Program Structure

The Can West HSL program is competitive hockey designed for players who have the desire and ability to play at a high level of competition and who are willing to invest a reasonable amount of time to on and off-ice training. The emphasis is on improvement of all basic skills, plus tactical and psychological preparation.

The objectives of Can West Hockey are:

  • Achieve a degree of excellence, according to the player’s interest and potential
  • Provide an opportunity for achievement in an enjoyable and self-fulfilling environment
  • Provide an opportunity to progress to a higher level of competition
  • Stimulate development both from an individual and overall sport point of view.
  • Meet team goals set by team officials.

For the upcoming 2020/2021 Winter season, Can West Thunder will be offering the following teams:

*U13 Prep (2007 born players)
*2008 Minor (2008 born players)
2009 Major (2009 born players)
2010 Major (2010 born players)
2011 Minor (2011 born players)

* Denotes that these divisions will be playing body contact.

 HSL Season 2019/2020 Development Program

The Can West HSL program will consist of:

75+ Hours of On Ice Instruction including...

  • 20 hours with St. Albert Hockey Fit (Justin Suda: individual skill development, passing & shooting, power skating) &
    Defensive Edge (Ian Barteaux)
  • 15-20 hours of individual goalie training with Vimy Hockey instructors
    (Blair Faulkner) & SOS (Mario Haase).

48-60 Hours of Off Ice Training & Team Building...

  • dryland training at the Can West training facility (No Limits Training)
  • strength & conditioning training (aerobic and anaerobic)
  • acceleration and speed training
  • off ice individual skills training (shooting, stick handling)
  • intro to sport psychology/nutrition
  • community service and volunteering
  • Guest speakers and motivators

38-42 Games

  • 8 regular season showcases = 32 games
  • 1 playoff showcase = 4 games
  • 4-6 exhibition games

* all games are 55 minute stop time games (1st period: 15 minute, 2nd period: 20 minute, 3rd period: 20 minute)


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