthcare organizations around the world. Kinduct have supported multiple world champions across the MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL, and NCAA as well as organizations that train the tactical athlete and those empowering the patient. Through our secure, cloud-based AMS, Kinduct consolidates a wide array of performance and injury data, improving workflow and optimizing performance for thousands of coaches, trainers, and athletes. Kinduct is also integrated with many world-leading wearables,

 

It is that time of the year again! Time to pack the game sweaters and get some fresh tape on the twig, because we are ready to kick off the tournament season. Twenty-three teams are on their way to Michigan this weekend to face off in TPH’s first event of the 2021-22 season, the Grand Rapids AAA Kickoff Classic.

 

The games will start on August 27th, and run through the 29th, with the opening match being between Honey Baked Hockey 15O AAA and the hometown Fox Motors 15U AAA. Over the 46 game weekend, coaches will be shuffling lines as the players’ offseason training is put to the test.

 

These early four games are not just a litmus test for the year, but an opportunity for players to get on a scout’s radar early. For any AAA hockey event, providing an opportunity for exposure is critical and in addition to inviting scouts and providing accommodations at the facility for the scouts, TPH is excited about their latest offer to our participants.

 

TPH and its partner The Prospect Exchange will be providing all the participating players with Premium X. Premium X powered by ICEBERG Analytics will give each player access to their personal video and analytics from their games in this event. Premium X will be a resource for the players to learn more about their game and share their skills with coaches. Every team manager should have received or will receive instructions for participant registration. 

 

This event will be TPH’s first in Grand Rapids and the first of two in the state of Michigan this season. Below is an overview of this event.

 

Teams

18U Division: Fox Motors, Michigan Hockey Advancement Red, Nashville Jr Predators, Tri-State Spartans

16U Division: Compuware, Fox Motors, Green Bay Jr Gamblers, Michigan Hockey Advancement Red, Nashville Jr Predators, Oakland Jr Grizzlies

15O Division: Chicago Mission, Fox Motors, Honey Baked, Little Caesars, Nashville Jr Predators, Oakland Jr Grizzlies, Victory Honda, Windy City Storm

14U Division: Biggby, Florida Alliance, Fox Motors, Nashville Jr Predators, Windy City Storm


Schedule

August 27-29, 2021: Click here to view the full schedule.


Facilities

South Side Ice Arena: 566 100th St SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

Patterson Ice Center: 2550 Patterson Avenue Grand Rapids, MI 49546


To learn more about future TPH Tournaments, click here.

 

TPH is pleased to announce new hire Craig Roderick as Head of Academics at Seacoast Performance Academy (SPA) in Exeter, New Hampshire. Roderick will build upon a solid academic foundation and brings a combination of over two decades of knowledge in athletics, business administration, leadership, and education.

 

As part of “powering up” Seacoast Performance Academy, TPH will provide operational, hockey, and academic support to Roderick and staff at the SPA and assist in further maximizing the impact made on the individuals and teams who attend the program on the east coast.

 

“We are very excited to welcome Craig as our new Head of Academics at the Seacoast Performance Academy,” TPH Chief Academic Officer Bill Simms said. “His background speaks volumes in both the athletic and academic world. He will be able to provide exceptional support while building upon character and performance skills for our student-athletes.

 

Before TPH, Roderick spent time as a director, instructor, and learning coach for US Performance Academy, which is the identical rink for SPA. There he was responsible for eighty-nine student-athletes, families, academic calendars, daily operations, and developing a successful inaugural year that culminated in a one-hundred percent course completion rate making him quite familiar with the academy and in an academic leadership role.

 

“I have always been drawn to competitive environments where like-minded people are in perpetual motion to discover and challenge themselves along a lifelong trajectory of learning. This, and my philosophy of individual mentorship for young learners while being truly present in a supportive manner daily, melds with TPH’s model in providing industry leading individualized academic support for highly driven athletes,” noted Roderick. Combined with Seacoast Performance Academy’s vision of developing great hockey players and great citizens, I am ecstatic to lead a community building “bricks and mortar” experience within a hybrid, asynchronous academic structure.”

