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At the end of each regular season, the Guelph Storm sits down with our overage players to look back at their career in the OHL and their time in Guelph.  Watch the video above to learn more about life on and off the ice in Storm captain Garrett McFadden’s own words.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION AND THE GUELPH STORM

 

  • The Guelph Storm Hockey Club is proud of a tradition of excellence in the classroom that is unrivaled in the Canadian Hockey League.  In our 27-year history, Guelph Storm players have earned the OHL’s Bobby Smith Award as Academic Player of the Year on five occasions.  In addition, during the 12-year history of the OHL’s Roger Neilson Memorial Award (presented annually to the top academic university/college player), Guelph Storm players have earned the prestigious honour three times.  At the most recent OHL Awards ceremony, the Guelph Storm added another academic accolade as defenceman Quinn Hanna (pictured) received the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award (top academic high school player) to become the second Storm player to capture the award in it’s 12-year history.

    lourdespicLocated only two kilometres from the Sleeman Centre, Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School is the high school home for all of our players.  Learn more about Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School  by CLICKING HERE


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  • Ranked as the fourth best comprehensive university in Canada (and second in Ontario) in the Macleans Magazine 2018 university rankings, the University of Guelph is only 2 km away from the Sleeman Centre.  Many Storm players attend the University of Guelph while playing in the OHL, while other players study at nearby Conestoga College.  To learn more about the University of Guelph, CLICK HERE.  To learn more about Conestoga College, CLICK HERE.

  • In addition to Academic Advisors, every player has access to the support of a tutor at no cost to the player and his family.
    • A unique and personalized academic plan is created to cater to every student athlete’s specific needs.
  • All practice times scheduled after regular school hours.
  • Latest technical support is provided to the players to assist them as student athletes.
  • 99% of OHL players graduate from high school.
  • High school players cannot be traded without the consent of the player and his family.
  • Financial commitment to the education of all players:
    • All education costs paid for by the OHL team while playing in the OHL including tuition, books, compulsory fees and room and board.
    • Every OHL Player is eligible for a scholarship from their respective team, administered through the league office, upon graduating from the OHL.
    • Minimum scholarship benefit for graduating players is tuition, books and compulsory fees for each season played in the OHL toward an undergraduate degree.
    • Maximum scholarship benefit for graduating players is tuition, books, compulsory fees and room and board toward an undergraduate degree
  • CHL graduates are able to compete in U SPORTS hockey programs and receive their education paid for by taking advantage of the Scholarship Programs throughout the CHL which are funded by the member clubs of the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
  • During the 2016-17 season more than 945 CHL alumni utilized their Scholarship Packages including over 550 graduates on U SPORTS rosters and representing a financial contribution of over $6.8 million by CHL teams.
  • Scholarships may be utilized for university, college, trade or technical schools

Guelph Storm Professional Support

  • CoachingThe Guelph Storm’s successful track record of graduating alumni to the NHL isn’t limited to players.  We are proud to boast a long list of former coaches that made the jump to the National Hockey League after working behind the bench in the Royal City.  The list of current and former NHL coaches that earned their stripes with the Storm includes Craig Hartsburg (Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets), E.J. McGuire (Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators), George Burnett (Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks), Geoff Ward (Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils), Jeff Jackson (New York Islanders) and Dave Barr (Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres,Florida Panthers, San Jose Sharks).
  • The Guelph Storm coaching staff offers years of pro hockey experience including at the National Hockey League and American Hockey League levels to help maximize every player’s potential.  Perhaps more important than their coaching and playing experience at the pro level, our hockey club has a history of hiring Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches including our current Head Coach George Burnett, Associate Coach Jake Grimes and Assistant Coach Luca Caputi, that each made their first strides towards pro hockey careers in the Ontario Hockey League.  The first-hand knowledge of the OHL gained by our coaching staff as players give each of them an understanding of the lives of junior aged players and the professional services needed to develop the young men on and off the ice.

