About Us

Potential is defined as "having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future." At the Pursuit of Excellence, we are committed to helping players achieve their fullest potential on and off the ice. We strive to bring out the best in every player athletically and academically while instilling core values that will help them in whatever endeavors they choose to pursue.

Since 2009, the Academy has had unrivaled success producing National, Provincial and Collegiate level players. Success can be attributed to ten months (1000 hours) of rigorous player development on and off the ice. Players in the academy will learn first hand what it takes to be an elite athlete in a high performance environment.

KELOWNA

The Pursuit of Excellece is located Kelowna, BC the heart of the Okanagan. Cradled within a glorious range of mountains; a sanctuary blessed with pristine lakes, pine forests, abundant gardens, orchards and vineyards, sandy beaches, and superb amenities.
A variety of accommodations offer myriad choices; lakeside resorts, hotels, quaint motels, luxurious vacation rentals, cozy B&B's, cabins, RV parks and campsites. When you're planning a holiday that is family friendly, romantic, or ideal for a group of friends, you'll find the perfect lodging in Kelowna.
As the largest city located on stunning Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is a recreational lakeside paradise with miles of beautiful parkland and several sandy beaches that provide wonderful opportunities for swimming, boating, waterskiing, windsurfing and fishing.
Even Kelowna's mainstreet ends at a beach! Soak it all in on one of many outdoor patios. Stroll along the lakefront boardwalk and explore the local treasures being sold by the artisans or kick off your shoes and enjoy a free concert in the park. Kelowna is emerging as Canada's newest golf destination, offering a whopping 101,382 yards of golf heaven. From easy-going to ego-shattering there are 20 golf courses to choose from.
If you're a wine enthusiast, touring Kelowna is a must. There are more than 29 unique wineries offering tours and tastings for all palates. Or take in the arts and culture, the heritage, the winter activities, the list goes on... and on... and on. Visit Tourism Kelowna for more details!

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The Pursuit of Excellence is housed in a 27,000sqft training facility. A hockey players haven, the facility is divided into four areas specifically designed to provide players with all the equipment they need to develop, practice and hone their skills.

Shooting Area

Furnished with six nets, a radar gun, shooting targets, rebound boards, and an endless supply of pucks, players have an entire area dedicated to improving their shot arsenal and goal scoring abilities.

Skills Rink

A 40x80sqft replica rink with boards, this area is used for passing, stickhandling, simulated skating, and tactical training. This area is equipped with stickhandling rigs, agility ladders, two nets, weighted balls, cones, hurdles and tons of other equipment to keep players engaged and improve their stick skills.

Skating Treadmill

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A synthetic ice treadmill with accompanying shooting/stickhandling area, this piece of equipment helps players work on stride technique, efficiency and conditioning.

Strength and Conditioning

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The weight room is on the second floor of the facility and is an impressive 9,000sqft. Featuring spin bikes, squat and bench racks, a variety of plyo and weight equipment and VERT machines, players will increase their strength, speed and stamina with programs designed by our Aspire strength and conditioning coaches. Each player is assessed prior to season and a training package is developed to suit each players individual need.

LEAGUE

With the mission of preparing girls to play at the next level (national, provincial, collegiate) the Pursuit of Excellence Female prep team plays in the most competitive, highly scouted tournaments in North America. In order to give our girls the best chance of success, we aim for a practice to game ratio of 10:1 ensuring that our girls are able to perform to the best of their abilities when eyes are focused on them.

ACADEMICS

At the Pursuit of Excellence, we stress the importance of academics in all of our players. We strive to develop not just hockey players but student-athletes, student-athletes that are prepared for a rigorous college curriculum. Pursuit players are integrated into the George Elliot Secondary School system, ranked by the Fraser Institute Report Card on BC Secondary schools as 66/282. With the help of their excellence staff of teachers and advisors, our players are given the direction and knowledge to excel academically. Visit the GESS website here.   Fraser Institute Rating of George Elliot vs. Other hockey academy schools in the Okanagan.

CHARACTER AND VALUES

Of equal importance to the coaches at POE is the development of every player’s character and values. Pursuit players experience humility, gratitude, hard work and the importance of a team first attitude. During the course of the year, the team will spend time volunteering in different areas of the community as well as raising awareness for a variety of causes.

ON A DAILY BASIS

A typical day at Pursuit can be seen in the schedule below:

7:15am-8:15am: Skills session (shooting, stick handling, passing, etc.) OR Classroom (game video analysis, nutrition, etc.)

9:00am-12:00pm: School
1:00pm-3:15pm: On Ice Practice
4:00pm-5:00pm: Off Ice (strength, conditioning, agility, etc.)

It is not uncommon in our program for players to increase their slap shot speed by 17 mph in the first 3 months, or increase their sprint speed to a puck by 5 mph in the same time period.

THE STAFF

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DAVID ROY - Head Coach

David Roy, founder and owner of the Pursuit of Excellence, is one of the most respected skating coaches in the world. David has worked as the skating coach for the Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Canada’s National Team, and the Canada’s Women’s Olympic Team. Each year he and his staff work with well over 2000 hockey players from around the world. 

Hockey players from many NHL teams have attended Dave’s pro camps including the Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers, and the San Jose Sharks.

In developing the Pursuit of Excellence program, David made sure that improving every player’s skating technique, speed, quickness, efficiency, and agility was given first priority. The program Dave has developed for skating over the past 35 years is fully implemented in the Pursuit hockey curriculum. In today’s game, becoming an excellent skater, has to be the foundation for every other skill a hockey player develops.

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Glen Naka - Head Coach

Glen has been with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy since 2007. He began his coaching career with the Westside Minor Hockey in 1978, where he continues to mentor. Glen has been a part of BC Male U-17 District Camps and BC Hockey Female U-18 teams. He has his Advanced 1 coaching designation, CAHA and is a BCAHA Course Conductor. Glen is, and has been, a Sr. Regional Scout for the Victoria Royals in the WHL for several years, as well as the Westside Warriors in the BCHL. Glen was Coach of the Year for Westside Minor Hockey 2004, 2005 and 2006. Glen received the BC Hockey Award in 2006 for outstanding contribution to the administration and development of young players.

 

Barbara Bilko - Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon...

 

Hugh Dunlop - Assistant Coach/Academy Video Coordinator

Hugh Dunlop enters his second year with Pursuit of Excellence, after spending last season as Assistant Coach with the boys Bantam Varsity team. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Hugh brings with him a vast wealth of knowledge of hockey and video analysis.  Professionally, Hugh has worked at HD2 Sports, Canada’s leader in sports Video breakdown and analysis, was the head Video Coordinator for the Calgary Roughnecks of the NLL and most recently an Assistant Coach and Video Coordinator for the Swiss International Sports & Education Centre. It is through this experiences and after several interning opportunities in both the WHL and NHL, that Hugh began to gain a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable young video analysts in the game.

Hugh believes in lifelong learning through sharing his knowledge with others.  This is why for years he has been giving back to the sport through volunteerism not only at home with Junior A teams like the Calgary Mustangs of the AJHL and the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL but internationally where he has worked on two occasions with Russia Severstal.  In 2012 together they won the prestigious Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament.

Hugh is very excited to be joining the girls program this year and to continue to assist the Academy’s other teams as well.

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