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    Friday, January 4, 2019

    First-Hand Accounts: Why Parents Love Bridgedale

    See for yourself why Bridgedale Academy is so incredible


    Bridgedale Academy offers the best of both worlds to 5th thru 8th graders:

    - an outstanding classical-based education

    - the best on-ice and off-ice training available anywhere.

     

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    Training Elite Student Athletes

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    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Bridgedale Grad Jacob Perreault OHL Rookie of Month

     Leading Rookie Scorer in CHL had 17 points in 10 games in December


    Bridgedale Academy grad Jacob Perreault, standout forward for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, was named OHL Rookie of the Month for December of 2018.

    Jacob continues to lead the entire CHL in rookie scoring.

    Read more here.

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    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Bridgedale Grads Wilde and Perreault Honored by OHL

    Wilde Top Defenseman and Perreault Top Rookie for December, 2018


    Bridgedale Academy grads Bode Wilde and Jacob Perreault were honored by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as Performers of the Month for December.

    Bode, standout defenseman for the Saginaw Spirit, and Jacob, standout rookie forward for the Sarnia Sting, were named OHL Defenseman of the Month and OHL Rookie of the Month respectively.

    Read more here.

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    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Bridgedale Grad Spencer Stastney at Winter Classic

     Leads Blackhawks onto ice at iconic Notre Dame Stadium


    Bridgedale Academy grad Spencer Stastney, standout defenseman for the #6 Ranked University of Notre Dame Hockey Team, had the honor of leading the Chicago Blackhawks onto the ice at iconic Notre Dame Stadium for the 2019 NHL's Winter Classic.

    Read more here.

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    Monday, December 24, 2018

    Merry Christmas from Bridgedale Academy

     

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    Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Brady Smith to Colorado College

    Defenseman will start at CC in 2019-20

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    We are proud to congratulate Bridgedale Academy grad Brady Smith, who will start his Division 1 NCAA hockey career next season at Colorado College. 


    Brady, from Bloomington, IL, is now with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. He is a powerful, smooth skater known for his puck movement and strong shot.

    (Click to see all Bridgedale's college commitments.)

    Brady recently de-committed from the University of Wisconsin where he'd originally intended to go, committing while still only an 9th grader at Bridgedale.

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    Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Bode Wilde to Sign with Islanders

    Defenseman now starring for Saginaw in OHL

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    We are proud to congratulate Bridgedale Academy grad Bode Wilde, who has agreed to terms with the New York Islanders (NHL) for a 3-year entry level contract. 


    Bode, originally from Montreal, now plays with the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League. Bode is a skilled, smooth-skating defenseman who brings offensive punch to his game.

    (Click here to see Bridgedale's college commitments.)

    Bode was drafted in the 2d round of last year's NHL draft and has been distinguishing himself with the Spirit, scoring at a point-per-game pace this season in the OHL.

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    Friday, November 16, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Zakary Karpa Commits to Princeton

    Going to the Ivy League

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    We are proud to congratulate Bridgedale Academy grad Zakary Karpa on his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at Princeton University. 

    This season Zak competes for the Honeybaked Hockey U16 team. A highly skilled forward who has also skated with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program U17s this season, Zak is the 16th Bridgedale grad to have earned his D1 commitment.

    (Click to see all Bridgedale's college commitments.)

    Zak was also a 4.0 Honors student during his two years at Bridgedale Academy.

    "Honeybaked Hockey is thrilled that Zak has made his college commitment to Princeton University," says Bill Warren, Zak's coach at the Honeybaked U16 team. "Not only are the Tigers getting a solid two-way player who has the ability to make his teammates around him better, they are getting an Honor student athlete who has done a remarkable job of balancing education and hockey."

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    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Dom Rivelli Commits to Miami of Ohio

    On a Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    We are proud to congratulate Bridgedale Academy grad Dominick Rivelli on his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at Miami University of Ohio. 

    This season Dominick competes for the Chicago Mission U15 team. He is a versatile forward and becomes the 15th Bridgedale grad to have earned his D1 scholarship.

    (Click to see all Bridgedale's college commitments.)

    Dominick was also a 4.0 Honors student during his two years at Bridgedale Academy.

    "Dom is relentless in pursuit of the puck and you can usually find it on his stick," says Gino Cavallini, Dom's coach at the Chicago Mission U15 team. "He is the type of player coaches can rely on in any situation. With an above average hockey IQ, Dom plays with an edge every shift while his speed affords him many opportunities."

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    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Why Goalies are a Special Breed

    Toughest Position in Team Sports

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    Nothing compares physically, mentally and emotionally

    I've never been a goalie.

    In fact, I don't think I've ever even put on the pads.

    Nonetheless, I believe that hockey goalie is the toughest position in all of team sports. So here's my very unscientific analysis of why it's so hard to be a goalie.

    Value to the team is only a part of it

    I've coached hockey for many years and understand the value that an elite goaltender brings to a team.

    Put simply: You can't win a championship without a championship-caliber goaltender.

    Read Insights & Fundamentals for Goalies Sept 2018 Edition

    But other sports have positions that will have a similar value to a team. No team wins in football without an exceptional quarterback. Championship baseball teams need world-class pitching.

    So it has to be more than just that.

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