• Acres Hockey and Asplöven HC have partned to offer the best hockey school experience in North Sweden 2013. Register Today!

  • Acres Hockey Program Director-Henry Acres accepts full-time position with Swedish club Asplöven HC.

  • Foundation for Success Program

    For ages 9 to 11.

    The Foundation for Success Program covers the building blocks for a strong future in hockey!

    Camp takes place in Parksville, BC Canada.


  • The Steps to Success program is the transitional phase of Acres Hockey with the focus still on base skill development while also incorporating tactical elements of the game of hockey and proper checking fundamentals.

    The dryland component is a progression from the introductory phase developed during the Foundation program.

    July 29-Aug 2, 2012

  • Acres Hockey has grown in programs and popularity each season. We will continue to provide world-class, high quality, professional instruction and training methods with our programs around the globe.

Foundation for Success Program

Acres Hockey and Brain Navigators are proud to include the Foundation for Success Program as part of BRINGING SMART PLAY TO HOCKEY.

2012's school takes place from July 29-Aug 2, 2012 in Parksville, BC, Canada.

The Foundation for Success Program offers participants the building blocks for a strong future in hockey. These blocks are the basic skills needed to be successful on the ice: skating, shooting, passing, and stickhandling.

Mastery of this skill set will provide participants a strong foundation for their further hockey development. This program is for players in the Atom through Minor (1st year) Peewee (9-11) age groupings.

On-ice safety program will include awareness of danger areas and self protection as even though at this age there isn't legal body checking, contact does happen during game play.

Henry Acres was a professional hockey player for 9 seasons mostly in Europe. In 2011-12 Henry is working as Assistant Coach for the Dunajuvaros Steel Bulls in Hungary. This Professional hockey club plays in leagues spanning Hungary, Romania and Austria.

Previously Henry combined his playing and coaching experience in Sweden and Finland working with Minor Hockey development with all age groups including both male and female players right up to U20 players. Highlights include:

2010-11, in Sweden leading all trainings for Asploven's U13 team.

2008-09, season playing with Kiekko-Vantaa in Finland's Mestis League and coaching consultant with Tuuski Hockey, working with all coaches and players in that organization

2007-08  was a guest instructor with Asploven HC's teams from mites right up to the junior and womens programs.

2006-07, while playing with Arborga IFK in Sweden's Allsvenkan was Assistant Program leader for the Hockey Gymnasium, working with the city's top high school aged players.

These coaching experiences combined with Henry's varied playing background provide participants exceptional exposure to 3 of the world's hockey powers developmental systems and training methods. Having vast experience teaching players (some with limited english skills) has provided Henry with various teaching methods that will work with your player.

Program Synopsis

Full Day Program: Sunday-Thursday Times: 8:00am-4:45pm (view the detailed daily itinerary here)

High Instructor:Player Ratio 1:5 (Lead Instructors have played at or coached at the Jr and/or Pro levels)

30 Skaters/6 Goalies Max.

2 x 1.5 hrs Ice sessions daily (individual skill drills-skating, shooting, passing, puck control, on-ice safety)

1.5 hrs Dryland Session (Power, Agilty, Quickness, Balance training) daily

0.5 hrs Off-ice Stickhandling session daily

Goalie Specific Training provided by Progressive Goaltending click here for details

Concussions 101 Training by Collen Butler, Founder of  Brian Navigators

Stick-fitting, Shooting Clinic-Video Analysis by BASE Hockey click here for details

On-ice NHL All-Star style Skills Competition with Prizes

Full-ice, timed scrimmage

Each participant will receive the following: Firstar-Practice Jersey, Firstar-T3-Training T-shirt, and a great hockey school experience!


Ice Session #1 Focus:

  • Skating: Balance - Edges- Bkwds - Stops - Starts - Crossovers - Turns
  • Passing: Forehand - Backhand - Sauce - In-stride
  • Shooting: Forehand - Backhand - Wrist - Snap - Slap
  • Stickhandling: Relays - Obstacles

Ice Session #2 Focus:  

  • Review of morning session
  • Skill Development Drills
  • Games

    Dryland Focus:

  • Age appropriate strength development
  • Balance
  • Agility
  • Co-ordination




"Thanks for the hockey school, best camp we have been to. You are born to be a coach!"

-Richard J.-Sweden