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    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Davis Burnside Commits to Ohio State

    On a Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    Bridgedale Academy grad Davis Burnside has given his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at The Ohio State University. 

    Davis, an outstanding forward who is now playing for the Chicago Mission U15 team, becomes the 14th Bridgedale grad to have earned his D1 scholarship.

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

    He was also an Honor Roll student at Bridgedale.

    "Davis, a forward, has elite level speed who is a threat to score anytime the puck is on his stick," says Gino Cavallini, coach of the Chicago Mission U15 team for which Davis now competes. "His stride and ability to generate this kind of speed almost always catches the opposing defenders on their heels. His speed sets him apart; his ability to play 200 feet is why he is coveted."

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    Friday, October 5, 2018

    Bridgedale Mourns Loss of Nicholas Marlowe

    Beloved son of Bridgedale's Mike McPartlin

    The entire Bridgedale Academy Family is extremely saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Nicholas "Nick" Marlowe, son of Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin.

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    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    Get 37 Weeks of Hockey Camp

    Every Year Parents Scramble to get their sons in Hockey Camps

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    Isn't there a better way?

    Every summer, hundreds of hockey camps are operating all over North America. And no matter what skills your hockey-playing child needs to work on, there are camps out there for you.

    There are camps for speed, camps for stick handling, camps for shooting, camps for checking, camps for “power” skating, camps for defensemen, etc. 

    Most of these camps are week-long camps, and with each camp comes the promise of positive results.

    So my question is: If positive results can come from attending a 1-week hockey camp, what kind of results could you expect from 37 weeks of hockey camp?

     

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    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Josh Lopina Commits to UMass Amherst

    On a Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    Bridgedale Academy grad Josh Lopina has given his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at UMass Amherst

    Josh is an outstanding forward who recently won a USA Hockey National Championship as a member of the Chicago Mission's U16 team. Josh becomes the 13th Bridgedale grad to earn his D1 scholarship, and the first to commit to UMass.

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

    Josh, who will compete in junior hockey this season for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League, was also a High Honors student at Bridgedale.

    "Josh has good hockey sense in addition to his strong athletic abilities," says Anders Sorensen, Josh's coach at the Chicago Mission U16s last season. "He possesses a very strong two-way game combined with a great compete level."

    "The more competitive the game becomes, the more Josh excels," added Sorensen.

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    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Thinking inside the box

    Creativity might come from thinking outside the box, but fundamentals come from thinking inside it

    By Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    How do you explain a generational player like Wayne Gretzky?

    The first time I saw Wayne Gretzky play hockey was at the old Chicago Stadium. He was 18 years old at the time.

    I remember thinking how his approach to playing the game was so "unusual."

    Unusual ... and unusually good. 

    Even then he was so unbelievably creative. It was as if he'd learned the game on another planet.

    He seemed to be the very definition of "thinking outside the box."

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    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Jack Devine Commits to Denver

    On a Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    Bridgedale Academy grad Jack Devine has given his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at Denver University

    Jack, an outstanding forward who is recognized nationally at the Bantam Major level, becomes the 12th Bridgedale grad to have earned his D1 scholarship.

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

    He was also a High Honors student at Bridgedale.

    "Jack Devine is on his way to becoming the epitome of a team leader whose play does the talking. A Messier type center, he can play any way you like him to. Skilled, tenacious and gritty, you get the full 200ft from Jack," says Gino Cavallini, coach of the Chicago Mission Bantam Major 03s team for which Jack competed last season.

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    Monday, August 13, 2018

    A Coach's Advice Still Resonates After 45 Years

    A thank you to former Notre Dame hockey coach Tim McNeill

     
    By Bill Whiteside, Businessman, Sales and Marketing

     

    This is really not about my hockey career.

     

    My hockey career peaked when I made the junior varsity team in college. Any scouting report on me it would have noted: “He’s slow but he’s small.”  A teammate once complimented the hang time on my slapshot. In other words, this is really not about my hockey career.

    During my freshman year I was involved in a scuffle that wasn’t really a fight, but which irritated the referee enough to toss me and a player from the other team out of the game. Tim McNeill, our coach, had an iron-clad rule that any player who was thrown out of a game would also be suspended for the next game.

    Our parents didn’t know this at a time, but they were very fortunate to trust their freshman sons to the guidance of Tim McNeill. He expected us to respect the game, each other and our school. He expected us to hustle and to play hard, but within the rules. After the first taste of extended life away from home for most of us, by Thanksgiving it was time for “that turkey trim” – no hair could extend below the backs of our helmets. Coach had his rules, and if you broke his rules, there were consequences.

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    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    An Open Letter to Young Hockey Players

    Your parents sacrifice so you can play hockey

    By Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    To "All you young hockey players out there:"

    Dear hockey player:

    I wanted to give you a few things to think about:

    • Your parents are making sacrifices for you

    1) It takes a lot of effort and determination to do what your parents do. They work hard to be good at their jobs so they can feed you, buy you clothes and put a roof over your head. And you should always remember, and respect, that they work hard to earn their money. 

    2) Some of the money they earn (a lot of it in fact) they put toward your hockey. (Always remember this is money they could have used to pay for other things.)

    3) They also drive you all over the place so you can play hockey (evening practices, early mornings on weekends, travel for tournaments, etc.). This is their valuable time and energy, that they give to you. And it all adds up.

    But here’s the thing: your parents love you and want the best for you (including at hockey), and so they willingly make these sacrifices and are (almost always) glad to do these things for you.

    • Your parents want you to get a good education

    1) As much as you (and your parents) might love your hockey, they know that your academics must come first.

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    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    Three Bridgedale Grads Drafted by NHL

    Bode Wilde, Jacob Pivonka and Spencer Stastney

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    Bridgedale Academy is proud to announce that three (3) of its recent graduates were selected in the recent NHL Draft. 

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    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    The Value of the Bridgedale Experience

    What makes Bridgedale unique to parents?

    By Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    Absolute confidence that Bridgedale is delivering on its promises.

    Recently, a number of Bridgedale Academy parents and teachers got together with a marketing professional to conduct what is called a Value Proposition exercise. We talked about what Bridgedale is, and what it could be. 

    Sixteen (16) Bridgedale Academy parents contributed their time and ideas to the exercise, as did most of Bridgedale's teaching staff.

    The purpose of the exercise was to determine not only what made Bridgedale unique, but also what we could possibly do to make the Bridgedale Experience even better.

    Amy Holsinger of Project Enroll, who conducted the exercise, concluded there was “a general sense of satisfaction and happiness expressed by” the Bridgedale parents, noting there was an “absolute confidence that the school is delivering on a number of promises.” 

    Among these promises delivered were “a solid Classical education, exceptional teachers, attentive staff members, the knowledge that their sons are happy and highly challenged, and a high-quality hockey experience.”

    Amy said that what “resonated” for her was that Bridgedale is not just a “hockey school” and that “leadership, tenacity, ownership, accountability and a collaborative spirit are just a few of the many benefits young men will receive from a Bridgedale Academy education.”

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