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Old 01-29-2008, 07:18 AM
 
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I am from the UK and have a 10 year old son who plays ice hockey. I am looking for a Xmas time hockey camp in Canada so that we can combine a holiday with some daytime training for him. Can anyone recommend a camp near Toronto – he has only been playing for 1 1/2 seasons so I don’t want something to intense, its got to be fun.
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:00 PM
 
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Hmmmm.

This could be harder to find than you might think.

The Christmas holidays are traditionally a time when many hockey tournaments are taking place. Ice time in Toronto will be at an absolute premium and hockey season is at its mid-point, so there aren't a whole bunch of camps.

You say you're from the UK. Is that where your son is playing? At what level is he playing? AAA? Select? House League?

I'll have a look around for camps a little later and get back to you.
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:36 PM
 
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There are several organizations which apparrently offer hockey camps in the Greater Toronto Area around Christmas.

Rather than list all the links here for you, just Google "hockey camps Toronto Christmas".

You can then read all the literature yourself and initiate contact with those that offer the program that you prefer.
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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In canada we say "hockey" and not "ice hockey". We just assume hockey is ice unless you say "street hockey" specifically etc.
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Old 01-31-2008, 07:32 AM
 
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Default Thanks for the advice

I appreciate the help – my son plays for Newcastle Vipers www.newcastlevipers.com we live in the north of England.
Because there aren’t that many ice rinks in UK we travel quite some distance to away games, 5 hrs in the car. He has a tournament in France in April as well

I don’t know what skill level he would be at because I haven’t got any clue what your grade system is. I know he loves skating and I spend most of my spare time standing in a cold ice rink. He will probably be no good compared to the Canadian kids but it won’t put him off, the experience will be good.

If I cant, find a suitable camp I might just get lessons for him. But kids like to be with other kids. I,ve never been to Canada before and I need a place where there,s plenty to do for us parents as well. I have looked at google for the Toronto camps but a rink recommendation close to the tourist parts would be appreciated

Hockey in the UK is a fast growing sport but in the top league (called Elite) we only get 2500 spectators.

2 weeks ago I went to www.hcsparta.cz/english.asp in Prague - it was brilliant the crowd was mental. Were lucky enough to be able to get cheap flights from Newcastle and really top class seats in Prague cost only £4.00


Thanks for all the help
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:33 AM
 
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Is there any possibilities for you to talk to the players on the parent team?
There are at least half a dozen players from Ontario on the Vipers roster.
Maybe they know anything about it?
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:20 AM
 
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Good Idea

Will see them sometime this week our kids train after the main squad.


Thanks
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