The hockey landscape has changed tremendously over the last decade and Somang Hockey is very happy to be at the forefront of this movement. Now in our 5th year and located in Terrebonne Quebec some 20 minutes north of Montreal, Somang has rapidly emerged as one of the top independent programs in North America for the development and advancement of players.
In keeping with our belief that practice alone makes perfect, all of our players are on the ice Monday to Friday mornings from 6-7 am before heading off for school, a schedule they keep from September to mid-May. This amounts to a whopping 200 hours of on-ice training per season under the watchful eye of our hockey director Francois Landreville, a dedicated professional who has been training elite players for over 25 years and is rightfully regarded as one of the finest hockey minds in North America.
Each of our teams (U12, U14, U16, and U18) plays a schedule of upwards of 80 games against top-tier opponents from across North America. This year, our older teams will play out of the United Tier 1 League featuring some of the very best programs from the Northeast, as well as take place in the USPHL showcase series organized by one of the leading junior leagues in North America. The remainder of games are played against top programs from the US and Canada.
This high number of games (more than any other program in North America to the best of my knowledge) provides our players with the opportunity to not only hone their skills against top tier opponents, but also gives the opportunity to enjoy a visibility with scouts and next level programs that few programs enjoy.
This formula has already wielded interesting results as no less than 12 of our players received offers from Junior (USHL, USPHL, NA3HL, NAHL, WSHL, Junior A) and university teams (tier 3) last year alone.
In terms of academics, which we regard as being just as important as ice hockey, we work closely with a school called North Star Academy Laval, a private school located about 20 minutes away from our training facility. Both the school and Somang are committed to ensuring that athletic prowess is accompanied by academic success and work very closely together to make it happen.
As far as accommodation is concerned, all of our out of town and international players live with Canadian families that already have kids within our program. Such an arrangement not only helps our players adjust to life in Canada faster, but also to our program and culture. In our opinion, this represents a much better arrangement than any dormitory and in most cases involves a lower cost. The international aspect of our program is evidenced by the fact that this year we will boast kids from Hungary, Korea, Japan, Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, France, USA, Switzerland, Ireland, and of course Canada😊. It is our fervent hope that before long kids from all over our great country will suit up for Somang as well.