NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Total Package Hockey “TPH” and Premier Ice Prospects “PIP” join forces to support the Smashville Girls Hockey Showcase for Tier I Girls’ teams, 12U-14U-16U-19U in conjunction with the Smashville NCAA Women’s Hockey Showcase to be held over Thanksgiving every year!
“The Predators are creating an amazing event that will couple elite girls’ hockey with the collegiate tournament; providing girls the opportunity to play in a high-level tournament and see some of the top caliber Division-one teams in action,” said Kathy Pippy, PIP Girls Hockey Director. “PIP is excited to partner with another industry leader, TPH to establish the Smashville Girls Hockey Showcase as a highly-competitive, highly-scouted annual event over Thanksgiving weekend!”
Last month the Nashville Predators announced the formation of the Smashville NCAA Women’s Hockey Showcase in partnership with TPH and PIP, indicating the 2021 participating collegiate teams will be 2021 NCAA Championship qualifiers Boston College Eagles and Colgate Raiders, who will be joined by the Mercyhurst Lakers and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. In 2022 the participating teams will include 2021 NCAA Champion Wisconsin Badgers, NCAA Runners-up Northeastern Huskies and Penn State Lions and Princeton Tigers.
“The Nashville Predators continue to lead by example in hockey, but most importantly, they also continue to do so in the community,” Total Package Hockey CEO Nathan Bowen said. “This support of and investment in growing women’s and girl’s hockey is just another of the many examples of the Predators organization’s consistent commitment and actions. We are excited for the opportunity to work with Premier Ice Prospects and the Nashville Predators to support this incredible opportunity for growth of girl’s hockey.”
The 2021 edition of the Smashville Girls Hockey Showcase will take place November 26-28th, with the NCAA games occurring on the 26th and 27th. Boston College will play Colgate and Minnesota will play Mercyhurst on Friday, with the winners of those games facing off in the championship game Saturday afternoon and the losers playing for bronze.
For additional information on the Smashville Girls Hockey Showcase, please go to www.premiericeprospects.com or click here to register your team today!
TPH is pleased to announce a partnership with the Florida Panthers to bring its Study, Train, Play Center of Excellence (CoE) academy model to aspiring-elite hockey players and figure skaters from across Southeast Florida for the 2021-2022 school year. The CoE model allows student-athletes to receive a completely individualized, customized, NCAA accredited education, sport-specific training, and mentorship, while still participating in their youth or club organizations. TPH presently operates a Center of Excellence in Estero, and its Coral Springs based CoE will be TPH’s fifteenth in the United States.
“On behalf of all of us in TPH, we are thrilled to be able to offer the Center of Excellence experience to student-athletes across Southeast Florida,” TPH CEO Nathan Bowen said. “We are beyond grateful to Keith Fine and the Panthers organization for trusting us to house a Center of Excellence in their facility. We are thrilled to grow our Florida footprint and feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to play a role in developing driven, goal-oriented student-athletes who are looking for a flexible, individually-tailored academic learning option that allows them to pursue their sport, school, and life goals all at once, without having to worry about fitting into a traditional school structure. In year one, our doors will be open not just to competitive Tier I and Tier II hockey players, but also to figure skaters. Between the passion and resources of the Panthers, our desire to shape well-rounded student-athletes regardless of their individual sport, and the resources that will be available to us in the IceDen, we see endless possibilities with this partnership.”
“We’re excited to partner with TPH in bringing an academy-style model to the Panthers IceDen,” Panthers IceDen General Manager Keith Fine said. “Our facility wanted to provide academic resources at the rink for our dedicated hockey players and figure skaters so they could feel comfortable dedicating time to both their academic and athletic careers. TPH and the Center of Excellence model allows that to happen.”
