THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING CANTON HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY

As a hockey player in Canton, you have many playing options when you reach high school. We believe that Canton High School offers the best opportunity for a young man to grow as a hockey player and as a person. At Canton High School, we provide our players with a unique and fulfilling hockey experience. Not only are CHS hockey players given the chance to play for a high quality hockey program with a proud tradition, but they will also experience considerable personal growth and character development in their four years playing for the Bulldogs. We do not just try to develop outstanding hockey players. We strive to develop outstanding people.

On and off the ice, players are mentored by a staff of coaches with decades of coaching experience and have competed at the college level. Our practices are similar to those run by college programs. Players are taught sophisticated defensive and offensive systems on par with those run by prep school and junior teams. Additionally, coaches use state-of-the-art video software to review games with players. Before, during, and after the season, players have the opportunity to take part in a structured and demanding strength and conditioning program. If you choose to play hockey at CHS, there is no doubt that you will reach your potential as a player.

Those who attend a CHS varsity home game can see with their own eyes what separates us from other schools and junior programs: pride. Our school and the town of Canton have immense pride in their hockey team. Canton loves its hockey, and there is no better feeling as a player than bringing hundreds of Bulldog fans to their feet as you proudly represent your hometown school. You will create memories that will last a lifetime and will make you proud to call yourself a Bulldog hockey player.

However, what makes the Canton High School hockey program so special is our dedication and commitment to developing fine young men of high character. Coaches genuinely care about our players as people, not just hockey players. 

 

GETTING PLAYERS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Some high school players feel the need to cut their high school career short to play junior hockey or attend a prep school in order to play college hockey. However, many do not. If you want to play college hockey and have the potential to play at the next level, you must be prepared to sacrifice at least one to two years after high school to either a post graduate school and/or a junior hockey program. 

Few people realize that club hockey today is the equivalent to Division 3 hockey 10 years ago. Club teams have competitive tryouts of 50-70 former high school players, participate in 25-30 games a season, and travel across the country to compete against other high quality teams. At CHS, we have proudly watched several of our former players make the jump to college hockey: varsity and club. These alumni agree: graduating from the Canton High School hockey program as a senior helped get them to that next level.



“CHS hockey will always be an unforgettable period of my life. The bond that you build with your teammates is indescribable.  I came in as a freshman quickly understanding that hard work will get you where you want to be, and nothing is handed to you. As you become an upperclassman you now have the privilege to take the incoming players under your wing. Adjusting to the coaching staff and understanding how the team works, I began gaining leadership skills. These leadership skills were effective on and off the ice for me as a person. Staying as a senior was one of the best decisions of my life. I was fortunate enough to be the captain of the first ever CHS hockey team to win the Division 2 state championship. This team was by far the closest team I have ever been a part of with the strongest chemistry. You will not build this connection outside of high school hockey. The opportunities that lie within CHS hockey are endless. It’s different; there is something special that made me not want to miss out on this valuable opportunity.

Along with this experience, the coaching staff was one of the major factors to why I loved being a part of CHS hockey. The relationship that I was lucky enough to form with the coaching staff was something that kept me motivated to work hard every single day.

Because of CHS hockey, I was well prepared to move onto post-graduate prep school and take my playing to the next level.  I was named captain of my Bridgton Academy and then attended Saint Anselm College where I play for the varsity ice hockey team. If you are willing to make the commitment you too will be able to call yourself a four year CHS student athlete of the Men’s Ice Hockey team. Do you have the heart to be successful and work as a team to achieve the best and be the best?  Go Bulldogs!”

Matt Buckley CHS ‘10
Saint Anselm College '15

2010 State Champion
Saint Anselm Varsity Hockey Team Captain, 2014-2015

"WHY I PLAYED CHS HOCKEY"

“The best hockey decision I have made was choosing to play for my hometown Canton High School. I had the privilege to play for my town every night from November to March. There was nothing better than being able to walk into a local convenience store, see someone you know, and hear them say ‘Hey good luck tonight! Beat those Franklin Panthers!”  That’s something a private school student would rarely experience.  

Staying four years at CHS was the best decision I made. I learned so much about the game that was able to get me ready for college. If you’re good enough, it doesn’t matter where you play, a college coach will find you. Today, with most college freshmen being 21 years old, it makes sense to stay four years at your own high school then go and do a post graduate year, like I did, or play a year of junior hockey.

Going into my senior year, I thought that our team had the ability to win a state championship, and we almost did.  I had the chance to play with my brother and my best friends in the TD Garden.  How could you pass up an opportunity like that?  My senior year at CHS is when I became a complete hockey player, and it made me ready to make the jump to the college level.”

Bryan Rooney, CHS ‘09
Stonehill College '14

2009 South Sectional Champion, Stonehill College Hockey Team Captain, 2013-2014 season


"My four years of Canton High School hockey  provided me with some of the best memories of my life. There is something to be said about playing meaningful games not only for the town and your school, but for your best friends. Those state tournament games are engrained in my memory forever. That special bond will last a lifetime, and I know 30 years from now I will still be talking about those CHS memories with my friends. After having two different coaches at the collegiate level, I have also realized the coaching staff at CHS is second to none. You will learn so much not only on the ice, but off the ice as well. They teach you how to play hockey the right way. The staff is dedicated to making sure each and every player not only grows as a player, but as a person as well.

Staying my senior year was a no-brainer for me. Having an opportunity to win a state championship with the kids I had been playing with since mites is all I could ask for. We made a run to the Garden that year that I will remember forever.

You can't hide talent. If you have the talent and work ethic to play at the next level, leaving that extra year early is not going to make a difference. I firmly believe that. College coaches will find the talent. So why not enjoy the full four years at CHS, build some unbelievable bonds, and play under a phenomenal  coaching staff who will most definitely prepare you for the next level? You won't regret it."

Sean McNeil, CHS '09
Stonehill College '13
2009 South Sectional Champion, 4-year varsity letter winner at Stonehill straight out of high school


"Being a local kid and choosing to stay in the high school program gives you the opportunity to be part of a tradition that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Being able to go to battle with your childhood friends and play in front of your whole town on a nightly basis is something that you will not receive anywhere else. At CHS, you the receive the opportunity to develop skills and learn life lessons on and off the ice. Being part of a brotherhood from you're first day as a freshman until the day of graduation is an experience like no other. 

Being a transfer student from a Catholic school as a junior and being able to compete in two years of competition offered me the best experience in my hockey career. Staying as a senior and eventually being awarded the captain was the greatest achievement I have received in the game of hockey. Coming back home and playing for my town was the best decision I have ever made in my life and opened up opportunities for me not only the hockey world after high school but also in life."

Dino Federico CHS '07
Franklin Pierce University '13
4-Year Letterwinner at Franklin Pierce, Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll selection