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Youth Hockey Skills Clinic

The Indigenous Youth Hockey Skills Clinic is a grassroots approach and inclusive program designed to empower Indigenous Youth and communities while fostering a passion for ice hockey. This initiative offers three distinct tiers - beginner, intermediate, and elite camps - tailored to the specific needs and skill levels of participants from communities, including Youth, Off-reserve (municipality), and First Nations communities.

  1. Beginner Clinic: The Beginner Clinic is the entry point for young Indigenous individuals who are new to ice hockey or have minimal experience. This tier focuses on introducing the fundamentals of hockey, including skating techniques, basic stickhandling, and team dynamics. Participants are provided with the necessary equipment and guidance to help them build a solid foundation in the game. The Beginner Clinic aims to instill a love for hockey while promoting leadership and teamwork among the participants.

  2. Intermediate Clinic: The Intermediate Clinic is designed for those who have already developed some proficiency in ice hockey and are eager to refine their skills further. Participants in this tier receive more specialized coaching, focusing on advanced techniques such as shooting accuracy, defensive strategies, and positional play. The Intermediate Clinic encourages participants to take their passion for hockey to the next level, fostering a competitive spirit and a deeper understanding of the game.

  3. Elite Clinic: The Elite Clinic is an advanced program aimed at toning the skills of talented Indigenous hockey players who aspire to compete at a high level. This tier offers intensive training, including professional coaching, advanced tactics, and physical conditioning. Additionally, participants may have the opportunity to showcase their talents to scouts and recruiters with video promotion, potentially opening doors to higher levels of competitive hockey. The Elite Clinic not only helps Indigenous Youth reach their athletic potential but also encourages them to pursue hockey as a potential career and create leadership traits. 

Eligible ages: 6 - 12 for Tier 1 and 2

Eligible ages: 13 - 18 for Tier 1, 2, and 3

Clinics can be a minimum of 1 day and a maximum of 3 days 

In conclusion, the Indigenous Youth Hockey Skills Clinic offers a grassroots comprehensive three-tiered approach to hockey development, catering to the needs of participants with varying skill levels and backgrounds, including First Nation communities. This initiative not only nurtures talent on the ice but also promotes teamwork, physical fitness, leadership, and a sense of cultural identity among Indigenous Youth and communities.

Schedule Example

  • 1:00 pm: Welcome and introduction to the clinic

  • 1:15 pm: Warm-up skating drills

  • 2:00 pm: Stickhandling drills

  • 2:30 pm: Shooting drills

  • 3:00 pm: break

  • 3:15 pm: Techniques and strategies 

  • 4:00 pm: Scrimmage

  • 4:30 pm: Roundtable Discussion

  • 5:00 pm: End of the clinic

Roundtable Discussion

Once our Hockey Camp is completed, we will proudly host a Roundtable discussion where our ambassadors/facilitators will share their stories, giving some motivation to all the Indigenous Youth and, Q/A will be last. This will be a great opportunity where the Youth will feel welcomed, get a chance to speak with our ambassadors, and create special memories with each other.  

A great way to showcase integrity and comprehensive measures to become one together. 

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