What a Roster!!! #tbt

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Former CHE Camp staffer Jason Callaghan was kind enough to scan and email his copy of the 1995 staff photo for this weeks edition of Throwback Thursday.  Within this photo there’s 2193 NHL games played, 7680 minor pro games played, a couple of Stanley Cup rings, an NHL Rookie of the Year winner, a few Memorial Cup Champions, a Calder Cup Champion, a few European league Champions, and of course, CHE legend and friend Lefty Wilson.  Even 18 years later there’s still 4 people in the photo that work in the office daily, and many of these players still instruct at our camps each summer.

I’d like to thank Jason for sending in the photo and www.hockeydb.com for existing so I could figure all of this stuff out.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Introducing Throw Back Thursdays #tbt

In honor of our upcoming hockey camp season, this “Throw Back Thursday” #tbt blog post is a look at the past, WAY in the past, where Canadian Hockey Enterprises started, in Ennismore, Ontario in 1987.

It was small, but the Ennismore location was a great spot to get our start and players such as Mike Fisher, Corey Perry and Jay Harrison learned the basics at these camps.  We may have moved to a two pad arena, added 5 more weeks of programs in Peterborough as well as Lake Placid, Traverse City, Kelowna, Canmore and Whistler, and lost the stunning polyester track suits, but our program and philosophy remains the same; bring in top notch instructors and emphasize the fundamentals of every aspect of the game.

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On-ice instruction in Ennismore, in the ‘80’s…and check out those polyester track suits.  In this picture future stars receive instruction from Mark Freer & Ross Wilson who each played 16 years of professional hockey.

The best part about the Ennismore location was the adjacent soccer and baseball fields.  I can still remember lining up on the fence in the ball field so councilors such as Marty Wilford (Current Assistant Coach with Norfolk Admirals) and Colin Beardsmore (12 years European Pro) could shoot us with a tennis ball machine, or as they called it, dodge ball.

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Here you can see a young Brian Weisenberg (6 years pro) and Cameron Mann (11 years pro) posing with the kids after a rousing game of lacrosse.

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CHE President and General Manager Paul Crowley (right) and Glen Forbes (left) discuss strategy after the first successful summer.

Look forward to some more blasts from the past on #tbt with @CHE_Hockey

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

20 Years Later Generals Win!!

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Doug Fioroni and the Generals limped into Montreal, and the Canadian Cup expecting to have a great time as they usually do, and the unexpected happened…they won!

After 20 years participating in CHE tournaments in Niagara Falls, Florida and Montreal the Generals are already planning a Quebec City next year…they love Quebec! BTW the Generals are from Mike Kitchen territory near Bradford north of Toronto…so sad to hear of the passing of Bill Kitchen…I couldn’t believe that as I played against Bill for many years…we need to cherish our times on the planet and as Canadians we are lucky we have the great game of hockey to stay focused on friends, family and talking / playing hockey…what do the other countries do in the winter!!

Players on the Generals were going down memory lane that “they had hair ” when they first started with CHE!  I started recalling many of our first Montreal tourneys and  remarked that after 26 years the only thing that really changed in Montreal was we have a WORLD  CLASS brand spanking new arena complex, Isatis Sport Chambly Complex to showcase our tournament. Gone are the smelly rinks we used in Montreal for years,  bad ice and incredibly bad food that no one ever ate. What a difference..CHE is really committed at bringing quality facilities to our customers..check out the difference with CHE…congrats goes out to Stephane Malouin and his staff..

See you next year in Quebec City Doug…remember…the other teams are getting old too..

Paul Crowley

President

Canadian Hockey Enterprises