Philip McRae Joins TPH Ownership Group

Blues Draft Pick, Philip McRae becomes owner of TPH St. Louis 


TPH St. Louis is proud to announce that former St. Louis Blue, Philip McRae, has become an owner of TPH St. Louis and the St. Louis Center of Excellence (CoE). Philip first joined the TPH team in May of 2019, when he was named the Director and Head of Hockey for TPH St. Louis. After a 10 year professional career, Philip has developed a newfound passion for helping student-athletes maximize their potential, on and off the ice.

 

Philip’s career has come full circle through the St. Louis hockey community, from his humble beginnings through his professional debut. He discovered his love for the game when he began playing for the Chesterfield Falcons. After leading the Falcons to a Central States League Championship, Philip went on to win a National Championship with the St. Louis AAA Blues. At the age of 15, Philip left home to compete as an underage player for the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, before signing with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League at 16. Furthermore, Philip won two medals with the USA National Team, a bronze at the U-18 World Championships and a gold at the U-20 World Juniors.

 

Philip’s childhood dreams came true in 2008, when he was selected 33rd overall by his hometown St. Louis Blues in the NHL draft. He would go on to have a lengthy professional career, competing in the NHL, AHL, and several international leagues, before returning to the Gateway City to join the TPH team.

 

After retiring from professional hockey, it didn’t take long for Philip to find himself back in the St. Louis hockey community. “I was extremely excited and grateful when TPH took a chance on me and hired me as the Director and Head of Hockey almost two years ago. I am just as excited now to be a partner and owner of TPH St. Louis” said Philip. “When I retired from playing hockey after 10 years pro, I was unsure of my future, but I have been lucky and fortunate to find what I believe is my calling in mentoring young student-athletes. I am excited to continue to run TPH St. Louis to the best of my ability, grow the program, and have a positive impact on as many young athletes as possible”. Philip also mentioned “The St. Louis Blues alumni do an amazing job of giving back to the local hockey community, so as a young player growing up in the St. Louis area, they really ingrained in me that responsibility and that’s something I now get to do each day”.

 

 

“We are extremely fortunate to have a positive role model that has played for local St. Louis programs,” stated Alan Keeso, CEO of Total Package Hockey. “Philip was in the same position as many of our Center of Excellence student-athletes, and has played at every level that they aspire to one day play at. Philip demonstrates the “TPH Way” through his actions and mentorship every single day, and his commitment to helping young student-athletes maximize their potential is incredible. We are thrilled to have Philip join our ownership group and we know that he will continue to drive-up the standard in St. Louis as a partner.”

 

Philip joins the TPH leadership team and ownership group amongst an incredible roster of hockey veterans. With a dedicated staff from around the country, TPH is focused on making student-athletes the best versions of themselves on and off the ice.

 

Take the next step in your athletic and academic journey by connecting with Philip or reserve your spot for the upcoming free TPH Day!

 


 

About Total Package Hockey

 

Founded in 2001, it is Total Package Hockey’s (TPH) 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.

 

Former USHL Coach Mike Berra Joins Nashville Jr. Predators and TPH Nashville Team

We are excited to announce that Mike Berra will be joining the Nashville Jr. Predators and TPH Nashville team later on this month. Mike will assume the role as a full-time head coach for the Jr. Predators program and as the Head of Hockey at the TPH Center of Excellence.

 

Mike brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, working with NHL, pro, college, junior and youth hockey players of all ages and skill levels. His experience, coupled with his focus on player development, advancement and mentorship, is a great match and fit with both Jr. Predators and TPH.

Prior to assuming his new role, Mike has spent the last six years with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL; serving as a Scout, Assistant Coach, and currently as Director of Player Development. In his time with the Musketeers, Mike has helped coach, recruit and develop players to reach the NCAA Division 1 and professional levels.

 

When asked about the transition, Sioux City Musketeers Head Coach, Luke Strand, stated, “Mike is a true pro. He is constantly finding ways for players to develop on and off the ice. His passion and experiences will enhance a player’s knowledge and abilities, translating into new opportunities for their young careers. He will be a great addition to TPH”.

 

Coach Berra has also spent six years with Synergy Hockey Skills as the Director of Hockey and Lead Instructor; and 10 years with the St. Louis AAA Blues as a Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations where he worked with notable NHL alumni such as Al MacInnis, Jeff Brown, Scott Mellanby and Jamie Rivers.

 

Mike’s proven track record of helping advance the hockey careers of players in the junior, collegiate and professional levels shows he is a passionate leader who is committed to excellence. As a head coach and program Director for the AAA Blues, Berra mentored and helped Trent Frederic (98) of the Boston Bruins, Christian Berger (00) with Penn State, Tony Follmer (00) now at Bemidji State University, Logan Ritchie (00) currently at St. Lawrence University, Henry Wagner (01) at Yale, Cole Mcward (01) playing at Ohio State, Jakub Dobes (01) also at Ohio State and property of the Montreal Canadiens, Jack Williams (01) a member of the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL and committed to Notre Dame and Hunter Mckown (02) who played at the US National Program and is now playing for Colorado College, to name a few.

 

Off the ice, Mike enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Rachel, 8-month old daughter, Jovie, and his two dogs, Dave and Dolly.

Mike and his family are thrilled to be taking on this new adventure. Coach Berra stated, “I am very excited to be joining the Jr. Predators and TPH families. I will be committed to making a positive impact in the lives of all of our student-athletes, while helping the continued growth of hockey in the Nashville area”.

 

Advance your hockey journey in 2022 by learning from Coach Berra and becoming involved with TPH Center of Excellence Nashville.

 

See you in the classroom, on the ice or around campus soon!


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 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 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.

The Right Move

How relocating elevated Rylee’s game.


Growing up in a small town in Idaho, Rylee Tanner just didn’t have enough options to take her game to the next level. In a town with just over 3,000 people, she was limited to the house league, AA, or high school boys’ hockey. She knew that if she wanted to accomplish her goals of playing college hockey, she had to make a change.

 

That’s why at age 17, she packed her bags and pursued a one-of-a-kind opportunity at the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Superior, Colorado. Enrolling at CoE was the perfect fit for her goals, as it allowed her to focus on her education while traveling the country with Team Colorado’s 19U AAA squad. 

 

CoE’s unique blended learning model has already proven to be successful for Rylee on and off the ice. “The CoE model has impacted both my learning and my playing tremendously,” she stated. “Being able to work with other students in the classroom, stand up and move around, and exercise before I do my work helps me focus and be more successful as a student. I have been getting stronger on the ice due to the work we do off of the ice, and we work on the basics every day which helps me be able to execute the basics at a practice”.

 

When Rylee arrived on campus, she had several goals in mind. She wanted to improve academically, translate classroom lessons into on-ice performance, and learn how to make quicker decisions during games. Not only did she accomplish these goals, but she also manifested her childhood dream of playing college hockey. In the Fall of 2021, Rylee committed to play NCAA DIII hockey at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan. 

 

Rylee has nothing but positive things to say about the staff at CoE’s Superior location. “Matt Doman, Director of Hockey Operations, has done more than words can describe. I’d also like to give a shout-out to Coach Quailer for being patient and helping me improve my skills in the skills room, and a big thanks to Annie Doman, Head of Academics, for always helping me stay on pace in school, and communicating with my teachers”. Making the decision to leave her friends and family in Idaho wasn’t easy, but the Superior team worked closely with Rylee and her family in order to ensure that the move was as easy as possible. After just 1 year, Rylee has already forged long-lasting relationships with her teammates and classmates.

 

Ready to take the next step in your game? Make the right move by beginning here with the TPH Center of Excellence!

 

TOTAL PACKAGE HOCKEY AND WORLD HOCKEY GROUP TEAM UP TO CREATE WORLD HOCKEY EVENTS

A coordinated effort to raise the bar of youth hockey tournaments, camps and more


EXETER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Two of the biggest entities in youth hockey events — Total Package Hockey (TPH) and World Hockey Group (WHG) — have teamed up in a joint venture to launch World Hockey Events (WHE). Between the two organizations, WHG and TPH account for more than 20 years of tournament operations experience, with a global network of elite coaches, knowledgeable scouts and evaluators, experienced tournament directors and state-of-the-art facilities. Through World Hockey Events, the two groups combine to raise the bar of expectations regarding tournaments and events worldwide.

