Happy New Year!

From all of us here at CHE we wish everyone a safe and happy new year and look forward to seeing everyone in 2016.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

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The CHE Experience!

For many of us, our minor hockey days have long since vacated our brains as the humdrum and monotony of everyday adult life takes over our mental faculties.  Wake up, get the kids off to school, head to work, head home, drive the kids to practice, eat some food, go to bed.  It seems the older we get the faster time goes, and it’s not until we’re able to escape the day-to-day life that we’re able to appreciate the little things.  This is where CHE steps in.  Our holiday hockey weekends provide a brief but exhilarating reprieve from the daily grind, and for a short window of time, everyone gets to feel like a kid again, and here’s why.

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Philosophers and Facebook moms love to say “It’s not the destination, but the journey that’s important” or something along those lines, and for our adult hockey players this holds true.  The tournament begins when you’ve loading up the 3 – 5 vehicles with your gear and luggage for the trip with your teammates.  The 5 or so hours spent on the road getting to the tournament are typically the most energetic hours for every player on the team, as the excitement of the weekend ahead gets everyone’s blood going, and from the time you leave the driveway to the time you get into your hotel room the hooliganism expected from a 12 person road trip is at fever pitch.

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Tournaments were always a highlight of every youth hockey players year, but it always seemed like the parents were having more fun that the kids as they travelled room to room in the hotel for drinks, cards and general revelry until the wee hours of the morning.  With CHE you’re both the player and the parent and there is no shortage of shenanigans in the hotel whether you’re doing the hotel room beer crawl or playing practical jokes on your teammates.  The stories of what goes down each night don’t often get revealed to outsiders, but there’s always plenty of evidence of good times had in the hotel lobby each morning as blood shot eyes try not to make contact with any direct light.

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Once you’ve gotten your entire team out of bed, filled with coffee and over to the arena the fun just keeps going.  There’s never a shortage of bellowing laughter coming from the dressing rooms as players reminisce about all of the debauchery that took place the night before.  Luckily we provide complimentary Gatorade for the players to replenish their electrolytes for the big game ahead.  After the game is finished and the player of the game awards have been handed out, it’s time to head back to the locker room for a refreshing beer and the whole cycle starts again.

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At CHE we try and do all of the thinking for you so you can make the most of your weekend away.  Our all-inclusive packages make sure your team is in a great hotel that located exactly where you want to be.  We include the basic meals like breakfasts and lunch to make sure your fuzzy head doesn’t need to make any tough decisions, and our professional tournament staff is always around to answer any questions you might have.  And if you’re lucky enough to survive the chaos of the weekend, you might just head home with the championship trophy!

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So this season, when the daily routine is causing your hair to fall out, grab your teammates and head to one of our fantastic holiday hockey tournaments.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Viva Las Vegas!!!

Sin City just might be the most exciting vacation destination in the world, with a smorgasbord of adult activities, you’re guaranteed to find one if not ten things that will make a trip to Las Vegas the adventure of a lifetime.  Known as the perfect spot for a bachelor party, it’s similarly a perfect spot for you and your teammates to get away for weekend of absolute debauchery, and as difficult as it is to boil it down, here’s the top 5 reasons to head to Vegas with your team this spring.

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November 15, 2014: CHE tournament in Chambly, Quebec.

  1. First Class Hockey Tournaments

First and foremost, you’ll be treated to a first class hockey tournament that CHE is renowned for.  A 3-game guarantee with tournament games played at the Las Vegas Ice Center Twin Rinks and Fiesta Rancho Sobe Ice Arena, both located just 5 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.  With all of the hotel options in Vegas, we offer a tournament entry-only option where teams can book their own accommodations, as well as an all-inclusive hotel package at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino right in the center of all the action.  Our professional tournament staff will make sure you’re in a competitive division with separate age and skill levels, and even though they say “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!” you just might leave with the Gamblers Cup and a gold medal around your neck.

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  1. Cards, Dice and Slots!

