Pittsburgh’s NEW 18U Prep team fills a gap in the development model by combining a superior education, world-class hockey training, elite competition and college/junior exposure -- all based at the best practice facility in the National Hockey League. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U Prep players will attend one of the premier private high schools in Pennsylvania while practicing four days a week at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and playing a 55-game schedule against some of the top prep and AAA teams in the country. Our players have access to the same doctors as the NHL Penguins, and our focus on individual skill development and off-ice performance training makes 18U Prep a great alternative to starting junior hockey too early!
Excellence, both on and off of the ice, is what you can expect with the EXCEL Hockey Academy.
EXCEL Hockey Academy is a partnership between North Catholic High School and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. The academy provides a superior academic program coupled with on-ice and off-ice training provided by a world-class staff of professionals. The program will prepare graduates with the academic background to advance to top tier Colleges and Universities, while the world-class hockey development program will allow each student athlete to maximize their individual potential.