Together, the organizations merge to provide more than 25 tournaments, camps and tours throughout North America and Europe. World Hockey Events includes tournaments for Tier-I and Tier-II level teams as well as individual programming for Elite and AAA-level athletes. Not just offering world-class events for the youth hockey community, but a first-class experience for the athlete, the team and the families.

“At TPH, we’ve always prided ourselves on running great youth hockey events since our first tournament 15 years ago,” said TPH chief executive officer Alan Keeso. “By working together with Travis Bezio and his team at World Hockey Group, we feel it’s an opportunity for both groups to elevate all of our events to heights never seen before in youth hockey.”

The current portfolio includes iconic events such as The World Selects Invitational in Nashville, Champions League Hockey and Grand Rapids AAA Kick-Off Classic. Other programming like international tours to European World Selects events and individual-entry tournaments like The Atlantic Scramble and New England States Rivalry Challenge.

“People can expect the absolute best,” said WHG chief executive officer Travis Bezio. “Players, coaches and parents attending a World Hockey Event will experience the very best in competition, hospitality and travel. A seamless process from start to finish that will leave everyone with memories that’ll last a lifetime.”

As part of the merger, WorldHockeyHub.com will serve as home for the entire World Hockey Events portfolio. Every tournament, tour, and event from the team at WHE will be available exclusively on the World Hockey Hub, with multimedia coverage, schedules, standings, tournament recaps and digital media provided by The Pulse of Youth Hockey.

Through World Hockey Events, both TPH and WHG expand their respective footprints on the youth hockey landscape, improving on current programming and venturing into new endeavors like the expansion of Champions League, World Selects and the Centers of Excellence.

For more information regarding World Hockey Events and its complete list of events, click HERE.

About Total Package HockeyFounded in 2001, it is Total Package Hockey’s (TPH) 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.

About World Hockey Group: The worldwide leader in youth hockey tournaments and events. World Hockey Group (WHG) provides more than two dozen unique events in exotic locations around the globe. The team at WHG is deeply involved in the youth hockey community, with an international presence in various countries including the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia and central Europe. WHG prides itself on providing world-class competition along with a first-class travel experience. Events like the Champions League and World Selects tournament series offer amazing opportunities abroad both on and off the ice for the entire family to enjoy.

About World Hockey Hub: The Pulse of Youth Hockey. World Hockey Hub (WHH) is your number one resource for the latest news, team rankings, highlights, analysis and more from the world of youth hockey. WHH is the worldwide leader in providing global coverage of the game year-round. With an international rankings system, a comprehensive list of more than 500 tournaments, event ratings and reviews as well as the latest team and prospect news, WHH is your one-stop-shop for everything youth hockey related. 

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The Calendar Turns But the Games Go On

2022 Bauer Music City Invitational Preview


The year is coming to a close and that means that it is time for the annual Bauer Music City Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. Fifty-four teams from Los Angeles to New Jersey are heading to the Music City for games starting on December 29th to compete to be the final team standing in their respective divisions.

 

With 121 games on the schedule, the event will carry through to 2022 where the champions will hoist the guitar as is tradition at the event. This weekend in Nashville is also focused on exposure. As with the previous TPH events, 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 2022 Bauer Music City Invitational is primed for some highly competitive competition amongst top Tier I programs in the nation. Below is an overview of the event.

 

14U Girls Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 12/27/2021.

  Belle Tire

Ranking: 15th | Record: 11-27-3 | Roster | Schedule

  Cincinnati Lady Swords

Ranking: 87th | Record: 8-2-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 19th | Record: 1-3-2 | Roster | Schedule

  North Alabama Travel

Ranking: NA | Record: NA | Roster | Schedule

18U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 12/27/2021.

