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2024 SUMMER CAMP SESSIONS

Get a leg up on the competition and join one of our SPARK Summer Camp offerings.  SPMHA will be hosting summer training camps from August 12-23 focused on Evaluation Prep, Power Skating, Shooting, Defensive Tactics, Checking & Goaltending.  Read the camp descriptions below and register for the program that's best for your young athlete.

REGISTRATION OPENS SATURDAY, MARCH 9 at 7:00am.

Register early, as our most popular camps fill up quickly!  

POWER SKATING

Power skating teaches proper edge utilization so that edge movement becomes instinctual, adding natural agility, while playing the game. Body position is key for strong grip and balanced lean, skills that ultimately result in players having tight, quick movements. Our power skating camps will use a combination of drills to help advance players with their technique, allowing increased proprioception and overall body awareness.  Powerskating is an essential training component recommended for all players.

PURE SK8 returns to lead our summer power skating sessions this year.

PURE SK8 with Susan Humphreys-St. Martin

Susan represented Canada as a member of Canada's National Team for 6 years. During that time she was a member of the 1994 Olympic Team, a two-time World Team Member, and a 5 time Canadian National Medalist. In 1997 she became the Canadian Champion. As a parent with three children, including two boys playing competitive hockey, she has been able to translate her experiences into an understanding of skating that provides technical support for developing hockey players. Susan's years of competing as an elite athlete combined with her years of coaching after retiring from competitive sport have paved the way for her transition to hockey. Pure Sk8 is a result of combining her passion for skating with her enthusiasm of seeing players improve their skills. Susan is inspired by the challenge of bringing out the best in young athletes.

PERFECT SKATING

Experience the pinnacle of on-ice movement with the renowned Perfect Skating Program, the cornerstone of elite athlete development. Originally piloted by key players of the Ottawa Senators and French Olympic Ice Hockey Federation in 2008, this program has evolved through strategic partnerships with the University of Ottawa's Kinesiology Department, top Hockey Manufacturers' R&D teams, and over 200 current NHL players. Designed to optimize joint mobility, stability, and activation, the program utilizes isometric platforms to enhance kinetic on-ice feel and uncover movement asymmetries. Through a blend of movement pattern mapping, proprioceptive control, and agility development, athletes gain speed and agility while refining their on-ice performance. Trusted by elite athletes worldwide, the Perfect Skating Program is the ultimate choice for those seeking to elevate their on-ice movement quality and performance gains.

U7 SKATING PREP with Wanda MacKinnon

Wanda MacKinnon is the Director of both the Canskate and Power Skate programs at Sherwood Park Skating Club.  She has coached both figure skating and power skating for the past 20 years. Her sessions are designed for skaters to learn at their own pace with hands-on coaching through a variety of skills and drills, using fun and interactive learning. By focusing on agility, balance, and control, skaters will progress through sessions and be better prepared for success in our mainstream hockey program. 

PURESK8 POWER SKATING

U9 (2016-17 BORN)

$250

Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 19,20,21,22,23

12:45-1:45pm

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

PURESK8 POWER SKATING

U11/U13 (2012-15 BORN)

$250

Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 19,20,21,22,23

2:00pm and 3:15pm starts (grouped by age/skill)

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

PURESK8 POWER SKATING

U15/U18 (2007-11 BORN)

$250

Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 19,20,21,22,23

4:30-5:30pm

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

PERFECT SKATING

U13-U18 (ADVANCED PLAYERS)

$250

Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 19,20,21,22,23

9:00 & 10:15am starts (grouped by age/skill)

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

U7 SKATING PREP

U7 & DISC (2018-20 BORN)

$250

Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 19,20,21,22,23

11:30am-12:30pm

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

EVALUATION PREPARATION

 

Our Evaluation Prep camps are designed to maximize your  player's evaluation performance and confidence by focusing on the individual skills, specific drills and gameplay scenarios that they will be evaluated on during SPMHA fall evaluations.  The curriculum will include a progressive focus on the skills being tested, ranging from basic fundamentals of the skills through to the actual evaluation drills and evaluation equipment that will be used.   With instructors providing a large volume of repetitions and corrective feedback, your player will have better confidence and less anxiety heading into evals, providing them the best opportunity to reach the level they are aiming for.

Our U11 HADP/AA Prep camps are designed specifically for those U11 players who are targeting to play on one of our top tier U11 HADP teams.  These camps will be run at a more intense pace, and will focus on getting your young athlete prepared and conditioned for the U11 HADP tryouts which are set to begin soon after this camp completes.

