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EHA to take Character Development to new heights with Launch of formal “CAP Program”

By EHA, 05/20/20, 6:30AM EDT


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May 20, 2020                                                         

Elite Hockey Academy to take Character Development to new heights with Launch of formal “CAP Program” for Elite Hockey Academy teams .

Guilford, Conn.,  – The Elite Hockey Academy ( together with Ray Diffley of RD3 Education & Advising Center ( are excited to announce their new joint initiative to enhance the character development of our players and coaches.  The customized program is called the “CAP Program” that represents Character, Attitude and Performance, that will be set to begin this season, 2020-2021.

President of the Elite Hockey Academy, Peter Alden and Education Center Founder and Advisor Ray Diffley both recognize the enormous impact that the “CAP Program” can have on the players, the teams and the families of the Elite Hockey Academy.  

“Initiating a program like this for our players and coaches presents such incredible upside for all involved.  Competing at the highest level requires mental preparation and strength as well as physical preparation and strength.  The benefits of the CAP Program is that it mentally prepares our boys for not only hockey, but also for the rigors required to be successful in school, sports and life.  Our goal is to create mentally and physically engaged young men, who attain personal success at school, on the ice and in the world at large,” said Alden.

CAP Program will encompasses the following core beliefs:

  • Attaching character development to youth sports is vital.

  • Character development in youth sports leads to student-athlete citizens that succeed in hockey, school and life.

  • Habit and character development happen through engagement and intentionality.

  • Key stages of brain development during an EHA career allow for appropriate programming across all ages. 

  • Teaching Character Development in conjunction with youth sports enforces good habits in student-athletes.

  • Character Development provides the winning ingredient that pushes student-athletes to the next level both on and off the ice.

  • Building responsible, resilient and resourceful student-athletes is one of EHA’s core commitments.

  • Through the CAP Program, EHA sets high expectations for its student-athletes creating self-reliant, initiative-driven, admirable young adults.

  • EHA will offer this program in an age-appropriate structure all the way down to the mite level.

The CAP Program will implement a six-month program designed by Ray Diffley specifically for Elite Hockey Academy. The CAP Program includes coach facilitation workshops, development of both physical and mental/academic disciplines, development of inter-personal and presentation skills crucial to life success, leadership development and more.

Diffley added, “Families and athletes invest a lot of time, money and emotion in high end sports programs.  We understand that and believe even more can be achieved by combining research, science and a disciplined approach to character development and performance.  Taking my 25 years of experience in education and human development and combining it with Elite’s commitment to excellence in developing athletes is an incredible opportunity.”  

Ray Diffley brings an impressive resume to the game.  A graduate of Bowdoin College, Ray was Director of Admissions at Choate Rosemary Hall for the last 12 years of his 23 year tenure in the Admissions Department at Choate.  Ray completed his Master’s Degree in 2004 at Wesleyan University, getting his MALS in psychology, while focusing on assessment tools and their application to the science of human potential and performance.  Ray has held Board positions on various character and admissions entities including the “Association of Independent School Admission Professionals” (“AISAP”), where he was a Trustee, and the “Character Collaborative” as well as heading up a Think Tank on “The Future of Assessment” for SSAT (Secondary School Admission TEST).  All of his Board and professional experiences and affiliations are focused on student growth and development to achieve the student’s highest possible potential. 

Elite Hockey Academy looks forward to working with Ray Diffley and bringing his expertise to our players and coaches.  The Elite Hockey Academy is excited about the potential to nurture and encourage student-athletes to be the best they can be both on and off the ice.


A Leading Hockey Academy in Human and Athletic Development

Located in Northford, CT,  Elite Hockey Academy is the fastest growing hockey academy on the east coast involving advanced training, high level competition and educational institution. Established in 2016 as the Elite Hockey Academy now spans over nine competitive teams and continues to evolve and expand as the industry leader for athletic and performance development.

Our history of success remains unrivaled around the nation, and Elite Hockey Academy continues to develop elite athletes who achieve success at the Junior, collegiate and professional levels. 

Elite Hockey Academy provides an all-inclusive campus for ice hockey players from mites to midgets. Our first-class location includes professional facilities and accommodations with three ice rinks, 5000 square foot training facility and a wide variety of programming, including a 8-12th grade Academic Academy, offering  team training, skills training, and professional development.

Elite Hockey Academy's Athletic and Character Development (CAP) program also provides unparalleled training that supports our objectives on and off the ice and truly separates Elite Hockey Academy from any other sports academy on the east coast.