While training hockey players has always been at TPH’s core, its main focus has been strengthening what Fine referred to as its “academic resources.” Delivered in partnership with Edmentum, the Center of Excellence education model is created in a blended learning environment that combines online curriculum and online learning with on-site infrastructure and academic support. Coursework can be completed on-demand, with 24/7, fully accessible NCAA courseware and full-time instructors who are dedicated to the student-athletes across all Centers of Excellence. CoE attendees have access to their instructors as well as a virtual tutoring service, in the event academic assistance is needed after-hours or right on the spot during the CoE school day. A full-time academic leader will be on-site daily and will ensure that all student-athletes are held accountable, are studying in a positive learning environment and are receiving an experience that is tailored to when, where and how the individual learns best.
“As we all know, student-athletes have to be extremely dedicated to reach the highest levels in sport and in life,” Bowen added. “In many cases, reaching their goals requires flexibility on the academic side. Our model provides that. The CoE is the anti-one-size-fits-all educational and sport training program. Students study at their own pace and train to their own individual standard. We believe Southeast Florida families are going to quickly see the advantages and positive outcomes that come with the Center of Excellence model.”
Ryan Brindley serves as a Partner and Director of TPH’s Estero-based Center of Excellence, which reached capacity in its first year in operation. A staple in Florida youth hockey circles, Brindley believes Southeast Florida families will be impressed by what the CoE program has to offer. He also believes that families who would ordinarily need to look beyond their backyard for a high-level sport and education opportunity for their son or daughter, now have an “incentive” to keep their athletes living at home as long as possible.
“I have been proud to call Florida home for close to two decades,” Brindley said. “The quality of life that all of us get to enjoy as Florida residents is second-to-none. What I love about the Center of Excellence is that it allows our student-athletes to stay home, get high level training and get an education experience that prepares them for the more independent lifestyle they will live once they graduate to the university setting, all while enjoying the great benefits of living in the Sunshine State. The CoE has been that missing piece for us over in Southwest Florida, and I am confident families in Southeast Florida will feel the same way.”
Families interested in learning more about the Center of Excellence model are invited to attend our first TPH-Fort Lauderdale Center of Excellence Virtual Open House, presented through Zoom Webinar, on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. To register for our Virtual Open House please click here. Please know that registration is required for families to attend this event.
Founded in 2001, it is TPH’s vision to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through sport. TPH prides itself on operating at a standard that exceeds expectations of student-athletes, families, coaches, teachers, advisors and all other entities within both athletic and academic circles… With platforms that include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, TPH services over 10,000 student-athletes on an annual basis, throughout 15 U.S. based divisions… While sport, specifically hockey, has been TPH’s primary vehicle for positively impacting the lives of our student-athletes, our company 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.
About the Panthers IceDen
The Florida Panthers IceDen is a community facility that hosts over 1 million annual guests in the tri-county area. Located in Coral Springs, the 125,000-square-foot facility is the official practice facility of the Florida Panthers. The Panthers IceDen is home to the Florida Junior Panthers, Coral Springs Makos, Youth Hockey Leagues, Learn To Skate, Learn To Play as well as figure skating lessons, making it the perfect location to reach families in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties. For more information on Panthers IceDen and its offerings, please visit PanthersIceDen.com or follow @PanthersIceDen on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
(Denver, CO – March 9, 2021) – TPH Colorado is excited to announce Jay Sprague as Director of Hockey – Operations for its Denver division. A product of the sports academy model himself, Sprague comes to TPH with a breadth of hockey experience that includes winning an NCAA DI National Championship, playing professionally, and coaching at both the youth and college levels.
“We’re honored to be able to have Jay join our team in Colorado,” said Executive Director, Jordan Pietrus. “Jay has a deep understanding of the game, great experience playing, coaching, and also in player development. However the most important piece that Jay has is a passion for sharing all of this knowledge with the next generation.”
