The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and Ontario Hockey League (OHL) are excited to unveil plans for the 2017 Under-15 Program of Excellence (POE) Development Camps. In total, five camps will take place across Ontario, introducing young players – and their families – to the high performance stream of hockey.
Now in its tenth year, the U15 POE Camps help lay the groundwork for Ontario athletes’ success in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and beyond. There are many notable players to have participated in the camps over the last ten years, including recent World Junior Championship silver medalists Dylan Strome (Erie Otters), Mitchell Stephens (London Knights), Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads), and Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters).
Toronto and Kitchener will host camps from April 28-30, while Windsor will host a U-15 program from May 5-7 and Oshawa on May 12-14. Sudbury will host the final camp August 11-13.
In addition to the five OHF camps, the OHL will sponsor a U-15 in Thunder Bay in partnership with Hockey Northwestern Ontario April 14-16, and one in Ottawa in partnership with Hockey Eastern Ontario April 21-23. Details here.
“Ten years is a long time to be running any one program and the longevity of the Under-15 Camps is a testament to the quality coaching and education given to the players,” said Tony Foresi, OHF President. “These camps offer young athletes a glimpse inside the high performance world of the Program of Excellence and we hope, within that, they find the inspiration to continue pursuing their goals.”
Each U-15 camp offers an introduction to the Program of Excellence and the Ontario Hockey League. It is designed to inform and educate all participants and their families, while also creating a unique and special experience, both on and off the ice.
“Providing U-15 student athletes the opportunity to experience OHL coaching along with off-ice seminars from experts in nutrition, fitness, sports psychology, and mental health, is a very special experience we’re proud to help deliver in partnership with the Ontario Hockey Federation,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “It’s incredible how much this program has grown in 10 years and seeing the hundreds of players and families who have benefited thus far is truly rewarding.”
For a complete list of dates and locations, along with information on how to apply to the program, please visit http://www.ohf.on.ca/view/ohfmainsite/ohf-ohl-under-15.
About the Ontario Hockey Federation
The OHF has been in existence since 1989 and is comprised of seven Member Partners: the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario (Alliance), the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA), Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA.)
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.