Brentwood’s Hockey Program

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - By: Lucca P, Whittall ‘22

As the honeymoon period at Brentwood has come to a halt, our hockey team is back to business as usual at the Kerry Park Recreation Centre - five minutes from campus. Led by coaches Mr Shadlock, Mr Robinson, and Mr Interlandi, our hockey program is in good, experienced hands. Players skate on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, as well as the beloved Saturday morning icetime before classes start at 10:15 am (boarders must clean their rooms on Friday night to be ready for inspection the following morning).

On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 21st, players were getting back into the swing of things, and regaining the essential muscle memory needed to adequately use the edges of their skate blades. The main focus during practice was breaking out of the defensive zone with proper chemistry, and carrying that into a three-on-one offensive play. The last game Brentwood’s hockey players took part in was during the Ross Cup - a tournament between high schools in the province - in February 2020. For this reason, proper chemistry and game simulation are essential. None of this would be complete without several laps around the rink throughout practice, forward or backward, ordered by Mr Robinson.

Although there are no games in the fall term, we are already working hard to be in a comfortable position for winter competition. Come November 23rd, local teams will be joined by some from the Mainland in contests of perseverance, skill, and an unparalleled work ethic from the boys and girls on our team. Mr Shadlock is pleased that the “team is looking good so far.” Furthermore, in February, we hope to venture to Prague, Czech Republic, and leave a permanent etch in the rinks over there.

Right up until the Ross Cup (which is also the final day of Term 2 Sport), one thing that goes without question is a dedication to the program - by both players and coaches. One of last year's Assistant Captains, Will P, Whittall ‘22, who has been with the program since 2019, is “really excited to play with such a deep team with skill all over the lineup.”

Lucca P, Whittall ‘22

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