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Education Advisory Service

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Educational Advisory Service

Education through hockey is a terrific opportunity for any young player. Being able to attend a post-secondary institution and continue to play high level hockey is a goal for many players and their parents. But how do you get there? What do you need? What is a scholarship? What is financial aid? If you have questions like these or are just looking to learn more about the College and University system this service is for you!

Tom McEvay – Recommended Advisor

The West Coast Hockey Prep Camp is pleased to be partnered with Tom McEvay in bringing you these information sessions. Tom has been an educator in the Alberni Valley for 34 years and for the past 25 he has been a school principal. In 2004 Tom joined the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL in a volunteer capacity as their Educational Advisor. Tom was well suited for this role not just because of his background in education. Tom played his Minor and Junior hockey in Victoria before heading to University on a National Molson’s Hockey Scholarship in 1973. Over 75 players have moved on to college or university hockey with Tom’s guidance and support. In addition to working with Bulldog players, Tom advises young hockey players and their families from all over North America. Tom has now retired as a School Principal and he devoting more time to his consulting business that includes work in this field where his knowledge is extensive.

Tom is available to parents and players for private individual consultations on a fee per hour or per service basis. Meetings can be arranged if Tom is in your area or you are attending a camp he is speaking at or they can be conducted by phone, Skype or email.

Tom’s Services Include:

  • Initially Tom will want to learn more about a player, his or her background, family and schooling and then delve more into their character, academic abilities and hockey potential.
  • Exploring a player’s interests and aptitudes and their short and long term goals and dreams.
  • How to evaluate Junior A and Major Junior hockey programs. What are the questions to ask, specifically regarding education and how they support their players education needs.
  • An explanation of the opportunities that are available for players to further their hockey and education at Canadian and American post-secondary schools.
  • He will ask in advance for copies of his clients school transcripts from grades 9 to 12. He will then provide an analysis of these transcripts to date, depending on whether a player has graduated or is still in high school.
  • This analysis will include recommendations for high school courses that meet post-secondary requirements in both Canada and the US or recommendations for additional courses or upgrading.
  • An explanation of what the US NCAA Eligibility Centre is and why it exists and then Tom will make recommendations that ensure a player is prepared to meet the Eligibility Centre criteria.
  • Assistance with the Eligibility Centre registration and process.
  • Calculation of a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) and provide an explanation of how this must match a corresponding score on the US Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the Academic College Test (ACT) to meet US student/athlete requirements.
  • Introduction to the College Board and their services for the SAT and ACT exam preparation, registration and administration.
  • Direction and assistance with research into specific post-secondary schools and programs.
  • How to evaluate post-secondary schools? What should you be looking for? Questions to ask.
  • Open and honest discussion of the financial realities of post-secondary schooling in both Canada and the US.
  • Information on athletic scholarships, academic awards, bursaries and financial aid.
  • Provision of resources and tools designed to help players self-market themselves to schools and hockey programs.
  • Editing of player cover letters, resumes and other correspondence.
  • Assistance with post-secondary admission processes.
  • Someone to turn to with questions throughout the journey.
  • Ongoing advice, trouble-shooting and recommendations.

Contact Tom:

Phone: 250-724-0577

Email:  tmcevay@sd70.bc.ca or tmcevay@shaw.ca

If Tom does not respond within 24 hrs please try again as sometimes email firewalls block certain emails.

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