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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Miracle on Ice

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This version of the Miracle on Ice takes place at the CHE hockey tournament in lake Placid in April, 2008, where Alex Scalise of Pittsfield, MA and Terri Bullett of Chateauguay, QC were both registered for the tournament for the first time.

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Alex went to Lake Placid because he was asked to play for another Massachusetts team that needed a goalie (not his regular team).  It was Terri’s team’s first time playing in Placid too.  They met on the Thursday night as their teams were both staying at the Golden Arrow on the same floor, two-three rooms apart.

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After Alex’s team was eliminated on the Saturday, he was sulking in his beer when Terri stepped in to make him feel better. He saw some potential so decided to let her try and make him feel better for the rest of his life.

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Terri and Alex spent the next few years living the miracle in QC and MA, running the Northway (Route 87 in New York) every other weekend so they could see each other and for their kids to spend time together.  This past August (2014), they got engaged and are planning their wedding in Lake Placid for next September.

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Proof that miracles do happen in Lake Placid, on and off the ice ☺

Sue Rasmussen

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

Steve Webb #tbt

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I’m sitting about 20 rows up at the Peterborough Memorial Centre watching the Petes take on the visiting Windsor Spitfires on a typical Thursday night of OHL action.  I never went to many games, but when CHE councillor and family friend Steve Webb was in town with the Spitfires it was as good a reason as any.  And finally, midway through the 3rd period, a quiet skirmish in the corner quickly erupted as Webby and Petes tough guy Matt Johnson squared off at the far end of the ice.  Giving up 7 inches and 25 pounds, little Webby (comparative term) did more than hold his own as he fired his fists as quickly humanly possible for a minute or so until both players fell to the ice on top of a pool of blood.  “Looks like Webby caught him.” said my dad as both players left the ice in front of a roaring crowd, the home town boy having beat up on the local teams goon.  Until we ran into him after the game, we had no idea how wrong we were.  “Got a fresh zipper Crow.” Steve says to my dad in a  wraspy voice with a wry smile and a wink.  He was never the biggest, fastest or strongest player, but there’s one thing that Steve Webb figured out early and did really well: stuck to his roll.

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Drafted 176th overall to the Buffalo Sabres in 1994, it took just 2 years for Webby to make his mark in the NHL with the New York Islanders where he quickly gained the respect of his team-mates and the local community.  His hard nosed, blue collar style was exactly what the Long Island fans were looking for after years of sub par teams.  But it was during the 2002 playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs the he really made his mark, much to the chagrin of the Maple Leafs faithful.  He made such an impact with the Islander fans a packed Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum chanting his name after he annihilated Darcy Tucker into the boards. (Tucker had earlier taken out Islanders captain Michael Peca who missed the rest of the series).  For a self proclaimed ‘slow skater, bad passer and poor shooter” he had a fantastic career in Long Island.  And some dedicated fans have even compiled a video of his impact (literally & figuratively) here.  (NSFW + volume)

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These days, Steve has taken his desire to help out his team mates and transferred those skills and desires to helping out people in need in his community.  He started to take part in organizing fundraisers for student athletes, super long bike rides for cancer and all kinds of community activities.  He founded the W20 Foundation in 2007 in order to help student athletes in need be able to attend the college or university of their choice.  W20 is encompassed within Team Up 4 Community and continue to help local athletes take the steps necessary to achieve their dreams.  (http://www.teamup4community.org/)  He also works with the NHLPA as a divisional representative and from time to time he even graces us with his presence at one of our Adult Hockey Tournament or Camps.  Usually he goes to Lake Placid…he really likes Lake Placid.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

5 Reasons to Head to Lake Placid, NY

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It’s Monday, which means it’s time for a Top 5, and this week I’m going to focus on another spectacular destination to check out this winter.  So without further ado, the Top 5 reasons to head to Lake Placid, NY.

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1. It’s a Natural Wonderland!

