Shady Aspect Academy hockey group attracts gamers from throughout for prep faculty schedule

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Saturday, January 22, 2022 | 11:01 AM


Ice hockey at Shady Aspect Academy is way completely different than what most scholastic sports activities followers are accustomed to.

The college performs within the Worldwide Prep League, versus the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League most Western Pennsylvania colleges play in.

It’s a singular association, however one which fits Shady Aspect simply nice.

Jonathan Johnson, additionally the varsity’s assistant athletic director, coaches the boys prep group, a gaggle of anyplace from 20 to twenty-eight athletes that performs a prep faculty schedule.

“We’ll be in Chicago subsequent weekend taking part in 4 different prep colleges,” Johnson stated. “Apart from Chicago, we’ll play groups from Cleveland and Vermont.”

The Bulldogs have gamers from not solely the Pittsburgh area, however athletes from Texas, Florida and even 4 Canadians.

“We even have a Chinese language participant,” Johnson stated. “We appeal to prime student-athletes. What attracts them is the sturdy lecturers right here at Shady Aspect Academy and we will board the scholars on campus. There are female and male dorms. Improvement is a key right here. We’re at it six days per week.”

A varsity group is one which performs slightly extra of a neighborhood schedule. There’s additionally a center faculty group and a ladies prep group. One benefit Shady Aspect additionally has is an on-campus area — the McKnight Heart.

Mentioned Johnson: “Generally, a PIHL sport shall be performed at 9 p.m. on a weeknight. That’s onerous for us to have, so we went with this mannequin, and that’s not to remove something that the PIHL does.”

The Bulldogs are 16-13 after 29 video games of the practically 40-game schedule.

One of many prep group’s key gamers and captains this season is defenseman Cole Douglas, who hails from Gibsonia.

“Cole’s been right here at Shady Aspect beginning with the center faculty group,” Johnson stated. “He’s positively a pacesetter of our group.”

One other key participant is ahead Mathew McEnroe from Moon Township.

One participant from Canada who has a well-recognized title to sports activities followers within the Pittsburgh area is Jack Lambert. Johnson stated when Lambert first arrived on campus, he had no thought who the corridor of fame soccer participant of the identical title was.

Johnson additionally offers credit score for this system’s success to assistant coach Stu Smith, who has been with the group for about 10 years.

Johnson himself was an extremely gifted participant in his day. Johnson scored 122 targets for the Ford Metropolis Excessive Faculty hockey group within the 1989-90 season, a state document that also stands. He was featured that yr in Sports activities Illustrated journal’s “Faces within the Crowd” part.

Johnson went on to play junior hockey a number of years after graduating from Ford Metropolis.

On the weekend of Jan. 28-29, Shady Aspect will host Wyoming Seminary from the Wilkes-Barre space. The Friday sport begins on the McKnight Heart begins at 7 .m. and the Saturday sport at 11 a.m.

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