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Blake Speers One of the Top Bantam Age Players In Canada

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Sault Ste Marie’s very own Blake Speers of the Soo Thunder will be one of 42 bantam aged players from across Canada who are born in 1997 to take part in the 2012 Allstate All-Canadians National Mentorship Camp in Toronto, ON from July 17th to July 21st.  

The NHLPA’s team of scouts has selected some of the best bantam-aged players (i.e. born in 1997) in the nation to take part in a 2012 Allstate All-Canadians National Mentorship Camp, held each summer in at the Hershey Centre in Toronto, Ontario. 

The National Mentorship Camp is like no other hockey camp. It provides the chance for players to take their skills to another level through guidance from NHL players. It is an opportunity to gain a competitive edge with advice from some of the most renowned hockey experts on strength and conditioning, nutrition, and mental preparation. 

It is a life-changing experience that teaches young players what it takes to be a true leader on the ice and in everyday life.  

In 2012, the NHLPA hosted a number of minor hockey Mentorship Camps across Canada to provide minor hockey players, regardless of level or gender, access to the very best advice for succeeding on and off the ice. Camp attendees were selected at random after completing entry forms for each camp.

The mentorship camps paired minor hockey players with NHLPA stars and hockey industry experts — culminating in the ultimate mentorship experience. The camps focused on all levels of ability and emphasize development, teamwork, and fun in four key areas: on-ice drills, off-ice training, life skills, and nutrition education. 

The Regional Camps took place in Calgary, Toronto, and Halifax. NHL players that led on-ice sessions include Steve Staios, Tim Brent, Chris Campoli, and Michael Backlund. 

A mentor is someone who teaches and guides you. The Allstate All-Canadians National Mentorship Camp features some of today’s greatest NHLPA pros and hockey industry experts. 

Each year, the NHLPA scouts and selects some of the best bantam-aged players (i.e. born in 1997) in the nation. Those chosen are invited to the Mentorship Camp, held each summer in Toronto, Ontario.  

The 2012 All-Canadians National Mentorship Camp will take place from July 17th to July 21st at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.  

National Mentorship Camp Selection Process
The NHLPA will be tapping a wide network of scouts across the country to nominate some of the top bantam-aged players in Canada. Those players will then be invited to apply for one of forty-two (42) spots at the National Mentorship Camp (6 goalies, 12 defensemen, 24 forwards). To be eligible for selection for the Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp, players must be fourteen years of age by December 31, 2011 (1997 birth year) and must be considered a permanent resident of Canada. 

The forty-two All-Canadians will be flown to Toronto with a parent in July 2012 to spend four days interacting with NHL professionals, top hockey instructors, and leading off-ice training experts. The purpose of the mentorship camp is to give these outstanding young people tools, knowledge, and direction that will help them thrive in the years ahead. 

A series of on-ice and off-ice sessions will culminate in a special exhibition called the Mentorship Cup — coached by NHL players — that will showcase these young stars before a national audience. The game will be broadcast live and archived as a permanent showcase.

What the National Mentorship Camp will Cover
The mentorship camp will incorporate instruction in several important areas: 
  • On-ice instruction skills and drills led by NHL stars and instructors 
  • Specialized nutrition, strength, and fitness programs developed by retired NHL great Gary Roberts and Nature’s Emporium 
  • A sports psychology seminar provided by Paul Dennis, team psychologist with the Toronto Maple Leafs for twenty years 
  • Seminars led by various hockey experts on life lessons the game teaches as well as preparing to excel in life after hockey 
  • Discussions on personal responsibility, values, and the importance of community involvement.