Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp

55 Parkside Street Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0 (view map)

Ages:
7 to 15 (Coed )
Type:
Day camp, Overnight camp
Programs:
0 available; 14 TBD
Specialty:
Sport (multi)
Cost:
$450 to $1,500

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Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp
 

Give your child a world-class youth focused training and living experience as well as the tools they need to enhance their personal development. Access to former NHL professionals and guest appearances will provide guidance and skills development. Our hockey, golf, wake-boarding, and director staff are trained and focused on creating a foundation of confidence.


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In the mid-1960s two emerging personalities within professional hockey, Wren Blair and Jim Gregory, bought a parcel of property on Koshlong Lake and founded the Hockey Haven in time for the 1964/65 season. The name “Hockey Haven” was derived from the names of several cottages nearby on the lake—Pine Haven, West Haven, Red Haven—and the camp name continued the theme. Both Wren and were prominent in professional hockey, and became even more so over the years, with Blair serving as head coach of the Minnesota North Stars from 1967 to 1970 and the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1975-76. Gregory was the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1969 to 1979, where he led the Leafs to eight playoff appearances. After 1979, he became the director of the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

That close association with professional hockey was a draw. While Haliburton can seem like a sleepy hamlet, for those who enrolled, this was an intensive program that was very close to the broader world and culture of elite sport. During a two week session, campers spent anywhere from 32 to 37 hours playing hockey. Through his connections, Blair was able to attract a variety of hockey talent (from the junior, minor, and NHL franchises) to provide instruction, and others just to stop in to provide tips and motivation. Wayne Gretzky, for example, visited in 1982, early in his career, perhaps, but nevertheless already an national hero.

In all of that, the environment was galvanising, and the camp today, more than 50 years later, remains very true to its roots. Campers join others who share their passions and their talents, and, with world class coaching, build upon all of that. The camp has moved since that initial location, and has also built out its programming and breadth of activity. Nevertheless, it remains an internationally-recognized youth camp. Campers are challenged, but also energised. The alumni of the program, and of the community it sits within, is impressive. The sessions are forward looking, though fun is an important goal as well.  


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55 Parkside Street, Minden, Ontario, K0M 1X0

Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp
Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp
55 Parkside Street Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0
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Reviews & Testimonials


Patient and attentive team
Anne, happy mom — Parent

Just wanted to drop a line and say how much my boys, Riley and Carter (aka Tarter), enjoyed camp this past week. You and your coaches did an excellent job. You have a great crew. In particular, Tommy did a great job with Carter and all the little guys. He was so patient and attentive and as a result Carter really improved. If you wouldn't mind passing my thanks along to him I would appreciate it. Have a great hockey season and we'll see you next summer. Best, Anne


Significant skills improvement
Steve Oakes, Richmond Hill, Ontario. — Parent

My three daughters (10, 7, and 5) attended hockey camp at HHH this past summer. Because we have a cottage in the area I watched from the stands quite a bit. I was very impressed with the instruction. The drills were well organized, fun, and fast paced - there was very little of the standing around I saw at a couple of the other camps they went to. The instructors were all very knowledgeable, able to tailor the program to the suit the kids, and made sure everyone was having fun. My girls had a great time, and they improved significantly. All three are now playing rep hockey two of them for the first time.


Fist time hockey player
Mike — Parent

My son Derek attended the ice only camp last week. I was worried as he is only 7 and he knew how to skate but had never played ice hockey before. When I saw some of the older kids and how good some of them were and how my son was the only real beginner on the ice I was concerned. But all the coaches were amazing, they took the extra time to make sure my son was okay and felt comfortable and they would give him one on one instruction if there was something he couldn't do. My son loved the week and he wants to come back for another week (July 31st to Aug 4th if there is availability.) You have great coaches in the ice only part of the camp, they keep the practices moving so the kids never got bored and the drills were very productive for skill development. They made my son's 1st week of hockey enjoyable and he improved so much by the end of the week. He was on the fence about signing up for hockey in the fall but now he definitely wants to play in a league. Thanks for everything.



Accommodation & Property Details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins
  • Dorm or Building

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Shower in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Basketball Court
  • Golf Course
  • Gymnasium
  • Ice Rink
  • Soccer Field
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Weight Room

Landscape

  • Beach
  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field


Director's Message

Owner and Coach, Troy Binnie

Since I retired from playing professional hockey I have been actively coaching kids from all ages at an elite level of play. I have and always will be a Volunteer Coach, as my Coaches and mentors were as I grew up playing the game. I am here for the kids and to teach them about the game I love to play. It is an honour to work with so many young and talented individual children and youth.

Haliburton Hockey Haven is not just a summer camp.  It is a place where your child has access to former NHL hockey professionals for guidance, direction, skill development, character building, and most importantly, your child will come home with knowledge and experience that will provide him/her with a stronger foundation of confidence to pursue life and their hockey dreams.

Playing Experience:

  • 4 years Ottawa 67s OHL
  • Drafted by the Minnesota North Stars NHL
  • 10 years playing professional hockey in the NHL CHL ECHL AHL IHL
  • Division One in Germany

 Coaching Experience:

  • 6 years coaching in the GTHL AAA as a head coach
  • 4 years coaching in the North York hockey league as a Head Coach
  • 1 year coaching in the OHA JRA Tier II.


