Bantam Spring Program


Core hockey programs are based on the fundamental belief that a player's success is derived from a well planned, properly delivered progression. Our training programs build on the Core fundamentals and over time maximize each skill/system, rather then rushing development and marginalizing each skill/system. Increasing proper repetitions will increase improvement!

The 2018 program will be a 'go' for this upcoming summer. We will have 4 weekend skates in June. All weekends in May are free.

The program is by application only, the player has to be playing at the  Bantam AAA, AA, A or PeeWee AA or A  to be accepted. I will make the decision if any player below the rep  will be allowed into the program.

The Program

This program is about Development!

We at Core Hockey are not concerned about the score or who scores the goals. We are all about being detailed, teaching, team work and promoting life lessons!

If your young hockey player wants to be successful in his hockey career and life, its not about the end results. Its about the "process"  a person must take to be his very best. This "process" includes being a great team mate, selfless, passionate, being challenged and handling adversity. Like we tell the players, you must Be Better Every Day!

This program is designed around proper "character" traits, listening skills and details. When you mix these three traits together you develop more passion, focus and execution!

The spring program is much different then a normal spring hockey program. We will teach individual and team tactics through the week. Our expectation and evaluation will happen during each Saturdays game. The score will not be posted, the goals and assists will not be recorded, the only evaluation of the player is how did he implement what he learned that week!

Today's game is about being able to play in all 3 zones, being a 200 foot hockey player. Hockey is not about being selfish, a 'me' mentality, being a one zone hockey player. This spring program puts the development in the forefront, learning to anticipate, build game awareness and be better every repetition/shift.

Our expectations will be high and we will expect the players to be prepared to be their best for every ice session.

Program Details:

Who is this program for:


  • Any player who was born in 2004 and 2005
  • There is an application process. We will review the application before the player will be admitted into the program. Please send players full name, position, date of birth, Team playing on this winter, contact email to  In subject line please put - Core Hockey Spring Program
  • If the player is accepted into the program we expect FULL commitment to all ice times.



Number of players involved:

We will be excepting 3 goalies, 14 defenceman and 14 forwards

1 forward spot remains

1 goalie spot remain

Looking for defence man 

Time commitment:

2018 Ice times:

April 30th, Millennium Sprite, 5.30 to 7 pm 

May 1, Millennium Chev 5.15 to 6.45pm


May 3, Clareview, 8.30 to 9.30 pm 


May 4, Terwillegar C, 8 to 9.30 pm 

May 7, Millennium Chev 7.45 to 9.15pm

May 11, Millennium Chev, 6.45 to 8.15pm


May 14, Clareview, 5 to 6.15 pm 

May 15, Millennium Chev, 5.15 to 6.45pm

May 18, Glen Allan Rec Complex,  6 to 7.30pm


May 21, Millennium Sprite, 4 to 5 pm 

May 25, Millennium Chev,  7.45 to 9.15pm


May 28, Clareview, 5 to 6.15 pm


May 31, Glen Allan Rec Complex,  6.30 to 8 pm

June 1, Glen Allan Rec Complex,  7.45  to 9 pm

June 3rd, Callingwood B,  Game - 7.30 to 9.30 pm -  2018 

June 4, Glen Allen Rec Complex,  7.45  to 8.45 pm


June 5th,  Downtown Arena, 9.30 to 10:45 pm

June 8, Glen Allan Rec Complex, 7 to 9.15 pm


June 14, Millennium Chev, 6.15 to 7.30 pm  

June 15th, Glen Allan Rec Complex,  6 to 7.30 pm


June 17th, Callingwood B, Game - 7.30 to 9.30 pm - 2018

June 19th, Terwillegar Arena D 5 to 6.30 pm


June 18, Millennium Chev, 4.15 to 5.15 pm 

June 21, Millennium Chev,  6.30 to 8.15 pm

June 23rd, Callingwood A, Game 9 to 11 am - 2018

June 24th, Callingwood B, Game 7.30 to 9.30 pm - 2018 

What we will teach the players:

Defensive zone individual and team tactics, Breakouts & Back Checking
Neutral ice  transition
Line changes and face offs
Individual and Team Tactics
Life skills, detail and execution



Blair Becker

  • Owner of Core Hockey Training  Est. 2011 
  • Past O/O of Puckmasters Edmonton
  • 16 years of coaching experience, Novice to Junior
  • 2015 Assistant Coach Team Alberta, Canada Winter Games
  • Currently Assistant Coach Sherwood Park Kings Midget AAA
  • 2014 Team Leader/Coach U-17 Team Canada Summer Camp
  • Assistant coach 2008-13, 2015 to present  with Camrose Kodiaks, AJHL
  • Head Coach with Team Alberta 2011 U-16 Western Challenge Cup, Gold
  • Hockey Canada/IIHF 2011 International Development Camp - Finland
  • Assistant Coach of 2011 Team Pacific, World Under 17's, Bronze
  • 2013 - Present Unbeatable Mind - Seal Fit Mental Training Academy
  • 2011 Future Leaders Seminar - Hockey Alberta
  • Assistant Coach with Team Alberta 2009 U-16 Western Challenge Cup, Gold
  • Head Coach 2010 Alberta Cup, Northwest Sharks, Gold
  • Hockey Alberta - Mentor for Future Leaders Program, 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Education Degree
  • Past instructor at St Edmund's Hockey Academy
  • Past Hockey Canada Head Instructor - Skill Clinics
  • Hockey Canada High Performance Level 1, NCCP Theory 3


Tony Orsini

  • Played Novice to Midget AAA KC Hockey
  • 15 years of coaching experience, Novice to Junior
  • Currently Head Coach Seera Peewee AA
  • Currently Ast Coach Mentor SSAC Rem 15 AA
  • Head Coach NAA Spring Elite 9 consecutive seasons
  • Hockey Canada Development 2 Certified
  • Hockey Canada checking skills
  • Hockey Canada Speak out
  • Hockey Canada Safety


Ryan Rechner


  • Currently with Spruce Grove Saints as Associate Coach
  • Coach Bantam AAA and Midget AAA with Leduc Minor Hockey

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Thank you!