Optional Programs for Players

TWHA Skill Development Sessions

TWHA Coach Development provides members opportunities to experience third party hockey instruction throughout the season. Players must be registered with TWHA for the current hockey season to register for these sessions.

U7 to U11

Kevin Cameron
coachdevU7-U11@trailswesthockey.com

U13 to U18 

Joel Domansky
coachdevU13-U18@trailswesthockey.com

Goaltending

Dustin Rodger
goaltending@trailswesthockey.com

Questions concerning the technical aspects of the sessions, should be directed to the applicable individual from Coach Development noted above.

Questions concerning registration, should be directed to the TWHA Administrator at admin@trailswesthockey.com.

Upcoming Sessions

Power Hour with Svend - December 9, 2022

Power Hour with Svend will focus on Power Skating for players in U9-U15 age groups. There are two sessions, one for U9-U11 and one for U13-U15.

(UPDATE Dec 1/22: Registration for this session is no longer open to 2016 born U7 players)

Cost per session is $25 (non-refundable) and registration is first-come first-serve basis with a maximum number of 22 players per session.

Historically these sessions fill up rapidly so please don't delay registration if you feel this training is appropriate for your child.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION: If the system does not allow you to select the session’s participant fee, then the session is FULL even if you think there is one more space available! If you see a “-1” that means registration is over capacity, not that one spot is available – look very carefully for that negative. Be sure pop-ups windows are allowed in your browser or you will not be able to complete registration. Please review the desktop/mobile requirements for TeamSnap to ensure you are using a supported web browser for registration.

Registration: CLOSED - all sessions FULL

Session Date: Friday, December 9, 2022

Arena: Frank McCool

Time:    U9-U11 at 5:45-6:45 PM            U13-U15 at 7:00-8:00 PM

Session run by: Svend Wiele

Svend grew up in Germany and represented his Country at U16's, U17's, U18's, and U20's. His career continued as a Pro player in Germany before moving to Canada in 2003. He has been passionately working on power skating and overall skill development for 16 years within Alberta and BC as well as Europe. Svend's specialty is specific skills coaching including power skating, shooting, body checking etc.

U9-U11 Session Description: On each player’s skate blade are two edges – an inside and outside edge.   Using each edge is important in the development of a player and their ability to change directions whether it be via stops and starts or tight turns.  Typically, a player becomes more comfortable with their inside edge because their center of gravity runs through their body and they feel more stable.  Development of the outside edge can be more difficult for players as they must lean on the outside of their skate blade in order for it to carve into the ice surface.  This means the player must lean into a turn, their center of gravity is not through their body and they must overcome the sensation of falling.  Once a player has a feel for their outside edge, their skating development accelerates.

This session is tailored to players having difficulty:

  • Stopping in both directions facing the same way
  • Stopping with their toes pointing forward
  • Turning in each direction
  • Turning while using both their inside edge and outside edge (ie, does your child’s knees come together and almost touch when they are turning?  If so, they’re using their inside edge on both blades to turn which we will work to fix)
  • Conducting cross-overs

U13-U15 Session Description: In this session, players will be asked to generate power and explosiveness out of a stop and start, to generate speed and accelerate with half cross-overs, to be able to pivot from forward to backward and accelerate via cross-overs.  Within the clinic, we will discuss weight transfer through the body and within the feet when skating forward and backward and when conducting cross-overs forward and backward.

 

Save the Date - February 2, 2023

Past Sessions

TWHA Goaltending Development and TWHA Coach Development provided the following sessions in the 2021-2022 season.

Introduction to Goaltending Session for U9 and U7

Forward & Defense Skills

Player Skill Development

Power Skating

Third Party Programs

If you were a part of our spring development program, then you know what Dark Horse Athletics is all about. They have great coaches (including Olympians) who offer dryland training with a focus on athleticism, physical literacy and a growth mindset. 
 
AND here’s the key feature: they are now offering two days a week, so you choose which day from week to week so it doesn’t conflict with your hockey schedule.
Also, if your team is looking for some supplemental dryland training, consider Dark Horse! Full details and contact info is available at darkhorseathletic.ca.

Hockey Calgary Programs

What It Takes is a series of virtual, moderated panel conversations with the coaches and leaders themselves. Coaches and leaders at various levels will provide insights for aspiring hockey players on the attributes, characteristics, and skills seen at their levels. Discussions will take a deep dive into preparation, success, and finding out, What It Takes.

Each installment will be applicable to all ages and we recommend tuning into to each session as insights will vary and may be slightly targeted for the most applicable age groups based on the ages categories of the panellists. The Female Hockey Edition will feature a more broad conversation as the panellists are both coaches, players, leaders, and extend across multiple levels. The series is free of charge and will take place via zoom.

