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In keeping with the direction given by Hockey Canada on Friday (March 13) to suspend all HC sanctioned events until further notice, our Bantam/Midget Showcase (April 3-5) has now been cancelled and our Female Elite University Showcase (April 16-18) has been postponed. These Showcases are a very important part of the assessment of players for our Academy, however for those Bantam & Midget athletes who wish to be considered for POE for the 2020/21 season, please contact us through our Contact Form.  For those people who have already registered for the Bantam/Midget Showcase, we will be contacting you shortly with your options for a refund.  For the Female Showcase, NCAA coaches have expressed a continuing interest in attending the Female Showcase.  If you are registered to attend either of our Showcases we will provide you with a further update in the near future.  

You can still register for the Female Showcase.

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If you require further information, please email


By admin 03/16/2020, 6:45pm PDT

To All Hockey Players Worldwide,

Despite the horrific impact the coronavirus is having on the whole world, every challenge in life is an equally huge opportunity for us to help make a difference in the world. Take the time off at spring break to focus on your family and the needs of others around you. This whole experience is a huge wake up call for all of us. Everyday we take for granted how blessed we are to have a family, a home, a job, an education, our freedom, healthy bodies, intelligent minds, and even life itself.

Use these times to develop your mental strength and focus. Fear is still a choice. Danger is real. Having a very serious concern over the current events in our world is critically important. It compels us to take extra precautions in our everyday hygiene. It prompts us to continue getting plenty of sleep and good nutrition. It ensures that we adhere to the temporary restrictions in terms of limiting our contact with others and the distance we keep from those around us.

However, fear or becoming overly anxious about the state of the world can immobilize us and negatively impact the positive habits and self discipline you have developed since the beginning of the school year. So, as far as you are concerned, nothing should change in that regard. Mentally, every day is game day. There are no days off. Once you’ve spent time each day over the break helping family and others, you still need time to keep up your training. Unless you are not feeling well, find time daily to push yourself outside your comfort zone physically and by expanding your positive state of mind.… actually, live outside your comfort zone and maximize the abilities God has given you to be that POE 360 degrees player! A lot can be accomplished even in two weeks… and, even if you are training on your own with supervision, keeping your distance from others during these times. The good news is the best coach you will ever have will always be you… because you control who you are and what you do, and the attitude you do it with everyday!

For our POE players and parents, I will be in touch with you again by the end of this week with an exciting and creative plan for the best 3 months of development that the players will have had all year.

Please pray for those individuals and families who are suffering from COVID-19; for the scientists that they would quickly find a vaccine; and, for those government officials and medical professionals who control the testing and treatment of those afflicted with the virus.

Enjoy your spring break with a grateful heart!

David Roy



POE Alumni Joel Hofer Wins Gold At World Juniors

By Admin 01/17/2020, 11:30pm PST

Congratulations to former POE Midget Varsity & Midget Prep goaltender Joel Hofer (@joelhofer30) on your success, leading Canada to Gold at the World Junior Hockey Tournament.

As Global News says on their website, "Joel Hofer, 19, started the tournament as the backup to Nico Daws, but quickly became one of the championship team’s bright lights, with his impressive statistics drawing as much attention as his seeming unflappability in net.

'I think I’ve had that kind of composure ever since I was a kid,' Hofer told 680 CJOB.

'The gold medal game was probably the biggest game of my life.'

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Joel was also on the POE Mexico Missions trip a few years ago and this is what he had to say about it...

“The POE house building trip to Mexico was one of the highlights of my 2 years at the Academy. Aside from how much fun it was in San Diego with all the POE players, the biggest impact on me was seeing the poverty in Mexico where we were building the house and the joy in the faces of the family we built the house for. It made me much more grateful for all that I have. It changed my whole perspective on life when I came back to Kelowna. Hey! We all want to get a shot at playing in the NHL, but long term, as far as I am concerned, the greatest happiness and meaning in our lives is going to come from making a positive difference in the lives of other people, not ourselves.”

Joel Hofer arrives in Winnipeg with his world junior gold medal.

Female Prep Players Win Silver At Worlds

By Admin 01/17/2020, 11:00pm PST

Congrats to POE Female Prep players Sarah Paul and Anne Cherkowski on winning silver at the U18 Women's World Hockey Championship in Slovakia.

Anne Cherkowski (@anne.cherkowski) was tied for 5th in tournament scoring and Sarah Paul (@_sarahpaul17) was tied for 6th. We are extremely proud of how these two represented Canada and the POE program.

Bantam Prep Win KIBIHT T1 Championship

By Admin 01/17/2020, 11:00pm PST

Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep defeated Prairie Storm  9-2 in the Tier One Randy Lindros Division Championship game.

Alexander Edward had 4G and 1A, Taisetsu Ushio had 3A, Evan Gardner had the win in Goal.

Throughout the tournament, POE went  undefeated (6-0) with 44 GF and 6 GA. 

Also, Taisetsu Ushio (@taisetsu_2005) was selected to the KIBIHT All-Star Team, Tournament Top Forward and Ryder Ritchie (@ryder.ritchie9) won Tournament Top Scorer.

Kathleen Cahoon Female Prep Assistant Coach

By admin 09/01/2019, 1:00am PDT

Pursuit of Excellence President David Roy along with Female Hockey Director and Head Coach Kris Hogg are pleased to announce the hiring of Kathleen Cahoon as the new Female Prep Assistant Coach.


Kathleen comes to POE from UBC, where she was an assistant coach last season. Before stepping into a coaching role, Kathleen played five years at UBC starring in a forward role accumulating awards such as Most Dedicated, Top Forward, Best Defensive Forward and Top Graduating UBC Female Athlete along with being named an assistant captain. During her time at UBC, the Team accomplished 2x Canada West Champion (2016/2017) and National Championship Silver (2016) and Bronze (2017). Before her time at UBC, Kathleen played Midget at Notre Dame Academy in Saskatchewan and in the Hockey Canada National Program for Team Alberta.


“I am beyond excited to join the POE family for this upcoming season. POE is such a well-respected & influential hockey program in Canada -- so to be a part of helping the younger generations develop skills both on and off the ice is a huge privilege for me. I have been fortunate enough to have had some amazing coaches and mentors over the years who have had a positive influence on my life -- which is something I will strive to do with the girls this year. I cannot wait to share my knowledge with the team and to also learn as much as I can. I'm excited to work with Kris as he has helped grow the Female Prep Program into where it is today. I'm looking forward to a great year with this group.”


Kathleen is currently working for BC Wildfire Services fighting fires throughout Canada and will join the Female Prep Team for the start of the year.

“It was very evident from our first meeting that Kathleen is a perfect fit for POE,” said Hogg. “She comes highly regarded from her former coaching staff at UBC and although her playing resume and hockey background speak for themselves, it’s her other qualities that stand out. She has very strong values which relate directly to what we are trying to teach our girls every day at POE. Her work ethic, humble nature and selflessness will be a welcome addition to not only the Female Prep program and players, but the academy as a whole. Any person that is willing to put their life on the line to help save land, livestock, homes and people is a hero and it will be an honour to work alongside Kathleen.”

Back-to-Back Female Prep Championships

By Admin 03/12/2019, 1:30pm PDT

Ava Thewes (Clarkston, MI) stopped all 20 shots she faced as the Pursuit of Excellence capped off a perfect season with a 2-0 victory over the Edge School in the 2019 Canadian Sport School Hockey League Female Prep Division Championship Game.

This marks the second consecutive Female Prep Division Championship for Pursuit and also their third straight season in the championship game.

After 40 minutes of scoreless hockey, Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton, AB) opened the scoring with a power-play marker 2:18 into the third period, while Rachel Weiss (Foothills, AB) sealed the deal with an empty-netter in the closing seconds.

Caroline Gosling (Calgary, AB) stood on her head between the pipes for Edge, stopping 48-of-49 shots on the day.