    California Wave

Ranking: 99th | Record: 8-17-2 | Roster | Schedule

  LA Jr. Kings

Ranking: 90th | Record: 10-16-0 | Roster | Schedule

Madison Capitols

Ranking: 114th | Record: 5-21-1 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 12th | Record: 22-8-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Oakland Jr. Grizzlies

Ranking: 9th | Record: 26-9-0 | Roster | Schedule

Rocky Mountain RoughRiders

Ranking: 32rd | Record: 26-10-0 | Roster | Schedule

Tri-State Spartans

Ranking: 44th | Record: 23-18-0 | Roster | Schedule

16U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 12/27/2021.

  Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

Ranking: 80th | Record: 11-24-2 | RosterSchedule

  LA Jr. Kings

Ranking: 92nd | Record: 6-20-0 | RosterSchedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 55th | Record: 12-24-0 | RosterSchedule

Rocky Mountain RoughRiders

Ranking: 67th | Record: 13-20-0 | RosterSchedule

Tri-State Spartans

Ranking: 102nd | Record: 10-25-1 | RosterSchedule

West Dundee Leafs

Ranking: NA | Record: NA | Roster | Schedule

15U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 12/27/2021.

  Detroit Compuware

Ranking: 16th | Record: 16-13-1 | Roster | Schedule

Detroit Honeybaked

Ranking: 20th | Record: 21-16-0 | Roster | Schedule

Detroit Little Caesars

Ranking: 4th | Record: 24-13-2 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 34th | Record: 21-8-3 | Roster | Schedule

North Jersey Avalanche

Ranking: 9th | Record: 26-7-1 | Roster | Schedule

  Oakland Jr. Grizzlies

Ranking: 50th | Record: 15-17-0 | Roster | Schedule

Rocky Mountain RoughRiders

Ranking: 33rd | Record: 18-13-0 | Roster | Schedule

Seacoast Performance Academy

Ranking: 25th | Record: 18-13-0 | Roster | Schedule

Tri-State Spartans

Ranking: 65th | Record: 17-14-5 | Roster | Schedule

14U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 12/27/2021.

  Detroit Belle Tire

Ranking: 62nd | Record: 8-16-2 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 54th | Record: 15-16-2 | RosterSchedule

Rocky Mountain RoughRiders

Ranking: 64th | Record: 14-13-2 | RosterSchedule

Tampa Bulls

Ranking: NA | Record: NA | RosterSchedule

Tri-State Spartans

Ranking: 93rd | Record: 15-14-3 | RosterSchedule

13U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 12/27/2021.

  Colorado Rampage

Ranking: 148th | Record: 4-15-1 | Roster | Schedule

Madison Capitols

Ranking: 52nd | Record: 22-16-5 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 46th | Record: 18-11-2 | Roster | Schedule

Rocky Mountain RoughRiders

Ranking: 95th | Record: 8-11-2 | Roster | Schedule

Seacoast Spartans

Ranking: 111th | Record: 11-18-1 | Roster | Schedule

Tri-State Spartans

Ranking: 102nd | Record: 17-7-1 | Roster | Schedule

12U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 12/27/2021.

  Carolina Jr Hurricanes

Ranking: 76th | Record: 14-15-2 | Roster | Schedule

CarShield AAA Hockey

Ranking: 79th | Record: 6-25-4 | Roster | Schedule

Madison Capitols

Ranking: 47th | Record: 19-15-2 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 64th | Record: 12-17-3 | Roster | Schedule

New England Knights

Ranking: 172nd | Record: 4-13-3 | Roster | Schedule

TPH Prospects

Ranking: NA | Record: NA | Roster | Schedule

Tri-State Spartans

Ranking: 175th | Record: 8-13-2 | Roster | Schedule

Wenatchee AAA

Ranking: 258th | Record: 1-10-1 | Roster | Schedule

11U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 12/27/2021.

  Carolina Jr Hurricanes

Ranking: 45th | Record: 18-10-4 | Roster | Schedule

Florida Alliance

Ranking: 20th | Record: 4-6-2 | Roster | Schedule

Madison Capitols

Ranking: 36th | Record: 17-19-2 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 84th | Record: 10-19-2 | Roster | Schedule

Tri-State Spartans

Ranking: 192nd | Record: 4-16-2 | Roster | Schedule

10U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 12/27/2021.

