Steps to Success Program

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

Acres Hockey Training is excited to offer the 2nd phase of the Success Program in July 2012. The program takes place from July 29-Aug 2, 2012 in Parksville, BC, Canada.

The Steps to Success Program is a continuation of the Foundation Program.This program focuses on basic skills (skating/passing/shooting/stickhandling) mastery/development. The 2nd daily on-ice session will be conducted in more of a team practice type format.

Team play concepts and position specific drills will be incorporated into the trainings in addition to individual skill drills.

On-ice safety program will include all aspects of checking and protection for game play.

Dryland is also a progression of the Foundation skill set with more advanced drills, exercises and intensity. Improvements in balance/agility/strength are the focus.

The Steps to Success Program is for participants in the Major (2nd year) Peewee through Bantam (12-14) age groups.

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: 8:30am-4:45pm (view the detailed daily itinerary here)

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

24 Skaters/4 Goalies Max.

2 x 1.5 hrs Ice sessions daily (Morning Ice: Individual Skills, Afternoon Ice: Team Play Skills, checking skills)

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

Concussion 101 Training by Colleen Butler, Founder of Brain 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
  • Indvidual Skills Development

Ice Session #2 Focus:

  • Team Skill Development Drills
  • Position Specific Drills
  • Checking Skills-on-ice saftey program
  • Small Area Games

Dryland Focus:

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




"The best hockey school we have attended! You and your coaches made it so much fun and you have very good, go-go-go spirit. You made things understandable even though you didn't speak the same language. Very hard school but very much fun!" -Sami L.-Finland