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THD & Fitquest




The Hockey Department and Fitquest have teamed up to offer motivated players the highest level of on and off-ice training. This Elite Development Camp will consist of 2 hours of on-ice skills development with The Hockey Department and 2 hours of off-ice athletic conditioning & education with Fitquest each day. We are both "quality over quantity" focused and will keep the class size at 16 players max with a 4-1 player/instructor ratio so every player will maximize their training experience with us. 


The Hockey Department's Elite Skating & Skills Development Program is designed for motivated hockey players looking to maximize their skills development during the busy season. This program is balanced with both European and North American influences designed to massively increase overall puck control skills, shooting skills, confidence with the puck and develop the specific areas needed for the next level. Mike Knight, with his professional playing and teaching experience, as well as having worked with NHL skills coaches & players, has perfected a skills program that will provide the player's with guaranteed results. 


This camp has the player in mind and is also a progressive program where each day, new skills are learned and/or built upon. Every drill will challenge the players to get out of their comfort zone, keep their mind and body in sync and strive for perfection every rep. All the players will learn how, why and when to use all the skills being taught in great detail with a high correction rate. For those of you who are new to the Hockey Department's Programs, we like to use a number of different types of obstacles and decoys on the ice. We are always developing unique drills and have a lot of fun creating new ways to develop our players.  


  • Puck control & confidence - All players will be continuously challenged with difficult puck handling & hand/eye co-ordination drills with high corrective repetitions. The players will be forced out of their comfort zone and tested with countless drills where they sometimes dangle through an entire obstacle course or have to protect the puck using intense pressure tactics, just as examples. The players puck confidence rapidly develops with this type of training and transfers to the rest of their game.

  • Shooting - All players will be learning the fundamentals and mechanics on a number of different shooting techniques and skills. We don't teach a lot of stationary shooting as the players will be continuously moving, shooting in-stride, under pressure and put out of their comfort zone to mimic patterned game situations. 

  • Skating & edges - All players will be developing their edges and skating abilities using a number of different methods. 

  • Speed and power - Tight area and open ice speed will be developed. The players will learn a skating system on how to generate explosive speed and power, consistently.

  • Balance, agility, athleticism - All will be continuously challenged and developed.

  • Puck protection - All players will be developing their puck protection skills every class as they use these skills every shift in a game. The players will be tested with game situations and with numerous drills to develop their puck protection skills.

  • Games - A number of different and creative games will be played every class. All players will be encouraged to maintain good habits, apply the skills worked on and compete hard. 


We will be working on a number of other skills as well, while we continuously develop the players hockey IQ every opportunity. Like all of our Programs, we pride ourselves in having small class sizes, attention to detail, high correction rate and our dedication to every player's ongoing development. Please register below!



2571 Lancaster rd.

(Big Ice)


August 6,7,8,9:

  • On-ice: 4-6pm, Minto big ice

  • Off-ice: 6-8pm, Fitquest - OAC


  • $560 + tax

  • Includes: Hockey Dept. practice jersey, Fitquest t-shirt.


Directed by Chris Schwarz, the current head strength & conditioning coach of the NHL's Ottawa Senators. Chris has over 25 years of experience training and developing athletes from amateur to the highest professional levels. 

Fitquest concentrates on development of a player's physical attributes, strong mental processes and fundamental nutritional/health habits. Through an individual and educative based process, they have had great successes transitioning players from minor hockey to major junior, NCAA, as well as elite professional leagues in North America and Europe.

Fitquest will provide technical off-ice instruction on concepts of speed, explosiveness, stability and athleticism that will correlate specifically to the on ice drills directed by Mike Knight and The Hockey Department. With the small group sizes we are able to properly assess and correct inefficiencies of each athlete. Each day we will discuss the importance of a nutrition, mindset and professional routines and the impact these aspects can have on the up and coming season. 


Areas of focus in the camp we will be training and educating athletes on:

  • Pre-practice and pre-game warm ups & individual readiness to perform. 

  • Specific power, strength, stability and conditioning

  • Force Plate Analysis: Fitquest's Force Plate Analysis will measure the ground reaction forces generated by an athlete which quantifies their power, balance, movement as well as other bio-mechanical parameters. This objective information allows Fitquest coaches to further suggest specific training goals/programming. 

  • Maximizing and challenging their athleticism

  • Importance of nutrition, sleep and recovery

  • Current NHL player guest speaker will be speaking with the players about the above points and answer questions from the players.



  • 16 players max. 4-1 instructor/player ratio.

  • All players must bring their own water bottle.

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Knight anytime @ 613-899-7820

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