Players will be grouped with similarly skilled players, allowing them to move through the drills at a speed appropriate for their abilities, in order to help build their confidence in performing each drill.  All Eval Prep camps will be lead on-ice by members of our SPMHA Development Team,

U9 EVAL PREP

U9 (2016-17 BORN)

$235

Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 12,13,14,15,16

9:00 & 10:15am starts

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

U11 EVAL PREP

U11 (2014-15 BORN)

$235

Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 12,13,14,15,16

11:30am & 12:45pm starts

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

U13 EVAL PREP

U13 (2012-13 BORN)

$235

Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 12,13,14,15,16

2:00 & 3:15pm starts

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

U11 AA/HADP PREP

U11 (2014-15 BORN)

$235

2 x Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 12-16 & 19-23 (separate sessions)

Week 1 - 4:30pm | Week 2 - 5:45pm

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

BODY CHECKING, DEFENSE & SHOOTING

 

BODY CHECKING

This camp is specifically designed to teach skills and techniques as they relate to body contact. The program will focus on proper techniques for initiating and receiving contact. The camp will expose players to contact in a controlled setting, giving the player confidence in a multitude of situations. Each skill is demonstrated with proper technique, and then broken down into crucial components, so they have the confidence to grow and develop their skills and move onto more advanced abilities.

DEFENSIVE TACTICS

Our defense training camp will be an intense 5 day program covering a wide range of defensive skills, concepts and tactics specific to the defensive side of the puck.  It is designed for players you are looking to take their defensive skills to the next level.  This camp is open to players from U11 through U18, but players will be grouped with similar skill in their on-ice stations.

SHOOTING SKILLS

This camp is focused on the art of shooting and scoring. Players will be introduced to advanced shooting techniques and tactics, while breaking each shot down into it's essential components. Players will be shown how to develop weak areas, allowing them to grow and develop their skills and move onto more advanced abilities.

 

DEFENSIVE TACTICS

U11-U18 (2007-15 BORN)

$235

2 x Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 12,13,14,15,16

5:45 & 7:00pm starts

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

SHOOTING/SCORING SKILLS

U11-U18 (2007-15 BORN)

$235

Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 19,20,21,22,23

7:00-8:00pm

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

CHECKING SKILLS

U15-U18 (2007-11 BORN)

$235

2 x Five (5) 1hr Sessions

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 12-16 & 19-23

8:15-9:15pm

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

GOALTENDER EVALUATION PREP

By popular demand, SPMHA is pleased to bring back Kurtis Mucha to lead our Goalie Development Camps for 2024.

Kurtis grew up in Sherwood Park and played his minor hockey in the SPKAC system. He enjoyed a successful Bantam AAA season with his team, which ultimately led him to being drafted 25th overall in the WHL Bantam draft by the Portland Winterhawks. Making his WHL debut as a 15 year old, Kurtis went on to play 4.5 seasons with the Winterhawks and finished his 20 year old season with the Kamloops Blazers. After completing his 5 seasons in the WHL, Kurtis still ranks 1st in games played by a goaltender in the WHL’s history at 245, 2nd in minutes at 13,708, and 3rd in most saves at 6,908. Kurtis chose to utilize the WHL scholarship program and attended the University of Alberta from 2010 – 2015. He was very fortunate to be part of such a successful program, winning 4 league titles and 2 national championships in his time with the Golden Bears.

Upon graduation, Kurtis was provided the opportunity to get into coaching. Under the mentorship of Dustin Schwartz, Kurtis assumed the role as Director of Goalie Development at the Vimy Ridge Academy in Edmonton as well as the Goalie Development Coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL. His coaching extends to many minor hockey associations in and around the Edmonton area, though this past season Kurtis officially joined the ranks of SPMHA with his son as members of our Discovery program!

JUNIOR GOALIE TRAINING

U11 (2014-15 BORN)

$325

Five Sessions - 6.25hrs of Instruction

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 19,20,21,22,23

Start times vary between 5:45-7:30pm

Shell & GARC Arenas

SENIOR GOALIE EVALUATION PREP

U13/U18 (2007-13 BORN)

$325

Five Sessions - 6.25hrs of Instruction

SPARK Practice Jersey Included

August 19,20,21,22,23

Start times vary between 7:15-9:00pm

Shell & GARC Arenas

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SPMHA SPARK SUMMER CAMP REFUND POLICY

PRIOR TO A PROGRAM STARTING

  • Up to one week prior to start of program/camp: Full refund minus administrative fee of $20 and any incurred online service fees.
  • From 1 week to 72 hours prior to start of program/camp: Full refund minus administrative fee of $50 and any incurred online service fees.
  • From 72 hours prior to start of program/camp: No refund

DURING A PROGRAM

  • If a refund is deemed appropriate, it will be pro-rated to the amount of time the participant was in the program. For example: A camp costs $235 plus online service fees for five one-hour sessions and a participant is injured in session two, and unable to complete the camp, the participant shall be entitled to a $141 refund.

SPMHA CANCELLATION

  • In the event that SPMHA cancels an camp session, participants will get a full refund for any sessions cancelled.

OTHER

  • In individual cases involving extenuating circumstances that fall outside of this policy, a refund request must be submitted in writing by the participant to SPMHA. Each request will be reviewed by the SPMHA General Manager, who will make the decision as to whether a refund will occur.