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News Release: Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps set new enrollment record in 2015

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA – Capital Sports Management Inc. (operator of the Bell, Cavanagh and Richcraft Sensplex facilities) announced today that a record number of minor hockey players took part in Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps this summer.

Over the nine week period that commenced on July 6, nearly 2,500 beginner, recreational, competitive and elite-level participants laced-up their skates to take part in a record 63 separate camps at the Richcraft Sensplex (972 campers) in Ottawa’s east end, as well as the Bell Sensplex (1,468 campers) and Cavanagh Sensplex (36 campers) facilities in the west end of the city. After a successful 2014 season with 1,632 participants enrolled in Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps, the program saw a 52 per cent increase in enrollment in 2015 making it the most successful summer in its history.

“For the past 11 years, our goal has been to deliver exceptional summer hockey camps that push elite players to their limits while helping beginners learn the fundamentals of the game,” said Andy Bryan, CSMI’s director of hockey programs. “And with access to three state-of-the-art facilities for the duration of the summer, we were able to offer three additional weeks of camps featuring our most popular programs in July at the Richcraft Sensplex, which in turn contributed to a significant increase in enrollment.”

Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps offer participants unique Sens experiences, including appearances by National Hockey League players, prospects and Sens Alumni, in addition to off-ice hockey specific training designed and delivered by Senators’ strength and conditioning coach Chris Schwarz and his FitQuest team.

“As a season-seat member with the Senators, our initial attraction to the Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps was the Senators experience,” said Scott Scarrow whose son Weston has taken part in four camp sessions to date. “We returned for our third year in a row this summer, because of the quality of the camp. The staff is great and the on-ice instruction continues to be excellent.”

This year, the camps drew participants from across Canada (seven provinces and two territories), the United States (Connecticut, Georgia, New York and Virginia) and around the world (Finland, Indonesia, Israel, South Korea and Switzerland). Through the first seven weeks of camp, CSMI received nearly 300 surveys from parents in which 95 per cent were satisfied with the overall camp experience, while Ryan Smyth, Ottawa Senators hockey programs head of hockey development, and his team of counselors and instructors received a 96 per cent rating.

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