Stay tuned for new sessions!

Hockey Alberta Skills Camps

Click here to be taken to the Hockey Alberta website for a list of all camps offered.

For more information, please contact:

Darcy Steen
403-660-1049
dsteen@hockeyalberta.ca

Hockey Tips

How to Dress Your Goalie.

 

 

Below are 2 video examples of some of the most commonly executed shots used in today's NHL. Gone are the days of the big old slap shot and the wrist shot. In today's game things happen faster than ever so there are some major considerations for producing offence and shot mechanics
  1. Release time - The faster we can get the puck off of our stick without allowing the goalie to react the more likely you are of scoring. It isn't all about how hard you can shoot but more how fast and how accurate.
  2. Deception - Let's face it, goalies are getting extremely talented and with the added bulkiness of gear (as well as the average NHL goalie being above 6'2) scoring goals from shots directly on net is a challenge. The reason why players like Matthews are able to score is because has a unique release as well as plenty of deception in his shooting
Here is a video break down of quick release shooting mechanics as well as a look at Matthews, now classic Toe Drag Shot. These videos will help you understand how your lower body transfers energy to the upper body to create power, torque, and deception
Quick Release Shooting
Toe Drag Shooting
Scoring Is All About Percentages
Having a sense of confidence with the puck comes from making sound decisions. In order to score more goals, we have to see where majority of the goals are being scored from. It should be absolutely no surprise that majority of the goals are scored... You guessed it! IN FRONT OF THE NET! However, when you look a little deeper there are some interesting statistics in just how much being in front of the net really matters.
Here is a photo highlighting different scoring zones in the NHL season from 2019-2020. This study concluded over 4000 some NHL goals scored that season and not only where they scored but what type of shots were used, was it directly in or tipped?, was there a rebound?, did the puck move laterally? etc. With this extensive data we are able to see how effective goal scorers and high producing teams put the puck in the back of the net.
High Slot East and West - 13% of goals within this range 
Dead Slot - 20% of goals scored from this range 
Dangerous Shot Zone or IN FRONT OF THE NET - 56% of shots scored from this zone 
 
Now these numbers may or may not be a surprise to you, but what is most interesting is of these percentages majority came from lateral puck movement first ie - Cross ice pass to a shot, or off of second and third scoring opportunities.
What does this tell us? That in order to score in today's NHL you need to get the goalie moving side to side or you need to create second and third scoring opportunities ie shoot for rebounds, point shots, or net front jams and scrambles.

Labour Day Jamboree

New for 2022!

Trails West is hosting their first Jamboree for U7 - U13. Registration is open to all Trails West players registered for the 2022-2023 season.

Registration Fee | 

Individual registration - $150 / player

Team registration (6 players) - $135 / player *Jamboree team name required at time of registration [Team registration no longer accepted as of Aug 27]

Ice times at Flames Community Arenas |

Friday, September 2 - On-ice skills session instructed by P3

Saturday, September 3 - Two 3 v 3 games

Sunday, September 4 - Two 3 v 3 games [CANCELLED]

Format |

  • Maximum of 4 teams per age division
  • Teams consist of 6 players (no goaltenders)
  • 2 games on the ice (half-ice)
  • NOTE: age divisions may be combined depending upon registration numbers

Rules |

  • No coaches (parent volunteer on bench for younger age divisions)
  • Line changes every 90 seconds
  • Referee is parent volunteer
  • Teams keep their own score
  • No scoring from the blue line
  • If player scores, must retreat past half ice
  • No goalie
  • Music, fun and enthusiasm!

Registration Info & Link |

Registration is no longer open

IMPORTANT: Registration is on a first-registered basis and is non-transferrable. We can only accommodate a total of 24 players (4 teams of 6 players) per age division.

Individual player information required: name, birthdate, gender, email address, telephone number, previous team

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER SPOTS AVAILABLE (as of Aug 29 8:15PM):

U7 - 1 to 12 players

U9 - FULL *waitlist option available

U11 - FULL *waitlist option available

U13 - CANCELLED

Team name should be left blank as team registration is no longer available.

Refund Policy |

Refunds for the Jamboree will be charged a $25 non-refundable administrative fee and will only be considered if due to illness or injury. 

Should TWHA be required to cancel the Jamboree due to changes in COVID-19 related rules, refunds will be issued to all registered Jamboree participants.

