Aug (6-9)Junior All Skills Season Prep [email protected] Activa Sportsplex


I’m organizing it as 4 groups of 6 players. Mike Mcllveen is the group leader, Loren Gabel (Women’s National Team Member) and Roy and I will be out training the players on the ice. I’m organizing a group of 6 Junior players….I have a few local Dutchmen…Siskin players so far. And looking for just couple more yet.  It would be a half day in the morning for Junior group….two ice times with a hour break in between….done around noon time. All the training will be done in 1/4 of the ice working on all kinds of individual skills…I’m promoting it to the junior guys at just $200 for 10 hours of ice over the four days of camp. Hockey Canada has created a new hashtag for the Hockey Canada Certified Skill Coaches #hcskillscoach. It’s new and they’ve encourage me to do lots of posts using the new hashtag….I encourage you to go and look at the hashtag. Hockey Canada last week shared an instagram post and it had almost 60000 views. The camp is also an opportunity for me to video and create lots of posts for the new hash tag and Hockey Canada.

Openings Available

Cost: $200 per player and $100 for a goalie  @ Activa Sportsplex, Kitchener

Two daily ice times, 135 minutes of on-ice training per day. in the morning and done by 12:30pm

All campers will receive a custom wooden puck handmade by Eric Calder
24 Players, 3 goalies per group

A group of Six Junior Players and a Group of Six PWHL / Midget AAA

Goalie Information and Registration

SKU: N/A Category:


AAA/AA/A All Skills Season Prep Camp @ Activa Sportsplex Kitchener

This camp offers two active ice times designed to enhance and define the skills needed to succeed. The participants begin with power skating and power skills (full ice and small zone training with continuous movement patterns) and then rotate in small balanced groups through stations working on individual skills such as skating, shooting, passing, dekes, defending, stick handling and more. Each session has a specific focus and progression over the course of the week. In later sessions we introduce individual and team tactics. The final component of each session is intense small ice games. This training format keeps everyone active throughout, thereby maximizing skill development time.

One distinguishing plus for Skills Plus Hockey Camps is the leadership on the ice and off the ice. Eric Calder (On-Ice Head Instructor and Camp Organizer) has 20 plus years of on ice teaching experience at Skills Plus Hockey Camps, has his highest level of Coaching (High Performance 2), is a Hockey Canada Certified Skills Instructor (new stream issued by Hockey Canada) and has learned a lot with thousands of on-ice practical teaching hours. Off-ice the group leaders are most of time trained teachers with the Ontario School Board and who have been teaching camps at Skills Plus Hockey for many years now. I encourage you to go to the bio page and have a look. This is the biggest distinguishing feature that separates Skills Plus Hockey from other hockey camps in the area. Goalies receive 20-minutes of specialized training at the start of each ice time with the goalie instructor(s).

The off-ice activities are designed to combine fun and fitness through a variety of sporting activities.   The Rep level and specialty camps place a more focus on hockey-related off- ice fitness with the use of the Quick Feet dryland program to enhance core strength and the aerobic and anaerobic base needed to perform at a competitive level. The All Level Camps will also experience a Quick Feet program workout or two.

As well, at the full day camps we go swimming twice during the week. We go to the Harry Class Pool…. a heated outdoor pool in downtown Kitchener. Trips to swimming are by School bus. The swims are all very tightly monitored with the swimming pool staff and camp instructors. Both the city of Kitchener and Waterloo have strict guidelines to follow at the swims. Parents are always welcome to meet us at the pool to volunteer if they’d like. Moreover please note there’s a yoga session each week. The Waterloo Region sessions will be instructed by Jayne Hembruff (owner of Innovative Wellness –

Back again will be Eric’s jam session. I love to play guitar, harmonica and sing in my spare time. I used to play and perform in bars in Europe when I was playing pro hockey. I’ve been playing for years and have enjoyed singing to all the groups that have attended camp. I’ve had a lot of positive comments from attendees and look forward to playing again this year.

All summer camps are co-ed, with participants divided into sub-groups according to ability. The girls who attend camp will share a dressing room together…at times they’ll have some separate activities off-ice together. The structure of the All Levels camps challenges both rep and house league players. Skills Plus Hockey Inc. reserves the right to re-align the camp age categories due to variations in the camps demand.

Late pick-up is available upon request. Please note you are required to accompany your child to the assigned dressing rooms each morning for drop off with the group instructor(s). As well at the end of the day you’re required to return to the dressing to pick up your child. There’s leniency to this camp policy with campers who are twelve years of age and older….upon clarifying with the group leader.