CHE Sports Welcomes Lacrosse Greats Shawn and Turner Evans to the Lineup

CHE Sports is extremely excited to announce the additions of professional lacrosse players Shawn and Turner Evans to our CHE Lacrosse division.

The cousins have dominated in every level they’ve competed at while setting records and winning numerous individual and team awards along the way.

 

 

Turner is a former NCAA Ohio State Buckeye standout where he was named a Scholar All American!
He is also a Mann Cup national champion with his hometown Peterborough Lakers as well as a National Lacrosse League (NLL) star with the Toronto Rock.

 

 

 

Shawn is arguably the best lacrosse player on the planet
…no argument from us though! Whether the two time NLL MVP
is playing for the New England Black Wolves, Major League
Lacrosse’s (MLL) Chesapeake Bayhawks or representing his country
on the world stage, Shawn is always one of his team’s best players and leaders.

 

 

 
To so we are pleases to have Shawn and Turner on board would be an understatement; we are incredibly fortunate to have acquired this pair of pro athletes who love giving back to the game that has given them so much.

CHE Sports invites you to get your lacrosse team together to join Shawn and Turner at one of our world class tournament destinations for what promises to be a fun filled weekend!!

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Confirmed tournament locations include Myrtle Beach, Palm Beach and Lake Placid.

 

For more information visit:
http://CHELacrosse.com
http://Twitter.com/CHELacross
http://Facebook.com/CHELacrosse

 

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EXCITING NEW LOCATIONS

The 2017 – 2018 hockey season is just around the corner and CHE is thrilled to announce the addition of not one but two amazing NEW tournament locations for youth teams this season.

Burlington

Burlington, Vermont – November 24 – 26, 2017

Whether you’re from Canada or the US, there’s no better place to spend the US Thanksgiving weekends than heading with your team to the majestic green mountains of Vermont.  Nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain, the picturesque town of Burlington is full of cozy cafes, great restaurants and over a dozen breweries.  Great shopping and an incredible hockey tournament against international competition await your team this November.

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New York City, New York – March 30 – April 1, 2018

There is arguably not a more exciting city in the entire world than New York City.  Unbelievable food, rich historic districts, world renowned Broadway shows, and the most incredible skyline on the planet, there’s a reason New York City is where people go to make their dreams come true.  This year you can make your teams dream come true in this incredible hockey tournament against teams from across North America.

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Of course we still have our traditional locations with six dates in Lake Placid, NY, five dates in Montreal and another event in Quebec City.  CLICK HERE to view all of our youth hockey tournaments.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

 

CHE Lacrosse

CHE has finally made the lead from global leader in all things hockey and are thrilled to announce the the CHE Lacrosse Golden Goals Lax Festival in Lake George, NY this June 23 – 25.

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With CHE Lacrosse we are fortunate to have many lacrosse elite players in the Peterborough area who went on scholarships to the US and even onto the professional ranks. CHE’s own Robert Hope, who works at CHE Hockey in the summer is one of those players. Robert went on a 4 year lacrosse scholarship to Pfeiffer University in North Carolina and was drafted in the first round by the Colorado Mammoth where he currently plays. Because of this experience Robert has been named Lacrosse Director for CHE and will be at Golden Goals Lax Festival to oversee and also run a SHOOTING CLINIC.

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Graydon Crowley

CHE Sports

NEW @ CHE

The rebirth of the World Cup of Hockey has officially kicked off the 2016 – 2017 hockey season and no one is more excited than the folks here at CHE.  It’s great to see the NHL try something new to kick off the season, and in the spirit of trying new things, CHE is thrilled to announce some new and exciting tournament destinations.

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Halifax, NS

After a 4 year hiatus we are thrilled to be heading back to the maritimes and with a March 17 – 19 date, it’s going to be unbelievable to be in Halifax over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Take in the salty air in this historic Canadian city that features amazing seafood meals, and a ton of centrally located pubs and bars, so make sure you pack something green.

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Boston, MA

After many requests over the years CHE has finally put together a tournament in Boston June 2 – 4 to kick off the summer.  This is the perfect time of year to head to this amazing sports city as the Bruins & Celtics look primed for a playoff run, and if neither make it that far, you can head to historic Fenway Park to peer over the green monster.

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Anchorage, AK

After looking long and hard at a mid-January date in Alaska, the draw of 20 hour days and spawning King Salmon, we opted to head to Anchorage June 16 – 18 instead.  Experience the splendor of this amazing place, check out some wild life, and maybe even catch a fish or two, and when you leave the bar in the early morning, chances are you could still see an amazing sunset on your stumble home.

