Academy of Excellence

Welcome to the Bandits Hockey Academy of Excellence Program!

The Calgary Hockey Development Centre Bandits Academy of Excellence Program was designed to create the best value for families looking for an exceptional Hockey experience. We run quality Hockey programs dedicated to developing strong fundamental elements for long-term Hockey success and enjoyment.

The “Academy of Excellence” (AOE) aims to create teams that will operate for an entire year vs distinct seasons. Evaluations will occur at the end of each year, which is March. Players will join the Academy of Excellence for a period of 1 year. Players may opt out of summer development but participation in winter and spring team/academy is a requirement. All AOE players will play under the Bandits logo


Academy of Excellence Overview

The AOE is a professionally run, year-round, one-stop-shop academy team/program designed to maximize long-term player development. The program includes:

  • Primetime access for all on-ice and off-ice development

  • Superior hockey development experience with professional coaching and instruction,

  • Alberta-wide gameplay in the Alberta Power League (APL) or Hockey Super League (HSL)

  • Convenient prime-time practices

  • Affordable fees.

Note: All AOE players will play under the Bandits logo


Academy of Excellence Program Goals

  • Provide families with a long-term, pre-planned development program

  • Eliminate the need for yearly ID skates, extra development programs and unnecessary travel

  • Create an Academy of similarly skilled and like-minded players, seeking an accelerated development pathway

  • Develop complete players by improving the four pillars of development “physical-mental-emotional-social”

  • Improve the four pillars of development “physical - mental - emotional - social”

  • Create responsible, accountable respectful players

  • Put players on a trajectory for success to achieve their long-term goals 

The Bandits teams were created to provide a superior and comprehensive hockey program for young skilled athletes looking for an elite experience. 


Academy of Excellence Developmental Objectives

  • Significantly improve the four core fundamental skills of hockey

    • Skating

    • Passing

    • Shooting

    • Stickhandling

  • Ensure each player understands the “game of hockey” tactically and strategically  

  • Ensure each player understands and adheres to concepts of responsibility, accountability and discipline both on and off the ice

  • Ensure each player is having fun in a competitive and challenging environment



Alberta Power League Teams (APL)

  • 2015 Academy

  • 2014 Academy

Hockey Super League teams (HSL)

  • 2014/2013 Team that will play in the 2013 minor HSL division

  • 2012 Minor

  • 2011 Minor

  • 2010 Minor and Major

  • 2009 Varsity (Minor)

    • Current 2010 Major players are grandfathered in 

    • For those attending Bantam quadrant tryouts, but want to secure a backup spot, we will be holding small refundable deposits

  • U14 Prep (2009)

  • U15 Prep (2008)

  • U18 Prep (2007/2006/2005)


  • For those attending Bantam quadrant tryouts, but want to secure a backup spot, we will be holding small refundable deposits


AOE Developmental Elements


HDC will provide a qualified coaching staff for each team as well as professional supplemental development staff.



Bandits AOE Player fees are all-inclusive - No Cash calls! No fundraising! No volunteer cheques!  

  • Winter Academy: $3599+GST 2016-2014YOB / $3999 2013 YOB and up

  • Spring Team: $1499+GST

  • Summer Development Program: $699+GST

Total yearly fees $5799+GST 2016-2014 YOB / $6099 2013 YOB and higher

Split Payment options are available - Should you require assistance with a payment plan or information on sibling discounts please contact

NOTE: Families can opt-out of summer development or choose a Summer 'pay as you go' drop-in option

Need more information? Please contact 


Have you received an invitation letter? CLICK HERE TO REGISTER   




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