Sprague has walked the path that most Center of Excellence students would like to take, preparing him perfectly to lead the student-athletes at TPH Denver. Sprague attended and played hockey for IMG Academy before moving on to a junior hockey career in the USHL. After playing a combined 90 games for the Chicago Steel and the Indiana Ice, Sprague earned an athletic scholarship at Michigan State University where he was a member of the 2007 NCAA National Championship team. During his time at Michigan State, he was a four-year letter winner and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. After finishing college, Jay went on to play professionally in the ECHL and CHL before he eventually decided to transition from a career as a player to a career as a coach and mentor.
“It was an easy decision for me to make the move to coaching, and youth development is where I felt I could make the biggest impact,” said Sprague. “The game of hockey has given me so much and I’m fully committed to giving back as much as I possibly can.”
Most recently Sprague has served as the Director of Skills Development for Defense First Hockey School in Toronto. Working under the tutelage of former NHL blueliner, Mike Weaver, Sprague has had the opportunity to learn from one of the top defenseman coaches in North America and has spent time coaching some of the top players in Canada. Sprague has also devoted time coaching both male and female players throughout the youth and college ranks. Starting with an assistant coaching role at Ryerson University in Toronto, he proceeded to lead teams at SUNY Cortland in upstate New York, and then served as the Girl’s Head Coach at Nichols School a prep school in Buffalo, NY. Now as a member of the TPH family, he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to empower the next generation of up and coming hockey players in Colorado.
“TPH is a natural fit and a perfect setting for me to be able to build valuable relationships with the student-athletes and help them along their academic and athletic journeys,” said Sprague. “I look forward to making an impact with these players on day one and taking responsibility for helping them realize their potential.”
The future of student-athlete development at Denver’s Center of Excellence is primed to continue thriving as Sprague comes aboard. While some coaches lead best by instruction and others by example, he is prepared to do both.
“Jay Sprague exemplifies exactly what we want our student-athletes to embody at TPH: a drive, work ethic and tenacity to achieve your goals coupled with humility and a genuine spirit,” continued Jordan Pietrus. “What I like most about Jay, is that nothing has ever been given to him. He has achieved so much over the course of his career, but he has had to work and persevere to achieve his goals. These are valuable lessons I believe he can pass on to the student-athletes at the CoE, because he has the passion to do so, and he has walked the path himself!”
Please join us in welcoming Jay to Denver and the TPH Family!
(Denver, CO – March 9, 2021) – TPH Denver is pleased to announce that Kristen Bowness will be joining its Center of Excellence as an Academic Success Coach. With more than 10 years of professional teaching experience and a background in sports program management, Kristen will be a valuable addition to the TPH Denver team. She will play a critical role in upholding the TPH standard of exceeding expectations in athletics, academics, and community enrichment.
Making a positive impact on the lives of student-athletes is something Kristen has been dedicated to throughout her professional career. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Arizona she went on to complete a Master’s degree in Sport Management & Athletic Administration. From there she became a licensed teacher and spent 6 years teaching in the Arizona school system where she was honored as the Teacher of the Year.
“TPH has created such a cohesive environment for kids to develop as both students and athletes,” said Kristen. “I’m excited to immerse myself in the culture of the CoE, and I look forward to the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the students I work with.”
For the past six years, Kristen has been working as the Community Hockey Manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning. She was responsible for helping to grow the game in the local community on a number of different levels while she also stayed active as an educator.
“We’re excited to welcome Kristen into the TPH family,” said Executive Director of TPH Colorado, Jordan Pietrus. “Providing our students with support in the classroom is our number one priority. I am confident that Kristen is someone we can count on to help them grow as students, athletes, but most importantly as people.
TPH is proud to announce the launch of TPH IQ – hockey IQ development for the aspiring elite hockey player! The game today is faster and more sophisticated than ever, and TPH believes it is our responsibility to not only train our player to be great with the puck, but also without the puck! In partnership with The Prospect Exchange, TPH’s professional network of coaches will be providing hockey IQ development for hockey players nationwide, through shift video breakdown and statistical analysis.