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Rochester, NY

An amazing option for team from the golden horseshoe, the city of Rochester is just around the corner from Niagara Falls.  This May 5 – 7 you can take a quick trip around Lake Ontario and experience the booming restaurant and micro-brew industry that’s taking over this great city.

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Our 2016 – 2017 brochure is in the works and you should be receiving it in the mail in the next month or so, but if you can’t wait for the mail, make sure to check our website as we’re continuously updating as things are solidified.

www.chehockey.com

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Adult Tournament Highlights

After many hours of travel covering most of North America and 24 hockey tournaments in April I thought I’d do a quick recap of all of the exciting events that took place this past month.  Though we still have tournaments coming up in Atlantic City (May 20-22 & June 24-26), Las Vegas (May 27-30) & Whistler (August 5-7) the bulk of our adult hockey tournaments that took place in April have officially wrapped up.  Lets have a look at some of the great stories that emerged this past month.
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CHE & Sir Winston Churchhill’s Team Up
To mix things up in Montreal this year CHE teamed up with Sir Winston Churchhill’s Pub to create a great party right in the heart of downtown Montreal and world famous Crescent Street.  Each weekend players received 2 complimentary drinks as well as no line and no cover to one of the most exciting bars in Montreal, and those teams that joined us for the Men’s & Women’s weekend on April 17 – 19 attended a private party at Karina’s Lounge in the upstairs.  The DJ pumped great tunes all night as teams mingled with CHE staff and each other until the wee hours of the night.  We will definitely be heading back to Sir Winston’s in 2017!
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 Flyby at Wild Bill’s
Once again we booked private party’s at Wild Bill’s saloon for the 200 + teams that attended our Banff tournaments this year.  A full cowboy spread with brisket, ribs and fried chicken puts some fuel in everyone’s bellies, so by the time the band hits the stage at 9:00pm everyone is ready to party to the max.  There’s always a team or two that finds a way to stand out from the rest of the herd, and this year the boys from Edmonton proved they had not lost that loving feeling for the greatest fighter jet movie of all time.
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La Belle Provence Sweeps Florida Cup
The sun was hot, the wind was relentless and 3 teams from Quebec went home with all of the hardware at this year’s event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Teams were also fortunate to attend Game 5 of the first round which went to double OT before the Islanders made the BB&T Center completely silent in defeating the Panthers.  Luckily the teams had premium seats for $75, including all you can eat and all the beer and wine you could drink…unreal deal.  La Zone was so committed to their game they continued to play on the beach even after claiming the Kobe Division Championship.
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The Groom’s in Net
Las Vegas always has, and always will be the ideal destination to take your buddy for his bachelor party, and what better way than by playing in a hockey tournament while you’re there.  Find the Groom went the next level, getting these fantastic, custom bachelor party jersey’s made up for the event and refused to let the hockey get in the way of their good times all weekend long.
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Boomer Wins
The Long Island Wasps came to Quebec City with one goal and one goal only; to bring home the trophy.  After 3 straight years travelling home with silver medals around their necks, there was no doubt in any of their minds that it was gold or bust for NFL great Boomer Esiason and the rest of his squad.  With strict 12:30am curfews for the entire weekend, the team arrived early on Sunday morning with rested eyes and soft hands as they defeated Les Boys from Embrun, ON and captured the elusive trophy.
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Music City a Huge Success
Our first ever run at a tournament in Nashville was a huge success.  Every team that headed down to Tennessee were amazed at the quality of the divisions, the great post game celebrations at Jed’s Sports Bar, and the seemingly endless number of bars that featured live music all night and every night.  We will definitely be back in Nashville next year and can’t wait to see this event grow in size.
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New Events in the Works
Even though the tournaments aren’t completely finished, it’s time to start looking at next season and we’ve got some amazing new events in motion.  After a couple of year’s hiatus it looks like we’re definitely heading back to Halifax for St. Patrick Day weekend in 2017.  Teams will stay downtown and play their games right across the bay at the Forum, just 5 minutes away.  Anchorage, Alaska is in the works for next June, with the potential for some King Salmon fishing on Friday afternoon for teams.  Boston, MA next May looks like a real possibility as we’re negotiating with a great arena that’s right downtown so teams won’t have to travel all the way to Marlborough.  We’ve also partnered up with “Pragues Barrel” for teams looking to head over to this beautiful, mid-evil city in the heart of eastern Europe.
Keep following us on Facebook for exciting coverage, photos and our scores page on line for up to the minute scores during the tournament season.