 

As part of this continued partnership, TPH will identify SPA’s academic staff and assist in all educational aspects, while adding their completely individualized, customized, NCAA-accredited learning experience, delivered by its academic partner Edmentum to the classroom in Exeter. This hybrid learning style will allow all core coursework to be tailored to student-athletes who seek a blended learning environment and study at SPA. There Roderick will assist in providing a one-of-a-kind learning platform that offers online learning experiences to student-athletes, with focused instructors and on-site academic leadership.

 

To learn more about Seacoast Performance Academy, click here.

<b>FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, AUGUST 10, 2021- </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>TPH Fort Lauderdale is proud to announce that Dr. Teresa Hernández-Acosta will join us as the Head of Academics. Hernández-Acosta brings much expertise and background of leadership in academia and e-learning industries, working directly with middle and high school students remotely and through virtual learning labs. Her chief task will be implementing the customized, NCAA-accredited hybrid blended learning at the Fort Lauderdale Center of Excellence (CoE). </span>

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<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>“Providing our students with support in the classroom is our number one priority,” said Bill Simms, Chief Academic Officer for TPH. “I am confident that Teresa is someone that can be an exceptional mentor, leader, and advocate for our students and families. Her credentials speak volumes for what she will be able to accomplish while guiding our student-athletes to success.”</span>

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<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>As part of her focus as Head of Academics for TPH Fort Lauderdale, Hernández-Acosta will monitor academic progress and performance of student-athletes daily, provide mentorship, build positive relationships with fellow staff members, families, and all members of the TPH Hockey and academic community, ultimately working to maximize each individual’s performance as a student and perso.</span>

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<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>“I’m really excited to have Dr. Hernández-Acosta come on board as the Head of Academics at the Center of Excellence,” said Paul Healey, TPH Fort Lauderdale Director &amp; Head of Hockey. “I have previously worked with Teresa, and I know she will go above and beyond to help make the Center of Excellence a huge success.”</span>

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<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Before TPH, Hernández-Acosta worked as  Media Specialist/Instructional Teacher for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where she instructed in the areas of Exceptional Student Education (ESE), English as a Second Language (ESL), Spanish, and in the Extended Foreign Language Program at Shenandoah Elementary School. She also worked for over 10 years with the Florida Virtual School.</span>

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<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Hernández-Acosta has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with Concentration in Business Administration from Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was also a member of the Women’s Soccer team. Additionally, she has a Master of Science in Educational Media and a Doctorate in Education with a Dual Concentration in Instructional Technology &amp; Distance Education and Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Miami, Florida. Hernández-Acosta is bilingual in both Spanish and English and has a working knowledge of French. </span>

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<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>“I am excited to blend my two passions professionally. I love sports and academics and was a student-athlete myself,” said Hernández-Acosta.  “I look forward to assisting our students in creating that ideal academic and athletic balance. With my background, I am familiar with working with diverse learners and athletes in a blended learning environment, as well as face-to-face and fully virtual.”</span>

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<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>To learn more about our Fort Lauderdale TPH CoE,</span><a href=”https://tphcenterofexcellence.com/fort-lauderdale/?utm_source=Hern%C3%A1ndez-AcostaLF_web&amp;utm_medium=Hern%C3%A1ndez-AcostaLF_web&amp;utm_campaign=Hern%C3%A1ndez-AcostaLF_web”> <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>click here. </span></a>

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<strong>About TPH</strong>

<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Founded in 2001, TPH seeks to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes. TPH platforms include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics, and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, serving over 10,000 student-athletes on an annual basis, throughout 16 U.S.-based divisions. TPH prides itself on taking a holistic approach, one that emphasizes the development of the individual in four ways: (1) as a player within a team setting, (2) as an athlete, dedicated to reaching his/her physical potential, (3) as a student, working to achieve his/her academic goals, and most importantly, (4) as a person, striving to win the ultimate game, and that’s the game of life.</span>

