Pre-Reg Draw Winners

CHE apologizes for being so late with the announcement of our Pre-Registration Draw Winners.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) we’ve made a number of changes to our 2015 Summer Camps and it’s taken us a little longer than normal to get the administrative side up to date in order to determine the draw winners.  So without further ado, here are the 2015 winners!

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Just for Girls Winners

Taya Beacom – Just for Girls Peterborough – FREE Residence at Hockey Camp

Madison Mishic – Just for Girls Traverse City – FREE Hockey Camp Tuition

Jillian Matthews – Just for Girls Kelowna – Autographed Jersey

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Innovative Camp Winners

Ben Witmer – Elite Camp Peterborough – FREE Residence at Hockey Camp

Isaac Thiel – Goalie Camp Kelowna – FREE Hockey Camp Tuition

Alex Tutaj – Power Skating & Goal Scoring Lake Placid – Autographed Jersey

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Congratulations to all winners!  Keep your eyes peeled for our 2015 Summer Hockey Camp brochures to be arriving at your door in the next two weeks.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Dave Dalliday #tbt

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This weeks throw back thursday is dedicated to David Dalliday.  As you can see, Dave started his illustrious career with goaltending in mind, but after a couple clappers rang of of his “trapper”, he decided to forgo the pads and took up his position on defence.  Dave took his toe down approach to the slapshot and turned it into a 3 year OHL career with the Mississauga Icedogs and Owen Sound Attack, and eventually moved on to the Uniersity of PEI where his steady defensive play and impressive physique earned him the nickname “Pillar”.

These days Dave is teaching in both the classroom and at CHE’s Summer Hockey Camps in Peterborough, so if you haven’t already signed up, make sure you call our office for available spots, and don’t forget to say hi to Pillar at the camp.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Gilles Gilbert #tbt

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Look at those beautiful, blonde locks….and complete lack of protective equipment for his upper body.  That would be NHL great and CHE staff member Gilles Gilbert, star of today’s edition of the CHE blog.

If you’ve ever brought a team to one of our adult or youth tournaments, especially Montreal or Lake Placid, chances are you’ve met Monsieur Gilbert.  In fact, he’s probably yelled at you to hurry up and get your team ready so your game starts on time, because if there’s one thing Gilles is known for, it’s his extreme respect for punctuality….and his perfect penmanship, I’ mean look at that signature!

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Born in Saint-Esprit, QC just outside of Quebec City in 1949, Gilles was a fantastic athlete from an early age, excelling in hockey as a goaltender in the winter and baseball as a pitcher in the summer.  By the time he was 17 years old he had both the MLB and NHL knocking on his door and had to make a choice, ultimately choosing to pursue a career in hockey.  He was drafted 25th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1969, but didn’t really find his groove until he was traded to the star studded Boston Bruins in 1973 where he helped take the team to the Stanley Cup finals and being invited to the All Star game that same season.  He played 6 more seasons with Boston before trying his luck with the Detroit Red Wings for his final 3 seasons.

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Known for his athleticism and cat like reflex’s, Gilles still holds a couple of NHL records: points percentage earned by a starting goalie (0.843) and most consecutive wins by a starting goalie (15) both attained during the 1975-76 season where he had a record of 33-8-10.  It’s always a fun time when a current goalie gets to 13 or 14 wins these days as we get to watch Gilles yell at the TV, cheering adamantly against said goalie.  We get to see a similar demeanour every time Don Cherry replays their overtime game 7 loss (Gilles was in net) against the Montreal Canadiens in 1979.

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Since his retirement, Gilles has worked with CHE as an instructor for our Adult and Youth hockey camps, and as a rink manager/celebrity during our adult tournaments.  That’s right, this NHL great will be the kindly gentleman handing out game sheets and room locks this weekend in Montreal, but ask him for an autograph and he’ll be happy to give you his time.  Always a professional, no matter what his profession is.

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

CHE Camper Lights Up Petes

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The OHL season opened up last night, and though there was a lot of hype surrounding Mississauga Steelheads exceptional player Sean Day, it was the Kingston Frontenacs Darcy Greenway that started the season with a bang.  The Frontenacs were in my hometown of Peterborough last night and they held nothing back as they romped the Petes 11 – 4, with Greenway netting 3 along the way to take an early lead in this seasons scoring race.

