As S-SM alumnus and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby told the paper:
"I was away from home for the first time...I didn't know what to expect, and I was lucky to meet a bunch of really nice people. I grew as a person on and off the ice."The S-SM team seems to live an especially intense boarding school life:
"They live together, eat together, go through a grueling course load together and play 50-60 hockey games a season against high school teams, junior teams and men's teams. Down time is rare."Tenth year S-SM coach explains it this way:
"It takes a special breed of cat to fit in and get through a day here...The expectations are high for them on the ice and in the classroom, and they need self discipline and good time-management skills."
"They have to do it on their own. That's what makes this place special."