Contact |

Jamboree Contact:  Kevin Cameron, TWHA Coach Development coachdevU7-U11@trailswesthockey.com 

Registration Contact: Diane Moffatt, TWHA Administrator  admin@trailswesthockey.com 

Schedule | *updated*

Players will be invited to their team in TeamSnap no later than noon August 31.

Day of Jamboree |

Players will be provided a TW jersey to wear during the Jamboree. Kindly return them to your team jersey volunteer after the player's last game on Saturday (no need to wash them).

Change room assignments will be communicated on day of event.

The Oilympic Lounge will be open for select hours during the weekend.

Trails West Cup

The Trails West Cup is a tournament for Trails West Tier 1 teams in U13, U15 and U18 and Tier 2 in U18.  It began many years ago with a generous donation from Canaccord and has continued on, re-branded the Trails West Cup in 2020.  The tournament is hosted annually in mid-October.

Date: October 14-16, 2022

Location:  WinSport Arenas 88 Canada Olympic Road SW Calgary

Teams Hosting: U13 Tier 1, U15 Body-Checking Tier 1, U18 Body-Checking Tier 1, U18 Body-Checking Tier 2

Tournament Schedule:

For more information, please contact the TWHA Tournament Coordinator at tournament@trailswesthockey.com

U15 Cup

With thanks and appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the Locke and Longley Families for the first two years, we are hoping to carry on the tradition of hosting the 7th Annual TWHA U15 Cup (formerly known as the Bantam Cup).

The tournament is planned for April 5 - 10, 2022 at Flames Community Arenas.

The tournament is a fun, non-body contact tournament that allows friends within Trails West to play against each other on balanced teams made up from players from all U15 divisions. Players have the chance to meet new friends, play with new teammates, play against former teammates, and celebrate the game of hockey in this terrific multi-day event that includes a tournament banquet.

The tournament banquet is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 6:15pm - 8:15pm. The FCA Lounge will be open to the public during this time, however access to banquet food and beverage is limited to the player plus one guest. 

  • TEAM ROSTERS will be provided via TeamSnap this year - all players will be invited to their team by March 30

Registration

6 balanced teams will be formed with up to 15 players and 2 goalies per team. Registration will be limited to 90 players and 12 goalies. Register early as spots may fill quickly!

Waitlist - new for 2022 - If there are no spots available for registration, please select the waitlist option when at participant fees. Selecting this option does NOT register your player/goalie however it places them on a waitlist in a first-come first-register basis. The TWHA Administrator will be in touch should a spot open and you will be required to pay the registration fee at that time. Email requests to be placed on the waitlist will not be accepted.

Refund Policy - Refunds will only be considered due to injury or illness, if occurred prior to the start of the tournament. No refunds will be provided due to injury or illness if player/goaltender participated in a tournament game. There will be a $25.00 non-refundable administrative fee deducted from any refund.

COVID Refund Clause:

Full refund of registration fee paid if the U15 Cup/U18 Couture Cup is unable to run due to Government of Alberta/City of Calgary implemented restrictions. If the U15 Cup/U18 Couture Cup has already started and is unable to finish, any refund will be pro-rated dependent upon the program’s financial obligations.

**THIS IS FOR U15 - 2007 and 2008 PLAYERS ONLY & U13 2009 PLAYERS**

 

In 2017, the Trails West Bantam Cup Fund was created using surplus funds from previous Bantam Cup tournaments. The Bantam Cup Fund is used to benefit TWHA families in need with player registration costs. Net proceeds from this year's tournament will go to the Trails West Bantam Cup Fund.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the U15 Cup Coordinator, Gigi Douglas at tournament@trailswesthockey.com 

2022 U15 Cup Schedule

DATEARENASTART TIMEEND TIMEHOMEVISITOR
TUES APR 5FCA - RED5:45pm6:45pmBLUERED
TUES APR 5FCA - BLUE6:15pm7:15pmORANGEGREEN
WED APR 6FCA - GOLD5:30pm6:30pmGREENGREY
WED APR 6FCA - BLUE6:15pm7:15pmWHITEBLUE
THUR APR 7FCA - BLUE5:15pm6:15pmORANGEWHITE
FRI APR 8FCA - GOLD5:45pm6:45pmREDGREY
SAT APR 9FCA - GOLD10:30am11:30amGREYBLUE
SAT APR 9FCA - BLUE11:30am12:30pmWHITEGREEN
SAT APR 9FCA - GOLD11:45am12:45pmREDORANGE
SAT APR 9FCA - GOLD5:15pm6:15pmGREYWHITE
SAT APR 9FCA - BLUE6:15pm7:15pmBLUEORANGE
SAT APR 9FCA - GOLD6:30pm7:30pmGREENRED
SAT APR 9BANQUET IN FCA OILYMPICS LOUNGE 6:15pm8:15pm
SUN APR 10FCA - BLUE9:00am10:00amC FINAL
SUN APR 10FCA - GOLD9:15am10:15amB FINAL
SUN APR 10FCA - BLUE10:15am11:15amA FINAL

U18 Couture Cup

Building off of the Bantam Cup tournament started by the Locke family in 2014, we will be running our 3rd annual U18 Cup this year (formerly known as the Midget Cup). This tournament has been renamed the U18 Couture Cup in honour of Kyle Couture, a dedicated U18 TWHA coach who passed away in 2020.