  Madison Capitols

Ranking: 83rd | Record: 8-20-1 | Roster | Schedule

Detroit Compuware

Ranking: 45th | Record: 8-16-1 | Roster | Schedule

Detroit Honeybaked

Ranking: 63th | Record: 6-16-1 | Roster | Schedule

Tri-State Spartans

Ranking: 325th | Record: 3-13-1 | Roster | Schedule


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CoE Alumni Rutger McGroarty Heralded as Elite NHL Prospect

Rutger McGroarty’s name is highlighted, underlined, bolded, and circled in red pen by NHL scouts across the country. Long before he was heralded as one of the top Americans eligible in this year’s NHL draft class, Rutger was a student athlete at the Detroit Center of Excellence (CoE). With the 2022 NHL Draft just six months away, let’s take a look at how Rutger made a name for himself. 

 

During his time as a student athlete at CoE, Rutger was lighting the bantam hockey scene on fire. In 2017 and 2018, he tallied 101 points in just 37 games, leading the ‘04 Honeybaked squad to back-to-back Michigan state titles. Rutger began to garner national attention during his U15 season when he linked up with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, where he put up an astonishing 82 goals and 78 assists in just 63 games. 

 

Rutger credits his time at CoE for his on-ice success. “CoE had such a big impact on my hockey game,” he stated. “Skating every day with a bunch of high-end hockey players who all want to be successful in the game – it’s hard not to get better when you’re competing with and against a bunch of kids like that.” His incredible work ethic combined with his raw hockey ability made Rutger a stand out talent from an early age. 

 

Flash forward to 2021, and Rutger is beginning to dominate on an international level. He racked up 35 points in 34 games with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP U17 squad). After graduating to the U18 team, he put up similar numbers, tallying 16 points in 27 games. His consistent play making abilities with the NTDP earned him a roster spot with Team USA at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Championship this past spring. 

 

So what’s next for Rutger? Despite being scooped up by the Ontario Hockey League’s Soo Greyhounds, Rutger plans to chase his boyhood dream of winning an NCAA Division I Championship with the Michigan Wolverines. For a young prospect, the number of options and pathways can seem daunting and sometimes overwhelming. The CoE staff is well versed in navigating the nuances of college and junior hockey, and are more than prepared to help student athletes make the decision that’s best for them.

 

“The entire TPH family is extremely proud of Rutger’s success,” said Nathan Bowen, CEO of Total Package Hockey. “He comes from an incredible hockey family and was raised to be an amazing person. His development is a testament to what any CoE student-athlete is capable of achieving, and we can’t wait to see what the next step of his career looks like.”

 

Interested in maximizing your student athlete’s potential? Join us Virtual Open House event on January 10th to learn the ins and outs of our NCAA-accredited blended learning program and sport-specific training. Find out if our model is right for your student-athlete and reserve a seat at one of 16 CoE locations across the country for the 2022/2023 academic year.

 

Click here to register!

Former CoE Star Drew DeRidder Named Big Ten First Star of the Week for the Second Time This Season

Drew DeRidder isn’t afraid to try something new. After all, he was part of the first group of student-athletes to attend TPH Center of Excellence, attributing his passion for hockey to his time at TPH Detroit.

 

In one of his first summer programs at TPH Detroit, Drew worked to refine his goaltending skills and built a solid foundation that would ultimately carry him to a standout senior season at Michigan State. “We saw a lot of potential in Drew from the moment he skated onto the ice,” says Dwayne Norris, TPH Detroit Director of Hockey. “We’re incredibly proud of Drew and all he’s accomplished. We know he has a great career ahead of him.”

 

Fast forward a few short years and Drew was called up to his USHL parent club, quickly followed by a commitment to Michigan State. He skated into his freshman year and was instantly thrown into the action. He spent as much time in the goal and learning from upperclassmen as he could. We’d say that time was well spent as he became the starting goaltender and has amassed over 1,300 saves in his career and has set the bar for goaltenders across the league with an impressive .945 save percentage, fourth amongst D1 goalies. And the season isn’t over yet!

 

Perhaps one of the biggest honors Drew has received in his college hockey career is the title of Big Ten First Star of the Week not once, but twice in the same season. Although this honor comes as no surprise to those who knew him at TPH Detroit. Drew’s natural leadership and love of the game demands greatness from those around him.

