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Top Prospects Camp

This year the Bonnyville Junior ‘A’ PONTIACS will be holding our 2020 Prospects and Development Camp at the Bonnyville Centennial Centre / R.J. LaLonde Arena once we are given the okay from Hockey Canada to safely resume play.

In light of the recent circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the CJHL pause of the 2019/20 season along with the recommendations of public health officials, Hockey Canada, USA Hockey, the AJHL and Hockey Alberta along with the suspension of all Development and Prospects Camps have taken place. 

This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat and the impracticality of hosting an event with participants from around the country during this unprecedented period of uncertainty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants, coaches, staff, and family members is of the utmost importance to the Bonnyville PONTIACS and the AJHL.

Registered players with our recently cancelled April and May Camps will be issued refunds should we not be able to host a camp this summer.

The Bonnyville PONTIACS thanks all for their understanding and patience in this unprecedented time.

As an organization we pride ourselves in running purposeful prospects camps with top identified prospects and we imit our invite numbers to provide for a more competitive and meaningful evaluation environment. We are one of the very few teams in the Alberta Junior Hockey League that have our veteran players participate in our camp which allows us to appropriately gauge where we believe each player will be when our Main Roster Camp begins in August of 2020.

Each of our teams at our Top Prospects Camp will receive a minimum of four ice sessions that will consist of games. We will also have a goaltender session on Saturday. We think it is important for us to keep the number of players in our camp low to add to the competitive level of the games which will ultimately create a positive step in your development. On the final day we will set the schedule up with ample time to spend with each player to give meaningful feedback on their performance from the camp. We also offer a Leadership Presentation and off-ice orientation with respect to 'testing expectations.'

As an organization we take great pride in maintaining high standards and expectations on and off the ice for every member of our hockey club, from the coaching staff down to our players. The Bonnyville PONTIACS focus on being an integral part of the Lakeland community by providing a professional and valued environment both on and off the ice.

We work extremely hard every day to be one of the leading Junior ‘A’ hockey franchises in the country and we strive to do our best to provide the education, the structure and the means necessary to advance our players to the next level.

Our program is based on character, high expectations, striving for excellence and being dedicated to ‘getting better every single day’ where we take immense pride in assisting our players achieve their personal goals, be it College hockey, Major Junior or the NHL. The Bonnyville PONTIACS also has a very rich tradition of developing young adults into conscientious and responsible citizens and we want to add to the quality of life to our players through positive direction to create a memorable experience. We want our players to eventually move on from the Bonnyville PONTIACS program well prepared for opportunities in hockey, school, work and life.

Off the ice, education is given a very high priority and our players will be expected to be as dedicated in this area as they are on the ice. If the players are not attending school they must work or be involved in volunteer initiatives in community. In a community that supports us so strongly, we have a responsibility in being positive role models to the people in the Lakeland area.

DEVELOPMENT

Our coaching philosophy is “athlete and person centered.” Our coaches Rick, T.J., Neil and Kelly are all approachable communicators who build a team for play-offs where depth is critical for success (4 lines - 6 defensemen). All of our players “play” to ensure that we fulfill our obligation to improve them as athletes and as people.

At the rink, players are expected to continue learning the fundamentals and team structure of the game with a philosophy on player development. Video is prepared  daily to teach both team learning and individual learning. The PONTIACS use Steva Sports Coding, the most advanced sports video editing system.

It is our mission to give our players everything that they need to be the very best  that they can be. This includes our 45 million dollar community facility, dressing room, training room, player lounge, video equipment, Wellness Center, staff and  practice structure. If a player wants to improve and takes full advantage of “their program” that our organization offers, the ‘sky is the limit’ on what they will take away from being a PONTIAC both as a player and as a person.   

Our coaching staff has extensive experience in player development (Skills Academy and Summer Specific Programs). Billy MOORES of the Edmonton Oilers N.H.L. serves as Coach Mentor and they are involved with Hockey Alberta’s Program of Excellence. The PONTIACS have a unique practice structure with “Position Specific” work every day in order to incorporate “efficient repetitions” essential for player proficiency as the speed, tempo and pace of the game increases at the Junior ‘A’ and College levels.
 

Thank-you for considering the Bonnyville Pontiacs organization and if you have any questions please contact Associate Coach T.J. MILLAR. Coach MILLAR can send you out the information required for our camp registration by contacting him.

We look forward to seeing you at registration at the start of our Top Prospects Camp.

T.J. MILLAR
Assistant Coach

(780) 826-2893 # 3
tmillar@bonnyvillepontiacs.com 

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