The Atlantic Hockey Group (AHG) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Promac Hockey to assist in promoting the development of young hockey players in the greater Charlottetown area. The Atlantic Hockey Group will provide the Promac Hockey program with the opportunity to compete in the several different spring hockey Series featuring over 200 teams. Jr Panthers teams will have the opportunity to compete at 4 distinct levels from AAA to A levels allowing players of all skill levels to enjoy a positive spring hockey experience as they compete at the appropriate level. Promac Hockey will also host league games as well as tournaments in the Charlottetown area featuring over 50 teams traveling from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec and NL.
Former NHLer Charlie Bourgeois, Director of the Atlantic Hockey Group, looks forward to the partnership; “ having high level hockey people like Forbes MacPherson and Kenny MacDougall involved in our program will be tremendous. They are both quality people who bring a great deal of knowledge and passion for the game of hockey. I think that it is wonderful that local coaches and players have the opportunity to benefit from their vast hockey experience.”
As for MacPherson “I am so excited about the future of PEI Jr Panthers Hockey. Together with the Atlantic Hockey Group, we will be in a position to offer the strongest Maritime Spring Elite Series available to players and with the support of AHG, we will continue to be committed to the development of Island players first!” “With the AHG network, we will be able to offer even more quality programs for the Elite to the recreational player!” added Macpherson
The main objective of the AAA and Prospect Series is to provide the opportunity for players of all skill levels, male and female, to grow and improve their hockey skills in a fun and positive environment while competing at the appropriate level.
The Series will consist of a minimum of 12 games, which begin at the end of the minor hockey season in early April. Games will take place on weekends where teams will play two games in one day therefore limiting travel and the cost of accommodations. Jr Panthers teams will have the opportunity to host 4 home games while playing a total of at least 6 games on the Island. The large number of teams and families traveling to the Charlottetown area to play games during the spring will also create a significant economic spin off for the area. At the completion of the Series teams will have the opportunity to take part in our Atlantic Cup tournaments, which featured over 150 teams in 2017 from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Québec and NL.
Founded in 1989, The Atlantic Hockey Group’s program has become one of the most successful in Canada. Through programs such as the Charlie Bourgeois Hockey School and the many spring hockey programs the Atlantic Hockey Group works with over 5000 hockey players each year. Its seven full time staff members, Regional Directors and the network of over 400 coaches associated with the Atlantic Hockey Group provide a very strong structure to assure that programs are professionally operated. The program is stable, comprehensive and innovative, thereby ensuring that there will always be a yearly path of progression for players to play for more senior teams. Director Charlie Bourgeois brings over 12 years of professional hockey experience to the Atlantic Hockey Group. He began his pro-career with the Calgary Flames of the NHL. In his seven year NHL career, he also played for the St. Louis Blues and Hartford Whalers. His coaching career began in Europe, followed by a two-year stint in the AHL with the Winnipeg Jets top farm team. Charlie captured the 2005 Atlantic University Hockey Championship as head coach of the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus.
Forbes MacPherson and Kenny MacDougall bring a great deal of experience to Promac Hockey. MacPherson is in his 9th season as Head Coach of the PEI Panthers men’s hockey team. Under his leadership “Panther Pride” has been restored in the province of PEI. Forbes has worked to implement a commitment to excellence that includes the development of well-rounded, successful student athletes. As a player he competed with the University of NB as well as the PEI Panthers. Following his graduation Forbes played pro hockey in several leagues including the CHL, ECHL and AHL. He was also an assistant coach at the pro level for seven years. Forbes was selected as a Team Canada Associate Coach at the 26th Winter World University Games.
Kenny MacDougall, an advanced level 1 certified coach, brings a wealth of experience. His resume includes coaching at all levels including minor hockey, major midget, junior, senior and university levels. Kenny also has substantial experience with the Hockey PEI Program of Excellence where he was the head coach of the 2007 and 2011 Canada Games men’s hockey teams, 2007 head coach of Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Championships, and has also led the Cornwall Thunder to the Telus Cup (National Major Midget Championships) in 2004. As head coach in 2008, he guided the Summerside Western Capitals to a Maritime Junior Hockey League title and the Eastern Canadian Fred Page Cup title to earn a berth at the Royal Bank Cup National Junior “A” Championships. Kenny has worked as the NB/PEI scout for the QMJHL Moncton Wildcats, as the Hockey PEI coach certification facilitator, and as lead instructor for the East Wiltshire Hockey Skills Academy. His latest project includes the establishment of the Mount Academy which will provide the opportunity of many young athletes from PEI the opportunity to pursue their Academic and Athletic goals.
For more information on our 2018 Spring Hockey programs please visit our website at www.atlantichockeygroup.com or contact Promac Hockey at 902-394-1126