LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO – In a continuing effort to provide the best opportunities for young hockey players in southwestern Ontario, the Leamington Flyers have partnered with A21 Academy to oversee their hockey operations.
“This is a truly exciting and unique opportunity for hockey in our area,” Leamington owner Cam Crowder states. “By partnering with a great school like A21 and the Flyers entering our first season in the OJHL, we envision this as a chance for young players to get world class training, development and opportunity to pursue their hockey goals all in their own backyard.”
Flyers general manager, Justin Solcz will expand his role and serve as general manager of A21 Academy.
“Our mission statement is to empower student-athletes to reach their full potential on and off the ice,” Solcz explains. “With the staff we have assembled and the facilities we have access to, we expect this to be a destination for anyone looking to grow as a player, a student and a person. The teaching staff do an amazing job on the academics side and with our proven player development model we will bring the same expertise to the hockey product.”
In the four years of the current ownership, the Flyers have had six players commit to playing NCAA D1 hockey, two current Flyers players are on the NHL’s Central Scouting rankings and the team just completed their last season in the GOJHL by winning the first Sutherland Cup in franchise history.
Windsor native, Justin Buzzeo will return home after a six-year professional career to serve as Director of Hockey Operations and head coach of the U18 program at A21.
The hockey academy staff includes:
General Manager – Justin Solcz
Assistant General Manager – Matt Dumouchelle
Head of Hockey Operations / U18 Head Coach – Justin Buzzeo
Goaltending Coach – Matt Anthony
Player Development Coach & Mentor – Thomas Luxik
Player Development Coach & Mentor – Dale Mitchell
Player Development Coach & Mentor – Greg Day
Player Development Coach & Mentor – Kyle Makaric
Strength, Conditioning & Nutrition Director – Eric Palazzolo
A21 Academy will host an Open House to all current and future players on Wednesday, June 14th, 2023, at 7:30pm at the club’s facility inside the WFCU Centre.