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August 6th, 2021, Nashville, TN- TPH Nashville and the Nashville Jr. Predators are proud to announce the hiring of Karlis Zirnis as the Head of Hockey for the Nashville Center of Excellence (CoE). Zirnis will also serve as the Head Coach of the Jr. Predators 18U AAA team. As the Head of Hockey, Zirnis will oversee the application of TPH’s on and off-ice Hockey-Athlete Development Model, mentor student-athletes, and execute all training and practice plans.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome Karlis back to the TPH family,” TPH CEO Nathan Bowen said. “Karlis is passionate, connected within the hockey world, and has invaluable experience coaching at the levels our student-athletes are striving to get to. Our families in Nashville should be comforted by the fact that hockey is being led by an individual who knows what it takes for players to reach the next level. Karlis’ resume alone proves that.”

 

In mentioning “resume,” Bowen is referencing Zirnis’ vast and diverse experience coaching hockey players at all levels. A native of Riga, Latvia, Zirnis is no stranger to TPH, having previously served as a coach in the Thunder ‘AAA’ program following his retirement from the professional game in 2010. Since his first stint with TPH, Zirnis has enjoyed coaching stops at both the junior, collegiate, and international levels. He has captured a Robertson Cup Championship as Head Coach of the NAHL’s Shreveport Mudbugs, has spent the past three seasons as an Assistant Coach at the NCAA Division I level, first with the University of Alaska and then at his alma mater, the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and has coached with the Latvian Hockey Federation since 2014. Zirnis recently accepted a position as Director of Player Personnel for the NAHL’s Amarillo Wranglers, a role he will occupy while leading hockey for TPH in Nashville.  

 

Zirnis says he desires to take all of his experiences and work alongside what he calls a “dedicated staff” in TPH-Nashville to positively impact the lives of student-athletes.

 

“For me, it’s great to return to Nashville, a place I have called home for close to a decade, and be back with TPH, showing hockey players how to reach their potential,” Zirnis said. “My goal is to lead hockey programs for TPH that put skill development first and build off the unbelievable foundation Steve Jennings has laid with the 18U team. Winning will be defined by our ability to teach all of our student-athletes about what it takes to be a successful hockey player and person, and by the doors, we can help open for our kids at the next level. I can’t wait to get after it.”      

 

Zirnis and TPH Chief Operating Officer Francis Anzalone are presently overseas leading the Latvian Under 20 program through its August Development Camp. He will take the hockey reigns of TPH-Nashville and the 18U Predators when he returns to the U.S. later this month.  

 

To learn more about our Nashville TPH CoE, click here.


About TPH

Founded in 2001, TPH seeks to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes. TPH platforms include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics, and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, serving over 10,000 student-athletes on an annual basis, throughout 16 U.S.-based divisions. TPH prides itself on taking a holistic approach, one that emphasizes the development of the individual in four ways: (1) as a player within a team setting, (2) as an athlete, dedicated to reaching his/her physical potential, (3) as a student, working to achieve his/her academic goals, and most importantly, (4) as a person, striving to win the ultimate game, and that’s the game of life.

TPH Nashville and the Nashville Jr. Predators are proud to announce that Steve Jennings has accepted the position as Head Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations for the Aberdeen Wings, in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Currently, Jennings is Head of Operations for TPH Nashville Center of Excellence (CoE), Head of Boys Tier I Hockey for the Nashville Jr. Predators, as well as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Nashville Jr. Predators 18U AAA team. 

