A hockey haven in the middle of nowhere…November 18, 2008
What do Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise, Jordan Parise, and Sidney Crosby have in common?
They are all former students of a private high school in southern Minnesota known for it’s hockey program, Shattuck St. Mary’s. The school is a college preparatory boarding school with an emphasis on excellence in the fields of ice hockey, soccer, figure skating and the arts. (www.s-sm.org)
Shattuck is widely known across the country as one of the top youth hockey programs, if not the best. It’s so praised that the Great One, Wayne Gretzky’s son attends the school now.
Here are some pictures of some current NHL players who attended Shattuck:
As you can see, the list is pretty impressive, especially seeing how well Sidney did in his only year at Shattuck… Sid the Kid had 72 goals and 162 points in 57 games, which is even more stunning considering Shattuck’s coach Tom Ward used four lines consistently and refused to give out extra ice time to any kids, reinforcing his team-first philosophy.
So if you have kids and they have grand dreams of someday playing NCAA Division-1 college hockey or the NHL, and you have $35,000 to shell out per year for your son/daughter’s education & hockey growth, there’s no better place to send the kid than to Shattuck St. Mary’s.
After all, if they make it big in the NHL, they can always pay you back for your love…