The Canadian International Hockey Academy (CIHA) is pleased to announce the addition of two new coaches to its staff.
Francis Wathier, who recently retired from professional hockey, brings NHL, AHL and QMJHL experience to the Academy. The former Dallas Stars player will be the Defensive Specialist and Power Skating coach for all of the CIHA teams and will be the on-ice assistant coach for the Midget AA team.
Francis and his wife Isabel will continue their duties as House Parents.
Travis Rycroft, a former ECHL and NCAA player, is the new head coach for the Bantam AAA team. Travis joins us from British Columbia, where he has a wealth of playing and coaching experience. A three-time NCAA Conference champion with Wayne State University, in Michigan, he will provide his and other players with the first-hand knowledge on how to play in the NCAA.
For more information on the recent hiring’s and full coaches bios please visit www.cihacademy.com
CIH Academy is Eastern Canada’s premier hockey prep school, developing top hockey student-athletes in grades 8 through 12.
Coming off a CIS Finals appearance last season, Edie Levesque is eager for a repeat. She and her sister, Evra Levesque, are hoping to take the Western University Mustangs all the way to the championship.
Edie credits her two years at CIHA for her smooth transition to university and CIS hockey. As she explains “CIHA is like a small university, the campus and dorms allow you to immerse yourself in the school, while the hockey program gives you the stamina and skills to endure the rigours of elite university hockey.”
This off-season she returned to CIHA to help instruct the summer camps, using the knowledge she learned from veteran players like Katelyn Goslin and her time as a CIS player, Edie teaches young and upcoming hockey players the skills they need to reach their potential.
As she heads back to Western for her second year of Social Sciences, Edie is ready to reconnect with her teammates and get back into the routine of classes and hockey. We wish her all the best next season and can’t wait to follow her and her sister as they continue their CIS careers.
Two former CIH Academy players have been listed by the NHL Central Scouting staff. Corson Green and Gabe Vilardi were featured in the recently released 2016-2017 NHL Central Scouting Futures List. We wish them both the best as they prepare for their draft year seasons. For the full list of included players please follow this link. https://www.nhl.com/news/2016-17-nhl-central-scouting-futures-list/c-281205056