About The Academy

Northern Elite Female Hockey Academy is committed to providing a positive, exceptional hockey experience that caters to all ages and skill levels to support the growth and development of female athletes.

Understanding the need for female hockey growth in Northern Ontario, we teach athletes the necessary skills to meet their goals. Through detailed on ice drills, athletes are educated on all aspects of the game to increase their knowledge of the sport as well as their skill and technique.

Off ice conditioning is a crucial aspect of the game. Our athletes work with Certified Personal Trainers to understand proper warm up and cool down activities and are further educated on training programs to become more aware of their mind and body.

The academy runs skill specific clinics throughout the hockey season and a week long camp in August.  For small group and team training email northernelitehockeyacademy@gmail.com

Meet The Founder

Brianne Veale was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie where she played in local hockey associations. She continued her career at the CIS level for Brock University and was assistant captain for the Women’s Varsity Hockey Team. Brianne has an extensive background in organizing and directing hockey schools in Canada and overseas.

Her passion for instructing began while teaching CanSkate and Powerskating programs in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. She continued to gain knowledge in directing programs as the Camp Coordinator for the Niagara Girls Hockey Camp for four years. In August 2012 and 2013 Brianne travelled to Europe to be a guest instructor at the Färjestad BK Hockey Alliance Girl Power Camp in Karlstad, Sweden.

After graduating university, Brianne continued her studies by achieving a post-graduate certification in Sport and Event Marketing. During this time she worked for the Toronto Maple Leafs and organized the annual Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey School.

Brianne created Northern Elite Female Hockey Academy for the purpose of developing athletes to enhance their skill and knowledge of the game while strengthening female hockey in Northern Ontario. She wants young girls to have the opportunity to learn from top female athletes who have had great success in their hockey careers and are encouraging mentors for our participants.

Guest Instructors


Lyndsey Pilkington

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (CIS)

Local talent Lyndsey Pilkington (Parissenti) played at the Soo PeeWee until she was 17 years old. While playing hockey she was also travelling North America pursuing her speed skating career. Faced with a tough decision at the age of 19, Lyndsey decided to play women’s hockey for Wilfred Laurier University. In the 2004-2005 season Lyndsey and the Golden Hawks won the CIS National Championship. She claimed 3 Ontario University Championships in her 3 years of play.

Shannon Clement

Shannon Clement

University of New Hampshire Wildcats (NCAA D1)

The Sault’s own Shannon Clement was one of the first players in the Algoma District Women’s Hockey Organization (now SFHA). In 2003 she captured gold with team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games in Bathurst, New Brunswick. That same year she accepted a full ride scholarship to the NCAA Division 1 University of New Hampshire. Her 4 year career earned her multiple regular season and playoff hockey east championship titles as well as a trip to the NCAA Frozen 4 Tournament. Following her playing career, Clement spent two seasons as the Assistant Coach for the Elmira College Soaring Eagles in Elmira, New York, competing in the NCAA Division 3 ECAC West division. She was in charge of recruiting, fitness and defence and assisted the Eagles in competing in two Frozen 4 appearances.

Lydia Murray

Lydia Murray

University of Maine          Black Bears (NCAA D1)

Wildcat of the Year recipient Lydia Murray continues to prove herself as a top contestant in the sport of hockey. Murray spent 8 years with the Sault Ste. Marie Wildcats, earning a Provincial Bronze medal in her last season. In 2014, Murray’s hard work paid off, being invited to the U18 Team Canada Hockey Selection Camp. As a multi sport athlete, she was also named high school Female Athlete of the Year in 2015. Murray is entering her third season as a forward for the University of Maine Black Bears.

A Alexander

Amanda Alexander

Marian University Sabres (NCHA D3)

Former Sault Female Hockey Association goalie Amanda Alexander played 7 seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Wildcats. As a top goalie in the Sault, Alexander went on to play NCHA Division 3 hockey for Marian University in Fond du Lac Wisconsin. She was the starting goaltender for four years at Marian University, being named to the Honorable Mention team for outstanding play and an Assistant Captain in her final year. For the past 6 years Alexander has worked with USA Hockey to recruit and develop female goaltenders for the USA National team.


The academy offers four divisions for the summer camp and are based on skill level

Beginner Division- intended for players interested in learning the basic skills of the sport. Sessions focus on proper skill technique for forward and backward skating, crossovers, stops, starts, puck handling, passing & shooting. (Recommended for Tyke to Atom players)

Intermediate Division- designed for players who have a basic skill technique and knowledge for the game. This level focuses on incorporating fundamental skills into game-like situations. Through fast paced drills, participants are able to learn enhanced skills & knowledge of the sport. (Recommended for Atom to Bantam players)

Elite Division– a strength and conditioning camp for competitive players. Through fast paced drills, players will work on speed, puck protection, angling, quick release shots, passing & endurance training. (Recommended for Bantam to Intermediate players)
Senior Division– the perfect spot for those over the age of 21 and new to the sport. Sessions focus on proper skill technique for forward and backward skating, crossovers, stops, starts, puck handling, passing & shooting. (Recommended Women’s League players)


*Please note: Players will be evaluated by instructors on the first day. Players may be asked to join a different division based on skill level.


August 2018 dates coming soon!


Northern Elite Female Hockey Academy is grateful for the generosity of the following businesses who are supporting female hockey development within the community.

Company information can be found by clicking the logos below.

McDougall Energy





Northern Elite Female Hockey Academy

John Rhodes CC
260 Elizabeth St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 6J3