TPH IQ will focus on 3 main things: patterns, pressure, and position. Our coaches will help you recognize patterns and ques while watching your film. They will also talk about how to read pressure and make quicker, more educated decisions based on that pressure. Finally, your coach will talk to you about your position and how you can be more effective in your position on your team.
“TPH is always striving to be on the cutting edge of player development. That is why we partnered with The Prospect Exchange (TPE) last summer and that is why TPH IQ was born”, stated TPH CEO Nathan Bowen. “John Becanic’s years of coaching experience, innovation, and leadership has played a critical role in helping us launch this for our players nationwide. We will continue to rely on John’s expertise and experience in developing smarter and more effective players at TPH across the country. All student-athletes at the TPH Center of Excellence will get TPH IQ training now, taking our development to the next level.”
“Sitting down with my coach for an IQ session helped me identify some small details that I could improve with my positional play. It also helped gain confidence in my game.” – TPH CoE 10th Grade Student-Athlete
“The Prospect Exchange is delighted to partner with TPH in this venture. TPE’s primary goal has always been to provide increased exposure for student-athletes and directly connect them with coaches at the next level. With technology becoming a daily part of a player’s development, our platform in collaboration with TPH coaches became a natural solution”, states John Becanic, co-founder of TPE.
“As a coach who is passionate about hockey IQ, the implementation of this program excites me knowing the increased development each TPH Center of Excellence student-athlete will receive. Using The 4 Components of Hockey as the foundation of this development, TPH’s coaches will be able provide each player with detailed and specific areas of improvement with and without the puck”.
How does the program work?
- Players can sign up for a 3 or 5 game TPH IQ package with a coach of their choosing.
- Go to www.theprospectexchange.com and create a profile, if they don’t already have one.
- Upload your game video. It’s best to choose a game with good video quality where the player was involved and it wasn’t a blowout one way or the other. Uploading game film is easy on TPE, here’s HOW.
- Schedule your TPH IQ session with your coach.
- Sit with your coach, review your statistical analysis on TPE and then watch your game and focus on how YOU can EARN MORE ICE TIME!
“We could not be more excited to provide this opportunity to our players. We think TPH IQ is a differentiator for our student-athletes at the Center of Excellence and impact players development who are not in the Center of Excellence as well!” Added Bowen.
Iceberg Sports Analytics is a global leader providing enhanced hockey analytics and data collection through modern computer vision algorithms. This data is used to make better management decisions, enhance player development, improve the training process, guide player advancement and adjust strategy for game preparation. ICEBERG uses optical tracking technology along with activity recognition through advanced machine learning algorithms to transform video into raw numbers. The data is then aggregated and visualized for our clients in our user-friendly state of the art web portal that uncovers all the insights about the game, players, team and opponents.
The Prospect Exchange’s vision has always been twofold. First, was to provide increased exposure to young players in their efforts to advance in hockey. Second, was for all coaches to have a free & user-friendly platform that they could not only view a player, but communicate with them directly.
With the COVID pandemic, we have seen a major adjustment in how teams recruit and view prospective players. TPE has solidified itself as trusted and reliable resource for teams all over North America.
Bryan Deasley, ICEBERG’s VP for North America had this to say about the partnership: “The landscape of technology in hockey is ever changing and evolving. Coaches rely on ICEBERG to provide them with quick and relevant video/data to accelerate the development of their players. Once in our system ICEBERG players have access to their own shifts, data, metrics, statistics with the aligning video that can now be presented in the industry leading TPE portal. Being able to articulate their own game and communicate within the hockey vertical is a powerful tool for all aspiring hockey players and we are proud to partner with TPE to make this happen.”
John Becanic, TPE’s Co-founder & Managing Partner had this to say about the partnership: “This partnership and integration allows both companies to provide its current and future customers with the most complete video and analytics service out there. As we continue to grow, TPE powered by ICEBERG affords us the ability to explore new opportunities together. We are beyond excited to work with Bryan and his team.”
