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.

 

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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.

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) 2021 Supplement Draft took place Wednesday evening while the NAHL Entry Draft will be held on Wednesday, July 14th. The NAHL Supplemental Draft was added as a new addition for the 2020-21 season to serve as an additional outlet for teams to make decisions on how players performed in the 2019-20 season. This year’s NAHL Supplement Draft allowed each team to receive three picks over the course of the event and TPH is proud to announce that 6 #TPHTrained student-athletes were selected.

We want to express our congrats to all the athletes that were selected in the NAHL Supplement Draft. Student-athletes drafted include:


 

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The United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft concluded Phase II yesterday, ending the selection process. Phase II is open to players born between 2001-2005 that are eligible to play junior hockey and are not currently protected by another USHL team. After the drafts are completed, USHL teams will hold their tryouts during June and July, shaving their rosters down to 30 players with an 18-player affiliate list. When the season starts in the fall of 2021, that active roster will be down to 23 players, with the 18-player affiliate list staying intact.

In Phase II we would like to congratulate nine #TPHTrained athletes for being selected. Over the two day draft 17 total #TPHTrained athletes were selected (Click here to view Phase I Selections), below is the breakdown of the Phase II selections:

The United States Hockey League (USHL) 2021 Draft takes place in two phases, the first of which took place Wednesday evening. This year’s USHL Draft Phase I is where teams select players exclusively from the 2005 birth year. The USHL is the top junior ice hockey league sanctioned by USA Hockey and the league consists of 14 active teams located in the Midwestern United States. In this selective ten-round draft, we are proud to announce that we had eight TPH Trained athletes selected.

We want to express our congrats to all the athletes that were selected in the draft in phase I. Student-athletes drafted include:

Phase II of the USHL Draft starts today at 1:00 p.m. CST, more information can be found by clicking here.

TPH, the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through sport, is thrilled to announce Matt Cooke as Director & Head of Hockey for its Minnesota division.  In his role, Cooke will oversee the entire Minnesota division, specifically its Study, Train, Play Center of Excellence model, where he will concentrate his efforts on maximizing the development of all individuals, as players, athletes, students, and people.    

 

“Matt is a man of high character and passion, and he will bring a wealth of experience to our TPH-Minnesota student-athletes,” TPH CEO Nathan Bowen said.  “Matt has lived the hockey journey and has experienced the game at all levels.  He has been mentored by top coaches, has been around elite-level leaders, and knows what winning people, teams and organizations look like.  While we believe we will benefit from Matt’s leadership, we know the real winners are going to be the student-athletes who Matt will positively impact each and every day.”

 

The Belleville, Ontario native will use a variety of vehicles to positively impact the lives of the student-athletes who are part of TPH-Minnesota’s inaugural class.  Whether overseeing the application of TPH’s on and off-ice Hockey-Athlete Development Model, supporting the on-site academic staff, mentoring student-athletes, or formulating added value experiences like community service projects, field trips, and guest speakers, Cooke vows to provide an opportunity for all student-athletes to reach their potential in sport, school, and life, in a state he believes is thirsty for a model like the CoE.

 

“Minnesota is the ‘state of hockey,’ and while I believe the state does a great job as a whole of showcasing young hockey players, I know the CoE is going to provide an element that student-athletes need, families want and influential hockey leaders will appreciate,” Cooke said.  “We are going to be 100% focused on the development of each individual athletically, academically, and socially.  I am not that far removed from playing, so I understand the challenges that exist in chasing the dream of playing hockey at the highest levels.  I plan to connect with each individual, create an atmosphere that enhances our kids’ desire to improve, and pass along knowledge I have gained from my years around the game.”  

 

The “years around the game” Cooke mentions include 16 at the professional level.  While winning a Stanley Cup in 2009 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins ranks near the top of his professional resume, perhaps Cooke’s accomplishments off the ice are what aspiring elite student-athletes and their families will respect most.  In 2003, while a member of the Vancouver Canucks, the 42-year-old received the Fred J. Hume Award, given to the team’s “unsung hero.”  A few years later, in his second NHL stop with the Penguins, Cooke was tabbed the Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award Winner, and was Pittsburgh’s nominee for the prestigious Bill Masterton Trophy, an honor presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.  