Graydon Crowley                                                                                                                                   Canadian Hockey Enterprises

LETS STROLL DOWN CHE PRESIDENT LANE!

It’s been a long time since we started CHE back in  1987. Just around that time I honestly wasn’t sure if I was headed back to the AHL in Binghamton, NY as Tommy Mitchell, still an owner there, had offered me a job in the front office.  I wasn’t sure and then the working visa became an issue.  I remember it was a blur but then suddenly I was admitted into the hospital June 1st, 1987 and had a tumor carved out of my prada gland in the side of my head. Some people say I had part of my brain removed (ha) but I remember that’s when I started to think fearlessly and I wanted to hit a home run in my life. I actually loved my career as an AHL player and actually set a record for most consecutive games played as a current player. I think it was around 530 but I’m not sure and I averaged 22 goals per year with highest at 28. But I wanted to feel like a major leaguer. I wanted to feel like I was an NHL ‘ER and it occurred to owning my own hockey business might just do this!! It was time to fish or cut bait. August 1st, 1987 CANADIAN HOCKEY ENTERPRISES WAS BORN. I remember when I had to borrow $75,000 and re mortgage the house to start the dream. My sister Kathleen loaned us her Austin mini for CHE Toronto marketing trips and sister Maureen gave us an old IBM computer, which looked like a main frame! We were ready to drop the puck. I think! After 29 years it’s been a great ride and many amazing people have had a piece of our history. Starting with of course my dad, lawyer Gregg Gates and long time friend and former Pittsburgh Penguin Al McDonough, close friend Doug Gibson who was a star Junior, Boston Bruin and current Habs scout were all instrumental to our launch but the stories along the way and the hockey characters have become priceless. Without stories in hockey you have nothing!! Ha!

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Our first ever program was the 1987 Christmas Camp. It featured legendary and the great innovator coach Roger Neilson, who showed up for 1-day with his dog and no skates. I thought that was a little odd but when he told the story about his dog and how it helped illustrate a fore-checking system, the story became iconic! Roger on his fore-checking theory – ” for months I watched my Peterborough Pete forwards on the fore-check chase defencemen needlessly around the net NEVER coming close to checking or creating a turnover. It was then I took my dog on the ice who stood in front of the net. I then positioned myself behind the net with a milk bone. I would move slightly to one side but my dog wouldn’t commit. Then I moved slightly to other side behind the net but my dog wouldn’t commit to chasing me. He knew intuitively I would come around in front of net and he would be left only chasing me. It was only when I exposed myself openly that my dog committed to chase me for the bone. My theory was if my dog can judge when to chase or when not to chase them my hockey players should be able to use common sense.” Roger was famous for his tactics!

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Or when I hired Gordie Howe to be our head instructor in a Las Vegas January adult hockey camp.. A sure hit-one would think! We ended up with 2 people signing up and I had to cancel but Gordie’s late wife Colleen demanded I pay Gordie anyway and she cashed the check! I was mad but she was right-Gordie was a legend- A valuable lesson I learned from a classy yet shrewd business person. Speaking of Gordie wasn’t that great seeing him at a recent Red Wing game celebrating his 88th birthday. A miracle really. I have had the good fortune of following the Howes around. It started in the 1972-73 season when I was chosen in the draft to play with the Toronto Marlboros Jr A team where sons Mark and Marty were playing. Although I played infrequently with that star studded Memorial Cup winning team I did manage to play 20 or so games including the playoff run. What an experience. Mark, now a Hall of Famer, especially was a phenom in his own right and I remember him smashing the glass behind the net in Sault St Marie one cold night with one of his patented wrist snap shots. Marty too was no slouch and I soon became very good friends with Marty mainly because we both loved to fish and I think I appreciated his down to earth demeanor and his ability to grow as a player in the shadow of both Gordie and Mark. We saw and talked to Gordie a lot after games as he had retired from the Wings and I began to figure out where the humble attitudes of Mark and Marty came from. It became clear to me at a young age that this quality was deeply embedded in most gifted people. Then as fate would have it in 1975 I was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Houston Aeros of the WHA and decided to join the Aeros. Gordie had been coaxed out of retirement to play with the boys in Houston, a shrewd move orchestrated by wife/agent Colleen. After all when does someone get a chance to play with Gordie, Mark and Marty- how lucky was I! Years later in 1989 another former legend and Red Wing trainer/back up goalie helped me staff a CHE fantasy camp beginning with Gordie Howe and bolstered by Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Dennis Hull, Gilles Gilbert, Yvan Cournoyer and even Scotty Bowman behind the bench. 50 paid recreational hockey players joined us in Montreal for what proved to be the “who’s who” of hockey! Even today I don’t know how I pulled that one off but it really put CHE on the map. I joke with people that Montreal fantasy camp never made any money- $65,000 in and $65,000 out but the good – will was enormous. No amount of money could replace the 2 years we operated that fantasy camp.

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Speaking of the late Lefty Wilson, the “old left hander” was a story a minute. He really was my best friend and made CHE tournaments more special just because of him. After 34 years with the Red Wings his stories were JUST LIKE BREATHING to most people-Just a natural thing to do! He would tell stories at our tournaments about how he and his wife would baby sit the big guy – Gordie Howe- when he was a rookie in Omaha Nebraska the farm team of the Red Wings. Gordie was 18 years old and Lefty and Lil would take him out for a hamburg and milkshake after games while all the other players were headed to the pub! Lefty said Gordie never stopped talking and all he wanted was a red leather Red Wing jacket-a big signing bonus for a kid from Saskatchewan! My how times have changed….

Another time I was walking on the beach in Florida at one of early tournaments and happened to pass by Mike Keenan… I was Mike’s captain with the Rochester Americans AHL team in 1979-80. While on the beach I asked Mike what he was doing there and he told me after his early playoff exit he was burnt out but when I asked him to help us at our Montreal tournament the next weekend he said yes- and he wouldn’t take any money… What a classy guy!

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Back to Gilles Gilbert.. Gilles has worked for CHE for over 25 years. I kid him now that he is our new Lefty Wilson and he gets a little cranky! But Gilly is a legend- he still holds an NHL record for most consecutive wins as a goalie-17! At our tournaments, especially Montreal, Quebec City and Lake Placid Gilly can be found holding court somewhere detailing stories from especially the Don Cherry era in Boston. They are doozies!! For years at CHE both Gilles and Red Wing Goalie coach Jim Bedard have also operated top notch goalie camps which Jim still does in Kelowna and Peterborough.

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Speaking of Jim Bedard, this past week I drove to Montreal to see Red Wings at Habs in action. Of course Jimmy B set me up with tickets and passes after the game to chat with him, Glen Merkosky, Red Wing scout and CHE’er and long time friend Ken Holland the GM of the Red Wings. Kenny ( I still call him Pungy) Merk and I played pro together in Binghamton for 5 years and to watch Ken’s success now as an NHL executive is astounding! I’m so proud of him. Kenny is another example of a truly humble guy who never talks about his accomplishments. Can you imagine he has 4 Stanley Cups as GM with the Wings, 2 Olympic Golds as a co manager for Team Canada, a World Championship as GM and people can barely remember his name in Canada. To see a former AHL’er be so successful in such a prestigious NHL role makes me happy. Most NHL teams are swallowed up by egos of former NHL’ers who just can’t get over themselves and forgot how to work! Kenny works and his team of scouts work! The Illitch family works.. There’s no hand outs in that organization. Look at Jimmy Devellano  and Jimmy Nill! Hard hard dedicated hockey men not to mention first class and humble. People always ask me how the Wings scouted so well.. Luck of course plays into it but after a while of hanging around scouting rooms and listening to ex NHL guys talk about themselves and whisper they didn’t want to drive the next night to a game because of bad weather, it soon resonated clearly in my mind why the Wings drafted so well. Wing scouts are always at the games!!! In a way there’s a blue collar mentality there..In the early years of CHE Kenny helped me by giving me scouting jobs. I needed the money and I saw zero downside other than I had a day job and a night job. It was a little hard on my family but I did my best.  It started as a full time role in 1989-90 with the Rangers and later part time with the Wings between 1991-98. I was lucky to be part of 2 Cups in 1997 and 98 and it was sweet to see Darren McCarty notch the winner in game 4 against Philly in 1997 to win the long awaited Cup!  He was my guy!!!I think it was a 42 year drought and the Illitch family deserved it. The Red Wings are class through and through and it starts with Mr. And Mrs. Illitch! How lucky am I..After rambling on and on in this blog I realize that I have countless stories associated with CHE and its past… I know I’ve enjoyed headed down Presidents Lane!! Until next time..

Paul Crowley

President – Canadian Hockey Enterprises