7 camps geared to kids who love hockey

There are many summer programs across the city that offer kids a chance to hone their hockey and skating skills

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I have to admit, I used to find it strange that parents sent their kids to hockey camp in the summer. After such long, cold winters, what kid would want to spend hot summer days in an arena? And why would parents subject their children to this?

But then I became a parent, and I had a boy. My 13-year-old son Max is obsessed with all things hockey. He religiously watches the Canadiens on television, plays hockey for N.D.G., inhales statistical information about players from newspapers and websites, and swears the Habs are going to win the Stanley Cup again, soon.

So, as in past years, I will be one of those parents signing their child up for hockey camp. It will likely be the first week after school ends (as he’s not ready to hang up his skates post spring 3-on-3 hockey) and the last week before school starts back to help prepare for fall try outs.

He loves every minute of hockey camp and, for the record, kids don’t spend all day indoors. Most hockey camps have a mixture of on-ice time as well as outdoor activities. It’s the best of both worlds, according to my son. 

Here is a list of several hockey camps around Montreal and some details about their summer programming for 2019.

Hockey Montreal International 

Day camp
Ages: for kids born between 2004 and 2014
All skill levels and goalie training
Location: LCC arena, 4099 Royal Ave., N.D.G.
Dates: June 24 to August 23
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended day service available.
Cost: $250-$350, depending on number of weeks booked.
Website: hockeymontreal.com
Description: For 21 years, Hockey Montreal has been offering a summer camp with a focus on skill development and fun. There is a combination of on-ice training and outdoor sports activities.

Excellent Ice Hockey Camp

Day camp
Ages:  6-13     
Elite and recreational groups (but not geared to beginners). Participants must have hockey experience.
Location:  Excellent Ice-Kirkland, 2950 Edmond St.
Dates: July 8 to August 23
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (half-day options)
Cost:  Starting at $285 (multi-week discounts available)
Website: excellentice-kirkland.com
Description: The camp focuses on development but also includes 3-on-3 games. There is also a golf/hockey academy.

Concordia Athletics Sports Camp

Day camp
Beginners camp – ages: 6-12. Intended for beginners who don’t play organized hockey.
Development camp – ages: 10-15. Intended for players preparing to play and/or try out for high-level teams.
Location: Concordia Athletics Complex, 7200 Sherbrooke St.W., N.D.G.
Dates:  July 22-26; July 29 to August 2 and August 5-9
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., extended care available
Cost:  $325 until March 1, $375 afterwards
Website: stingers.ca/camps
Description: Camps staffed by the members of Concordia Stingers men’s and women’s teams under the supervision of varsity head coaches.

CAN/AM Hockey Camps

Day or sleepover camp
Ages: 8-17 • All levels
Location: Lake Placid, NY or Niagara Falls, Ont.
Dates: June 30 to August 3
Time: All day
Cost:  Varies by program and options (Starts at $800)
Website: canamhockey.com
Description: Goal is to challenge each camper to be the best hockey player they can be while enjoying the sport. Staff are flexible to allow for differences in each individual, yet structured to provide a sense of direction.

SportLife

Day camp
Ages: 5-15 • All levels
Location: Macdonald College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue (McGill Arena)
Dates: Aug 5-9, Aug 12-16, Aug 19-23
Time: 9 a.m. to 3p.m. (open 7:30 a.m to 6 p.m. for extended hours – including extended hockey training option)
Cost:  $325
Website: sport-life.ca
Description: SportLife allows young athletes to simulate the career of professional athletes. Each week represents aspects of an NHL season, including a red carpet draft, training camp, video highlights, GoPros, team practices, SportsCentre shows, All-Star Weekend, regular season, playoffs, awards ceremony etc.

Quartier Hockey Camp

Day camp
Ages: 5-15 • All levels
Location: 2068 TransCanada Highway, Dorval
Dates: June 24 to Aug. 23
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost:  $100-$390
Website: quartierhockey.ca
Description: kids are taught by professionals who are coaching in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Midget AAA, and the Greater Montreal Athletic Association (such as LCC, Selywn House, Brébeuf).

Elite Girls Hockey Camp

Day or sleepover camp
Ages:  12-17 • AA and higher
Location:  Stanstead College, Stanstead Quebec • Dates: July 21–25
Time: 4 nights/5 days
Website: stansteadcollege.com
Cost:  Day camp $700/ sleepover $900
Description: An intensive program designed to challenge players mentally and physically, and bring athletes to the next level. Sessions are high intensity, with a lot of feedback and correction.

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