 

After hanging up his skates following the 2014-2015 season, Cooke immediately started giving back to the game, serving as a member of the Orono High School coaching staff and leading the Minnesota Revolution ‘AAA’ program.  Husband to Michelle, and father to Gabriella, Reece, and Jackson, Cooke believes the opportunity to lead TPH-Minnesota and carry out its vision through the Center of Excellence model is the perfect next step on his hockey journey.  

 

“As I was going through the Director interview process, not only did I reflect on the great coaches, teammates, and mentors I have had, I also thought about how much better prepared I could have been for hockey and life if I had an opportunity like the Center of Excellence available to me as a teenager,” Cooke added.  “Having the chance to train at a high level, receive a completely individualized, customized NCAA-accredited education experience, be taught life skills, go through ‘the process with other driven individuals and still play for great club programs in Minnesota is an unbelievable avenue for hockey players from across the Twin Cities.  I feel so fortunate to be in a position to help provide that opportunity and I can’t wait to prove that to student-athletes and families.”

 

Student-athletes and families interested in meeting Matt Cooke and learning more about TPH’s Study, Train, Play Center of Excellence model are invited to join us for our first Virtual Open House, scheduled for Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 PM CST.  You can RSVP to the event by clicking here.

 

Interested families are also invited to apply to the Minnesota Center of Excellence, 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.

 

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.

 

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New CoE Campus Offers a Hybrid Learning and Training  Environment for Dedicated Student Athletes

TPH is excited to announce that it will be bringing its Center of Excellence (CoE) academy model to Minnesota, for the 2021-2022 school year.  The new CoE will be housed at the state-of-the-art Plymouth Ice Center in Plymouth, MN, where it will offer its academy-style, blended learning program and sport-specific training for students in grades 6-12.  As part of today’s announcement, TPH is also thrilled to share that it will be teaming up with the Minnesota Advancement Program (MAP) to provide hockey players from across the Twin Cities an opportunity to Study, Train and Play to their fullest potential.  

 

“We are ecstatic about supporting the personal and athletic growth of student-athletes in Minnesota, a hockey-rich state that has proven how effective a community supported model can help grow the game by offering so many more opportunities for young players to experience hockey,” TPH CEO Nathan Bowen said.  “We feel very fortunate to partner with Justin Johnson and the great mentors from the MAP team, who will enhance the hockey, academic and character-building experience for student-athletes who attend our TPH-Minnesota Center of Excellence. We are excited to have TPH and MAP working side-by-side in the game of hockey to make a positive impact on student-athletes, and prepare them for the individual journeys in sport, school and life.”

 

Much like the “selective” nature of the TPH CoE model, the MAP concept was created for driven, dedicated, aspiring-elite players who thrive on being challenged by coaches and like minded individuals.  While MAP programs have historically been fall, spring and summer-focused, MAP Founder Justin Johnson believes that now is the time to add what calls “another layer” to MAP’s impact on hockey players in and around the Twin Cities.

 

“Teaming up with TPH means that we can now provide Minnesota-based hockey players with a proven academic experience to go on top of the hockey training and instruction we provide,” Johnson said.  “The demand for flexibility and customization in both training and learning is on the rise, and TPH’s CoE model provides just that.  The arrival of a Center of Excellence means that MAP will be in a partnership that provides another avenue for hockey players in our area, specifically those in middle school, to experience the highest level of training and education.  We look forward to standing side-by-side with TPH to tell their compelling Center of Excellence story to hockey players, families and coaches from across the Twin Cities.”    

 

While TPH and MAP share similarities in terms of vision and purpose, the two hockey service providers also share common beliefs about training hockey players.  Like MAP, the instructional methods used at the CoE are geared towards what TPH calls “the parts”- the skills, habits, concepts and details that hockey players often wish they had more opportunities to practice and develop.  The Center of Excellence model is not an organized team, rather a school-year model available to the “right” student-athletes from across the Twin Cities, regardless of what team they play for.”  

Student-athlete alumni advancement as of May 11th, 2021.

Today’s announcement also marks a bit of a homecoming for TPH.  Its national academic partner, Edmentum, is based out of Bloomington, and its state-wide academic partner, Minnesota Virtual School (MVS), is housed in St. Paul.  In partnership with both Edmentum and MVS, TPH will deliver its completely individualized, customized, NCAA-accredited, blended learning experience to all student-athletes who attend the CoE academy. TPH’s blended learning CoE environment 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.  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, ensuring 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.    

