Skills Programs

As a result of COVID-19 restrictions affecting all Minor Hockey associations in Ontario, we cannot, at this time, offer our DS and Skills programs in their usual format. We are designing alternative development programs that comply with guidelines set out by the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association and local health authorities, and will announce the details of these programs to all registered families once they are available.

Players must be registered on a current season House League team in order to register for any Skills Programs

Power Skating

with Greer Harris

Led by professional skating instructor Greer Harris, this biweekly 12-week program will help players develop the edgework required to improve their efficiency, power, speed, and agility. Players completing these high-tempo workout sessions should see their endurance improve along with their skating.

When are the sessions?

Minor Novice and Novice:
Every other Wednesday, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Leaside Memorial Garden

Novice* and Atom:
Every other Wednesday, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Leaside Memorial Garden

Peewee, Bantam, and Midget:
Every other Wednesday, 8:10–9:00 p.m., Forest Hill Arena

* Novice participants can register in either the 4:30 or the 5:30 session.

When does it start?

Power Skating begins in late September and breaks for the Christmas holiday. Power Skating resumes in mid January and ends the end of March. Total number of sessions = 12.

What is the cost?

The cost of Power Skating is $TBD for 12 weeks. You can also register for both Power Skating and High Performance for a discounted rate of $TBD.

High-Performance Skills

with Jessica Hartwick

Led by Markham Thunder’s Jessica Hartwick and her team of professional instructors, this intensive, biweekly program is designed to improve core areas of every player’s game. Individual sessions will be devoted to each of the following high-performance skills:

  1. Shooting
  2. Passing
  3. Puck control
  4. Defensive positioning and physical play

As they cycle through these sessions, players will see these skills combine to help them improve their overall game.

When are the sessions?

Minor Novice, Novice, and Atom:
Every other Wednesday, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Leaside Memorial Garden

Peewee, Bantam, and Midget:
Every other Wednesday, 8:10–9:00 p.m., Forest Hill Arena

When does it start?

High-Performance Skills begins in early October and breaks for the Christmas holiday. HPS resumes in mid January and ends late March. Total number of sessions = 12.

Skills for Serious Goalies

This biweekly clinic for goaltenders in House League and Competitive is led by a professional instructor and their team. Aspiring goalies of all ages will learn the skills they need to take their game to the next level.

When are the sessions?

TBD

When does it start?

TBD

What is the cost?

TBD

Top-Shelf Shooting Clinic

with Greer Harris

Learn the basics of every shot at this 5-week clinic running from November to December. Led by Greer Harris, participants will learn how to take a wrist shot, a slap shot, a snapshot, how to shoot for accuracy, and how to shoot on the fly.

When are the sessions?

The program is open to players from Novice to Midget and takes place at Leaside Arena in late November and December over 4 weekly sessions.

What is the cost?

$TBD

House League Boot Camp

with Jess Hartwick

Our fall House League Boot Camp is a fast-paced, high-tempo skills development program running weekly. Led by Jessica Hartwick and her team of professional instructors, Boot Camp is intended for intermediate and advanced players and is designed especially for those players who intend to try out for DS. Boot Camp sessions will focus on all aspects of core technical skills: skating, puck control, passing/receiving, shooting, and checking.

What are the date, times and locations?

Sessions take place in October before DS tryouts. More information in September.

What is the cost?

$TBD

House League Program