Journey to Excel – Female Hockey High Performer Program

Journey to Excel is excited to offer an opportunity for Female High Performer Program athletes. Journey’s balanced approach to development will create a natural synergy with ambitious student athletes; we teach athleticism, and not just hockey. We recognize that true athleticism comes from skill, speed, fitness and determination, but also from proper recovery, mental health, nutrition, and social development. Our hockey-specific training is second to none, and we have made it a priority to ensure that the other aspects of our program are also world class. Our resources in the forms of performance psychology, nutrition and sports medicine combine to create a program offering that is unparalleled.

Our goal is to teach students how to learn, empowering them to take action in their own lives. We are focused on helping each person reach their highest potential, starting with how they train to be athletes.

Here is an introduction to our Journey to Excel Female High Performer Program:

• Four days per week at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence (Monday to Thursday)

• Each day:
– one on-ice skills session (120 total per year)
– one off-ice training session (150 total per year)
– either off-ice stickhandling & shooting, seminar with a guest instructor, or video review of games/on-ice skills

• Maximum group size is 12 players

• Video review classes: individual game film from athletes’ current seasons

• Participants are shuttled to Hollycrest Middle School and Silverthorn Collegiate Institute each day


On-Ice Training:
Main focus on technique; work on a variety of skill sets throughout the season including:
1. Shooting (In stride, top speed, under pressure)
2. Stickhandling, deking and other puck skills
3. Stride mechanics, edges and acceleration
4. Puck protection, game situation and battle drills
5. Small area games


Off-Ice Training:
Testing: To be completed at the beginning, middle and end of the school year:
1. Body composition/weight/girths
2. Functional movement screen
• A system that documents movement patterns that are key to ‘normal’ function
• Identification of functional limitations and asymmetries
3. Lower body power
4. Upper body strength and endurance
5. Core strength and endurance
6. Speed/agility
7. Aerobic/anaerobic capacity

Additional Resources Included:
1. Sports/Performance Psychology:
• Sessions run by three-time Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist and Honours Harvard graduate, Jennifer Botterill
• Includes one individual session and multiple group sessions throughout the year
2. Nutrition:
• Classes run by Dr. Ashley James, former Nutritionist for the Toronto Maple Leafs
• Includes multiple sessions throughout the year
3. Sports Medicine:
• Pre-program screening with Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Laura Cruz, whose clinic, Live Active, is conveniently located in our facility (covered by OHIP)
4. Journey to Excel Training Apparel:
• Welcome bag with training shirt, shorts, shaker bottle, water bottle
• Hockey jersey
• Towel

Optional Meal Plan:
• Includes one balanced meal per day prepared in our kitchen (please ask for pricing)

Please call or email Vince Tarantino for additional information and pricing
By email:
By phone: 416-996-5132