 

If his tenure at Michigan State is any indication of what’s to come for Drew DeRidder, the hockey world better stay on its toes.

 

Find a campus near you and/or register to attend our upcoming Nationwide Virtual Open House on January 10 at 8 PM to learn about our holistic approach to blended academic learning with innovative, hands-on, sport-specific training and instruction.

Alan Keeso Named CEO as TPH Looks to Next 20 Years

(Nashville, TN – December 15, 2021) – TPH is excited to announce Alan Keeso as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2022. Having served as Strategic Advisor to TPH over the past 5 years, Keeso brings in-depth knowledge of TPH and its Center of Excellence (CoE) academy model, its team members, and culture.

 

“We’re so excited to have Al lead our team going into our next 20 years at TPH,” said TPH founder Nathan Bowen, who will move out of the CEO role and into the Chairman role, remaining heavily active in TPH. “Having celebrated TPH turning 20 years old this year, we are absolutely pumped about what’s to come as we strive to lead the world in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes. Al is the leader to help us scale that impact.”

 

In addition to consulting for TPH in recent years, Keeso has helped dozens of small and medium-sized businesses grow for over a decade as a management consultant, independently, as well as through Grant Thornton and BDC. When asked early in 2021 by Bowen and his Investing Partner Taso Sofikitis to work more closely with TPH, Keeso decided to make the move with his family to Nashville.

 

“TPH to its core is a purpose-driven organization, with an outstanding team of committed professionals,” said Keeso. “It’s an honor to have this kind of confidence from Nathan and Taso to take TPH to new heights, and the responsibility that comes with the CEO role to the TPH team and our student-athletes is something I take very seriously. We’re a team that’s poised for growth through our Center of Excellence Study/Train/Play academy model, association management, camps and clinics, The Prospect Exchange, prospects teams, and events, now featuring Champions League Hockey in partnership with World Hockey Group. All of these efforts and their growth will enable us to positively impact the lives of a greater number of student-athletes, not only at our current locations, but also at many new locations to come. The future is bright at TPH.”

Keeso’s own journey as a student-athlete, and ensuing career, lend perspective to what Bowen believes will continue to differentiate TPH to prospective partners as well as families weighing the incredibly important decision on where to have their children develop as students, athletes, and people.

 

“Al has not only been an aspiring elite student-athlete, who reached levels in hockey that many TPH student-athletes are working towards daily, but he also exemplifies to our families what the bigger picture can be when lessons learned from sports are applied beyond the game,” said Bowen. “That’s what TPH is all about, and that’s what we feel differentiates us; we prepare our student-athletes not only for the next level in their sport, but also mentor them on habits that will help them experience wild success on the ultimate journey – life. With Al’s leadership, that differentiator will only get stronger.  He has lived the ups and downs the game can throw at you and is an incredible role model for young aspiring student-athletes, because he never quit and he has used those tough times as motivation and lessons learned to prepare for the next challenge in life and hit it head on in pursuit of the next success.”

 

 

In addition to a successful business career, Keeso has earned two master’s degrees – an MBA and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management – from the University of Oxford. At Oxford, he also published a working paper, took to the TEDx stage, and was goaltender for the university’s historic ice hockey team, becoming the only men’s player in the club’s history to have earned an Extraordinary Full Blue, the highest honor in sports at Oxford. Keeso also served as an infantry officer in the armed forces reserves and ran in a federal election.

 

A native of Listowel, Ontario, Keeso played hockey in his hometown before joining the Huron-Perth Lakers AAA organization and continuing on to Jr hockey with the Listowel Cyclones, Strathroy Rockets, and Sarnia Blast of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOHL). He then went to Boston to study at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he was a goaltender for the varsity NCAA Division III hockey team and graduated with a BSc in Technology Management with honors.

 

“Having grown up in the game of hockey, I understand the opportunities for growth that youth sports provide for young people, on and off the ice, field, and court,” said Keeso. “Team members at TPH are deeply committed to the holistic development of student-athletes, knowing that the skills and habits learned extend well beyond the game to many other arenas of life. As a result of Nathan’s leadership and an all-star team of people, we have a great foundation in place as we head into ‘The Next 20’ at TPH.”

