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Northwood School Joins Forces to Create Prep Hockey Conference

Northwood School Joins Forces to Create Prep Hockey Conference (PHC)

Prominent hockey teams establish new league to elevate players and programs within North America


Lake Placid, NY, March 15, 2021 – After more than a year in the making, six leading men's preparatory hockey-playing institutions announce the establishment of the Prep Hockey Conference (PHC). The league is set to begin to play in the 2021-2022 season.

The institutions are Northwood School (Lake Placid, New York), Culver Academies (Culver, Indiana), Mount St. Charles Academy (Woonsocket, Rhode Island), Shattuck-St. Mary's School (Faribault, Minnesota), South Kent School (Kent, Connecticut), and St. Andrew's College (Aurora, Ontario). 

The league comprises institutions rich in history and tradition with a strong commitment to academic and athletic excellence. They are like-minded in their goals and aspirations for the PHC, focusing on improving the overall student-athlete experience while building rivalries through healthy competition.

“Northwood is humbled and excited to be part of the Prep Hockey Conference. It provides an opportunity for our school and players to compete at the highest level against like-minded programs,” states Chadd Cassidy, Head Coach Boys’ Hockey. “We are looking forward to a strong partnership with all our league members.”

The boys' hockey program at Northwood School is made up of two teams. The boys play between 40 and 50 games per season in the United States and Canada, and the hockey student-athletes are provided with personalized tools and coaching to help them reach their full potential in the rink and the classroom.

The PHC is committed to providing the best possible hockey experience for its players, fans, and stakeholders. The group plans to establish itself as the premiere prep hockey league in North America by setting the highest standards for competitiveness and maintaining a level of the institutional investment that demonstrates a significant commitment to its hockey programs and facilities. The goal is to establish relationships within and beyond the hockey world that create a high degree of visibility and positive media exposure for the PHC, its programs, and its players.

The schools making up the PHC have agreed to a mutually beneficial governance arrangement as they set out to transform the prep hockey landscape.