Pursuit becomes the first Female Prep team in CSSHL history to post an undefeated season. They went 20-0-1 a year ago.

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The Canadian Hockey League today announced that St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Hofer of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending February 17 with a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory with a goals-against average of 1.00 and save percentage of .967.

Hofer claims the honour for the first time this season after turning aside 59 shots in two games last week to help the Winterhawks improve to 36-16-3-3 on the season. Against the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday, Hofer stopped 25 shots in an eventual 2-0 victory en route to first star honours and his third shutout of the season. The following night, he came up with a 34-save performance against the Seattle Thunderbirds in a 5-2 win as he improved to 13-25-2-1 on the season.

The 18-year-old Winnipeg, Man., native is competing in his second season in the Western Hockey League. Acquired from the Swift Current Broncos in a January trade, Hofer has notched a .920 save percentage and 2.76 goals-against average in 11 games since the deal.

Also considered for the award this week was Jonathan Lemieux of the Val d’Or Foreurs who posted a 2-0-0-0 record in two appearances for a goals-against average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969. In the OHL, Kai Edmonds of the Barrie Colts went 2-0-0-0, stopping 51 shots for a goals-against average of 1.50 and save percentage of .944.


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The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) announced its Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performers for the month of December.  The players were selected based upon their performance at the fourth NAPHL event of the season, which took place in Blaine, Minnesota from December 1-3. Stats were based on ALL games played.


18U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Jakob Jones, Pursuit of Excellence

Jones, 15, recorded seven points in four games during the December event as Pursuit of Excellence went 1-3 during the four games. The 5’8/150 lbs. native of Vernon, BC, recorded at least a point in all four games and had two multi-point outings. He had a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Nashville and a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss against Arizona. For the season, Jones is tied for 2nd in team scoring during the 2018-19 season with 10 points in 16 games played.

#2 Star: Connor Bottrill, Arizona Bobcats

#3 Star: Liam Bland, Colorado Springs Tigers


18U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Andrew Diaz, Florida Alliance

Diaz, 16, had a point in all four games during the December event as Florida picked up two wins. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Pembroke Pines, FL, had a goal in a 6-4 loss against Arizona, another goal in a 4-1 win over Thunder Bay and assists in the other two games. For the season, Diaz leads all Florida Alliance 18U blueliners in scoring this season with 7 points in 16 games played.

#2 Star: Aaron Eberhardt, Shattuck-St. Mary’s

#3 Star: Andrew Nieusma, Wenatchee Wolves


18U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Jordan Smith, Thunder Bay Kings

Smith, 17, was perfect in both of his starts during the December event, posting two shutouts to help the Kings keep pace among the Elite Division leaders in the standings. During the opening game, the 6’1/185 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, ON, had 13 saves in a 4-0 shutout of the Arizona Bobcats. The next day, Smith made 22 saves in a 3-0 shutout of Shattuck-St. Mary’s. For the season, Smith is one of the top goalies in the 18U Division with a 7-1 record, a 1.13 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.

#2 Star: Doug Wakelyn, Colorado Springs Tigers

#3 Star: Darius Bell, Shattuck-St. Mary’s


16U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Noah Cameron, Pursuit of Excellence

Cameron, 15, helped Pursuit of Excellence pick up three wins during the December event as he recorded seven points. The 5’6/143 lbs. native of Nagano, Japan, recorded at least a point in all four games. His best outing as a two-goal, two-assist performance in a 4-0 win over Florida. For the season, Cameron is 2nd in team scoring this season with 18 points in 16 games played.

#2 Star: Yusaku Ando, Pursuit of Excellence

#3 Star: Landry Schmuck, Nashville Jr. Predators


16U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Alex Pineau, Thunder Bay Kings

Pineau, 15, had three points in four games during the December event as the 16U Kings picked up two more wins. The 6’0/165 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, ON, posted a goal and assist in a 3-2 loss against Nashville and had an assist in a 4-1 win over Pursuit of Excellence. For the season, Pineau leads all Kings 16U blueliners in points with 8 points in 16 games played so far this season.

