Our philosophy

Nordic Hockey Academy (NHA) was established in August 2017 in Skien, Norway when 20 players from Norway, Finland, Sweden, Austria and Slovakia moved to Skien to play for the new U18 team and study in one of the co-operation schools.


Players created a slogun for the new team: «start unknown- finish unforgettable»  together with #familyfirst  which represent the true values of the program.


Nordic Hockey Academy in a nutshell stands for following values and visions.


Modern and well structured pedagogical philosophy and approach both on and off the ice. More focus and resources on developing and investing into the individual “as a person” and that way increase the ultimate potential in each individual. Importance and focus on long-term development plan and correct daily habits to achieve results.


Highly educated coaching staff with international experience and knowledge.Pedagogical degree and competence to educate and guide future athletes and young adults. Modern and professional development plan that includes all major areas in prime hockey development:

  • Off ice training
  • On ice training (Team)
  • On ice training (Individual Skills per position)
  • Mental Training
  • Game Performance
  • Private Life Management

Vision to educate and develop our athletes to reach international top hockey level as well as motivate them to continue their academic career.


Exclusive program, which is targeted for players who understand and respect the importance of academic education and combining that with professional sports.Cooperation with several different schools in the area (Grenland) that enables our athletes and families to choose the right academic path from general “matura” high school to Toppidrettsgymnas and profession schooling.Ice hockey, like any sport, is a lifestyle rather than a hobby or spare time activity and therefore our goal is to educate ice hockey as a profession (“fagbrev”) with a comprehensive “life school” philosophy that our athletes may benefit for the rest of their lives.

All in all, one major focus of our program is to develop players towards professional hockey leagues but also encourage and support our players to achieve results in school in order to be able to combine hockey and studying also after high school.

With these words we encourage you to challenge yourself in life and take the next step together with us.

Academic alternatives to choose from: 

Primary Schooling:


TTU (Telemark Toppidrrettsgymnas U)

IST (International School of Telemark) * English



Upper Secondary Schooling (High Schooling):


Toppidrettsgymnaset i Telemark

Top-level sports

Variety in academic education


Hjalmar Johansen vgs

Variety in Academic education


Skogmo vgs

Profession Schooling

Variety in Academic education


Skien vgs

Music Class

Variety in Academic education


Porsgrunn vgs

IB Diploma in English