NYA’s ice hockey program is part of the New EnglandContact the Coaches
Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).
Exceptional coaching, top-rated facilities, and a competitive schedule
are hallmarks of our prep hockey program.
The boys and girls varsity teams play in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC). NYA is on the ice with some of the strongest prep hockey teams throughout New England including Holderness School and The Governor’s Academy, along with skating against the best teams in Maine. The Prep schedule offers NYA student-athletes the opportunity to compete against some of the country’s best high school players and to be seen by college scouts and recruiters. The junior varsity program acts as a developmental team with a strong focus on skill development.
NYA is dedicated to providing elite training facilities for aspiring college athletes. NYA’s on-campus ice arena is named after former Panther star Travis Roy, whose college career at Boston University was cut short by a severe neck injury. The arena boasts one of the top hockey training facilities in Maine. Travis Roy Arena includes a full weight room, cardio room, training room, locker rooms and coach’s offices. All players have access to NYA’s certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach.
Tyler Walsh is in his second year as the NYA Boys Varsity Head Coach. Since 2014, Coach Walsh was the Assistant Coach for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Plymouth, MI. Prior to that, he was Director of Hockey Operations at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. He also served as Undergraduate Assistant Coach for men’s ice hockey at the University of Maine Orono. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maine. Coach Walsh is also Assistant Athletic Director at NYA. Prospective student-athletes may contact Coach Walsh at 207.847.5401.
Pavel Navrat Pavel Navrat has been named head coach of the North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) girls varsity ice hockey team. Navrat, originally from the Czech Republic, came to America in the early 90’s to play at Westminster School in CT. He went on to play at the University of Vermont, participating in the Frozen Four in 1996. He served as manager and NHL agent to University of Vermont teammate and former Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. He is the director of Navrat Performance, training hockey players worldwide. His focus in now on raising Panther ice hockey to the forefront of the league ranks. Prospective student-athletes may contact Coach Navrat.
Shelby Turcotte has worked with hundreds of hockey players ranging from youth through professional. He has experience in developing the complete athlete through his custom 4-phase training system focusing on developing the total athlete through enhancing movement patterns. He holds a BS in Exercise Science with a concentration in Performance Enhancement from California University – Pennsylvania. He holds a Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and his Level 2 Youth Conditioning Specialist Certification from the International Youth Conditioning Association.
NYA is fortunate to have Stride Envy Skating as our source for player skill development. Stride Envy’s philosophy emphasizes proper technique, practice and focused training that will produce more efficient and productive hockey players. The Stride Envy staff works regularly throughout the season with varsity and junior varsity boys, girls and Middle School teams.