There’s a reason that a massive city of almost a million people sprang up in the middle of the Nevada desert and it’s not their refreshing water springs.  The absolutely massive casino’s take up entire city blocks and the extreme size and over the top extravagance makes each unique casino an adventure of its own.  Places like the Bellagio try to draw you in with a stunning fountain display out front.  The new Cosmopolitan has floor-to-ceiling glass offering incredible views of the strip while you play at one of 83 tables with everything from Blackjack to War.  Then there’s the MGM Grand which takes size to a whole new level with 170000 square feet of gaming.  If you’re looking to take a break from the strip Then D Las Vegas is in downtown Vegas and is one of the only 2 level gambling establishments in the city, with 3 to 2 blackjack pay and dancing dealers.  The allure of winning big has always been the biggest draw to Vegas.

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  1. Unbelievable, one-of-a-kind shows.

Known in the 50’s and 60’s as the home to famous crooners like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Las Vegas still has the draw to bring some of the world’s best acts into town to stay.  The World’s best musicians, magicians, acrobats and comedians all end up in Vegas.  There are currently 9 different Cirque du Soleil shows to choose from if you’re into a spectacle.  Comedians such as Carrot Top or Terry Fator are always in town, but many top name stars make stops in Vegas every weekend so you might luck out with a Louis CK or even Andrew Dice Clay show.  David Copperfield has been a staple in the Las Vegas illusion game at the MGM Grand, but for something a little smarter you can go check out Penn & Teller at the Rio Hotel & Casino.  If you’re more of a Broadway type, shows like Jersey Boys or the Book of Mormon can be caught any night of the week.

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  1. Buffets to Michelin Stars

If you consider yourself a foodie, then Las Vegas is the city for you.  One of the main ploys to get you in the door of a casino is the plethora of all-you-can-eat buffets and if you’re not concerned with spotting a celebrity chef, the buffets are a great option to eat good food for almost nothing.  The Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio is one of the only seafood only spots in town and a perfect spot to go eat crab and lobster until you explode, or head over to Caesars Palace and check out the Bacchanal Buffet which has every type of food you could want in this 25000 square-foot restaurant.  If fine dining is your taste, you can hit up Le Cirque at the Bellagio which has received a AAA Five Diamond rating for 13 straight years, or head down the strip to Caesars Palace to eat at NobuAureole in Mandalay Bay has incredible seasonal dishes prepared by acclaimed Chef                Charlie Palmer, but for those who require the best of the best, you have to go to Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand to experience Las Vegas’s only spot to receive 3 Michelin Stars.

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  1. Incredible outdoor activities

As hard as it is to tear yourself away from the glitz and glamour of the Vegas Strip, beyond the casino’s lies a vast array of activities that will blow you away.  If you’re a golfer, there’s a ton of courses to choose from, but some of the more famous tracks include the Tom Fazio designed Shadow Creek, Coyote Springs and Cascata, which all make the most of the undulating desert terrain for dramatic views and difficult shots.  You can take a day trip and check out the Hoover Dam in just over 40 minutes, or continue to drive for a couple more hours and you’re at the Grand Canyon.  You can head to Battlefield Vegas and try shooting some fully automatic rifles or hop in an actual tank and crush a car.  If that doesn’t get your adrenaline going, Exotics Racing gives you the opportunity to max out Lamborghini’s, Porsche’s, Ferrari’s, Austin Martin’s and more.

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So that’s my list, and although there seems to be a lot of things on it, it truly is just the tip-of-the-iceberg for all of the amazing and exciting experiences Las Vegas has to offer.  That said, even if you only did 3 things on the list, there’s no doubt in my mind that this will be the most memorable weekend for your entire team, though you may not remember much.

CLICK HERE to view all details, dates and prices for our amazing Las Vegas tournaments.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

We’re Going to Nashville!!

It’s official.  After many requests and a long summer putting details together CHE is thrilled to announce our Brand New tournament location in Nashville, TN April 29 – May 1, 2016.  Just a quick flight from almost anywhere in North America, tons of music history, live shows every night, world class southern cuisine and a big city with a quaint feel, we shouldn’t need to sell this exciting location to anyone.  But just in case, here’s the top 5 reasons you should bring your team to Nashville this spring.

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  1. First Class Hockey Holiday Weekend

First and foremost, you’ll be treated to a first class hockey tournament that CHE is renowned for.  A 3 game guarantee with tournament games played at Centennial Sportsplex two rink complex where the Nashville Predators practice, with a delicious cold beer for each player after every game and a chance to hoist the Nashville Cup!  Book your own accommodations or stay with our all-inclusive package at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt, just 5 minutes from downtown Nashville and featuring a complimentary shuttle to any destination within 3 miles.  Our professional tournament staff will make sure you feel like you’re playing for Olympic Gold!!!

