Shattuck-St. Mary’s Tom Ward on building a prep school powerhouse

Aaron Wilbur

I’m a husband, father, sports nut, entrepreneur and grateful to call Vancouver home. I enjoy cooking, watching live music and hiking the North Shore mountains with my family. My son is a football player, which has turned me into a big football fan. It’s helped me appreciate what hockey parents go through, especially those who have little experience with the sport, when trying to navigate their child up the hockey ladder.

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They've created a culture that is grounded in a philosophy that every player has to earn their spot.

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Welcome back for season four of the Glass and Out Podcast!

We have an amazing guest to kick things off, as we welcome Tom Ward, Head Coach of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys Prep Team.

Shattuck is the prep school hockey powerhouse based out of Faribault, Minnesota, that has produced the likes of Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise, Jack Johnson, Drew Stafford, and many more. But while the list of elite talent and number of championships is impressive, what really stands out about the program is a culture grounded in hard work, sweat and a philosophy that every player, regardless of their pedigree or resume, has to earn their spot.

In this week’s podcast, we find out about Ward’s coaching journey, that includes a stop in the NHL, the importance of developing the person before the player, and his role in creating one of the top prep programs in all of hockey.

Make sure to check out our latest article on the school in our new series Hockey Factories, where we’ll be profiling six programs from six different countries, all of which have an exceptional track record for producing world class talent.

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