Adult Hockey Tournament Season is Fast Approaching!!

Our 2018 adult tournament season is fast approaching! With tournaments being hosted in close to twenty cities, we’re anticipating to see hundreds of players and guests this spring.

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Several of our locations are nearing capacity so we encourage anyone who is interested in putting in a team to do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The main focus of our tournaments is obviously hockey but it’s also our great locations that make each weekend a special getaway for your team and guests.

To ensure you get an amazing experience, our tournaments are always hosted in world renowned destinations that will keep everyone entertained, on and off the ice, for the weekend.

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With the current success of the Golden Knights in their inaugural NHL season, Las Vegas has been a hot spot for us, with several teams electing to go there this year to be a part of what has become a hockey crazed city …while of course still maintaining its main moniker, Sin City. It’s always a great time in Vegas!

Also, on the west coast, we’ve got stops just above Vegas in beautiful British Columbia where we’ll be hosting tournaments in Vancouver, Whistler and Kelowna; which lies in the heart of the amazing Okanagan Valley; a must see for anyone who appreciates incredible scenery.

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Other tournament stops for us this year include Quebec City, Mont Tremblant, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Halifax, Banff, Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, Lake Placid, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Nashville and of course, a lot of teams’ favourite tournament stop, Montreal!

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Whatever destination you choose for your team, it is always a great time on and off the ice! Just make sure you don’t wait too long to register as we are already starting to fill up in some cities. For a complete list tournament locations and dates, go to http://www.chehockey.com/hockey-tournaments

See you at the rink!!

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Over 13000 km Travelled…

NOV 15 CHE Hockey

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

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

Top 5 Reason’s to go to Banff this Spring

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I get it.  Whether you’re from Toronto or Texas, the polar vortex has made this winter a bit of a monster and a little fun in the sun sounds fantastic. I’m here to argue that if you haven’t yet made it south, you’re better off saving your vacation days for a real Canadian vacation to beautiful Banff, Alberta.

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1. World Class Late Season Skiing/Snowboarding

It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned back country shredder or a first time skier, there’s perfect terrain for all levels of experience.  If you don’t want to spend too much time travelling, you can hop on a shuttle bus to Norquay mountain 2 minutes from downtown.  If you’re looking for a bigger mountain experience Sunshine Village offers over 3000 skiable acres with uber advanced runs like Delerium Dive, to your basic green run  and is just 10 minutes outside Banff, or head another 25 minutes down the Trans-Canada Highway and hit up Lake Louise Resort.  The Banff National Park is truly blessed with 4 world class ski resorts (Nakiska, Norquay, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise) within a half hours drive and will absolutely blow any ski bums mind, especially anyone living east of the Rockies.

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2. Ever seen an Elk?

If you’re not from Banff, haven’t been to Banff and don’t hunt wild game in Alberta, you probably haven’t seen an elk; I know I’d never seen one before going there.  Renowned for it’s wildlife, the National Park in which the town of Banff is situated provides a sanctuary for many Rocky Mountain animals, but while bears, wolves and sheep can be quite shy, Elk are quite confident that no one will bother them.  If you stay in Banff for more than 1 day your are pretty much guaranteed to see a gang of elk bedded down in a field on the side of the highway, feeding on someones front lawn or just cruising down Banff Ave.  Just be careful cruising the back streets at night as you don’t want to run into a big bull.

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3.  Brilliant Winter Activities

Snowshoeing, dogsledding, nordic skiing, hockey and winter camping; if you’re not a skier but still enjoy being active in the winter, there’s no shortage of things to do in Banff.  What better way to spend a winters day than renting a set of cross country skis and heading up to Lake Louise to ski around the lake with the massive, glacier covered mountains as a backdrop.  The Fenlands (Banff’s new Recreation Centre) was completed just two years ago and features 2 NHL sized ice surfaces and the most picturesque curling club you’ve ever seen, using post and beam construction with plenty of windows to let the natural beauty of the outdoors into the facility.  CHE offers adult recreational tournaments there March 28 – 30, April 4 – 6, April 11 – 13 and April 25 – 27.

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4.  Mmmmmm…..Hot Springs

You’ll surely be looking for a way to relax and wind down, and while there are plenty of traditional Apres-ski experiences in the village, it’s recommended that you head up the hill and hit up the natural hot springs.  Against the backdrop of Banff’s spectacular alpine scenery, the Banff Upper Hot Springs is a modern facility that’s been visited by tourists for over a century.  It can often get very crowded with tourists in the summer months, but during the spring season you’ll get the benefits of relaxing in the naturally heated water in the crisp winter air with almost no one else around to interrupt the tranquility.

