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18U Prep

Pittsburgh's New 18U Prep Team

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!

Tryout Information

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Dan Mayes Named Head Coach

Hockey Training

  • On-ice training with Pittsburgh Penguins’ skill development and skating coaches
  • Off-ice strength and conditioning with world-class professionals


  • Competitive schedule featuring the top AAA and Prep School teams as well as showcase tournaments in the U.S.
  • Exposure to college and pro scouts/recruiters


  • Traditional private high school setting at North Catholic High School
  • Superior academic programs with honors and AP level courses

Facilities and Resources

  • The country’s premier practice facility, home of the 5-time champion Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Cutting-edge sports performance training center
  • Comprehensive focus on training, nutrition, and injury prevention

EXCEL Hockey Academy

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.


Please contact Dan Mayes at with questions.