Stories


A Typical Day at Halliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp

7:00am- Wakeup, full camp Breakfast

8:00am- Group A* departs for Hockey Arena

8:45am- Group B* departs for other selected program (Golf, Wakeboarding, Court Sports)

9:00am- Morning programs begin

11:30am- Morning programs start to wrap up (Hockey players + Golfers return to HHHSC)

12:00pm- Full lunch for all campers

12:30pm- Group B* departs for Hockey Arena

1:00pm- Group A* departs for other selected program (Golf, Wakeboarding, Court Sports)

1:15pm- Afternoon programs begin

3:45pm- Afternoon programs begin to wrap up (Hockey players + Golfers return to HHHSC)

4:15pm- Beach Hour begins (waterfront + pool open, all sport courts are opened)

5:45pm- Beach Hour wraps up

6:00pm- Full Camp Dinner

7:00pm- Organized Camp activities (Canoeing, Paddle boarding, court games, Hot Stove Lounge, Workshop, etc.) (these activities rotate nightly and switch from ages, to cabins, to full camp activities for groupings)

8:15pm- Camp fire + full group wind down activity

9:00pm- Cabin time + lights out

9:30pm- Full camp lights out.

 

*Groups A & B are determined by total numbers to each specific week

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Remembering HHH in the 60's

Glad to see HHH is still going after all these years! In the mid 60's I was with a group of young players that came up from Northbrook (Chicago area) . It was just after Bobby Orr's rookie year... he was 18 I think. Bobby revealed to us one of his skating secrets -- no socks under his skates! He said he could feel the ice better that way. I think both Phil and Tony Esposito were there that year, if my memory serves. So was Kenny Hodge. I remember Ron Ellis. While some of the players were using bends on their stick blades, I seem to recall that he still had a flat blade - better for strong backhanders, he said. You had some other big names up there to too, from Hawks, Bruins, (Was Bernie Parent there, too -- or was I dreaming?). During the weeks I was there, a good number of NHL stars just showed up to check things out and have fun. In fact, the NHL guys were having more fun than the kids. The pros were playing pranks on everybody... especially on the camp counselors. who would be scooped out of their bunks late at night and carried into the woods for an initiation ritual that involved black shoe polish. The ice drills were great. I gained some knowledge of the game and acquired some skills which you can only get from guys who played at the pro level. I'll never forget those weeks I spent up there. Thanks for the memories. S. Town Clearwater, FL ...



VIDEO - Amazing Hockey Play by 9 Year Old

Hockey prodigy scores on a breakaway goal during Bruins pregame. Behind the back! NINE YEARS OLD. This is in a mini 1-on-1 tournament. Oliver Wahlstrom plays for the Portland Junior Pirate Pee-Wee Major 97s, a team of 12-year-old players based in Maine. Except Wahlstrom is JUST 9 YEARS OLD, playing up with older competition. One look at this goal, and you can see why. It also doesn't hurt that his father, Joakim Wahlstrom, was a 10-year veteran of the Swedish Elite League. ...



NHL Player - Guest Visits

Meet your idols. Every session there are guest appearances by some of the NHLs best hockey players. Wayne Cowley Scarborough, Ontario native Wayne Cowley bounced around the minor pro leagues before he took to the Edmonton Oilers crease during the 1993-94 season. Cowley went from Colgate University to the International Hockey League where he spent parts of three seasons with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, the minor league affiliate of the Calgary Flames, who had signed him to a free agent deal. This stint was followed by stops in the East Coast Hockey League, the American Hockey League and two tours of duty in Britain. In 1993 Cowley signed a free agent contract with the Edmonton Oilers, who gave him his NHL opportunity. "Hockey teaches you a lot of things," said Cowley, who played an NHL game, in 1993-94, making 35 saves between the pipes for the Edmonton Oilers. "It teaches you how to deal with people and with situations." James Richmond James Richmond joins the Tigers following a very successful four-year term with the Georgetown Raiders as Head Coach and General Manager, posting an 0.811 winning record over his term. JR was the OJHL Coach of the Year in 2008-09, and Coach of OJHL All-Star teams in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. He was also an assistant coach of Team Canada East in the 2009 CJHL World Junior A Challenge. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire through a D1 scholarship, JR captained the Wildcats for two seasons. During his career at UNH he was awarded Most Valuable Player, Best Defensive Forward, and Top Rookie, finishing ninth in all-time scoring for the Wildcats. JR coached and played in Denmark, Germany, and Holland in the European Elite Leagues before returning to North America to play in the CHL and OHA Senior Leagues. The Tigers are excited to establish a strong cornerstone to our overall development strategy for our players; developing players for the next level, beit Major Junior, University, or Pro ranks "We chose JR for both his experience on the ice as well as his proven track record of player development", said Barry Quinn, Vice President of the Aurora Tigers. ...



Zach had a fabulous time!

Hi guys, I just wanted to let you know that last week my son Zach had an absolutely fabulous time at your hockey camp in Minden. He was excited to go every day, and then to be able to get back to the lake after a great morning of hockey was so much fun that we said that we will be back next year for sure! Troy, I wish you the best of luck in growing the hockey school and returning it to its' former glory...you are well on your way! All the best, Jordan Levitt ...



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