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Early Season Success for Selects Academy
Combining scholastic and athletic excellence, The Selects Academy at South Kent School offers a unique opportunity to merge AAA level ice hockey with the independent, boarding school experience and is having unprecedented success as the three teams furiously emerge onto the national scene.
Selects Academy at South Kent School offers the best of both worlds allowing our students to have both top-tier private boarding school education and at the same time playing the highest level and most competitive AAA hockey available in the northeastern United States.
The program currently boasts an unparalleled seven NCAA Division I commitments, including several players that have received athletic scholarship offers.
Most recently, Jason Salvaggio ’13 from Hanson, MA committed to the University of Connecticut where he will join Anthony Siderio ’14 from West Berlin, NJ who also recently committed as a future UConn Husky. The other student -athletes with commitments are Anthony Florentino ’13 from West Roxbury, MA to Providence College, Donovan Ott ’15 from Lebanon, PA to Cornell, Joe Snively ‘14 from Henrdon, VA to Yale, Chase Priskie ’14 from Pembroke Pines, FL to Quinnipiac and Charlie Manely ’14 from Orchard Park, NY to RPI.
“We are very excited about the program and where we are in year two,” said Devin Rask, Director of Selects Hockey Academy and U-16 Head Coach. “The college commitments and records speak for themselves. We are providing a place to receive a great education and elite hockey, while instilling core principle values that will help prepare our graduates for life after high school,” he added.
The inaugural season of Selects Academy at South Kent School began in 2011-‘12 with the U-16 team followed by an expanded program offering teams for U-18 and U-14 in the 2012-‘13 year. All three teams play a 50-60 game schedule consisting of highly recruited showcases and tournaments, maximizing the opportunities for development and exposure. The program allows families who desire AAA level play against the top talent at the same age group on a national level without making tremendous sacrifice and commitments, often in conflict with their local schools that are hesitant to support the demands of AAA hockey. As players age-up they are able to continue their education without disruption while offering a widely desired and until now unavailable alternative to New England prep school hockey. The U-16 and U-18 teams are also eligible to compete for the USA Hockey Tier I national championships that take place in April.
“We are continuing to grow as a program and have a lot of interest from some of the top prospective players in the country for the 2013-‘14 season,” Rask said. “With players being recruited and committed by top Ivy League and NESCAC schools we can offer a place for each individual student/athlete depending on what their goals are,” he added. “The future is bright and we look forward to even more success as a program and for our individual student/athletes as the season progresses.”
The Selects Academy at South Kent School has seen tremendous success and national prominence early in the season. Following the Columbus Day weekend and according to myhockeyrankings.com, the U-18 team is ranked #19 nationally and recently tied #6 ranked HoneyBaked. The U-16 team is ranked #13 nationally with a record of 17-1-0, coming off a huge tournament win at the Jr. Bruins Shootout. The U-14 team has also seen early success with a record of 9-7-2, ranking 29th nationally and recently making the championship game in the Syracuse Nationals tournament.