Student-athlete academic achievement since 2019.

“We know that quality education is a top priority for all families, especially Minnesota hockey families,” Bowen added.  “For close to four years now, TPH and Edmentum have been working together to create an academic experience where student-athletes are able to achieve positive academic outcomes and attend top universities, whether athletics or academics open the door.  We have also been working diligently to create applicable, real-world experiences that develop the student-athlete beyond the boundaries of the ice and classroom.  We are confident that Minnesota families will see that the Center of Excellence provides a better way to academic and athletic excellence for our student-athletes.”  

 

The “applicable, real-world experiences” Bowen referenced include going on field trips, participating in community service projects, learning from guest speakers, and experiencing “Coach FA’s Mentorship Program,” a 16-week series that provides student-athletes with direction on how to live an elite-athlete lifestyle both inside and outside of sport.  As Bowen puts it, all of this is done to “widen the individual’s lens” and “enhance perspective.”

 

“Hockey, and sport for that matter, is really only a tool,” Bowen said.  “It’s an important tool, but it’s only that.  What makes the TPHs and the MAPs of the world great for young student-athletes is how the lessons learned can serve as a mechanism for building character and teaching kids about life.  Our Center of Excellence motto, Study, Train, Play is designed to illustrate our ever-growing desire to teach our student-athletes about how to be successful in sport, in school and also in their communities.  The key is that after joining the TPH family, they ‘aspire’ to become elite, and they strive to do that in four areas: as a player, athlete, student and person.  We look forward to supporting Minnesota families who see the benefits of this model for their son or daughter.”

 

Interested families can learn more about how “the process” takes place by attending TPH-Minnesota’s first Open House, conducted virtually through Zoom webinar on Thursday, May 20th, 2021.  Reserve your spot now by clicking this link.

 

Families may also request more information by contacting us here, or you can begin the application process now, which is the first formal step in the registration process for the 2021-2022 school year.   

  

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 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.

Every year thousands of elite hockey players compete at various sites across the United States to battle for one of amateurs hockey’s highest honors: a USA National Hockey Championship. Alongside those numerous players, TPH is honored to share that multiple Center of Excellence (CoE) student-athletes took part in competing at Nationals. TPH Colorado’s Brett Baugh and Mason Rudrud punched their ticket to the 2021 USA Hockey Youth Tier I 16U National Championships with their respective Colorado Thunderbirds team.

 

The athletes who attend Nationals have a lot to be proud of as it is a selective event. Being able to be a part of this journey is every player’s dream and this year twelve different states were represented by championship teams. These athletes competed for American hockey top honors in Youth Tier I 14-18U, Youth Tier II 14-18U, Girls Tier I 14-19U, Girls Tier II 14-19U, high school and adult levels.

 

These matchups begin with a total of 16 teams, comprised of one team representing the host, one team from each USA Hockey District sending a team, and at-large teams selected by a Nationals Selection Committee. In February, the Thunderbirds swept the Colorado State Playoffs to capture their 15th State Championship title defeating the Colorado Springs Tigers 11-1, Colorado Rampage 5-0, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 3-1 and sealing the championship in their second game against the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 5-1. Since then, the Thunderbirds have continued their momentum to the Nationals where they advanced to the round robin, quarter-finals and semifinals.

 

“Playing against the best in the country just meant that every game was going to be good” shared Baugh. “It kept us on our feet and there was an adrenaline rush. I loved it. The entire experience of Nationals was amazing. Just knowing that we belonged there with the top 16 teams in the nation, and you’re there with your brothers that you have been battling with all year was everything. There is nowhere else you’d rather be.”

 

“It is very exciting to watch our TPH athletes continue to improve day after day. Their work ethic and attitudes throughout another challenging season are truly a testament to them as young people. A year-end trip to nationals is the goal for every group in the nation; our student-athletes earned that privilege through constant focus and a relentless pursuit of development every day. We as staff could not be more proud of them as student-athletes, but more importantly, the people they are becoming,” noted Jay Sprague, Director of Hockey–Operations TPH Denver.

 

“Nationals was a cool experience and being able to make it there with the team was a huge deal. It was a great environment, and I was excited to be there. Plus being at TPH Colorado helped a lot going into Nationals as Brett and I were better prepared mentally and physically. We had a specific workout and skating schedule that paid off and helped us be as fresh as we could be when we arrived and ready to play,” said Mason Rudrud.

