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Here are your 2014 - 2015 Balmoral Hall Blazers! Featuring our full roster, schedule, and program successes!



  • Coming to Balmoral Hall has been so significant to my life not only because I am able to play the sport I love at a higher level, but because the school changed my perspective on life. It taught me how to make my dreams a reality, and for that I am thankful.

    ~Kaytlin Drews 07, Blazers Prep Team

    BALMORAL HALL SCHOOL DEVELOPMENTAL HOCKEYBalmoral Hall is excited to offer the Blazers Hockey Development program for the sixth year. For the first time ever, we have opened the program up to include non-BH students as well. This program is an opt-in, fee based program for girls in grades 6 to 9 (ages 10-14). We believe that the time spent on-ice focusing on skill development, conditioning, and 44 play is an ideal combination for a pre-season training program.

    During the on-ice sessions, students are led through a progression of skills that focus on developing their hockey abilities. Progression of these skills will focus on individual technical skills as well as team tactics. Athletes are provided with a skill evaluation sheet upon completion of the on-ice sessions to assist in furthering their development.

    Coaching staff for the program include current play-ers and coaching staff, in addition to former NCAA and CIS players. The combined achievements of these instructors include playing for Team Canada, Team Manitoba, and NCAA championships. Most of all, the instructors will share a passion and enthusiasm for hockey and helping young players grow.

  • BH Blazers Varsity Prep HockeyThe Blazers Varsity Prep hockey team was founded in 2006 2007. They found success early, with victory coming in their very first game against the Thunder Bay Queens. During the 2008 2009 season the Varsity Prep team joined the Junior Womens Hockey League ( JWHL) which is comprised of teams from Saskatchewan, Vermont, British Columbia, Colorado, Washington, and Alberta. In their first season in the league the Blazers won the West Division and finished as league finalists. During this same season the Varsity Prep hockey team recorded their 100th lifetime win in just three seasons.

    Individual Prep student-athletes have also enjoyed success with BH players/alumnae being named to a Team Canada Roster 17 times, and BH players/alumnae being named to a Team Manitoba Roster 48 times. In addition to provincial and national level recognition, in the 9 years of the Prep teams existence, more than 26 BH Varsity Prep team graduates are playing at the CIS or NCAA level on academic and/or athletic scholarships.

    In my opinion, Balmoral Hall is one of the top schools in the country for an elite hockey player to develop. Not only is it known for its prestigious status in the classroom, but also for its excellent staff and teachers who are always doing everything in their power to help you suceed. The BH Blazers play in top-of-the line facilities, and are an astounding hockey program that will help female hockey players truly reach their full potential.

    Bailey Bram 08, Team Canada

  • Coaching StaffGERRY WILSON


    Gerry Wilson brings an extensive hockey background as well as a unique and rich business acumen to his role as Director of Hockey and Head Coach of the Varsity Prep Blazers. His playing background includes Junior as well as Collegiate hockey across Canada and the US. Teams included Winnipeg South Blues (MJHL), Calgary Chinooks (AJHL), Calgary Wranglers (WHL), Spokane Flyers (WHL), and the Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA). Gerrys coaching experience within female hockey spans close to 20 years. He has held head coaching positions at all levels of minor female hockey as well as Midget AA, AAA, and High School. In his first year with the Blazers he coached the team to one of the most successful seasons ever with a 21 8 2 record, good for second overall in the JWHL.

    Gerry received a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Manitoba with a double major in finance and marketing. He has acquired over 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic planning. This serves to compliment his hockey background and ensure that the vision of long term growth and excellence within the program is attained. Gerry has been involved in the hockey program at BH since its inception. As both a parent and an advisor to the hockey committee he has seen the program evolve into what it is today. He has had three daughters graduate from the hockey program. One at the Varsity Prep level and two at the Junior Varsity level. This extensive involvement at all levels has allowed him to gain valuable insight into the female hockey landscape both in Canada and the US.

