It’s been a long process to be a certified and licenced Skills Training Academy with Hockey Canada. Three years ago Hockey Canada start a new initiative to allow Hockey Schools / Academies to seek the designation. They revamped the NCCP Hockey Coaching education process by developing a new stream…..a Skills Coach Stream. I already have my High Performance 2 Coaching certification and 20 years of Skills Teaching experience as Skills Plus Hockey. But to be licenced you have to have the new “Certified Skills Coach designation.  Hockey Canada solicited candidates from across the country to apply and to undergo the new certification. As a WJC alumni I received the invitation via the alumni newsletter and jumped. I was one of the 18 successful candidates to be accepted and went to Calgary for the workshop. The year of tasks, assignments and practical training finished up in August 2018 and I became a Certified Skills Coach. The application to licence with Hockey Canada soon followed and as of last week Skills Plus Hockey is now licenced. It’s a wonderful distinction and honour to be a part of Hockey Canada as an official Skills Training Academy / School.

Group Packages Are Available Now For Players to Train with Teammates and Friends in the Winter Programs and Spring Summer Programs!

Hello! I have a special PROMOTION beginning with the Winter After School Skills Training in full swing at Albert McCormick Arena. If you organize a group and use the discount code: GROUP2019 a group of players can come and try a workout together for FREE. You will be in the same group training your skills….please read more below. In doing so you can up the challenge, and improve the quality of your reps on the individual skills of Hockey.  Packages Are Available and outlined on the individual page of each program. In order to get the free workout you have to book the group online. Please come out and try the training with teammates and friends.

Each Skills Plus Hockey Program is very individual skill based and often uses a passing partner (s) with numerous drills and skills. Your group will have it’s own space on the ice to train…enhancing speed, execution, quality and quantity. The game of Hockey happens in a small space. In games you’ll often have all ten players enclosed in one zone on the ice. Coaches are looking for players who can play in a tight space with speed and who can execute theirs ability to escape pressure, pass successful and get a shot away on the net. These are the players that are successful in games whether it’s the NHL, AAA, MD or Recreational Hockey. Skills, Skills and more is a monumental key to success. How do you get better in a small space…train in it.

I encourage you to look at the options and check the availability in the winter programs currently running and the upcoming Spring Programs starting in May (will be posted soon)

Here’s the link to click for all the fall programs


Kind regards and best wishes for a successful finish to the hockey season! I encourage you to sign up with a friend (s) and share the info with teammates. 

Thanks Eric

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