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5.  Shops, Sites and Snacks

As one of the most popular ski destinations in the world, Banff is one of the most visited cities in all of Canada, but not everyone who visits comes to ski.  During the day the main drag (Banff Ave) is packed with shoppers heading from one shop to the next looking for a new sweater, a perfect gift or a delicious piece of chocolate.  Though there’s definitely an influx of tourist shops featuring little statues with beavers dressed as Mounties, there’s also a number of wonderful art galleries with fine works depicting the scenic views associated with the town, such as the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or Bow Falls.  At night the town really comes to life with plenty of restaurants and bars to accommodate all tastes, whether you want to grab a burger at Banff Ave Brewing Company or some fine dining at Le Beaujelais.

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So if you haven’t already blown your winter vacation time, or even if you have but have a yearning to try something different, hop on a plane to Calgary and head to Banff National Park this spring to experience Canada like you never have before.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Robbie Ralph #TBT

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By far the most rewarding part of my job is the interesting people I get to work with and for throughout the year.  Over the years at Canadian Hockey Enterprises we have created a stable staff members so incredibly varied and interesting it’s always great seeing some long time friends in the hotel lobby.  Whether it’s listening to Gilles Gilbert complain about light beer, or seeing Murray Price stroll through the lobby in Banff wearing strictly neon apparel, our unique staff members are what makes our tournaments so great.

Then there’s Rob Ralph, or Ralphy as he’s affectionately known.

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Seen here in his natural habitat, a young(ish) Rob Ralph, sporting a beautiful red suede brimmed CHE souvenir hat, tries to convince a flock of females to give him their leftover food.

Rob has been with CHE since the beginning and it’s his sense of humor and exuberance that makes him a pleasure to work with.  Always willing to play the roll of class clown, Ralphy always has that timely story, joke or commentary to cut the tension in the room., most of which revolve around food.  When he’s not working tournaments you can find him replacement workers on buses past picket lines, selling hot dogs in Bracebridge or dancing to disco…anywhere he can find it.   If you’d like to see a little bit about Ralphy you can friend him on facebook here and see some of his hilarious and valuable insights, or take a look at this article about his sons, but mostly talks about Rob’s history (here) including his time performing as Ogie Ogilthorpe/bus driver in a live action Slap Shot Tour.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

NEW @ CHE!

As the hockey camp season comes to a close it’s always an exciting time at CHE as we transition into our Youth and Adult Tournament season.  Even though most of the events don’t start until mid-November, this is the time of year when we get to play around with ideas, talk about new locations, possible new features and generally figure out something we and the hockey community can get excited about.  We’ve already committed to a few new ideas, so take a look and let us know what you think.

QUEBEC CITY!

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For a number of years we ran a youth tournament in Quebec City that at one point was as big as 40 teams.  After a couple of quiet years we took the location off of the roster, but after much demand we’re heading back to Quebec City January 10 – 12, just to make sure participants get to enjoy and experience the frigid cold of a Quebec City winter.  I can assure you, it’s freaking cold.  Cold as in the thermometer reads the same temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit, watch your breath freeze and fall to the ground cold.  So knowing how cold it’s going to be, participants better bring all of their winter gear so they can make the most of their trip to this unique and amazing city.  Quebec City is like visiting Europe without the expense or the jet lag.  400 year architecture combined with the French Canadian culture, the worlds largest winter recreation park, great hotels and arena, this tournament will certainly be the highlight of your teams year.  Just make sure to bring your mitts.

Banff in the Fall!

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We’ve decided to expand our Fall Adult Tournament line-up of Montreal and Las Vegas and added the November 22 – 24 weekend in Banff.  Why not start your rec season off with a bang by heading to Banff at the beginning of ski season.  While the rest of the country goes to work, heads to the rink for their hour long game, then home and repeat, you and the guys can head to Banff, eat delicious Keg dinners (and caesars), play a few hockey games at the beautifully re-designed Banff Arena and maybe get in some early season skiing/riding.  The town will be a buzz as alpine enthusiasts from around the world come to warm up on these world class slopes.

Pond Hockey in Jasper!

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Hockey is an amazing game in it’s own right, but there’s a special feeling you get when you take it back to its roots and play on a frozen lake on a crisp winters day.  Since the first outdoor NHL game was played in Edmonton in 2003 there’s been a massive revival in pond hockey as players want to leave their equipment at home, grab their skates, stick and toque and play a super fun game.  Suddenly search for a puck in a snow bank is the coolest thing you can do on the weekend.  This February 7 – 9 we’ll be hosting an event in beautiful Jasper, AB, surrounded by glacier capped mountains, teams might have to toe drag a moose to win this amazing event.

There’s a number of ideas still on the table, but we’re pleased to announce these new events and hope to see you in one of these amazing locations.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises