AJHL, Hockey Alberta Partner on Elite Development Camp

RED DEER – A new partnership between Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) will provide exciting opportunities for 80 athletes participating in a six-day development camp in Camrose in July.

The AJHL Development Camp Presented by Hockey Alberta is set for July 19-24, 2016 at the Edgeworth Centre in Camrose. The goal of the partnership is to enhance an already-successful elite development camp that Hockey Alberta has operated over the past three years.

The 2016 camp will feature invited 2000-born athletes who played in the Alberta Minor Midget AAA league this year, and who are not currently on the protected list of a Western Hockey League team. The players will participate in on-ice activities that include six practices and four games, and off-ice and classroom sessions.

“We are excited at the opportunity to partner with the AJHL and provide a truly world class development and exposure opportunity for 80 Alberta athletes,” said Drew Dixon, Manager of Coach Development for Hockey Alberta. “Not only will these players have a unique experience in showcasing their talent to the AJHL and their coaches, but an opportunity to learn from some of Alberta’s best coaches.”

For the athletes attending the camp, the partnership will provide a number of benefits, including:

  •     AJHL players serving as team leaders during the camp;
  •     AJHL coach participation in player presentations, goalie sessions and off ice activities;
  •     An AJHL league presentation for athletes and parents; and
  •     Preparation of a scout package and evaluation summary of each player following the camp.

“The Alberta Junior Hockey League is proud to collaborate with Hockey Alberta for this unique opportunity in order to foster the development of an exclusive group of athletes while integrating the experience and knowledge of AJHL Coaches,” said AJHL Commissioner Ryan Bartoshyk. “The event will serve to place a focused emphasis on development and further relations between all parties.”

The camp is doubly beneficial for the participating players, as the on-ice sessions are led by coaches as a component of their participation in the National Coaching Certification Program High Performance 1 (HP1) Seminar.

These coaches are guided by some of the top leaders and mentors in Canada. When not leading the on-ice sessions for the players, the coaches will be taking part in sessions on topics such as special teams, planning to perform, offensive/defensive team play, goaltending, game and bench management, ethics in coaching, and teambuilding.

For more information on Hockey Alberta’s development programming and athlete skills camps, go to hockeyalberta.ca.