Hockey showcase for female players held in Winfield

Pursuit of Excellence hosts big hockey showcase with many college coaches on the weekend

Coaches Peter Elander (University of North Dakota)

Some of the biggest names in the collegiate female hockey game from across Canada and the United States were in Winfield on the weekend as the Pursuit of Excellence hosted a female hockey evaluation weekend.

Fresh off leading his team to a perfect season (41-0-0) and capturing his second straight NCAA women’s ice hockey title, University of Minnesota Head Coach Brad Frost was one of the NCAA coaches in Winfield on the weekend to evaluate 85 top female midget players, many of whom hope to wear his jersey in the coming years.

The College Showcase was hosted by Pursuit of Excellence, a private hockey academy based in Lake Country. Over the course of four days the players had the opportunity to train and compete while under the watchful eyes of some of North America’s most talented and sought-after coaches. The camp was focused on development and included on and off-ice practices, games and one-on-one exposure and interaction with top tier coaches.

Frost was joined by 17 colleagues from renowned programs across Canada and the United States, including the University of Wisconsin, Ohio State and Boston University, to name a few.

Coaches were joined by scouts from several hockey programs as well in both Canada and the USA.

“The showcase offers these young players a really important development opportunity,” said Scott Spencer, head coach of Pursuit of Excellence girls programs. “They get a feel for what playing at the elite level is like, which will definitely elevate their game. They also gain access to some of the best coaches in women’s hockey. On the flip side, the coaches get to identify talented players who show incredible promise and make connections with them early on. It’s an important step in their recruitment process.”

The weekend marked the second annual College Showcase for Pursuit of Excellence. Last year the academy hosted its inaugural showcase and as a result, all four of Pursuit of Excellence’s graduating players made commitments to NCAA women’s ice hockey teams, evidence that early connections provide value to the process and the players, said Spencer.

“It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” he said. “We have players participating who aspire to play at the university level. Giving them the chance to demonstrate their skills and abilities and providing them with access to the calibre of coaches we have brought in this year will make a big difference in their future and in their development.”

After several years being based in Kelowna, Pursuit of Excellence has been running its programs from Lake Country for the past number of years with its students attending George Elliot school.

For more information about Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, visit:

Just Posted

Okanagan residents can win ride in army vehicle

A social media campaign offers the chance to win a ride in the Dragoons armoured vehicle

UPDATE: Kelowna snowboarder being mourned at Big White

He was a local snowboarder, who went to Rutland high school.

Reel Reviews: War from both sides of the desk

We say, “Forgive these films their faults and they will be entertaining enough.”

Residents should keep air intakes clear of snow

Silver Star Fire Department is encouraging residens to keep their air intakes clear after snowfall

Habs alumni raise big money for Kelowna hospice

Central Okanagan Hospice Association was the big winner after alumni hockey game

PHOTOS: Icing the competition

Skate Canada 2018 Okanagan Regional Championships skated through Vernon this weekend

Vagina Monologues hits the Kelowna stage this week

Okanagan production set to target a hot topic: vaginas

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

Submit nominations for 2018 Okanagan College Alumni Awards

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 14

Family home, police car targets of shootings in Keremeos

There were no injuries in two shootings that occurred in Keremeos over the weekend

RCMP officer officially cleared in shooting incident

Police watchdog concludes Salmon Arm officer’s use of force was justified

Investigators seek public help to identify accused fraudster

Thousands of dollars in charges racked up on stolen credit card

Interest in Canadian Armed Forces remains high

Canada seeks about 5,000 recruits each year for its regular forces of about 68,000

Rules reviewed to keep drug money out of B.C. real estate

Investigator looking at loans as well as casinos, David Eby says

Most Read