How do players involved in spring hockey differ from those who aren’t? The first answer to this question can be found on the ice. Athletes that extend the yearly development of their skills are rewarded with improved on-ice performance when returning to regular season competition. They also have the opportunity to advance their leadership abilities, team orientation and understanding of the game in a fun environment.

Can West AAA Hockey recognized the importance of these benefits when it entered the spring hockey scene in 2000 and has focused on the development of young players ever since.

“We feel we’ve been very successful over the years with enhancing player capabilities because of our strategies and coaches,” shared Doug Nysetvold, Founder, Can West AAA Hockey. “Many athletes that played with us have worked their way up to junior level or higher.”

From April to June each year, Can West helps players achieve individual growth on and off the ice through effective coaching, team building exercises and ongoing encouragement. All teams receive roughly 33 per cent more ice time than those in other spring hockey organizations, and are offered choices of rink times and facilities throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas. Players are played equally, there are no weekend practices at unreasonable hours and every Can West team is automatically entered into two of Edmonton’s top AAA tournaments.

Spring hockey is an investment in performance, knowledge and memories. It’s often more competitive than regular season hockey, which teaches players to perform and adapt at a higher level. It’s also a chance for athletes to meet like-minded people from other communities and make long lasting friendships.

The spirit of hockey has lived with Can West for more than 15 years! Learn more about how Can West can assist with your growth.

(*Article printed in Minor Hockey News H42 edition.)