Athlete Development

The Clover Bar Junior High Hockey program enhances student development through their passion for hockey and academic studies. The program provides opportunities for our student athletes to grow athletically, academically, and socially, through active participation in the Hockey Program. The program is offered to any grade 7-9 students who are currently or planning to enroll at Clover Bar Junior High. With the ability to edit the program into different streams,  students have the option to focus on recreational or competitive skills.

The Clover Bar Hockey Program is for junior high students who have:

  • a great attitude about learning and school
  • a passion for the sport of hockey
  • a desire to improve their hockey skills 
  • a tremendous work ethic, both on and off the ice
  • an awareness about the privilege of participating in hockey in school and the community

The Clover Bar Hockey Program focuses on the individual skills and tactics of:

  • Skating
  • Stickhandling & Puck Skills
  • Passing
  • Shooting
  • Checking Skills
  • Team Play
  • Offensive & Defensive Tactics
  • Goaltending
  • Positional Specific Skills
  • Off Ice Game Preparation
  • Character Education

Standards and Expectations

Standards are developed in conjunction with those participating and leading the hockey program. Different from rules, standards are something in which everyone contributes, takes ownership and accountability towards a greater common goal. The result of these standards will come with expectations and habits that serve student athletes while enrolled in the program and beyond.

  • The Hockey Program has been built through respect, a pillar which has served through it’s existence.
  • The Hockey Program player understands the responsibility of representing themselves, Clover Bar Junior High and the program.
  • The Hockey Program recognizes each individual as a person, student & athlete which are all encompassing.

Coaching Staff

Barry Butt 

  • Head of CLB hockey program, in conjunction with Premier Strength & Conditioning
  • MacEwan University Coach 1999-2007
  • Sherwood Park Kings Club Bantam AAA Coach
  • Owner of Premier Strength & Conditioning


Richard Benson

  • Instructor and teacher with Clover Bar since 2007
  • Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club Midget 15 AAA Squires Head Coach (2014-2016)
  • 2014-15 Ken Hitchcock Award (SPKAC Coach of the Year)
  • Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Head and Assistant Coach Bantam AAA/Major Midget AAA (2008-2014)
  • Team Brick Alberta 

Gavin Armstrong

  • Owner of Goalie Academy
  • Former University of Alberta Golden Bear & Edmonton Oiler Draft Pick


Program History & Alumni

The Clover Bar Hockey Program came into existence in 2006 when Al Nelson brought the first ever program to Clover Bar Junior High. The program was designed to allow those passionate about the sport of hockey to pursue their individual goals while in an academic environment in the Sherwood Park & Strathcona County area. It was and still is a skill based program where individuals build and excel at improving their skills through a hockey curriculum designed to meet their needs as athletes. The program began with around 20 students in a grade 9 only class to today where we offer the Hockey Program for grade 7, 8 & 9, both male and female and have room for upwards of 50 students per grade.  

Over the years Clover Bar Hockey Program has had various people from not only Elk Island Public Schools be involved, but former professional athletes who have given back to our program. Clover Bar's hockey program has helped developed students and athletes to reach heights that we as a program are extremely proud of. That level has been anything from NHL and Jr on the ice, but inside the classroom to Universities and Colleges, and also giving back in the coaching community through various clubs and teams. 



When are student athletes on the ice?
Student Athletes travel to Millenium Place 3 times out of a 6 day schedule. Therefore, hockey students are on ice every second school day

Where do student athletes store their equipment?
Student Athletes will store their hockey equipment on site in the Clover Bar shed. Both students and parents have 24 hour access to a secure location with an access code provided to just Clover Bar Hockey student athletes and their families to provide security and flexibility with equipment pickup and drop off. 

How do student athletes get them and their equipment to Millenium Place?
Student Athletes will retrieve their gear from the Clover Bar shed, load it onto the Clover Bar bus and travel to Millenium Place on the bus. Once at Millenium Place students will unload their gear and proceed to the dressing rooms. Following the ice session, students again load the bus with gear and themselves and return to Clover Bar.

How does a Clover Bar Hockey Program practice differ from a club or team practice?
The Clover Bar Program fosters individual growth and development. Sessions could include a variety of individual skill development, small area games, high tempo drills, and game-like scenarios. Offensive and defensive tactics are developed through these, but team systems are not a focus of the program.

How much does the Clover Bar Hockey Program cost?
There is a cost associated with the Clover Bar Hockey Program which covers the cost of instruction, ice rental, teaching equipment and merchandise for players. The cost can vary because it is dependent on other variable costs but recently has been in the $2100.00 range. Please call the school in regards to the different payment options we offer.

How do I register my son/daughter?
Contact the school directly, or email our registration secretary, Serena Carleton  (

What does a typical day look like for Student Athletes in the Clover Bar Hockey Program?
Generally, on a hockey day, students will participate in their normal core subjects in the morning. After the eating portion of lunch, students will begin the loading process and be part of the Hockey Program for the remainder of the day. Scheduling-wise, the Clover Bar Hockey Program represents health, phys ed/DPA and an option. All of those subjects are absorbed and delivered through the Hockey Program.