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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Las Vegas  

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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Kelowna

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!!

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

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

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

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