Ever since leisure time began to increase in the early 1900’s, the rich and famous of the North East US escaped to upstate New York to enjoy the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and the thousands of brooks, streams and lakes in the region.  In fact, the term “vacation” is said to have originated in Lake Placid as wealthy New Yorkers “vacated” the city.  Within the largest park on the continental USA, with 6.1 million acres of densely forested mountains, it’s the perfect place for an outdoor adventure with plenty of fishing and hunting, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, skiing, camping, golfing and boating.  If you like doing anything outside there is something for everyone no matter what time of year you go.  There really aren’t many places in the world that are this beautiful and haven’t been over developed, but luckily the splendour of the natural beauty has been preserved as a State Park and visitors can enjoy the natural vistas as they’ve been enjoyed for over a century.

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2. Hockey Tournaments

This may come off as a little self-serving given my job, but Lake Placid truly is a one of a kind destination for hockey tournaments; it’s almost as if it was built for tournaments.  It’s a very small and safe community with a main street that runs along picturesque Mirror Lake.  Within this tiny town there are 31 hotels ranging high end accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Resort to tighter budget lodgings at the Alpine Motor Inn.  Most of the mid range hotels are excellent and located right in the village, walking distance from restaurants, stores, gift shops and the arena.  The piece-de-resistance that makes hockey tournaments so memorable is the fantastic Olympic Center right in the middle of town with a 3-rink arena including the Herb Brooks Memorial Arena where the Miracle on Ice took place.  Combine all of these factors together and you’ve got a recipe for an amazing hockey tournament experience that’s sure to be the highlight of any teams season.  Canadian Hockey Enterprises offers 8 weekend tournament events for kids and 2 for adults to take advantage of this one of a kind tournament destination.  Check out this video to get an idea of what it’s like.

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3. The Olympic History

Lake Placid is probably best known for being the host of two different Winter Olympics; the first in 1932 and more recently in 1980.  It’s known for all of it’s natural features, but there are plenty of Olympic venues that you can visit or even experience including the Olympic Oval speed skating track, bob sled/luge run, ski jumping complex downhill ski track at Whiteface Mountain, Nordic ski track, Olympic Arena with the Olympic Museum inside.  And because these facilities still exist, chances are you’ll be able to check out some kind of competition while you’re in town whether it’s the Nascar Charity Bobsled Race, the World Cup Skiing, or a NCAA Division 1 hockey game between Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University.

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4. World Class Skiing/Snowboarding

Located in the heart of the Adirondack’s High Peaks, there are a good half dozen world class ski resorts within 45 minutes of the village of Lake Placid, the most notorious of which is Whiteface Mountain.  With the greatest vertical drop east of the Rocky Mountains, Whiteface has 86 trails and over 22 miles of terrain for you to hone your skills and enjoy the scenic views.  As you head up to the top of the mountain you’ll pass notes on the lift poles letting you know you’re now at a higher altitude than Killington, Stowe, Tremblant and all of the other renowned ski resorts of the east.  The region also tends to get really big dumps of snow as fronts move in from either direction and get trapped by the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, making it the best powder skiing destination of the east as well.

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5. Unique Architecture

Lake Placid is the original cottage country (though they call them ‘camps’) for wealthy New Yorkers and as a result there is an amazingly unique architecture throughout the region, mainly focused on creating a natural look.  One of the features that stands out amongst Adirondack Style is the hand crafted look of the entire dwelling, with log steps, foundations and fireplaces made of river rock and railings made of twigs.  You may even run across a home that’s exterior is entirely covered in birch bark, which doesn’t actually look that nice (sort of like it’s rotting) but is definitely unique.  It was in Lake Placid that the Adirondack Chair was invented, though it seems every cottage region since has tried to coin the chair as their own.  I’m looking at you Muskoka.

So do yourself a favour and jump in the car, break out your map and head down to Lake Placid next time you’re looking to relax, you won’t be disappointed.

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