 

“We are so happy for Steve and his whole family as he moves up to the NAHL to lead the Aberdeen Wings. After an incredible, record-setting season as the Head Coach of the 18U Jr. Predators that saw the most player commitments to junior hockey in the history of the program, it’s not a surprise this opportunity came this way,” said TPH CEO Nathan Bowen. “We are so grateful for Steve’s positive impact in Nashville as a coach, mentor, and positive role model to hundreds of players and staff over his long tenure with the club. This will further grow the TPH network, and we know Steve will continue to help players advance with this move.”

 

Jennings will be taking over for long-time coach Scott Langer, who will be exiting and announced his new position as Head Coach with the Fargo Force, a member of the United States Hockey League. (USHL). The two coaches are not strangers, Jennings has served as the Director of Player Personnel for the past five seasons with the Aberdeen Wings and worked directly with Langer since the 2004-2005 hockey season. During the 2016-2017 season with the Wings, he was influential and helped in capturing the NAHL’s Central Division Championship, as well as reaching the Robertson Cup final four. In this capacity, he has worked with the coaching staff and has helped build a long-standing winning tradition, while helping players pursue their hockey and life goals.

 

This advancement comes as no surprise, given Jennings countless achievements throughout his career with both the Nashville CoE and the Jr. Predators. He has done it all, from being responsible for programming and operations of the academy-style environment, to overseeing the application of TPH’s on and off-ice Hockey-Athlete Development Model, mentoring student-athletes, and executing all training and practice plans.

 

“I am very grateful for my time with TPH and the Nashville Jr. Predators. The last couple of seasons have been tremendous, and very rewarding,” said Steve Jennings. “From winning back-to-back Southeastern District Championships, this year’s Tier 1 Elite League Championship, an appearance at nationals, and all the player placements in junior hockey, we’ve all had success, and it’s been an honor.” “TPH has blessed me with the opportunity to work alongside some great coaches and people, and I am very appreciative of the work we’ve done to make Nashville a hockey destination for players and families.” 

 

Prior to his time at TPH, Steve grew up in the Boston area and played in college at the US Naval Academy, where he captained his team to the National Tournament in his senior year. In 1991, after graduation, he began coaching at his Alma mater, and the rest has been history. Jennings has coached club hockey at Lehigh University, as well as multiple youth hockey programs throughout the United States. His coaching styles have brought skills and victories to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas, and Georgia, where he relocated to coach in the Jr. Predators program. Since the mid-2000’s he has been a Tier II Junior ‘A’ level scout, and served as the Director of Player Personnel for the Santa Fe RoadRunners and the Topeka RoadRunners of the NAHL.

 

To learn more about our Center of Excellence locations, click here.


About TPH 

Founded in 2001, TPH seeks to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes. TPH platforms include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics, and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, serving over 10,000 student-athletes on an annual basis, throughout 16 U.S.-based divisions. TPH prides itself on taking a holistic approach, one that emphasizes the development of the individual in four ways: (1) as a player within a team setting, (2) as an athlete, dedicated to reaching his/her physical potential, (3) as a student, working to achieve his/her academic goals, and most importantly, (4) as a person, striving to win the ultimate game, and that’s the game of life.

 

 

Registration is Now Open for All 16 CoE Academy Locations Across the US

 

(Decatur, AL, June 29, 2021)TPH, the leader in positively impacting the lives of student athletes,  is pleased to announce that its third annual Center of Excellence open house  will take place on July 19th, 2021. During this virtual open house, families will learn more about the CoE’s academy-style, blended learning program, and sport-specific training, for students in grades 6-12.  TPH has greatly expanded its footprint in recent years, now with 16 CoE locations across the country offering the academy-style environment.

 

“Our Study, Train and Play model continues to push elite student-athletes to reach their fullest potential. With 16 locations across the U.S., our staff is focused on making student-athletes the best versions of themselves, in and out of the field, court, or rink,” commented TPH CEO, Nathan Bowen. “We believe in leading by example, and lay the groundwork for lessons and values that will last a lifetime.”

 

In conjunction with its award-winning educational partner, Edmentum, The 16 CoE academies provide a completely individualized, customized, NCAA-accredited, blended learning experience to all its student-athletes. The CoE hybrid learning environment combines an online curriculum with  on-site infrastructure and academic support; coursework can be completed on-demand, with 24/7, fully accessible NCAA courseware, and full-time instructors.  An academic leader is on-site daily, ensuring that all student-athletes are held accountable, study in a positive learning environment, and receive a tailored, personalized experience to help them excel.

“Our environment combines a proven, accredited, blended academic learning program with innovative, hands-on, sport-specific training and instruction, stated TPH CEO, Nathan Bowen. “We have found this model to be successful in helping dedicated student athletes reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives to come.”

The CoE model helps accelerate athletic development, and prepare each individual for the highest levels of their sport, by incorporating five training phases, daily training themes, positive hands-on coaching, innovative skill-building methods, and video analysis, into the schedules of each student athlete’s day. In addition to the innovative academic and athletic elements of the academy model, the CoE is also very focused on developing the character of its aspiring elite athletes. Through its on-site life skills and leadership coaching, community service projects, guest speakers, field trips, as well as its nationwide mentorship program, the CoE academies are focused on creating well-rounded leaders who excel at all aspects of their lives.

“We at TPH believe in a holistic approach, and recognize that our greatest responsibility is to prepare our student-athletes for success in the ultimate game: the game of life,” continued Bowen. Our proven model advances your student-athlete to the next level allowing them to reach personal goals through athletic, academic, and mentorship roadmaps designed by people who have done it.”

To learn more, join us for our 3rd annual CoE Nationwide Virtual Open House, scheduled for July 19th, 2021. Interested families are also invited to apply to their Center of Excellence locations, which is the first step in the registration process, and guarantees your spot for the 2021-2022 school year.

New Event Provided an Opportunity Amidst Challenging Circumstances


In a world where many people think about themselves, selflessness is a quality that can be less common and a characteristic that can be overlooked. However, being a selfless, passionate, and generous individual teaches us how to identify and connect with others in our community. It helps us act from our heart, instead of our ego, and that in and of itself is rewarding and what TPH Center of Excellences (CoE) teaches student-athletes who Study, Train, Play at the hybrid learning academy model. In fact, the proof is in the pudding, as three TPH CoE alumni student-athletes have gone the extra step in their selflessness journey and established an event alongside FloHockey, a non-profit located in Erie, PA in helping junior hockey players after a nonexistent season. 

 

The CoE trio includes Andy Perrott, from the Owen Sound Attack, Ryan Humphrey, from the Hamilton Bulldogs, and Ryan Beck from the Saginaw Spirit. As well as Brendan Hoffman, from the Erie Otters, who would be later added to the group. 

 

“The fact that we have three alumni entrepreneurs doing all they can for teammates, competitors, and other players from additional leagues, is incredible and we are so proud of them. What they are doing is so selfless and innovative, these are part of the character-building TPH has been all about since day one,” expressed TPH CEO, Nathan Bowen. 

 

After countless junior hockey players saw their seasons crumble and come to a halt due to COVID-19, Perrot decided it was time that someone shared a player’s perspective and give insight into how many athletes were feeling. On February 24th, 2021 he did just that and wrote to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) expressing his emotions on the current return to play, as well as beginning an online petition for players wanting to get back to the ice. 

 

“Speaking to all my teammates in the league this year I knew how important it was to everyone to have some sort of season and that is why I wrote the letter and then the momentum kept going from there.,” explained Perrott. 

 

From that letter it sparked something special, bringing the four gentlemen together. Soon after conversations began, the group vowed if they couldn’t have a traditional season they would make one. Now the event they created is hosting its first junior showcase for the 2021 season, which is dubbed “FloHockey PBHH Invitational.”

 

“Once Andy (Perrott) came up with the idea, we all started talking and decided why don’t we just try something,” Beck said. We eventually were on the phone every day talking to sponsors, scouts, and a bunch of players and before we knew it, we had 6 full teams and people reaching out to us to see how they could help or volunteer. 

 

The tournament, which was organized by the junior hockey players, highlights talent from across the United States Hockey League (USHL), North American Hockey League (NAHL), OHL, and other leagues that are independently run and operated at the ERIEBANK Sports Park in Pennsylvania. The event will support and permit junior hockey players who have been impacted, by the unforeseen circumstances, and difficulties in lost games, seasons, and training due to COVID-19, to showcase their talents. Additionally, the event aims to enrich the Erie community and focus on expanding and cultivating the hockey community through a larger lens.

 

“The biggest thing for us is that we wanted to do something for the players that lost a year and a half of playing time. If one person comes out of this with an unbelievable experience and takes his career to the next level, we did our job. But also, because we get to give back to the community here in Erie and possibly the charities of our choice,” noted Humphrey. 

 

The team hopes the event will  allow junior hockey players the opportunity to show the attributes of their training and hard work over a long offseason to over 70 NHL scouts. Additionally, they hope to support the community, health, or sports culture in Erie, by dedicating all proceeds from the event, further emphasizing the impact that these three alumni entrepreneurs are making for the sport they love most. The former CoE student-athletes secured funding by raising money from sponsors and securing  donations through various charitable individuals and associations. TPH is proud to support this unique event, alongside both Hobie and Maynards, by providing $7,500.00 in cash for player meals. Through strategic partnerships, TPH has also provided 110 hats and cinch sacs, as welcome swag bags for all athletes. 

 

“I made unbelievable connections because of my experience at TPH and learned how to be a better hockey player and a good kid,” Humphrey shared. I give a lot of credit to them because it not only was a school for me but taught me to value others, to step up for my community and gave me a sense of purpose outside of hockey. I have to thank them for who I have become today.” 

 

TPH would like to congratulate these gentlemen for providing a successful event for hockey players in the Erie community as well as players from across the country. We are proud of their accomplishments and the inspiration they have given to our current CoE students, coaches, and families. In the end, TPH strives to instill in our student-athletes that to succeed to their fullest potential as individuals, they must learn to help others to truly help themselves; through the game of hockey or in the game of life. 

 

“I would not be where I am today without the guidance that was given to me at the Center of Excellence in Detroit. I learned that hockey was important but being a kind person mattered more and that has always stuck with me. I wanted to do something special for players that love the game just as much as I do, and it’s been one of the most rewarding, exhilarating and incredible opportunities for all of us,” Perrott reflected. 

 

When asked the questions many players are eager to hear regarding a second PBHH Invitational the group reflected on the possibility, but noted there would have to be a discussion between the four. For now the group would like to concentrate on the inaugural event for the players, work with their staff, incredible volunteers, and focus on the game they love most.  

 

TPH would like to wish our draft eligible alumni, and all draft eligible attendees of the PBHH Invitational, the best of luck in the upcoming NHL draft. 

 

Student-athletes and families interested in learning more about TPH’s Study, Train, Play Center of Excellence model are invited to join us for our 3rd annual CoE Nationwide Virtual Open House, scheduled for July 19th, 2021. 

 

Interested families are also invited to apply to their Center of Excellence locations, which is the first step in the registration process and guarantees your spot for the 2021-2022 school year.  To apply to the CoE, click here.

 

To learn more about TPH Center of Excellence click here. 


About TPH

Founded in 2001, TPH seeks to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through sport. TPH platforms include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics, and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, serving over 10,000 student-athletes on an annual basis, throughout 15 U.S. based divisions. TPH prides itself on taking a holistic approach, one that emphasizes the development of the individual in four ways: (1) as a player within a team setting, (2) as an athlete, dedicated to reaching his/her physical potential, (3) as a student, working to achieve his/her academic goals, and most importantly, (4) as a person, striving to win the ultimate game, and that’s the game of life.