This weekend, Ottawa Senators’ center Jason Spezza will participate in the first annual Allstate All-Canadian Mentorship Camp being held in Mississauga. What is the Mentorship Camp? Well…
The NHLPA scouted and selected the 42 best bantam-aged players (i.e. born in 1996) in the nation. Those chosen have been invited to the Mentorship Camp, to be held on August 3rd-6th at The Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. This 4-day experience is like no hockey camp ever before. It is the chance for players to take their skills to another level with guidance from NHLPA stars. It will be an opportunity to gain a competitive edge with advice on strength & conditioning, nutrition and mental preparation from some of the most renowned hockey experts. It will be a life-changing experience that will teach what it takes to be a true leader on the ice and in everyday life.
The camp will feature other NHLer’s such as Luke Schenn, Jeff Skinner, Chris Campoli and former NHLer and fitness guru Gary Roberts. Besides the on-ice training, Roberts will work with all 42 players to educate them on proper nutrition while renowned strength and conditioning trainers, Lorne Goldenberg and Matt Nichol will teach them to improve their off-ice workouts. Dr. Paul Dennis, a sports psychologist, who formerly worked with the Toronto Maple Leafs, will discuss the importance of achieving a strong mental state to excel in the game.
“What we’re trying to do is identify those players at this age and let current NHL players give them some mentorship experience of what to expect, and how to deal with the pressures that come with being an elite level player,” said NHLPA Director of Corporate Partnerships, Colin A. Campbell.
The Mentorship Cup concludes on Saturday with the Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Cup, an inter-squad exhibition game that will be broadcast on TSN2 at 2pm. The game will be Team Spezza versus Team Schenn as the 42 prospects at the camp will battle in the summer edition of the Battle of Ontario.
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