The tournament is planned for April 5 - 10, 2022 at Flames Community Arenas.

The tournament is a fun, non-body contact tournament that allows friends within Trails West to play against each other on balanced teams made up from players from all U18 divisions (and this year, with former U18 players from the last 2 seasons). Players have the chance to meet new friends, play with new teammates, play against former teammates, and celebrate the game of hockey in this terrific multi-day event that includes a tournament banquet.

The tournament banquet is scheduled for Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 11:30am - 1:30pm. The FCA Lounge will be open to the public during this time, however access to banquet food and beverage is limited to the player plus one guest. 

  • TEAM ROSTERS will be provided via TeamSnap this year - all players will be invited to their team by March 30

Registration

We have increased the number of teams in the U18 Couture Cup this year and will have 6 balanced teams formed with up to 15 players and 2 goalies per team. Registration will be limited to 90 players and 12 goalies. Register early as spots may fill quickly!

Trails West Wolves Alumni are welcome to register this year only as we have been unable to host this tournament for the last two years. Participating Alumni must have been registered with Trails West for the 2019/20 or 2020/21 seasons (birth years 2002 and 2003).

Waitlist - new for 2022 - If there are no spots available for registration, please select the waitlist option when at participant fees. Selecting this option does NOT register your player/goalie however it places them on a waitlist in a first-come first-register basis. The TWHA Administrator will be in touch should a spot open and you will be required to pay the registration fee at that time. Email requests to be placed on the waitlist will not be accepted.

Refund Policy - Refunds will only be considered due to injury or illness, if occurred prior to the start of the tournament. No refunds will be provided due to injury or illness if player/goaltender participated in a tournament game. There will be a $25.00 non-refundable administrative fee deducted from any refund.

COVID Refund Clause:

Full refund of registration fee paid if the U15 Cup/U18 Couture Cup is unable to run due to Government of Alberta/City of Calgary implemented restrictions. If the U15 Cup/U18 Couture Cup has already started and is unable to finish, any refund will be pro-rated dependent upon the program’s financial obligations.

** THIS IS FOR U18 and U18 ALUMNI ONLY - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 ONLY **

In 2017, the Trails West Bantam Cup Fund was created using surplus funds from previous Bantam Cup tournaments. The Bantam Cup Fund is used to benefit TWHA families in need with player registration costs. Net proceeds from this year's U18 Couture Cup tournament will go to the Trails West Bantam Cup Fund.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the U18 Couture Cup Coordinator, Gigi Douglas at tournament@trailswesthockey.com

2022 U18 Couture Cup Schedule *amended 31Mar22

DATEARENASTART TIMEEND TIMEHOMEVISITOR
TUES APR 5FCA - RED7:00pm8:00pmBLUERED
TUES APR 5FCA - RED8:15pm9:15pmGREYGREEN
WED APR 6FCA - GOLD6:45pm7:45pmBLACKWHITE
WED APR 6FCA - GOLD8:00pm9:00pmBLUEGREY
THU APR 7FCA - BLUE6:30pm7:30pmREDWHITE
FRI APR 8FCA - GOLD7:00pm8:00pmGREENBLACK
SAT APR 9FCA - BLUE9:00am10:00amREDBLACK
SAT APR 9FCA - GOLD9:15am10:15amWHITEGREY
SAT APR 9FCA - BLUE10:15am11:15amGREENBLUE
SAT APR 9FCA - BLUE12:45pm1:45pmWHITEGREEN
SAT APR 9FCA - GOLD1:00pm2:00pmGREYRED
SAT APR 9FCA - BLUE5:00pm6:00pmBLACKBLUE
SUN APR 10FCA - GOLD10:30am11:30amC FINAL
SUN APR 10FCA - BLUE11:30am12:30pmB FINAL
SUN APR 10FCA - GOLD11:45am12:45pmA FINAL
SUN APR 10BANQUET IN FCA OILYMPICS LOUNGE 11:30am1:30pm