Darcy was a long time CHE camper, attending our Elite and Jr./College programs in Peterborough every summer for at least 6 years.  You could tell from an early age that he was very skilled, but it was his attitude and work ethic that always made him stand out.  After a couple of great seasons averaging just under a point a game, it looks like he’s been working hard during the off season and is on pace for his best season yet.  Keep up the good work Darcy, we’ll be keeping tabs on you as the season continues.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Girls Giving Back

ImageIt was a beautiful afternoon in Canmore when I approached a group of campers playing basketball outside the high school.  As I like to do at the end of each week, I casually asked the group of 10 – 13 year olds what their favorite part of the week was, and was shocked by their response.  “The lecture” replied one girl immediately.  “Yeah! The lecture on Tuesday with Caroline Ouellette.” replied another.  Meeting an idol like Caroline Ouellette can be exciting for sure, but this week of camp in the rockies included 15 hours of on-ice instruction from some of the worlds best female players, fun games on and off the ice, nature hikes along the Bow River, a camp talent contest and even some white water rafting.  What on earth did Caro talk about that trumped all of that? “She told us about how important it is to work hard in school so we can play at a good University.” they told me. Now that’s confusing!Image

My realization that I don’t understand kids notwithstanding, the story made me think about the grander issue at play.  As a director of Just for Girls hockey camps, I’m constantly doing comparisons between the girls and guys hockey and one thing I’ve noticed this year separates the two completely, and it’s about giving back.  The best female players make a point of giving back to the sport that gives them notoriety and the best example is Caroline Ouellette, or Caro as she’s known by her teammates.

3 Olympic Golds, 5 World Championships, 2 Clarkson Cups and an astounding NCAA career that leaves her 10th in all-time scoring.  There’s nothing Caroline has to prove to anyone at this point, she’ll go down as one of the best to ever play, and yet she’s still so driven.  As I arrived in Canmore to set up the camp, she was biking 125 km with 300 others to raise money for Right to Play.  The next day she was on the ice instructing, but taking time after practice to pose for some photos and sign some autographs.  You’d think with a resume like hers she’d tell people about all the great things she’s done, but instead, she talks about the kids; their future and the importance of education.

Caro is just one example in a sea of motivating and inspiring people that compete in ladies hockey.  Where the high level men tend to hide in their mansions and on their private golf courses, the ladies are out there each summer, teaching, mentoring, and helping to grow the sport that they themselves created.  By sharing their love for the game with the campers, they’re ensuring the future of women’s hockey and I can tell you for sure that it’s only going to get better.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

What a Roster!!! #tbt

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Former CHE Camp staffer Jason Callaghan was kind enough to scan and email his copy of the 1995 staff photo for this weeks edition of Throwback Thursday.  Within this photo there’s 2193 NHL games played, 7680 minor pro games played, a couple of Stanley Cup rings, an NHL Rookie of the Year winner, a few Memorial Cup Champions, a Calder Cup Champion, a few European league Champions, and of course, CHE legend and friend Lefty Wilson.  Even 18 years later there’s still 4 people in the photo that work in the office daily, and many of these players still instruct at our camps each summer.

I’d like to thank Jason for sending in the photo and www.hockeydb.com for existing so I could figure all of this stuff out.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Introducing Throw Back Thursdays #tbt

In honor of our upcoming hockey camp season, this “Throw Back Thursday” #tbt blog post is a look at the past, WAY in the past, where Canadian Hockey Enterprises started, in Ennismore, Ontario in 1987.

It was small, but the Ennismore location was a great spot to get our start and players such as Mike Fisher, Corey Perry and Jay Harrison learned the basics at these camps.  We may have moved to a two pad arena, added 5 more weeks of programs in Peterborough as well as Lake Placid, Traverse City, Kelowna, Canmore and Whistler, and lost the stunning polyester track suits, but our program and philosophy remains the same; bring in top notch instructors and emphasize the fundamentals of every aspect of the game.

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On-ice instruction in Ennismore, in the ‘80’s…and check out those polyester track suits.  In this picture future stars receive instruction from Mark Freer & Ross Wilson who each played 16 years of professional hockey.

The best part about the Ennismore location was the adjacent soccer and baseball fields.  I can still remember lining up on the fence in the ball field so councilors such as Marty Wilford (Current Assistant Coach with Norfolk Admirals) and Colin Beardsmore (12 years European Pro) could shoot us with a tennis ball machine, or as they called it, dodge ball.

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Here you can see a young Brian Weisenberg (6 years pro) and Cameron Mann (11 years pro) posing with the kids after a rousing game of lacrosse.

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CHE President and General Manager Paul Crowley (right) and Glen Forbes (left) discuss strategy after the first successful summer.

Look forward to some more blasts from the past on #tbt with @CHE_Hockey

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

C.H.E. Says Hockey is A.O.K!

As a local business Canadian Hockey Enterprises was thrilled to be a part of the Hockey Day weekend here in Peterborough.  For any of you who were fortunate enough to witness this year’s Hockey Day in Canada on CBC you can clearly understand why the day was so exciting.  Seeing hundreds of kids playing pond hockey on a perfect afternoon in front of the iconic Liftlocks brought out the passion for hockey that burns inside everyone who’s ever played the game.  Passion is what CHE is all about and with hockey camps and tournaments for men, women, boys and girls; believe us when we say that Hockey is alive and thriving!

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