Loomis Chaffee competes at the highest level of New England Prep School Hockey. As a member of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association (NEPSIHA) and the Founders League, Loomis plays a competitive, twenty-six game schedule. The Founders League, which is widely accepted as one of the best high school leagues in the country, makes up the lion’s share of our schedule and matches us up against teams such as Avon Old Farms, Choate, Deerfield, Hotchkiss, Kent, Kingswood-Oxford, Salisbury, Taft, Trinity Pawling, and Westminster. In addition to the Founders schedule, Loomis competes against Andover, Tabor, Northfield Mount Hermon, Brunswick, Canterbury, and Pomfret. Loomis begins each season with the St. Paul’s Jamboree and the Founders League Jamboree, and each December participates in the eight-team Christmas Classic at Avon Old Farms. All three events offer players significant exposure to college and professional scouts alike. Given the competitiveness of our league and many opportunities for exposure, every year, several Founders players earn the opportunity to continue their hockey careers at some of the top Division I and Division III programs in the country. Several Founders League veterans and Loomis alumni have also gone on to successful professional careers as well.
At Loomis, we value and therefore emphasize the personal growth and development of our players as young-men, as students, and as hockey players. Team values consist of team-first, passion, hard-work, communication, trust, and excellence. The coaching staff works with each player not only in a team environment but also on an individual basis to help guide them to achieve their goals and to establish their unique path toward excellence. Paving such a path lays the foundation for future achievement and satisfaction wherever life after Loomis takes them. Part of that guidance includes encouraging our players to participate in multiple competitive sports and to involve themselves in campus-wide events, activities, and organizations, in addition to excellence in the classroom. The goals of Loomis Hockey are in keeping with the school’s mission to develop its students “in spirit, mind and body” and to “inspire in them a commitment to the best self and the common good,” and the school’s mascot, the Pelican, which symbolizes self-sacrifice.
In the 2012-13 academic year, 100% of our players participated in sports outside of hockey, and 75% of them earned recognition for achievement in the classroom and/or community. Our players are thus multi-dimensional and committed to excellence in all aspects of their lives. Through the total of their experience at Loomis, our players leave here well prepared for success in college and beyond.
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