    In 2013, Gerry attended the High Performance 1 Coaching Clinic, Hockey Canadas most elite coaching seminar. The clinic, which is by invitation only, occurs once every 2 years and brings together many of Manitobas elite level coaches and also involves a number of high performance athletes both male and female many of whom are already at the national level.



    Sarah Zacharias joins Balmoral Hall School as former alum of the Varsity Prep Program (2007-2008). Sarah recently completed playing NCAA division 1 hockey for the Niagara University Purple Eagles. In her four years at university Sarah completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and French. When Sarah wasnt playing hockey or studying she spent her time helping coach the Jr. Purple Eagles Program as well as working with SABAH (Special Athletes Big at Heart), an organization that teaches mentally and physically disabled participants the game of hockey. After returning to Winnipeg, Sarah began working with the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy, a not-for-profit organization that teaches fundamental and development hockey to students ages 7-14. Sarah also joined the coaching staff of the MFMHL AAA Winnipeg Ice as the Assistant Coach, primar-ily working with the Defense and Special Teams units. Sarah worked with the Ice for two seasons before coming back to her alma mater as the Development Program Coordinator and the Associate

    Coach of Varsity Prep Hockey. Sarahs experience with the NCAA and CHA will be beneficial to the girls looking to reach the next level of the game.



    Darlene Sveinsons extensive knowledge and experience with fitness, physical education and yoga adds an elite athletic component to the Balmoral Hall Blazers Hockey Program. She has been a fitness leader and trainer in and outside of Manitoba for 29 years and a physical educator at Balmoral Hall School for the past 19 years. In 1997 she became a certified Hockey Canada coach which enabled her to apply her vast knowledge of fitness to training hockey players. Darlene utilizes hockey-specific training techniques to push participants to a higher level of athleticism while developing speed, power, agility and improved on-ice performance. Darlenes strength is blending her diverse experience with a variety of training disciplines into a dynamic, multi-faceted conditioning program.

    Darlene has trained male and female hockey players from novice through Junior levels, and is the off-ice conditioning trainer for Max Hockey School during the summer. She also taught yoga for the Jennifer Botterill Journey to Excel hockey camp in 2013, as well as instructing professional hockey players as part of their off-season training at Focus Fitness.



    Dans background in coaching and ability to mentor athletes provides a large benefit to the Blazers Hockey Program.

    He has had a positive impact working with several Blazers goaltenders over the past few years. In addition, he has helped several goaltenders succeed at the college level and national stage.

    In addition to his role with the team, Dan is the Goaltender Development Coordinator of GDI Goaltending where he consults and trains athletes both at the Manitoba Training Centre and across Canada.



    Mandy Green has been working with the Blazers Prep Hockey team as Athletic Coordinator for the last five years and a teacher at Balmoral Hall School for ten. Mandy makes sure that all travel ar-rangements for the team are made including the organization of all bus and flying trips while man-aging all of the documents, budget and day to day tasks involved with running the hockey program. Occasionally Mandy will travel with the team as an additional support to the coaching staff. She loves what the hockey program brings to the school and is so proud of every graduating player.


    Hometown: Sioux Lookout, ON Catches: LeftHeight: 5 9Weight: 165 lbsBirthdate: May 1, 1997Grade: 12Graduating year: 2015GPA: 90SAT score: 1760Previous team: QEDHS Warriors (Boys)Other sports: basketball, volleyball, soccerLast season: Games played: 17 GAA: 2Hockey achievements: First female AAA Bantam and Ontario Provincials participant.Academic achievements: Honour Roll (Final avg. over 80), Heads Honour Roll (Final Average over 90), JWHL Academic Team, Math Contest WinnerContact: Anita Wills,

    Hometown: Winnipeg, MBShoots: LeftHeight: 5 8Weight: 152Birthdate: April 21, 1997Grade: 12Graduating year: 2015GPA: 80Previous Team: Bantam AA St. Boniface SaintsOther sports: volleyball, soccer, boys hardballLast season: Games played: 32 G: 8 A: 23Team Manitoba achievements: Top 40 Camp, Official Roster, made Top 40 at age 15, Team M