#2 Star: Yuji Akimoto, Pursuit of Excellence

#3 Star: Tyson Pauze, Pursuit of Excellence


16U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Aaron Kaner, Pursuit of Excellence

Kaner, 15, had two wins during the event in December. The 5’8/150 lbs. native of Calgary, AB, stopped 45 of 46 shots during the event, which was good for a .978 save percentage. In his first game, he made 24 saves in a 3-1 win over Colorado Springs, and in his second game he stopped all 20 shots that came his way in a 4-0 shutout of Florida. For the season, Kaner has a 4-4 record with a 3.10 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.

#2 Star: Julien LeFebvre, Thunder Bay Kings

#3 Star: Nicholas Junkin, Colorado Springs Tigers


15U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Valeri Chunchukov, Nashville Jr. Predators

Chunchukov, 15, had four points in four games during the December event, helping Nashville pick up two wins during the trip. The 5’10/160 lbs. native of Hendersonville, TN, had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win over Everett, the only goal in a 2-1 loss to Arizona, and a goal in a 4-3 overtime win over Colorado Springs. For the season, Chunchukov leads the team in scoring with five points in 12 games played.

#2 Star: Nick Hallee, Colorado Springs Tigers

#3 Star: Grayson Keller, Arizona Bobcats


15U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Nicholas Bonaldi, Arizona Bobcats

Bonaldi, 15, had three points during December as the Bobcats stayed in 2nd place in the 15U Elite Division with a 2-2 record. The 5’10/162 lbs. native of Las Vegas, NV, had all three points in one game, which was a one goal, two assist effort in a 5-1 win over Everett. For the season, Bonaldi is 2nd among Arizona 15U defensemen in scoring with 5 points in 12 games played.

#2 Star: Maguire Lind, Colorado Springs Tigers

#3 Star: Cameron Neal, Nashville Jr. Predators


15U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Stephen Gilson, Arizona Bobcats

Gilson, 15, played well in his three appearances during the December event, which included taking on the high-powered Gentry Academy guest team. The 6’0/155 lbs. native of Scottsdale, AZ, made 27 saves in a 2-1 win over Arizona, made 21 saves in a 5-1 win over Everett, and then made 29 on 34 shots against Gentry Academy. For the season, Gilson has a record of 2-2-1 with a 3.98 goals against average and a .888 save percentage.

#2 Star: Michael Morris, Florida Alliance

#3 Star: Ryan Lewis, Colorado Springs Tigers



The fifth NAPHL event of the 2018-19 season will take place from January 18-21, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.


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It’s a regular Monday morning practice at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy.

Former Kamloops Blazer and director of POE’s female hockey program Kris Hogg, is putting the girls’ class through a little drill Hogg calls. . .

“The triangle of death, you have a triangle up top here and if the puck goes out past those blue lines then the defense has to go skate down the ice,” Hogg said.


But when Vernon’s Anne Cherkowski steps into the triangle to defend against three forwards, she sends them down the ice with ease

The feat is a testament to Cherkowski’s hockey skills.

Cherkowski who is only 16 years-old, has already verbally committed to play hockey for the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gophers.

Now the self-described play maker, has been tapped to wear the maple leaf at the women’s world juniors.

“I got to wear the jersey for the first time in the summer, it was an incredible feeling and I can’t wait to do it again.” Cherkowski said.

Cherkowski will represent Canada in Japan at the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

“For her it’s big step you know, being able to represent your country,” Hogg said.

A step that Hogg sees Cherkowski as ready for. Hogg has worked with Cherkowski for two years and touts her hockey IQ,  as one of her biggest strengths.

“She is always one play ahead, she is always scanning the ice looking for the next play, so when the puck hits her stick, she is already ready to make that next play,” Hogg said.

The U18’s are just the first step to playing at the national level and Cherkowski is hoping that next play for her, might just been an Olympic one.

“Definitely the Olympics, that’s the big goal for me,” Cherkowski said.

But for now, the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship goes January 6 to the 13th in Obihiro, Japan.

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