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Blackhawks Youth Hockey Camps

Our mission is to provide highly intense skill-oriented camps for local youth hockey players using top-notch coaches. The Chicago Blackhawks are committed to increasing participation and raising the platform for amateur hockey players in the Midwest.

Camp Highlights

  • Two on-ice sessions per day. On-ice sessions will focus on individual skill development, positional and team play through combination drills, stations and controlled scrimmages.
  • Daily off-ice training sessions
  • Daily classroom sessions - including Blackhawks Alumni speakers and nutrition lectures
  • High staff-to-player ratio
  • Blackhawks Alumni, staff and others on hand
  • Jersey for every camper

Weekly Camp Schedule

5-Day Daily Camp Schedule (subject to change):
Group 1 (2008-11 birth years)
8:30-9:30 a.m.: On-ice Powerskating
9:45-10:15 a.m.: Classroom
10:15-10:45 a.m.: Lunch/Snack
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: On-ice Skills
12:30-1:15 p.m.: Off-ice Training

Group 2 (2004-07 birth years)
9:00-9:30 a.m.: Classroom
9:45-10:45 a.m.: On-ice Powerskating
11:00-11:45 a.m.: Off-ice Training
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Lunch
12:30-1:45 p.m.: On-ice Skills


Girls and PeeWee/Bantam Daily Camp Schedule (subject to change):
Girls (Ages 9-15)
9:00-10:00 a.m.: On-ice Powerskating
10:10-10:55 a.m.:Off-ice training
11:00-11:30 a.m.: Lunch/Snack
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: On-ice Skills
1:15-1:45 p.m.: Classroom

Second-year PeeWee/Bantam (Ages 13-15)
10:15-11:15 a.m.: On-ice Powerskating
11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: Off-ice training
12:15-12:45 p.m.: Lunch
12:45-1:15 p.m.: Classroom
1:30-2:45 p.m.: On-ice Skills

Key Camp Personnel

Annie Camins, Camp Director

  • Blackhawks Senior Director of Fan Development
  • Captain of the University of New Hampshire Division I ice hockey team
  • Finalist for the 1998 Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team that captured a gold medal in Nagano, Japan

Spencer Montgomery, Assistant Camp Director

  • Blackhawks Fan Development Coordinator
  • Club Hockey Captain at Wheaton College (MA)
  • Level 5 certified USA Hockey coach
  • Varsity Assistant Coach at St. Ignatius College Prep

Laura Jordan, Assistant Camp Director

  • Blackhawks Fan Development Assistant
  • Played at the University of British Columbia
  • Level 1 certified USA Hockey coach

Samantha Ratty, Assistant Camp Director

  • Blackhawks Fan Development Intern
  • Played AAA Hockey for Chicago Mission
  • Level 1 certified USA Hockey coach


Eddie Olczyk, Co-Lead Instructor

  • 16-year NHL veteran and Stanley Cup champion (drafted by Chicago; played for the Blackhawks, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Winnipeg, the New York Rangers and Los Angeles)
  • Elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Grew up in Chicago and played for Team Illinois, Niles MinorHawks and Brother Rice High School
  • Member of the 1984 Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team
  • In his 11th season as the TV Color Analyst for Blackhawks hockey on Comcast SportsNet and WGN-TV Channel 9

Jamal Mayers, Co-Lead Instructor

  • Community Liaison
  • Former Chicago Blackhawks player (2011-13)
  • 2013 Stanley Cup champion
  • Also played for St. Louis, Toronto, Calgary and San Jose during his 15-year NHL career

Justin Nelson, Skills Coach

  • Owner, Above and Beyond Powerskating School
  • Skills coach for several youth hockey organizations, including the Jets, Leafs, Huskies, Northern Express and Ice Dogs
  • Grew up playing Jr. A hockey in Davenport, Iowa

Kendall Coyne, Camp Instructor

  • As a member of the U.S. Women's National Team, has played in five International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championships (gold-2011, 2013, 2015, 2016; silver-2012), seven Four Nations Cups (1st-2011, 2012, 2015; 2nd-2010, 2014; 3rd-2013) and one IIHF Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series (2011)
  • Team USA Silver Medalist 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
  • 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winner
  • Captain and leading scorer of the NCAA Division I hockey team at Northeastern University in Boston
  • A native of Palos Heights, Ill., and played youth hockey for the Chicago Mission

Tommy Olczyk, Head Coach

  • Grew up playing youth hockey for the Northwest Chargers, Team Illinois, and the Chicago Mission
  • Played four years of Division-I hockey at Penn State University
  • Spent this past year playing professional hockey for the Alaska Aces (ECHL)

Derek Schultz, Head Coach

  • Grew up playing AAA hockey in Illinois for the Chicago Chill (now the Chicago Fury) and the Chicago Mission and then played for the University of Illinois
  • This will be his ninth year as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks youth hockey camps coaching staff
  • Was a member of the USA Hockey Tier 1 Chicago Mission Midget Major National Championship team in 2010 and was drafted by the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League that same year.

Joey Ritondale, Head Coach

  • Played for Team Illinois in Midget Minor and Midget Major years winning a State and Regional Championship
  • Entering senior year playing for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and as well as being a pre-med student
  • Attended Blackhawks Youth Hockey Camps during first few years playing hockey

*Coaching staff subject to change without notice

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I expect my child to be at the rink each day?
Please refer to the weekly camp schedule above. We ask that you arrive at least 30 minutes before your first session.

Is lunch included?
Lunch is not included in the registration price. Depending on the camp location, there may be a concession stand or vending options. We will also give the option of a catered lunch for $10 per day. Nut-free outside food is welcome for campers during the week. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks and fluids in addition to lunch.

Do I need to sign a waiver for my child?
All waivers are electronic this year and must be signed to complete camp registration. You do not need to sign a paper waiver on the first day of camp.

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Contact Information

Questions? Please email Samantha Ratty at or call 312-455-7176.