  • Full-time coaches, Assistant coaches including goalie coaches, video coaches, skating coaches and skill development coaches to support the development of players.
  • Every Member Team supports players through full-time athletic therapists in addition to Member Team physicians and dentists.
  • Dedicated Academic Advisors for all players on each OHL team.
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches.
  • Nutritional Consultants.
  • Director of Security, who is a retired OPP Chief Superintendent (Regional Commander), has a communication network with each OHL Member Team security liaison officer.
    • Liaison Officers are members of local police services, in addition to any security needs, they facilitate drug and alcohol awareness seminars as well as additional community support programs.
  • Team doctor and dentist at every OHL game to support the needs of the medical needs of the players.
  • On-site professional emergency care for all players (EMS) for every game.
  • Defibrillator at each OHL bench for all games and practices.
  • Ozone (a private, secure and personalized internal communication system) for players and families to communicate directly with the OHL Commissioner and receive League and Member Team information.
    • Post-OHL Scholarship information
    • League Policies ie Harassment and Abuse, Diversity
    • Education Contract
    • All other commitments the League and Team have to the player
  • Partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
    • Comprehensive Mental Health Program for all players and staff through local CMHA branches.
    • Mental Health Coach for every OHL Member Team providing support to players, staff, and billets.
    • Mandatory three-hour workshop for players and staff entitled Talk Today regarding mental health awareness.
  • The league, as a member and partner of Hockey Canada, supports the participation of its players in all National Team Programs ie. Under 17, Under 18, World Junior Championship Tournament.
  • All professional services are provided at no cost to players.

 

Guelph Storm Player Development

  • Headlined by 2015-16 Norris Trophy winner and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Drew Doughty, there were 15 different former Storm players that played in the National Hockey League during the 2017-18 season.  A testament to the Guelph Storm development model to draft, develop and graduate players in a Storm uniform… eleven of those 15 NHLer’s from the 2017-18 season were drafted by the Storm and graduated from our club as well.
  • During the Storm’s 26-year history, a total of 56 former players have played in the NHL.
  • At the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Storm led all CHL member teams with a total of five players drafted including 2017-18 Storm MVP Isaac Ratcliffe (PHI), Nate Schnarr (ARI), Dmitri Samorukov (EDM), Liam Hawel (DAL) and Alexey Toropchenko (STL).

  • The OHL is the number one development league in the world in providing players to the National Hockey League (NHL) and U SPORTS Men’s Hockey.
  • Nearly 600 CHL Graduates played U SPORTS Men’s Hockey last season (17-18) with education costs paid for by the Scholarship Programs throughout the CHL which are funded by the member clubs of the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League..
  • At the beginning of last season (15-16) 197 or 25% of NHL Rosters were players developed by the OHL.
  • 42 OHL players were selected in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft among the 89 chosen from across the Canadian Hockey League.
  • Including the 2017 NHL Draft, a total of 2,319 OHL players have been selected since 1969 representing close to 21% of all players.
  • A quick look at the Top 40 scorers during the 2017-18 NHL season lists 11 Ontario Hockey League graduates including superstars like Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall and Steven Stamkos.

 

Player Benefits in Guelph and the OHL

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  • Guelph Storm headquarters inside the Sleeman Centre include everything that a player needs to develop on and off the ice.  Storm players have access to a large gym and fitness area, players lounge, video room and a therapy room – all just steps away from the Storm dressing room which features a large mural that pays tribute to many of the Storm players that represented their nation at the World Junior Hockey Championship and played in the National Hockey League.