 

Baugh and Rudrud were not the only TPH student-athletes to make it to Nationals. Ethan McEneany from the Thunderbirds U14 team made an appearance as well.

 

“It was awesome to see Ethan experience success and help his team reach the National tournament. All his classmates were rooting for him, even those who played on opposing teams during the year. It was great seeing the camaraderie amongst the group that TPH helps foster,” stated Matt Doman, Director of Hockey-Operations TPH Superior.

 

TPH is proud of all our student-athletes that took part in Nationals and we are excited to continue to help our athletes achieve their goals through developing their skills and utilizing the CoE platform to be ready to excel at every opportunity they encounter. Below is the list of all our TPH Center of Excellence current and alumni student-athletes that attended the 2021 USA Hockey National Championships.

FirstLastBirth YearCurrent TeamDivision
LukeBackel2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
EshanBarha2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
JamieBarkume2002Maine Nordiques18U AAA
CarsonBarnes2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
BrettBaugh2004Colorado Thunderbirds16U AAA
TrentBoryszczuk2004Honeybaked16U AAA
NicholasBurke2004Oakland Jr Grizzlies16U AAA
AidenButler2003Fox Motors18U AA
TommyChunchukov2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
GarrettConner2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
BraydenCook2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
BoCosman2003Rocky Mountain RoughRider18U AAA
BrianCraven2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
AustinCyhaniuk2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
Chase Davis2003Rocky Mountain RoughRider18U AAA
LucasDiChiara2004Fox Motors16U AAA
CarsonDorfman2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
BenEdward2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
LukeEllis2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
KalEssenmacher2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
TrevorFaucher2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
PeterForgione2004Oakland Jr Grizzlies16U AAA
SamFrandina2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
EthanFredericks2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
YusufGendergunoev2003Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U18U AAA
ConnorGengle2005Compuware15U AAA
GeorgeGoodwin2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
JosephGouveia2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
MilesHarrington2002Maine Nordiques18U AAA
EricHudec2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
TylerHughes2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
KaiJanviriya2005Compuware15U AAA
DmitriJefferson2005North Jersey Avalanche14U AAA
MaxJelavic2004Green Bay Jr. Gamblers16U AAA
JeffJentzCoachLittleton Hawks16U AA
Chase Kaplan 2006Jr. Coyotes 14U AA
JaredKaplowitz2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
ChristianKim2005Anaheim Jr. Ducks16U AAA
ColeKnuble2004Fox Motors16U AAA
BenjaminLacey2003Clearwater Ice Storm18U AA
AndrewLaHaie2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
CadenLemoine2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
CannonLentz2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
NoahLepzinski2004Fox Motors16U AAA
NathanLewis2004North Jersey Avalanche16U AAA
DanielMacleish2005Compuware15U AAA
KadeMaddock2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
MarnieMcClain2005Florida Alliance Girls16U AA
KadeMcConaghy2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
EthanMcEneany2006Colorado Thunderbirds14U AAA
ConnorMcNaughton2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
RyanMitchell2006Colorado Thunderbirds14U AAA
RobbyMurray2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
HudsonNadasdi2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
HaydenNichol2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
FosterNichol2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
GarrettParker2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
ZacharyPeller2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
RemyPusateri2006Colorado Thunderbirds14UAAA
EthanRoberts2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
ColinRoberts2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
BradenRourke2004Oakland Jr Grizzlies16U AAA
MasonRudrud2004Colorado Thunderbirds16U AAA
LoganSadler2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
LandrySchmuck2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
WillsSeagrave2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
CaiaShannon2006Florida Alliance Girls14U AA
CamdenShasby2004Fox Motors16U AAA
JackStolicker2003Maine Nordiques18U AAA
RoccoStolz2004Oakland Jr Grizzlies16U AAA
Connie Streeter2006Kachinas 14U AA
MaddenSundquist2004Littleton Hawks16U AA
ChanceUzzell2004Seacoast Performance Academy16U AAA
LemuelVardy2003Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
ParksWallace2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
TannerWatkins2002Nashville Jr Predators18U AAA
OwenWest2004Honeybaked16U AAA
BrandonWicker2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA
LukasWild2006Colorado Thunderbirds14U AAA
BrandonWolfenbarger2004Nashville Jr Predators16U AAA