About Us

The Blazers Varsity Prep Hockey team was founded in 2006 – 2007 with their first victory coming in their first game against the Thunder Bay Queens. The Varsity Prep team has since enjoyed team and individual success with tournament wins being recorded at tournaments such as the Minnesota Thoroughbred, Kyle, Westman, and Saskatoon Tournaments. During the 2008 – 2009 season the Varsity Prep team joined the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) which is comprised of teams from Boston, New England, Vermont, Washington, St. Catharines, Ottawa, and Vancouver. In their first season in the league the Blazers won the West Division and finished as league finalists. During this same season the Varsity Prep hockey team recorded their 100th lifetime win in just three seasons.

For more information on the Blazers Varsity Prep Hockey team please contact:
Director of Hockey – Sarah Zacharias '08
email: szacharias@balmoralhall.ca 
phone: (204) 784-1600 ext. 630 
 


BLAZERS HOME FACILITY



Bell MTS Iceplex

Bell MTS Iceplex is the home of the Balmoral Hall Blazers hockey program. All home games and practices for the Varsity Prep team are hosted at Bell MTS Iceplex. Additionally, all spring and summer programming take place at Bell MTS Iceplex.

*From the facility website:

Opened in August 2010, the Bell MTS Iceplex is a 177,000 square foot multipurpose, state-of-the-art facility that is open year round. It consists of four rinks, each with NHL regulation size ice surfaces (200′ x 85′). In addition, the facility boasts a dedicated Goalie training centre (45’ x 37’), 22 player dressing rooms, high performance fitness and training facilities, a full service pro shop, licensed restaurant and lounge, concession and vending facilities as well as conference facilities.
The Bell MTS Iceplex provides between 11,000 and 13,000 hours of ice annually which serves the minor hockey community, adult recreation leagues, tournaments, summer camps and casual rentals.

Bell MTS Iceplex has been recognized as a Hockey Canada Centre of Excellence and was one of three venues that hosted the 2011 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, a major international hockey tournament held by Hockey Canada each year.

GET TO KNOW THE COACHES


Sarah Zacharias '08

Head Coach and Director of Hockey

Sarah Zacharias is entering her second season as Director of Hockey and Head Coach. Prior to taking the lead of the program, Sarah spent three seasons as the Blazers Assistant Coach and is also a former member of the Prep Program (2007-2008). After graduating from BH in 2008, Sarah took her academic and athletic abilities to play NCAA Division I hockey for the Niagara University Purple Eagles in the CHA’s (2008-2011). In her four years at school, Sarah completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and French. Sarah earned a spot on the CHA All-Academic Team in all four years. When Sarah wasn’t playing hockey, or studying for school she spent her time helping coach the Jr. Purple Eagles Program as well as working with SABAH (Special Athletes Big at Heart), an organization that teaches developmentally and physically disabled participants the game of hockey.

After returning to Winnipeg, Sarah began working with the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy, a non-for-profit organization that teaches fundamental and development hockey to students ages 7-14. Sarah also joined the coaching staff of the MFMHL AAA Winnipeg Ice as the Assistant Coach, primarily working with the Defense and Special Teams units. Sarah worked with the Ice for two seasons before coming back to her alma mater.

Sarah has worked with the U18 Team Manitoba for the past 4 years. As Assistant Coach, Sarah spent two consecutive seasons (2015 and 2016) with Team Manitoba at the National Women’s U18 Championships. In 2015, Sarah guided the team to an impressive showing at the National tournament where they captured a Silver medal in Huntsville, ON. Sarah will be back on the bench this year as Assistant Coach with the team as they head to The 2019 Winter Canada Games in Red Deer, Alberta.
Sarah recently completed her High Performance 1 coaching level; she is one of only two females in the province of Manitoba to attain this level of coaching certification. Sarah has participated in many coaching seminars and clinics throughout her coaching career, such as; the Gatorade High Performance Camp in 2015, Dave Cameron's Hockey Development seminar in 2016 and the ACHA Conferences in 2017/2018.



Regan Boulton '09
Assistant Coach and Hockey Recruiter 

Regan Boulton, former alumnae of the BH Prep Program (2007-2009) and Team Manitoba (2009) is entering her second season as the Blazers Assistant Coach. After graduating from Balmoral Hall in 2009, Regan went on to play NCAA division I hockey for the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the ECAC (2009-2013). She spent four successful seasons with the bobcats, some of Regan’s accomplishments include; being selected for the ECAC second and third team all-stars in two consecutive seasons, New England all-star team, earning the most points by a defenseman in Quinnipiac history (77 points in 138 games), ECAC All-Academic team for three years, and captaining the Bobcats her senior year. Regan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice while also volunteering her time to various organizations throughout Hamden, CT.
 
After university, Regan was not ready to hang up the skates. She was offered a professional hockey contract in Vienna, Austria where she spent two years playing for the Vienna Sabres in the Austrian League, Elite Women’s Hockey League (EWHL), and European Cup Champions tournaments. Over the course of two years, Regan scored 30 goals, 51 assists for a total of 81 points in 34 EWHL regular season games and ended up with a plus/minus of +117. Regan was also named an EWHL All-Star for 2013/14 and 2014/15. During her down time in Vienna, Regan was an English tutor and volunteer coach for the Vienna Tigers U-10 boys team.
 
Following her return home from Europe, Regan joined the coaching staff of the AAA Midget Yellowhead Chiefs of the MFMHL during the 2015-2016 season. As an Assistant Coach, she predominately worked with the defense. That season, the Chiefs went on to win the provincial title for the first time in program history.
 
Regan will be her pursuing her High Performance 1 coaching level in January 2019.



HOW TO BECOME A BLAZER

Interested in becoming a Blazer or learning more about our programs? Contact Sarah Zacharias by email at szacharias@balmoralhall.ca or by phone at (204) 784-1600 ext. 630
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Balmoral Hall School

630 Westminster Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3C 3S1
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Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are an independent day and boarding school, offering an exceptional all-girls education from child care, starting at age 2, to Grade 12.