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Hockey Canada's Atlantic Regional Centre's 2007-08 Skills Development Camps
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August 7, 2007
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Hockey Canada’s Atlantic Regional Centre (HCARC) is very excited that the Hockey Canada Skills Development Camps are entering its 11th season. The primary objective to these camps is to provide a vehicle for players and coaches to further develop the fundamental skills required to play the game of hockey. This is accomplished through weekend development camps for Atom and Pee Wee aged players both female and male.

The Skills Camps are a one or two day event targeted for boys and girls playing at the Atom and Peewee recreational level. Players are placed in situations where they are challenged to perform fundamental skills in an enjoyable and positive environment. Throughout the weekend players will develop-enhance the fundamental skills of skating, passing, stick handling and shooting, meet other players and develop friendships, enjoy the fun of hockey through skill development, learn the concepts of fair play, fitness, safety, teamwork, and the importance of a positive attitude. Last but not least, the HCARC would like to see all participants leaving with a memorable experience that they will not soon forget.

This year HCARC has a very busy schedule planned for 2007-08 season. HCARC is looking forward to bringing camps to new minor hockey associations throughout each of the four Atlantic Provinces.

As of the summer months HCARC already has had several sites booked for the upcoming 2007-08 Skills Camp season with more to follow. Those sites are as follows;

• Quispamsis, NB- September 23rd 2007

• Sydney, NS- October 2007 Date TBD

• Grand Bay, NB- November 3rd 2007 (HNB Development Weekend)

• Dartmouth, NS- November 4th 2007 (HNS Development Weekend)

• Dartmouth, NS- November 12th 2007 (Female Camp)

• Harbour Grace, NL- December 1st 2007

• Goose Bay, NL- December 1st 2007

• Bonavista, NL- December 2nd 2007

• Lab City, NL- December 2007 Date TBD

• Saint John, NB- December 15th 2007

• Saint John, NB- January 27th 2007 (Saint John Sea Dogs Camp)

• Plaster Rock, NB- February 9th 2007 (World Pond Hockey Camp)

Hockey Canada’s Atlantic Regional Centre’s 2007 Summer Development Camps

Hockey Canada’s Atlantic Regional Centre (HCARC) is excited for Summer 2007 for two reasons; the Centre will run it’s first ever Female Summer Development Camp in Fredericton, NB and it’s second annual week long Summer Development Camp in Mount Pearl, NL.

For the past two summers HCARC has experienced with Summer Development Camps. In summer 2006 it was HCARC’s first experience with a week long hockey school that was extremely successful. This summer HCARC decided to run a Female Summer Development Camp for female hockey players in the Fredericton area. Instructors will be from the local female university hockey team to assist with the camp.

Female Summer Development Camp- Fredericton NB (July 13th-15th 2007)

The Female Summer Development Camp in Fredericton is hoped to be the first of many Female Camps in and around Atlantic Canada. HCARC has been approached to do a summer camp in the area due to the amount of interest of female hockey in the area along with some key volunteers in place interested in delivering a camp for their young local female hockey players. The camp has two divisions; one being for Atom and Peewee Rec level players and the other division being a high performance level for Midget and High School aged players where some may be moving onto to the university level. For those young players it gives them an opportunity to work on their skills in mid summer which is something they may have never done before. For those high performance level players it gives them an opportunity to tune their skills for training camps or their provincial branch high performance summer festival camp in preparation for the Atlantic Challenge Cup during the Thanksgiving Weekend from October 5th-8th 2007.

Summer Development Camp- Mount Pearl NL August (August 27th-31st 2007)

The inaugural week long Summer Development Camp for both female and male Rec Atom and Peewee players took place on August 2006. It had become so successful that HCARC is returning for a second camp this August 27th-31st in Mount Pearl NL at the Small Wood Arena just outside St. John’s, NL. In 2006 the HCARC decided to have a smaller camp for the first attempt and took 60 participants. This summer for the 2007 camp HCARC is well on its way to exceeding 100 participants. The feedback and interest has been overwhelming since the 2006 camp. HCARC hopes there is enough interest from around Atlantic Canada to hold one camp in each province every summer. This week long camp is open for the following divisions; Novice, Atom and Peewee.

During this week long camp HCARC plans on having the St. John’s Fog Devils (QMJHL) involved again by having a few players assist with some of the on ice sessions and signing some autographs for the kids. In addition to the camp this year the Toronto Maple Leafs Development Staff are coming in for two days to run various drills and offer some great prizes and giveaways. Thanks in part to Hockey Canada’s Ontario Regional Centre that is based out of the Air Canada Centre we have been very fortunate to have a partnership with Toronto Maple Leafs and they are willing to come back to the St. John’s area to give back since their original connection to the area with the AHL’s St. John’s Maple Leafs when they were based in St. John’s, NL.

Please check Hockey Canada’s website for updates and additional camps at www.hockeycanada.ca. Please contact Brad Taylor if you require further information on Skills Camps in Atlantic Canada at Hockey Canada’s Atlantic Regional Centre at (506) 642-0490 or btaylor@hockeycanada.ca.


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