DHA student athletes will now be attending North Delta Secondary starting next school year

Academy moving closer to its Planet Ice facility after 16-year partnership with South Delta Secondary

The Delta Hockey Academy is shifting from the south to the north for the next school year.

The DHA and Delta School District announced today (Monday) that their student-athletes will be enrolled at North Delta Secondary starting next September. Due to the growth of the South Delta community and increased enrolment at South Delta Secondary, there is no longer enough room for the DHA student body at SDSS.

The Delta School District has worked diligently to find a solution to best maximize the potential of its partnership with the Delta Hockey Academy and the move to North Delta Secondary will provide the student-athletes with the most beneficial educational experience.

“I am very thankful for the support we have received from the South Delta Secondary administration and teachers over the past 16 years,” said DHA owner and operator Ian Gallagher. “While change can be challenging for student-athletes at this age, I am truly excited for the opportunity and growth that this move will provide – specifically with respect to the increased amount of academic time the students will receive while being at a high school that’s in closer proximity to our (Planet Ice-based) facility in North Delta.”  

DHA hosted two parent meetings for current and prospective student-athletes and their families at North Delta Secondary earlier this month. Representatives from the Delta School District, North Delta Secondary and the Delta Hockey Academy answered questions and NDSS student volunteers provided a tour of the school.

“Our educational partnership with the Delta School District is central to our programming. We recognize that to be leaders in hockey development we must also be leaders in education,” said Gallagher. “I look forward to the opportunity that this partnership will provide our student-athletes.”

The administration at North Delta Secondary School will host a course planning parent information night on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the upcoming school year.

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