This summer if you are looking for the very best in your hockey camp experience, be sure to register for one of these five Youth1 picks! We have combed through thousands of hockey camps to narrow our camps down to a 'Top 5'. Since there are so many camps to choose from, it can be a daunting task to try to figure out which would be the best fit for hockey players of all range. We used several different criteria when selecting our camps for this list.
1. Level availability - The more levels (age and skill) that were available, the better a camp scored
2. Coaching ratio - the less players per coach/assistant the better a camp scored
3. On-Ice Itinerary - Skill work, small area games, skating work is what to look for from summer camps
4. Ice-Time per day - It's the off season, so 4+ hours per day of ice time it not what a true summer camp should be
5. Off-ice programs - Camps with strength and conditioning programs faired higher as this should always be a focus in the off-season
6. Testing - Players should be tested both on and off ice to zero in on deficiencies and weak areas to aim to improve upon them
7. Experience - It's the summer, it's the off season players should be able to have fun and leisure time at a camp as well
West Point Hockey Camp, West Point, NY
This camp takes place on the beautiful campus of the United States Military Academy. Campers stay in the cadet barracks, use the dining halls, walk to almost all activities, see the iconic Army Football Stadium and practice/play at Tate Arena, the home of the NCAA Division 1 Army Black Knights ice hockey team. The scene is amazing, as you’ll see cadets all over campus in formations, running, and all around campus. Campers receive two ice sessions daily (one skills/skating and one small area/scrimmage games), video analysis of their skills, a lot recreational activities, a jersey, and team picture. Army Hockey Head Coach Brian Riley is the camps director. Click Here for More Information
Heartland Hockey Camps, Deerwood, MN
If you want to have a great summer hockey camp experience with a sleep away camp feel, this is the place for you. Heartland is owned and operated by U.S. Olympian and NCAA Champion Steve Jensen. For over 30 years Heartland has been developing players from beginners through AAA through adults in different camps throughout the summer. They also offer parent/child camps, which could be great for your mite and squirt player. On top of the 3 sessions of on-ice sessions campers experience dry-land power shooting sessions, weight training, off-ice training, personal video skill analysis, recreation time, movie time, all meals and more. It’s more than a hockey camp it’s an experience. Click Here for More Information
RAD Hockey Camps, Los Angeles, CA
Hockey on the west coast has been booming lately with players seemingly every year from California being drafted into the NHL. It’s not surprising that the camps to develop these players have become extremely elite as well. RAD camp offers you 2 ice sessions a day, one for skills/skating and the other for games/small area games. On top of the ice sessions, there are hour long off-ice stick-handling and shooting sessions, plus hour-long off-ice workouts. Campers also receive lunch, workout shirt and camp jersey. Highly respected coaches Brett Beebee (who just won the Quebec Peewee AAA Tournament) and Shane Fukushima (assistant coach of the Waterloo Blackhawks USHL team) run this camp. There are different camps for players from 7 years old through professional. Click Here for More Information
BH Hockey Camps, Morristown, NJ
This is one of the top camps in the NJ/NY area. BH Hockey Camp offers a mix of on and off ice work that is rarely matched at summer camps. Each group will get 2 ice sessions per day. The first one being focused on skill building and edge work. The second ice session is all high intensity small area games. USA Hockey has proven that small area games are the best thing for development. Each group will also have two off-ice sessions per day, one being total body mobility/flexibility and the other being a strength/conditioning workout. Head Skills Coach Brendon Herr, San Jose Sharks Defenseman Joakim Ryan and Strength Coach Bill Katinsky lead this camp. Click Here for More Information
Pro Ambitions Battle Camp, Austin, Texas (and other US locations)
Pro Ambitions Battle Camps have taken the summer hockey camp industry by storm. These camps are essential to developing as a player. Founder and head of camp Jeff Serowik created and trademarked this system of training where skill development takes place in a game situational battle in small area drills. Many top teams including the NHL’s Boston Bruins have accepted this style of training. Players at the camp receive 5:1 coach to player ratio, dry land training from Brian McDonough’s Edge Performance Systems. Click Here for More Information
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