The two companies have begun the integration and are looking forward to releasing their joint product in early spring this year.
TPH is proud to announce that Riitta Widelski has joined the company in a newly created position titled Manager of People, Culture and Development. In her role, Riitta will be responsible for strengthening Human Resources-related infrastructure as well as working alongside TPH’s executive leadership team to improve synergy across the company, and innovate new ways for its team members to grow as leaders.
“Riitta is detailed, experienced and most importantly, passionate about her work,” TPH CEO Nathan Bowen said. “With our company growing at an accelerated pace, we felt it would be important to identify someone like Riitta to bring onto our team to help us improve what is currently in place, but also help us prepare to take another step forward. We are also excited about what Riitta is going to do to help our people improve. If the leaders and mentors in TPH grow and develop, we feel we will be in that much better of a position to make the student-athletes under our direction better. We hope our families, partners and prospective partners view Riitta’s hire as us further committing to our vision, which is to become the world-leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through sport.”
A native of Finland, Riitta brings 15 years of experience managing employee relations activities, employee hiring and training, leadership training and mentoring, as well as first-hand work in administration, compliance and policy implementation to TPH. She received Master of Human Resources and International Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of South Carolina. In addition, she holds Human Resources certifications and is a certified life coach.
“I am excited about the opportunity to join the TPH Team and contribute to the growth and development of the company. I look forward to working with the team to provide the best possible programs and sharing my passion for my work and youth development in this new role.”
All of us in TPH join CEO Nathan Bowen in welcoming Riitta to the team.
Named after Hobart Amory Hare Baker, the Hobey Baker Award is considered the top award in all of college hockey. The honor is bestowed on the student-athlete who exhibits strength and character, both on and off the ice; while additionally contributing to the integrity of the program, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game and shows great scholastic achievement, and sportsmanship.
Just understanding the type of character and drive it takes to be considered for this award, it is an honor to be nominated. Now factor in that there over 4,300 NCAA Division I hockey players, which statistically puts these players in the top one percent.
In his second season at Merrimack, Carlile has displayed his ability on the ice leading Hockey East and second in the nation in blocked shots while also leading his team in plus/minus. Coming off a season where he was named to to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, the Business Administration major looks to help his team move up the Hockey East standings. Carlile is a TPH Detroit Summer Progression Program alumni.
As a senior at Northeastern, Solow was named captain this season and leads the team in scoring (11gp, 6g, 7a, 13p). Last season was memorable for Solow who was awarded the Beanpot MVP helping Northeastern win their third consecutive Beanpot title. Solow looks to continue helping the #14 Northeastern Huskies climb in the rankings. Solow is a Nashville Jr Predators alumni.
The Hobey Baker Award winner will be selected via a voting process. Anyone can submit their vote online. Click here to place your vote.
TPH is pleased to announce the launch of its fourteenth Center of Excellence at the Orbit Ice Arena in Palatine, IL. TPH will team up with the Windy City Storm to bring its Study, Train, Play academy-style model to all hockey players across Chicagoland, regardless of what club program they play for.
“This is an exciting day for TPH,” CEO Nathan Bowen said. “Not only is Chicago a hockey hot bed that we are thrilled to be expanding to, but today, we announce a partnership with an organization in the Windy City Storm that is committed to putting the athletic and academic needs of its players first. The Storm organization and its leaders are passionate about developing young hockey players, are progressive in their thinking and are eager to offer Chicago area hockey players an experience that will impact them on the ice, in the gym, in the classroom and most importantly, in life. We are fortunate to team up with the Storm to play a role in positively impacting the Chicago hockey landscape.”
Mark Jalcovik, minority owner and President of Business Operations for the USHL’s Tri-City Storm, the parent club of the Windy City Storm, is enthralled to be adding what he calls “an educational training program” to the Chicagoland area.