 

If you are interested in learning more about our #StudyTrainPlay model at the TPH Center of Excellence, Alan and other key members of our team will be participating in a Nationwide Virtual Open House on January 10th at 8:00 PM EST. Register for free here!

TPH Center of Excellence in St. Louis Strengthens its Operations with New Hire Sam Canfield

TPH St. Louis, the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through sport, is thrilled to announce that Sam Canfield, born and raised in St. Louis with deep ties to the community, was recently hired as the full-time Coordinator of Operations and Programming for the TPH Center of Excellence (CoE) in St. Louis. Canfield brings an abundance of expertise and background in all areas including mentoring, coaching, playing, administration, and operations. In addition to assisting with the day-to-day operations of the St. Louis CoE, Sam will be heavily involved in hockey development as well as helping provide the greatest possible experience, in all areas, for our St. Louis families.

 

The St. Louis CoE is extremely excited to welcome Sam to the team for a few reasons. Number one: Sam’s ability to connect with and mentor young student-athletes on and off the ice. Number two: Sam’s knowledge and experience when it comes to developing young hockey players. And number three: Sam believes in TPH St. Louis and the CoE hybrid-learning and sports training model. He is truly invested in doing whatever it takes to positively impact the lives of each and every one of our students; helping them reach their full potential academically and athletically.

 

“Most importantly, Sam has a strong passion for making a positive impact on young student-athletes and helping them succeed on and off the ice. Sam is going to be a great addition to the team and myself and the entire CoE St. Louis staff and students are looking forward to working with Sam!” mentioned Philip McRae, Director and Head of Hockey.

 

Sam comes from Synergy Hockey as Lead Skills Coach with 10 years of overall experience with 6 years experience as an Assistant Coach with AAA Blues. Furthermore, Sam has been lucky to coach with and learn from Jeff Brown, Andy Mcdonald, Alex Brooks, Jamie Rivers and Mike Berra.

 

Learn more about our St. Louis TPH CoE location 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 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 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.

Multiple TPH/Center of Excellence Student-Athletes Get Drafted In The WHL U.S. Priority Draft

The Western Hockey League is conducting their 2021 WHL U.S. Priority Draft and 2021 WHL Prospects Draft on December 8th & 9th respectively. You can follow all the action at WHL.ca/draft

Three Total Package Hockey/Center Of Excellence student-athletes had their names called in the online draft. Nicholas Christianson was drafted 3rd overall by the Winnipeg ICE, Kolby Gapter was drafted 25th by the Medicine Hat Tigers & Tyler Atchison was selected 28th by the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Christianson, from Upland, CA is a member of the Center of Excellence Program in Chicago and plays for the Windy City Storm 15’s. This 5’11” Center is a prolific offensive player that competes with fierceness. 

Atchison, a teammate of Christianson’s with the Windy City Storm 15’s and fellow student-athlete at TPH/CoE in Chicago, is a right-handed forward that also has a knack for finding the back of the net. 

“We are very happy for Nick and Tyler. This is a testament to the commitment they make every day to challenge themselves at TPH Chicago. These young men are in the early stages of very bright careers.” says, Rob Rassey, Director & Head of Hockey, TPH Chicago

Kolby Gapter, a two-year student-athlete at the Center of Excellence in Superior Colorado was drafted 25th overall to the Medicine Hat Tigers. This blueliner defenseman has great size, standing at 6’0, and continues to improve day after day.  “Kolby has been with TPH for two years. He serves as a student ambassador for us this year because of his outstanding commitment to excellence. Kolby’s character, attitude, and effort in all aspects of his development are what make him such a special person. We are proud to have Kolby as a part of our TPH family!” says Matt Doman, Director & Head of Hockey, TPH Superior.

“The TPH/Center of Excellence family is extremely proud of our boys and will continue to support their growth both on and off the ice.” says, Nathan Bowen, CEO. 

 You can find a campus near you and/or attend our upcoming National Virtual Open House on January 10 at 8 PM to see if our unique approach to blended learning and sports-specific training is right for your aspiring student-athlete.