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2. It’s called Music City for a Reason

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry are world class venues for all things country music.  Even with all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Opry, it’s still a popular venue with local Nashvillians and is definitely worth a visit.  If bluegrass is your thing then you’ll want to check out the Station Inn that’s been pumping out live bluegrass since 1974 and is relatively inexpensive.  If covers aren’t your thing and you want to catch a rising star before their time, head to the Bluebird Cafe where country legend Garth Brooks first cut his chops.  No matter what you’re looking for, there’s an authentic and exciting venue to catch a great live show.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 14, 2013: Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway. The district is famous for the numerous country music entertainment establishments.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 14, 2013: Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway. The district is famous for the numerous country music entertainment establishments.

3. Broadway Honky Tonks & Dive Bars

Legend’s Corner is probably the first Honky Tonk you’ll stumble into as it’s right outside the Convention Center and impossible to miss.  Walls covered in album covers and memorabilia create the top-notch atmosphere that tends to draw in tourists and local legends, so keep your eyes peeled for the likes of Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens cuz they could be at the stool next to you.  Stumble down the street and you’ll run into the historic Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge which has been around for a long time and featured performances from the like of Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Waylon Jennings. Even today there’s a good chance you’ll see an up and coming star hit the stage.  If you’re more inclined to skip the history lesson for today’s hits, The Stage is one of the newest faces on the block.  Try to sneak up to the balcony seats to get an unreal, bird’s eye view of the live performances.

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4. Barbecue and Fried Chicken

New York has pizza, Philadelphia has the cheesesteak and Nashville has BBQ.  The Loveless Café is arguably the most famous establishment, but it’s a bit of a journey out of town, but luckily there’s plenty of great spots in the heart of Nashville.  Mary’s Old Fashion Barbeque Pit serves hand pulled-pork 24/7 with fiery hot sauce and piles of cornbread.  For people who like spice, or at least think they like spice, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack has long lines for a reason, so queue up and see if you can take the heat.  For some late night bites, you can check out BB Kings Blues Club and Restaurant for some deep fried pickles or their amazing chicken fried chicken served on a bed of white cheddar mac’n cheese.  Look our arteries!!!

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5. Early Season Golf

Given its nickname is “Music City”, it’s not unreasonable that when people think of Nashville they think of music, but what many don’t realize is that Nashville has a ton of great golf courses.  With seasonal temperatures between the 70s – 80s, it’s a great opportunity to shake off the winter cob webs and hit the links with the guys.  Whether you want a championship course or spend just want to $30 there’s a course for you.

This April 29th, grab your teammates and head to Music City for a great time and great tournament.  CLICK HERE to s.ee details and prices on our website

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Feb Draw Winners

A hearty congratulations to all winners in this year’s February Registration Draw.  For all those who didn’t win, keep your eyes peeled for a third draw to be announced shortly.

Ist Prize – FREE Tournament Entry Only Fee – Las Vegas, Kelowna or Niagara Falls

Jager Bombs – Marie Leeder – Lake Placid – April 24 – 26, 2015

2nd Prize – Team Rep goes for FREE                                                                   

The Strays – Carol Drews – Lake Placid – April 24 – 26, 2015

SSI Warriors – Letcher  Mah – Kelowna – April 24 – 26, 2015

Labatts – Glenn Ball – Banff – April 24 – 26, 2015

Douglas – Patrick Donohue – Montreal – April 17 – 19, 2015

Gamblers – Geoff Young – Chicago – March 27 – 29, 2015

3rd Prize – $100 Cash                        

Les Boys – Pierre Fortin – Florida – April 20 – 26, 2015

Grimshaw Stars – Alan Wearden – Kelowna – April 17 – 19, 2015

Breakers – Maura Graham – Banff – March 27 – 29, 2015

Phantoms – Scott Coleman – Banff – March 27 – 29, 2015

Free Agents – Marcel Ianni – Niagara Falls – April 10 – 12, 2015

4th Prize – FREE CHE Gift                                                                               

Schreiber Plumbers – Mario Filane – London – March 27 – 29, 2015

The Herd – Bob Habetler – Phoenix – April 10 – 12, 2015

Blackburn – Stephane Brisbois – Lake Placid – April 24 – 26, 2015

Sherwood Park 66 – Bryan Fitzgerald – Banff – April 24 – 26, 2015

Hounds – Mike Caterina – Niagara Falls – April 10 – 12, 2015

Rumskies – Chad Rolles – Banff – April 24 – 26, 2015

Bolts – Colin Bertsch – Kelowna – April 24 – 26, 2015

Minto Mustachios – Curtis Wettstein – Kelowna – April 24 – 26, 2015

Tropical Storm – Danielle Chicoine – Banff – March 27 – 29, 2015

Visigoths – Dave McCaskill – Niagara Falls – May 1 – 3, 2015

Snipers – Don Morin – Las Vegas – April 23 – 26, 2015

The Jets – Robert Dunville – Las Vegas – April 16 – 19, 2015

Team Canada – Frank Presta – Niagara Falls – May 1 – 3, 2015

Buffalo Legends – Fran Wirtner – Ottawa – March 20 – 22, 2015

Team Canada – Randy Reid – Phoenix – April 10 – 12, 2015

Magnum Rumblers – Greg Tamura – Banff – March 27 – 29, 2015

Leduc Goodtimers – John Burt – Banff – April 17 – 19, 2015

Vigor – Jim Owen – Montreal – May 1 – 3, 2015

Central Red Army – Joe Sturgeon – Banff – April 24 – 26, 2015

Cassidy Clan – Matt Meagher – Ottawa – March 20 – 22, 2015

Mad Trappers – Mike Gravel – Phoenix – April 10 – 12, 2015

Team Ramrod – Phil Munroe – Niagara Falls – May 1 – 3, 2015

Black Widows – Raelene Hachkowski – Lake Placid – May 1 – 3, 2015

Whalers – Derek Inrig – Niagara Falls – May 1 – 3, 2015

Frontenac Fly Girls – Virginia Walker – Lake Placid – April 24 – 26, 2015

Hobey Baker Nominees

The Hobey Baker Award has been given out to a male hockey player in the NCAA since 1981 with notable recipients including: Paul Kariya, Brendan Morrison, Chris Drury, Jordan Leopold, Ryan Miller, Matt Carle and most recently, Johnny Hockey (Johnny Gaudreau).  The award winner must “exhibit strength of character both on and off the ice” and “contribute to the integrity of the team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game.”  CHE is excited and proud to announce that 3 former CHE campers are among the nominees for this years award.

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Matt Ginn from Lindsay, ON is a Senior at Holy Cross and leads Atlantic Hockey with a .933 save percentage and 2.01 goals against average.  In his 4 years down in Worcester, Matt has set the school record for career saves (3244), shutouts (7), and minutes played (7044:05).  A long time camper who attending the Specialized Goalie Program for many years, Matt enjoyed his time at the camp so much he went on to be a camp councilor, and ultimately one of our head goalie instructors.  Good luck Ginner, we’re pulling for you.

Gillam

Mitch Gillam from Peterborough, ON has had a stellar Sophomore year at Cornell University, leading the nation with a staggeringly low 1.26 goals against average and .958 save percentage.  He has allowed one or fewer goals in seven of his nine starts this season.  Another longtime participant in the Specialized Goalie Program, Gillam spent many summers refining his skills under the tutelage of Red Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard and other CHE instructors.  Good luck Mitch!

Seney

Brett Seney from London, ON attended the Junior / College / AAA Conditioning Program for many years, always leading the ongoing week long tournament in scoring against some of the best young talent from across the country. Brett’s NCAA career has gotten off to a quick start, and in his rookie season at Merrimack College, Brett leads the team with 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists), an 18.1% shooting percentage (shoot the puck Seney), and a +6 plus/minus.  He is currently tied for 2nd in rookie scoring in the HEA and tied for 8th in rookie points per game across the nation with a 0.88 scoring average.  A long shot to win this year, there’s no doubt a Hobey Baker could be in Brett’s future.

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From everyone here at CHE, good luck to all 3 nominees and we hope to see you lift the award high and proud in 3 months.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

Canada takes Gold!!!

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A huge congratulations to everyone at Hockey Canada, especially the coaches and players who participated in the WJHC this past week.  A truly impressive and inspiring performance by a group of hyper-talented young men who took the energy of the Canadian crowds and propelled themselves to hang on to a 1 goal lead in one of the best 3rd period performances in recent memory.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises