The Bonnyville Pontiacs organization is a strong supporter of continuing education. The organization has developed a positive working relationship with Notre Dame Catholic and Bonnyville Centralized High Schools allowing players the opportunity to complete and continue their education while a member of the Bonnyville Pontiacs.
High school aged players are enrolled and become an active participating member of the high school. We expect players to attend classes regularly, including gamedays and following road trips, and to continue to maintain or surpass previous grades. Post-secondary aged players are encouraged to participate in one of the first year college courses offered through Portage College, attend regularly and strive for excellence.
All players are encouraged to take part in the SAT Prep Course paid by the Pontiacs and held in conjunction with Portage College. The course prepares players for the SAT through classroom sessions and practice exams, thus allowing them the best opportunity for NCAA advancement. The AJHL is consistently regarded as one of the premiere leagues for NCAA, WHL, U-Sport, or professional career and educational advancement.
At the rink, players are expected to continue learning the fundamentals and team tactics of hockey. Video is prepared daily using Gamebreaker Sportscoding, the most advanced sports video editing system.
Because of our emphasis to be servant leaders in the community involvement by the Bonnyville Pontiacs, our players have received and are awarded the best post-secondary scholarships available for 'leadership and community initiatives. Since 2013 the following players have been awarded major league scholarships:
Levi Ansell - Hockey Canada Scholarship - 2012
Levi Ansell - Nickerson Family Scholarship - 2012
Levi Ansell - Friends of the AJHL Scholarship - 2012
Dan Wedman - Evolution Hockey Scholarship - 2013
Redford Swan- Al McDonald Memorial Scholarship - 2015
Bobby McMann - AJHL Inter Pipe-Line Scholarship - 2016
Evan Warmington - Friends of the AJHL Scholarship - 2016
Grayson Constable - RBC Community Ambassador - 2018
Joel Ray - AJHL All-Academic Team 2018 - RBC Community Ambassador 2019 - WInner of the AJHL Inter Pipe-Line Scholarship - 2020
Lucas Thorne - AJHL All-Academic Team - 2019
Ryan Piche - Charles Noble Scholarship - 2019
Matt McKim - AJHL All-Academic Team - 2020
Jaden York - AJHL All-Academic Team - 2021
Alex Power - AJHL All-Academic Team - 2022
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