“Everyone on our team is extremely excited to be partnering with TPH,” Jalcovik said. “I think the strongest reason for our excitement is the opportunity to create a full-time, skills and details-focused hockey program for kids who are serious about their sport and are looking for a full-time development experience. On our end, it has always been the educational part of what TPH provides that makes this relationship really enticing because we’re not experts in the education field. TPH really has that missing piece, and they give us the confidence that when the kids come into the program, not only are they getting a great experience through hockey, but we also trust that a quality academic experience will be delivered. We all know this is critical to helping aspiring elite hockey players take the next step in their career.”
Anthony Noreen, President of Hockey-Operations and Head Coach of the Tri-City Storm says, “We are very excited to be partnering with TPH in bringing a Center of Excellence to Chicago. Over the past year, our group has set out to change the landscape of the Chicago hockey community by putting an emphasis on player development through high end training both on and off the ice. The TPH-CoE model allows us to provide the necessary resources to cater to an elite level student-athlete. This trusted model resembles the one we have used with Tri City in the USHL over the last few years and we expect it to maximize the development of the student-athletes in the program in the same fashion.”
The “educational part” that Mark Jalcovik previously referenced centers around TPH’s unique academic learning platform provided by Edmentum. The TPH-Edmentum platform will offer 6-12 grade Chicago hockey players a private school education and is designed to meet the demands of the aspiring elite male and female hockey player who desires structure, discipline and accountability, but requires the flexibility to pursue his or her hockey and career goals without the fear of missing school. The “blended learning environment” shaped by TPH includes academics on demand, with 24/7, fully accessible NCAA courseware and full-time instructors who are dedicated to the student-athletes across all Centers of Excellence. CoE attendees have access to their instructors as well as a virtual tutoring service, in the event academic assistance is needed after-hours or right on the spot during the CoE school day. A full-time Director of Academics will be on-site daily and will ensure that all student-athletes are held accountable, are studying in a positive learning environment and are receiving an experience that is tailored to when, where and how the individual learns best.
“The CoE model is the way of the future for hockey players who want to pursue the game at the highest levels and also receive a quality education that will allow them to attend any university, regardless of whether or not hockey is the catalyst,” Jalcovik added. “It’s very important that our organization stays current and offers not just our own members, but all dedicated hockey players across the Chicagoland area an opportunity to be part of a program that allows them to pursue all their goals at once.”
The dedicated hockey players who attend the TPH-Chicago Center of Excellence will have the opportunity to Study, Train and Play on a mini-college campus in Palatine that will not only include an ice arena and locker room space, but a brand new, state-of-the-art training facility that is scheduled to open by the summer. In addition, TPH-Chicago will secure academic space that will allow its Center of Excellence to offer the individualized, customized learning experience that is synonymous with the CoE model.
“We say this all the time in TPH: culture beats cosmetics. That said, when you have both, the opportunities to positively impact the lives of student-athletes are endless,” Bowen added. “That’s something we really respect about Mark Jalcovik, Anthony Noreen, Ryan Ward and all the members of the Windy City Storm leadership team. They want the student-athletes who attend the Chicago CoE to have everything they need and a lot of what they want. Their goal is to provide a first-class, holistic experience to area student-athletes, and we are so grateful that they chose TPH to help deliver that.”
• Click here to apply to the TPH-Chicago Center of Excellence, which is the first step in securing your spot for the 2021-2022 school year.
• Click here to download our Center of Excellence brochure.
• Click here to request more information on TPH-Chicago and the Study, Train, Play experience.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has past and Total Package Hockey wants to thank the 75 teams that joined us at our two tournaments over the weekend. This past weekend we hosted the 2021 Bob O’Gorman Freedom Memorial Tournament in Huntsville, AL and the 2021 Jr Predators MLK Showdown in Nashville, TN. Across the two tournaments we hosted 205 games, saw 1269 goals, and crowned 12 champions. We would like to thank all of the players and their families for helping keep the rink a fun, competitive, and safe environment for these two event.
Congratulations to the teams that were victorious in their respective divisions as seen below: