CAMBRIDGE, ON – The dates are set for the 13th annual OHF/OHL U15 Program of Excellence Camps. Held in April and May of this year across Ontario, the camps will focus on a variety of on and off-ice sessions, helping to ensure players are provided with the most up-to-date development strategies.
The goal of the program is to introduce players, families and staff to high performance hockey, Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and the Ontario Hockey League by creating a unique hockey experience for all players and staff involved that develops participants both on and off the ice.
“This is truly a unique and special hockey experience that we at the OHF are proud to assist in delivering in partnership with the OHL,” said Tony Foresi, chair of the board for the OHF. “We are excited to continue with the strides made in more than a decade in the development of hockey players at this camp.”
Players will participate in intense, high performance on and off ice sessions and seminars. On-ice sessions include four practices and two games over the course of the three-day weekend. Off-ice sessions include seminars with keynote speakers on topics such as mental health, sports psychology, nutrition and fitness.
“It’s a pleasure to work alongside the OHF in delivering the OHF/OHL U15 Program of Excellence. This partnership provides hundreds of young hockey players with development opportunities under the tutelage of OHL coaches, as well as significant growth opportunities through various educational seminars led by industry experts,” said David Branch, OHL Commissioner.
Some of the many OHF/OHL U15 POE alumni include 2019 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection 1st round picks: Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds), Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts), Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires), Ryan Winterton (Hamilton Bulldogs), Deni Goure (Owen Sound Attack), Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads), Francesco Pinelli (Kitchener Rangers), Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals), Jacob Holmes (Soo Greyhounds), Connor Punnett (Saginaw Spirit) and Jack Matier (Ottawa 67’s).
Dates for the 2020 season are:
- April 24th – 26th – Toronto (The Sports Village Vaughan)
- April 24th – 26th – Kitchener (Activa Sportsplex)
- May 8th – 10th – Windsor (WFCU Centre)
- May 8th – 10th – Oshawa (Tribute Communities Centre)
- May 22nd – 24th – Sudbury (Countryside Arena)
Players who are born in 2005 and registered to a team within the OHF’s Minor Members (ALLIANCE, GTHL, NOHA, OMHA) for the 2019-20 season are encouraged to apply to participate. Coaches looking to get involved with the Program of Excellence are also able to apply through the link below. All applications are due by February 23rd, 2020.
LINK – OHF/OHL U-15 Program of Excellence Skater and Goaltender Application
LINK – OHF/OHL U-15 Program of Excellence Team Staff Application
About the Ontario Hockey Federation
The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) is the largest member of Hockey Canada operating along side Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) and Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO) as governing bodies for amateur hockey in Ontario. Recognized as the Provincial Sport Organization for the sport of Hockey, the OHF operates within a structure that is comprised of seven member partners: Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario (ALLIANCE), Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA), Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), Ontario Hockey League (OHL),Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), and Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA). Each operating under specific programs to their area or jurisdiction, following Hockey Canada and OHF Regulations, Rules and Policies. For more information visit www.ohf.on.ca.
About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. Last season, more than nine million fans attended CHL games in the regular season, playoffs and at the Mastercard Memorial Cup. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U Sports than any other league. For more information visit www.ontariohockeyleague.com.