  • Players provided with the best equipment available at no cost to the player including:
    • Sticks, Skates, Shin pads, Pants, Gloves, Elbow pads, Shoulder pads, Neck guard, Helmet.
    • Goalie pads, Goalie glove and blocker, Goalie chest protector, Goalie pants, Goalie helmet, Goalie sticks.
    • All performance wear.
  • No player registration fees.
  • All players meals are provided for, the majority of which are provided at their billet home.
  • Players provided with off-ice apparel packages.
  • Each OHL Member Team covers its player’s medical and dental fees while the player is playing for the Club, under the comprehensive Hockey Canada National Insurance Program, including any specific protective or rehabilitation equipment ie. knee brace
  • Each Member Team provides an annual premium up to $500 for providing 24-hour, 12-month on or off ice career ending insurance.
  • Each team provides the players’ transportation cost each year for reporting to Training Camp from the player’s home, to and from the player’s home for the Christmas break and to the player’s home at the conclusion of the player’s academic or athletic year.
  • Each player is provided with game tickets for his parents and family.
  • Each OHL Member Team provides an annual $1000 off season expense reimbursement for players for off-ice training and skill development.

Guelph Storm Environment

 

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  • Caring for our players on and off the ice is part of making Guelph a ‘home away from home’.  Before Guelph Storm billet families open their houses to our players, each application is carefully reviewed before our team conducts a phone interview and site check to ensure that each player has a safe and stable environment to encourage their development away from the Sleeman Centre.

  • All players shall receive an expense reimbursement as per league policy.
  • State of the art arena and training facilities to serve in the best interest of player development and safety.
  • Team Bus Policy for a safe and positive environment.
  • Billeting of players
    • All prospective families are screened through an interview process.
    • All prospective families have a criminal background check completed.
    • Players are billeted in a safe, comfortable family environment that is pre-approved by a player and his parents.
  • Players housed in quality hotels for road trips.
  • A restricted trading period during the holiday season.
  • Games officiated with the four-man officiating system to support a positive on ice environment for players.
  • All OHL Games supported by dedicated off-ice officials.
  • Utilization of video replay systems for all games which contribute to supporting the efforts and achievements of players.

 

Player Safety, Health and Welfare Programs

  • handshakeRegarded as a hockey leader, the OHL has strict disciplinary and education measures to ensure players are able to play in a proper on-ice environment to support the successful development as a player.
  • On-ice initiatives to curb inappropriate actions include the following:
    • Bullying Policy
    • Fisticuffs Policy
    • Checking to the Head Policy
  • Annual presentations and education on playing rules and suspension policies.
  • Concussion Management Program.
    • Every player under goes annual baseline testing to assist in monitoring the player for the standard League return to play protocol.
  • Drug Education and Anti-Doping Program provided by the League for a drug-free sport.
    • The program is developed and administered by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).
    • The program includes an annual online education program for players and staff.
    • Random testing according to World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines.
  • Respect in Sport Program (Harassment and Abuse).
  • Diversity Policy.
  • Hazing-Zero Tolerance Policy.
  • Blood Spill Policy.
  • Facial/Head Protection Policy.
  • Dentist Fabricated Mouth guard Policy.
  • Tobacco Products Policy.
  • Gambling Policy.
  • Pornography Policy.
  • Throat Protection Policy.
  • League and OHL Member Teams partner with Hockey Ministries International.
  • Social Networking Policy.

 

League Scheduling Policies

 

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    • The ‘Eye of the Storm’ is the Sleeman Centre in downtown Guelph.  With average crowds of nearly 4,000 per game, the Sleeman Centre is at or near capacity for virtually every game.
    • CLICK HERE TO VIEW 360 DEGREE TOUR OF SLEEMAN CENTRE

  • 86% of the games are played from Thursday through Sunday to accommodate the student athlete.
  • OHL teams play the other Conference teams only one home and away to reduce travel and time away from school.
  • League provides a minimum of 7 days off between games prior to and returning from Christmas break.
  • Sensitivity to the academic calendar in scheduling games during the exam period.
  • Efficient scheduling of swing trips to reduce travel and time away from school.
  • A playoff structure which utilizes a 2-2-1-1-1 format to reduce travel for players.