CHE’s 28th Annual Christmas Hockey Camp

Many great things happened in 1987; Mario Lemieux emerged as a true superstar after teaming up with Wayne Gretzky and CHE staff Steve Larmer to dominate the Canada Cup, ultimately scoring the winning goal to defeat the USSR, the Edmonton Oilers won their 3rd straight Stanley Cup, and Peterborough Petes head coach Dick Todd won the Matt Leyden trophy for OHL Coach of the Year.  It was a big year for Peterborough hockey and got even bigger when in early July a small hockey camp started in Ennismore and Canadian Hockey Enterprises (CHE) was officially established.

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It’s often hard to believe that 28 years has passed since that first camp in Ennismore, and though the hockey world has continuously changed with the times, CHE has done our best to keep up with the ebbs and flows of the game and community.  Now the largest hockey camp provider in the world with camps for men, women, boys and girls all over North America, CHE has never forgotten its roots.  By keeping close to local hockey sentiment are able to remain current and the Christmas Hockey Camp is a great example of how.

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Traditionally the Christmas Hockey Camp was just a 3 day, 2 hours per day refresher over the holidays for local players to get the extra edge during the break.  But it was after playing some hockey on the lake in 2012 that CHE began offering a 3 on 3 pond hockey style tournament along with the 3 day camp.  Camps are great for working on fundamentals, but what was missing was the freedom to get out on the ice and mess around with friends in a relaxed environment.  Players can sign up as teams or individuals that are placed on teams, and on January 2 head to the Evinrude Centre to play 3 or 4 short games on half the ice.  Small ice sheets with small teams equals a ton of time with the puck, plenty of opportunity to try new things, and most importantly, a great deal of FUN.  Isn’t hockey is supposed to be fun?!?

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Don’t miss an opportunity to get involved with the 28th Annual Christmas Hockey Camp and/or 3 on 3 Pond Hockey Tournament this winter season.  With Power Skating & Skills for players and a Specialized Goalie Camp for the tenders, there’s something for every future hockey star.  Visit our website at www.chehockey.com or grab a brochure from one of the local arenas for details.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Top 5 Off-Season Deals

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  1. P.K. Subban Gets his Deal in Montreal

Love him or hate him, there’s absolutely no question that P.K. Subban will be a superstar defenceman in the NHL for years to come.  Canadiens fans had to sit through 24 hours of panic before learning that Subban and the Canadiens had come to an agreement after 1 day of arbitration….and what a deal it was.  8 years for $72 million for an average of $9 million per season makes P.K. the highest paid defenceman and 3rd highest paid player in the NHL behind only Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, which leaves one to ask; How much does Sid the Kid make?

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  1. Spezza Traded to Dallas

Hockey fans in southern Ontario cheered out with glee on July 1st with the knowledge that they’d rarely, if ever, have to watch Jason Spezza giggle his way through another post-game interview.  After a number of tenuous seasons on a “rebuilding” Senators club Spezza wanted out and was absolutely thrilled when he woke up knowing he was Dallas Star.  Not only does Spezza get out of star vacuum in Ottawa, but he will now be lacing up alongside future superstars Tyler Sequin & Jamie Benn, as well as Ales Hemsky, Patrick Eaves and a host of fresh faces brought in by Jim Nill in the off-season.

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  1. O’Reilly Avoids Arbitration

Heading into salary arbitration can be a nasty mess, creating lasting tensions between team ownership, management and the player.  So it was with great fervor the Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic announced that they’d come to terms with star forward Ryan O’Reilly in the lobby as they awaited arbitration.  O’Reilly had a career season in 2013-14 leading the Avalanche in points as well as setting career highs in goals (28) and points (64) as well as winning the Lady Bing Award, receiving 2 penalty minutes in 80 games played.  The Avs are thrilled to have locked O’Reilly up for the next two seasons, and O’Reilly is thrilled with the $12 million he’ll collect during that time.

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  1. Richards Signs in Chicago

After a disappointing season on a Rangers team seemingly full of underachievers there was no doubt that Brad Richards was actively shopping for a new address this summer.  So when his agent let him know that the Chicago Blackhawks were interested he jumped at the chance and signed a 1 year, $2 million deal.  It’s definitely a great move for Richards but also solidifies one of the best top 2 lines in the game as he’ll fit nicely centering the 2nd line flanked by the super speed of rising star Brandon Saad and perennial sniper Marion Hossa.  Let’s hope the aging Richards will be able to keep up and help his star winger (Hossa) cross the 1000 point plateau this season.

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  1. Kesler Waives his N.T.C. to Anaheim

 If there was one thing that was hard to believe about the 2013-14 NHL season it was the significant decline in play of every single player on the Vancouver Canucks and utter failure (who’d a thunk it) of coach John Tortorella to get the star studded roster to live up to their potential.  What wasn’t hard to believe was the trade demand by forward Ryan Kesler, and though they couldn’t close any deals at the trade deadline, Canucks management finally found a deal they liked with a team good enough to persuade Kesler to waive his no trade; the Anaheim Ducks.  After being knocked out of the playoffs by eventual champion LA Kings, the Ducks decided to open their coffers and take on Kesler’s $10 million salary over the next 2 year in an effort to bolster their overall team defence.  Only time will tell how this union will end.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises