JPHL

Victoria Grizzlies

Immerse yourself in the rich mosaic of Victoria’s hockey legacy by becoming a part of the celebrated Victoria Grizzlies as they embark on their 30th season. Join us in honoring a three-decade-long tradition of excellence, camaraderie, and passion for the game. Step into the intricate fabric of our storied history and contribute to the ongoing tale of success on the ice.

JPHL 

The Junior Prospects Hockey League (JPHL) is an organization dedicated to fostering the growth and development of aspiring young hockey players. Founded on the ethos of promoting sportsmanship, skill advancement, and a passion for the game, the JPHL prides itself on being more than just a league—it’s a nurturing ground for budding talents. Embracing a commitment to excellence, the league strives to create an environment where players not only refine their athletic abilities but also cultivate camaraderie and character.

The JPHL has partnered with some of the best hockey professionals in the industry who are driven to deliver a new standard to the elite level athlete and their families. Recognizing athletes and families should have choice, we have created a borderless and academy-based platform with a clear path for those aspiring to play at the next level.

School 

Transform Hockey Academy

 Transform Hockey Academy (THA) is a full-time academy providing Middle School and High School education with the additional benefits of training, on-ice development, and sports specific electives all during school hours.

In line with THA’s all-inclusive approach to athlete development, the academy has partnered with the absolute best in the industry to provide all the tools to take you to the next level.  On a weekly basis student athletes will work with THA’s Adam Geric, PowerWest Athletics Mena Westhaver, and Hockey Evolution’s Rob Armstrong.

Custom School Option

We understand the significance of remaining in your current school for certain individuals, whether it be for French immersion or advanced educational offerings. We appreciate your autonomy in making this choice. The Victoria Jr Grizzlies are committed to collaborating with your school administrators to accommodate your schedule for practice attendance. Depending on your school’s block schedule, this may require players to fulfill an additional course either through online means or during the summer. Please note that transportation to and from the Victoria Jr Grizzlies rink facility is the responsibility of the family.

School Administrator – Leah Saban

Leah joined the Transform team in August of 2023 and has filled many roles on both the education and administration sides. Leah comes from Ottawa where she was a dual athlete playing both soccer in the USL (United Soccer League) and hockey in the then, PWHL (Provincial Women’s Hockey League). While playing collegiate soccer, Leah earned a degree in Child and Youth Studies and a college diploma in Developmental Service Worker.  She is now working towards her master’s degree in education.

Since joining Transform, Leah has used her sporting and education background as the Academic Coordinator and Education Assistant of Transform Hockey Academy. Leah’s past of balancing athletics with academics enables her to relate with our student athletes as they work towards their ultimate goals.

At Transform, Leah assists with administration roles including program registration and is typically everyone’s first point of contact with communication.

Leah believes that education should always come first and has been a great asset leading student athlete in the classroom. She has a unique skill set to relate academics into sport contexts, which has allowed our athletes to thrive academically.

      Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Child and Youth Studies
  • Developmental Service Worker
  • Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities
  • CPI & NCVI Training

     Coaching

  • Soccer Coach with Vancouver Island Wave, BCSPL
  • Soccer Coach with West Ottawa Soccer Club

     Playing History

  • Former Co-Captain of the Holland College Women’s Soccer Team
  • Former member of Algonquin College Women’s Soccer Team
  • Atlantic Canada Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Silver medalist
  • Ontario College Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Gold medalist
Former Co-Captain of Ottawa Senators Women’s Junior Hockey Club
  • Former Co-Captain and 4-year member of Ottawa Fury Elite Soccer Program
  • Participant at Winter Games

School Support

 Margo Cullen Musselwhite, retired teacher and principal, will be assisting with the link between the Victoria Grizzlies and Spectrum Community School.

Once an educator in 3 BC Districts, Margo is now working with teacher education programs with UVIC and VIU.

Practice Facilities

U18 – JDF Arena

U15 – The Q Centre

Age Groups

U15 – 2010/11

U18 – 2007/09

 Staff

 Program/Team Manager – George Musselwhite

U18 HC – Dan Gendur

Dan Gendur was named the Head Coach of the U18 Victoria Grizzlies of the JPHL on February 14, 2024. He comes to the Grizzlies organization with extensive junior and minor hockey coaching experience. As an Assistant Coach with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL, Dan was part of the 2019 WHL Championship team, earning a berth in the Memorial Cup in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dan grew up in Victoria, playing minor hockey at Penninsula and the Victoria Racquet Club. Graduating to junior at 16, Dan played in the VIJHL, BCHL, and WHL. In 2007, he was drafted #207 overall to the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL, signing his entry level contract in 2008. Professionally, he played in the NHL, AHL and ECHL. In 2009, Dan was named to the ECHL Allstar Game, winning the Fastest Skater Award at the Skills Competition. Dan is currently the Owner of DG Hockey Development and Consulting, providing mentorship and coaching to players of all levels.

Dan is excited to join the Victoria Grizzlies organization, stating “I am thrilled to join the Victoria Grizzlies organization. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Ron, George, Rylan, Geoff, Suneil and the rest of the Grizzlies staff. I look forward to providing players the opportunity to grow as people and players.”

