Grade 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to hit the ice an average of twice weekly in this skills development course. Students will engage in the locally developed Hockey 10 and Hockey Canada Skills Development curriculum which allows every student to develop and improve skating, passing, puck handling and shooting skills. On days that the students are not on the ice they are scheduled into their physical education classes.
The on-ice portion of the course runs from October until the end of March and takes place at the Cosmo Civic Centre. The months preceding and following the ice sessions will be dedicated to out-of-season training opportunities that will complement hockey-specific health and fitness. Grade 10 students who are successful in completing the course will receive a Hockey 10 credit.
Students bring their personal hockey equipment for use during on-ice sessions. The program will transport the equipment back to the school and provide safe storage during the school day. The cost of participating in the Hockey Program at Bedford Road is $200, which includes ice rental, insurance, hockey socks, and transportation of students. As well, program jerseys will be provided for students to use for the year.
The Hockey Program is geared to students of all athletic abilities. Scott Owens serves as the on-ice instructor.