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.

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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

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

3 (+5) Types of Hockey Fans

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I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this witty and spot on article describing different hockey fans on the Gongshow Hockey blog (link) but I felt there were a couple of fans missing from the list.  So without further ado, I present the 3 hockey parents that didn’t make it on the Gongshow list.

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  1. Glass is Completely Full Always

No matter how you played, what the outcome of the game was or what was on the line they always tell you what a great game you played.  Whether you got kicked out on a questionable call, took a lazy tripping penalty resulting in the game winner for the other team on the power play or straight up scored on your own net, they’re always there to say “great game”, “hey, good job” or “you played your best.”

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  1. Next Year’s Coach

Actually just the next level of “The Coach” mentioned in the gongshow post, the parent can no longer just sit in the stands as the coach clearly misses line matchups, plays everyone evenly on the power play and completely misunderstand how the 2-1-2 works.  No longer do they shout obvious coaching cliché’s from the crowd, but begin slowly introducing their own coaching philosophies to the kids on long bus trips and organizing parents into a quiet coupe before ultimately gaining their support to become next year’s coach for the team.  Common characteristics include a lettered jacket with leather sleeves and being the parent of the worst player on the team.

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  1. The Church Mouse

Every coach’s favorite parent is the church mouse.  Usually a mother whose experiencing organized sports for the first time, the church mouse is always there but never says anything, positive or negative.  They bake fresh banana bread for long road trips, always volunteer their time, and never say anything, ever.  And for being perpetually prepared to be taken advantage of and taking it, every time, ceremoniously the church mouse is the only parent on the team to garner the most and least respect simultaneously.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Tournament of Champions Season

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After 4 years of success and continuous growth at our Tournament of Champions (TOC) tournament in Las Vegas, Canadian Hockey Enterprises is thrilled to announce the expansion of our Tournament of Champion series of tournaments this November and will now be in Las Vegas, Banff, and Montreal.

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On November 6 – 9, 2014 we will once again be heading to beautiful and exciting Las Vegas, NV to kick off the TOC tournament season with winners and runner ups from our 2014 tournaments flying in from all directions.  Team can book their own accommodations, or choose to stay on the CHE package at beautiful Excalibur Hotel & Casino right on the strip.

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The following weekend, November 14 – 16, the TOC championship trophy will travel right across the continent to the wonderful and unique city of Montreal, QC.  Montreal has arguably the greatest hockey culture and history in the world, and the Habs are in town on Saturday night to play the Philadelphia flyers, and teams who participate will be staying in downtown Montreal at the Chateau Champlain Marriott.

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Once the TOC trophy has been handed to teams in the desert, then teams in la belle provence, the cup gets back on a plane and heads to the Canadian Rocky Mountains for the TOC event in spectacular Banff, AB November 21 – 23, 2014.  Teams will be able to choose a 3 or 4 day package staying at the Caribou Lodge and Inns of Banff, both walking distance from the city center.

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For more information on all of our Tournament of Champion (TOC) events, please CLICK HERE to view our 2014 Fall Tournament brochure for men’s and women’s teams.

 

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises