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

Go To Montreal!!!

With the Montreal Canadiens off to an incredible start, there’s no better time to head to Montreal with your team and enjoy the hype and hysteria that engulfs the city when the Habs are doing well.  CHE is thrilled to offer 3 dates this spring for your team to choose from: April 15 – 17, April 22 – 24 (featuring men’s & women’s divisions/private party at Sir Winston Churchill Pub) and April 29 – May 1.  Most people know that Montreal is a hockey mecca, has an amazing night life and some of the best and most diverse dining options, but just in case you don’t, here’s the top 5 reasons to bring your adult team to Montreal this spring.

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1. First Class Holiday Hockey 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 Isatis Sport Chambly three rink complex just 25 minutes from downtown Montreal, featuring a fully functional restaurant and bar including a convenient tap in the dressing room area.  Teams stay right in the heart of downtown Montreal at the Gouverneur Place Dupuis or can upgrade to stay at the Marriott Chateau Champlain, right beside the Bell Centre.  A convenient bus shuttle gets you to and from the arena to your hotel so there’s no reason to hold back on the weekend.  Our professional tournament staff will make sure you feel like you’re playing for Olympic Gold!!!

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2. Les Habitants

Winning their first 9 games and having the best goalie in the league, barring any serious injuries, the Canadiens will surely be heading into this year’s NHL Playoffs.  Getting tickets might be a challenge, but fear not, as the entire city will be in a frenzy and you’ll be hard pressed to find a bar or restaurant that isn’t showing the game.  Every car has those silly flags hanging out the windows, and the streets turn into a sea of red jerseys when the home team is playing.  Should an epic failure occur and they don’t make the playoffs, hockey fans of all types can head to the Bell Centre for a tour and catch a glimpse of the history of this most storied franchise.

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3. World Renowned Night Life

There are so many incredible adult beverage establishments in Montreal that it’s very difficult to single out just one, as you’re bound to have a great time no matter where you go.  Younger crowds will head down Boulevard St. Laurent to mix with the McGill University crowd and hit up hip hot spots like GoGo Lounge, Casa del Popolo or Lodge Tavern, or cross the english/french border and head to Rue Saint Denis and check out the spectacle that is Bar Le Saint-Sulpice which is a combination of 9 different bars, 3 stories tall with a massive shared patio they all bleed into.  Those looking for an easy, hassle free evening can head to Crescent Street to hit up Sir Winston Churchill Pub or Hurley’s Irish Pub for some fine Irish ale.  There’s no shortage of old school cocktail bars either and Dieu de Ciel, Dominion Square Tavern or Burgundy Lion are great for a tasty micro brew or fancy pants cocktail.

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4. Incredible Eats

In a city that’s a literal melting pot of cultures, there’s absolutely no shortage of amazing food no matter what your preference is.  No trip to Montreal is complete without an authentic smoked meat sandwich and you pretty much have to go to Schwartz’s or Reuben’s Deli if you’re in town.  Gibby’s is great if you’re looking for steak, Joe Beef is incredible if you like truffles and want to try some tripe or horse, Le Taj has some crazy good curry, the Bar-B-Barn will fill you up with greasy chicken and fries for almost nothing, and La Queue de Cheval is absolutely amazing, and will almost certainly empty your wallet.

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5. Old World Charm in a New Age Metropolis

These days, most cities in the Western hemisphere are keen to tear down the old, traditional, 3-story brick buildings in favor of a gleaming 40-story steel and glass sky-rise, and while Montreal has plenty of the latter, its always been careful to protect it’s heritage and the entire district of Old Montreal is rich in 17th & 18th century charm.  Nestled between the St. Lawrence River and downtown Montreal, pedestrians can meander the small cobble stone streets and feel like they’ve left the continent completely.

This April, make sure to grab your teammates and head to beautiful Montreal for the hockey tournament experience of a lifetime.  CLICK HERE for full details.

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.

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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

Over 13000 km Travelled…

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3 weekends, 3 locations, , 16 trophies, 72 teams, 124 games, 1612 medals and 13036 km traveled by the cup and the Tournament of Champions season is officially over for 2014.  After traveling more than 25% around the world and a lot of overhead hoists the cup has had to be sent in for some small repairs, but overall the TOC season was a huge success.

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It all started in sunny Las Vegas where Jamey Hicks and Mike McCabe got the TOC season started November 6 – 9.  33 teams from all over North America and 1 from Europe met in Sin City to determine whether they could truly be a Champions Champion and I’m not referring to Harry Potter.  Only 8 teams were able to scramble to the top and hoist the Cup on Saturday night.  A hearty congrats goes out to:

  • Pat and the Wickham Bears from Mansonville, QC
  • Lenette and the One Timers from Haines Junction, YK
  • Barry and Aces from Richmond, BC
  • Joe and the Stingers from Whitestone, NY
  • Al and the Silver Bullets from Winnipeg, MB
  • Tina and the Hot Shots from Las Vegas, NV
  • Claude and the Blades from Cornwall, ON
  • Nicholas and DVDA from Palmdale, CA

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From Las Vegas the cup traveled 3600 km to the hockey mecca of Montreal for the November 14 – 16 event.  28 teams from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Connecticut, New York, Ontario, Manitoba, Massachusetts and Quebec were privileged to see the Habs walk all over the Bruins on Thursday night, then test their metal against other other Champions from 2014.  Although all great teams, only 6 would get the chance to drink champagne on Sunday.  Congratulations to:

  • Eric and Tetreault Financial from Plattsburgh, NY
  • Glen and the Bulls from Toronto, ON
  • Pierre and the Boys of HBA from Quebec City, QC
  • Ian and Blackhorse from Bay Roberts, NF
  • Blake and the Wubba Kongs from West Haven, CT
  • Laura and the Beavers from Ottawa, ON

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Finally the cup headed all the way out to majestic Banff, Alberta for the final installment of the 2014 TOC events.  Just 2 of the 10 teams were lucky enough to get their hands on the cup, but luckily Chad Cavanagh was able to seduce this stunning bull elk to hold still long enough for the great shot above.  CHE sincerely congratulates:

  • Don and the Chiefs from Calgary, AB
  • Rockson and the Wolves from Calgary, AB

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We look forward to showing all of the champion teams their names on the cup at one of next year’s TOC tournaments in either Las Vegas, Montreal or Banff.  We still have plenty of space in all of our 2015 adult tournaments for teams looking to earn their spot in a 2015 TOC.  Visit our website for all dates, details and prices.  www.chehockey.com

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Batus Flames – Best Dressed of 2014!

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There’s an army base, a British army base located just outside of Medicine Hat, Alberta.  At this base, large groups of advanced British military officers spend 1 – 3 years time practicing various acts of valor in the rolling hills of South-Eastern Albert.  They practice tank maneuvers, work on infantry tactics and will spend weeks at a time surviving in the wilderness, but the most nerve racking experience of their entire deployment takes place at the CFB Suffield Arena, where men and women learn to play hockey.

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They not only love the game they pick up while visiting the great white north, but for the past 15 year we’ve been fortunate enough to have the BATUS teams attend various CHE tournaments.  This year, Andy Keohane was kind enough to bring the BATUS Flames to Kelowna, BC, and as they are every year, they were by far the best dressed teams there.  With matching socks, pants, gloves and helmets to go along with their flashy, European style jerseys with nick names embroidered on the back, they looked like a force to be reckoned with for sure.  But it was the uniforms they wore to the Friday night banquet that won them the honor of Best Dressed team of 2014.  Congrats to the BATUS Flames.

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As per last weeks post, we have left the top 2 locations from last weeks post and added a couple of new potential locations.  Don’t forget to vote for the next CHE location again this week.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Adult Camp #TBT

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Man Paul looks great in that tracksuit!

Found this beautiful old brochure for our Adult Hockey Camps in Lake Placid, NY for Throw Back Thursday.  Strange thing is, 12 years later our 2013 brochure design has changed quite a bit, but all 3 faces on the 2001 brochure will be back in Lake Placid this October 10 – 13.  In fact, I’m pretty sure this picture perfectly captures the halfway point of the 26 year relationship we’ve had with both Dean Gervais and Richie Macias who’ve attended almost every camp in Placid since the beginning.  We have some fantastic, long time relationships with many customers from the different aspects of our business, but there really is nothing close to the bond that’s held between CHE and our adult campers, and the adult campers bond with each other.  So if you’re in love with the game, like travelling, eating great meals and meeting new people drop us a line as we still have a few spots left in Lake Placid this year.

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Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises