You have seen the WCHA logo on billboards, bus benches and vehicles and you ask yourself what is that?
Basically it comes down a mixture of school and hockey training.
WCHA Hockey is offering people a “Spend A Day” to see if this program is a good fit for the player and the family.
High School classes and Middle School High Classes are offered at WCHA and students can join the program mid-year.
When you attend WCHA each day will consist of classroom academic learning and hockey specific on and off ice skill training . The school is open to both female and male players.
This program is not funded by the Province of Manitoba therefore players will have to pay a tuition to be part of WCHA. The cost is reasonable compared to programs that compete in the CSSHL league throughout Western Canada.
Of note WCHA does have a very specific goalie program and training for the up and coming young goaltender.
One interesting fact is players will in the evenings play regular hockey with their club teams.
This is only the second season for WCHA Hockey and year one had 6 WCHA trained players get drafted into the WHL plus 6 players named to Team Manitoba for the 2022 Program of Excellence.
Five full time hockey specific trainers are on staff including the likes of Tyler Dittmer ( Former Wheat King ), Ty Lewis ( NHL signed / Colorado Avalanche and Hockey Canade Trained Skills Instructor ), Tyson Verhelst ( WHL Goalie / Spokane Chiefs ), Jessica Scott ( Hockey Canada Certified Skills instructor ) , and former BU Bobacat Dave Lewis. Dave Lewis has been training players in Brandon during the summer months for over 20 years and brings a high level of skill and passion to WCHA and their players. Many current and former NHL players such as Zach Whitecloud, Calen Addison, Michael Ferland along with numerous WHL players have trained with Dave over the years.
WCHA Hockey is based out of the new J & G Homes Arena in the south end of Brandon.https://wchahockey.ca/academy/