The keys to having a good summer prep camp are high quality players, with a qualified coaching staff, who understand the critical elements of today's game.
The areas that we will focus on are speed, skill, shooting, quick transition, puck protection, timing, positioning and conditioning. This will be accomplished by having a series of fast paced drills that require a high degree of skill execution in handling, passing and shooting the puck.
Today's game is about speed and skill, but if you watch closely, there are countless times in the game where battles along the boards result in offensive opportunities and momentum changes. We will work on battle drills, starting with one-on-ones and progressing by adding additional players.
Drills including odd man rushes that require quick transition and speed of both the forwards and defense will be implemented. Additional game situation drills, where players learn to be more effective with the puck by being creative, jumping into holes, creating offensive opportunities and scoring goals, all done at a high pace.
Goaltenders will be challenged by a multitude of shots, incorporated into game situations by quality shooters. The last 10 minutes of each ice-time will be skating drills that focus on conditioning, while being conscience of trying to avoid groin and hip flexor injuries.
Okanagan prep camps have assisted hundreds of players in reaching their goals of moving on to junior, college or professional hockey. Players that are staying at the same level as the previous year have had success in developing ahead of others in the same situation, resulting in personal and team successes.
General managers, scouts and recruiters of junior, college and professional teams often visit the camps. Numerous players have received commitments during the summer camps, due to the high caliber on the ice and the feedback from the coaches on the ice, about individual players. Players wear numbered jerseys and scouting sheets are provided for each session. Our commitment is to assist each player on and off the ice to our full potential. We have an excellent understanding of all levels of hockey in North America and Europe.
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