Summer spent camping with the Chiefs

Minor hockey players looking for high-level training have two options available to them in August.

Chilliwack Chiefs head coach Jason Tatarnic leads a full slate of hockey camps this summer, including two unique offerings in August.

“Right from July on there’s smaller camps focused on puck control, body contact and fundamentals,” Tatarnic said. “There’s a goaltending camp. A shooting-scoring-passing camp. A camp for girls. There’s a lot of variety.”

The first of the unique camps, Aug. 17-21, is a high level offering for atom-through-midget aged players.

“It’s a little more intense with four hours of ice time and two hours of off-ice training,” the coach explained. “We’ll do on and off ice testing. We’ll be able to provide live video analysis of skating.”

“We’ll have power skating sessions daily, and at the end of the week they’ll receive a scouting report on their test scores and stuff to work on.”

That camp is based more on the offensive skills — skating, shooting and passing.

A second camp follows the week after, Aug. 24-28, with an individualized format where the player drives their curriculum.

“It’ll be the same thing where there’s four hours of ice time per day, and we’ll still run them through certain drills to work on fundamentals,” Tatarnic noted. “But after that, if a player wants to work on his wrist or slap shot, then that’s what we’ll work on. It’s tailor-made for what the player wants to improve on.”

The camp features a two-player-to-one-instructor ratio, with Chiefs players helping out.

“When you have that ratio you’ve got instruction and feedback right away,” Tatarnic said. “If you’re struggling with something, you don’t have to wait five or 10 minutes for someone to pull you aside.”

Before coming to the camp, players are expected to come up with a plan.

“It’s not something where they decide on the spot, ‘This is something I want to work on today,’” Tatarnic noted. “They have to sit down with their parents, do some planning and come up with some structure.”

Tatarnic is looking for 30 kids per camp.

“It’s amazing what kids come up with, and you’d be surprised what some of the atom kids want to work on,” he said. “One timers. Shooting in motion. They come up with some challenging things.

One thing Tatarnic is interested to watch is how his junior A players interact with the youngsters.

“You stress with them to go back to the fundamentals,” he said. “If a kid wants to work on his wrist shot, break the mechanics down, and I find it’s beneficial for older players to teach, because it takes them back to fundamentals.”

Email coach@chilliwackchiefs.net or chilliwack@prosperacentre.com for more.

Just Posted

Pig races at the 147th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 10, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Chilliwack Fair plans in-person event for 149th annual exhibition

Will be first large-scale, in-person event in over a year, provided regulations continue as planned

Vivian Le is one of two local recipients of a Beedie Luminaries scholarship.
Chilliwack students overcome adversity to win Beedie Luminaries scholarships

Sardis secondary’s Vivian Le and G.W. Graham’s Alisa Gusakova are among 112 students receiving money

Crews work on the construction of Stitó:s Lá:lém Totí:lt near the Vedder River on Thursday, April 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack School District shuffling catchment areas as Stitó:s Lá:lém totí:lt construction continues

SD33 is looking for public input about proposed catchment and feeder school options

A CH-149 Cormorant from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron out of CFB Comox on a training exercise in Chilliwack on June 16, 2021. (William Snow photo)
VIDEO: Military search and rescue training in Chilliwack Wednesday

CH-149 Cormorant and CC-115 Buffalo from CFB Comox participated in downed aircraft rescue simulation

Stock photo by LEEROY Agency from Pixabay
Drop-in vaccination clinics slated in Abbotsford for construction workers

Among three sites in Lower Mainland holding no-appointment clinics in June and July

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth and Attorney General David Eby attend opening of the first government-run B.C. Cannabis Store, Kamloops, Oct. 19, 2018. (B.C. government)
B.C. government to allow home cannabis delivery starting July 15

Added convenience expected to persuade buyers to ‘go legal’

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

Most Read