     Camp Rules

  • Representing the Victoria Grizzlies Organization. Treat everyone with RESPECT
  • Dress professionally to the rink: No hats, golf shirt, dress pants/dress shoes
  • Do not be late for the ice time
  • Players are responsible for own pregame off ice warmup
  • Must wear cages, neck guards, and mouth guards

     Camp Structure

  • Ice time #1 à half skills, half small area games/game
  • Top 40 Game (invite only) two 20-minute 5v5 game à ice clean à Special teams’ game (5v4, 5v3, 4v3) Last 5 minutes will be a 3v3 OT game to determine the winner if need be!
  • Offers for positions on the U18 Victoria Grizzlies team will be determined after the Top 40 game

     Coaches Expectation

  • Character
  • High Compete
  • Hockey IQ
  • Speed/Skill
  • Play to your strengths.
  • Respect teammates, opponents, and staff.

** Players/families invited to the Top 40 game March 31 will receive an email with details **

U18 AC – Announcement coming on Friday 01MAR24

U15 HC – Jesse Saban

Jesse joins our team with an impressive hockey background. Jesse grew up playing hockey in Lindsay, Ontario and moved at an early age to continue towards an elite level. Jesse played minor hockey for the Central Ontario Wolves before moving to Toronto to play hockey for the Toronto Redwings in the GTHL. Jesse was drafted 21st overall to the Erie Otters in 2015. Jesse played one year of Junior A hockey with the Newmarket Hurricanes in the OJHL before joining the Erie Otters in the fall of 2014. Jesse went on to play 5 years in the OHL with the Erie Otters, Belleville Bulls, Hamilton Bulldogs, and finished off his career as an Assistant Captain with the North Bay Battalion. After the OHL, Jesse went on scholarship to play hockey at the University of Guelph. Jesse was named an Assistant Captain in his second year and went on to attend 2 Canadian National Championships and winning the Queens Cup. Jesse found a passion for coaching and helping youth hockey players learn the game. Jesse began his coaching background with the Lindsay Youth Summer Development program and the Guelph Gryphons youth development program. Since moving to the island, Jesse has worked with Brandon Wong Skills Development, Transform Sports on-ice development, and has coached with Victoria Racquet Club.

U15 AC – Adam Geric

Adam began Transform in 2017 and has had the privilege of working with athletes of all sports and all ages, up to NHL stars.

After his playing career with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, Adam got degrees in both Exercise Science and Sport Management while playing for the Newcastle North Stars in the AIHL and representing team Australia at the IIHF World Championships.

Upon graduating Adam became a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) while coaching the Island Royals U18AAA team. While coaching, Adam began Transform with local hockey players. Many of these players went on to play Jr A, college, and now pro hockey. Fast forward 7 years and Transform is now home to over 1000 athletes! Transform hosts a wide array of programs and teams in our private Performance Centre.

 Adam has branched Transform into not only a training facility, but now operates a full time Hockey Academy, providing elite players with strength training, on-ice skill development and academics. Adam’s latest venture is the formation of Transforms first hockey team, the Transform Predators. Adam takes an all-encompassing approach to athlete development and focuses on much more than strength to build a complete athlete. Once a foundation is developed, Adam tailors training to individual needs and sport specific focuses. Adam thrives on providing a positive and energetic environment to get the most out of each athlete whether it is in the gym, on the ice, or in the classroom. 

     Education

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science
  • Bachelor of Business (Sports Management)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • High Performance 1 Certification (HP1)
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

      Coaching History

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach – Victoria Grizzlies
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach – Saanich Predators
  • Head Coach – South Island Royals
  • Coach & Evaluator – BC High Performance Program

     Playing History   

  • Team Australia – IIHF World Championships
  • Newcastle North Star – AIHL
  • Nanaimo Clippers – BCHL
  • Saskatoon Blades – WHL
Skills Coach – Rob Armstrong – Hockey Evolution’s
Skating Coach – Mena Westhaver – Power West Athletics

Goalie Coach – Announcement coming on Friday 01MAR24

Program Athletic Trainer/Equipment Manager – Michael Musselwhite

Cost –  $18,000 plus GST to play on U18 & U15 Victoria Jr Grizzlies

         – Up to $2,000 plus GST for Transform Hockey Academy (Cost is still being finalized)

 Try Outs

 U15

  •  Attend one of the first three ice sessions.

February 28, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:00 at the Q Centre Arena – $100

March 08, 2024, from 1:30 – 2:30 PM at the Q Centre Arena – $100

March 14, 2024, from 2:15 – 3:30 PM at the Richmond Ice Centre – $100

  • Free session to determine final roster spots. This will be by invite only. If not invited to final tryout, players will receive a $50 refund.

March 31, 2024, from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Q Centre Arena

U18

  •  Attend one of the first three ice sessions.

February 27, 2024, from 2:00 to 3:00 at the Q Centre Arena – $100

March 08, 2024, from 2:30 – 3:30 PM at the Q Centre Arena – $100

March 14, 2024, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM at the Richmond Ice Centre – $100

  • Free session to determine final roster spots. This will be by invite only. If not invited to final tryout, players will receive a $50 refund.

March 31, 2024, from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Q Centre Arena


Please fill out the following: Registration Form HERE

Payment: e-transfer to george@victoriagrizzlies.com


MEDICAL FORMS – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Instructions: Please download MEDICAL FORM HERE. Use a free pdf viewer like Fox it PDF to fill form out on your computer available HERE.

Medical Form to be filled out and emailed to colin@victoriagrizzlies.com

DO NOT FILL FORM OUT ONLINE OR YOU ARE EXPOSING ALL YOUR PLAYERS MEDICAL INFORMATION TO EVERYONE!

When completed save form to your computer then email colin@victoriagrizzlies.com and attach medical form.