GOALIES & SKATERS | Sept 2016 – Jun 2017 | GRADE 8 – 12

The High Performance Department at the Richmond Olympic Oval is proud to announce the Fall 2015  launch of the Hockey Centre of Excellence (HCOE) for Goalies and Skaters ages 12 – 18 years old (Grade 8 – 12). Athletes in Grade 8 & 9 may not be eligible to receive RVS school credits.


  • On Ice Goalie Instruction delivered by Pasco Valana, Alex Auld and the team from Elite Goalies Canada.
  • On Ice Skater Instruction delivered by Nate Leslie, Josh Bonar and the team from Leslie Global Sports.
  • Hockey specific Dryland Training Sessions delivered  by Richmond Oval High Performance Strength and Conditioning Coaches.
  • Physical Education (PE) and Strength and Conditioning 10- 12 Academic School Credit completed through the Richmond Virtual School District.


  • 2:1 and 3:1 On ice Goalie to Coach Ratio
  • 8:1 Skater to On ice Skater to Coach Ratio
  • Small Group Strength and Conditioning Sessions in dedicated HP Centre
  • Integrated performance services: Sport Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Concussion Baseline Testing
  • Coordinated year round training
  • High School Credits received for Hockey Training activities
  • Dedicated High School teacher
  • Program designed to free up block in regular school schedule
  • Professional Goalie Coaches who work with Canadian National Level and Professional Athletes
  • “Front of line” registration for Oval and EG Summer Camps



Start Date: Oct 17 2016
End Date: Jun 19 2017
Day: Monday
Time: Dryland Training in the HP Center – 6:15am – 7:00am
On-Ice Training on the South Rink – 7:15am – 8:30am
Total Sessions: 28
No Sessions – Monday: Dec 19, 26, Jan 2, Feb 13, Mar 13, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 22
Program Cost: $3,360 + tax
Monthly payment plans are available.


Start Date: Oct 17 2016
End Date: June 19 2017
Day: Monday
On-Ice Training on the South Rink – 6:00am – 7:00am
Time: Dryland Training in the HP Center – 7:15am – 8:15am
No Sessions – Monday: Dec 19, 26, Jan 2, Feb 13, Mar 20, Mar 27, Apr 17, May 22
Program Cost: $2,210 + tax
Monthly payment plans are available.


To submit an application please email jcheng@richmondoval.ca



EGCE has been designed to meet the needs of goaltenders looking for the edge in professional development. We have put a goaltending curriculum together to prepare goaltenders in rep hockey for their rapid advancement to Junior A, Major Junior and NCAA Hockey. With a solid foundation of professional habits, goaltenders will be able to customize their game through the use of the latest techniques.

Goaltenders participate in sessions designed to develop and refine goalie specific on-ice technical skills and position specific strategies. Sessions focus on goalie specific movement, positional stance, angles, play reading, save technique and rebound control.

Professional Goaltending Coaches:

·Pasco Valana (Hockey Canada),
·Alex Auld (12 yr NHL Professional)
·Brendan Metz
·Elite Goalies Team

The on-ice component will also include seminar and lectures to improve Hockey IQ and Goalie Sense, guidance from NCAA and CIS, video analysis & coaching, customized training, mental and game management training.

ON ICE SKATER SESSIONS Led by Leslie Global Sports.

Skater Centre of Excellence Program has been designed to promote the development and refinement of hockey specific technical skills and the learning of game strategy and decision making abilities. Players will learn values and behaviours associated with successful teamwork and performance.

Professional Skill Development Coaches:
·Nate Leslie (Owner of Leslie Global Sports)
·Leslie Global Sports Team (Former NHL Sven Butenschon, UBC Coach Mike Sommer, & more guest coaches TBA)


Oval’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Off-Ice Sessions occur in the Oval’s dedicated High Performance Training Centre. Maturation appropriate dryland sessions are progressive from week to week and focus on the development of a physical foundation that will best equip each goalie to handle progressively increasing training, practice and game demands.

In season small team training sessions focus on the development of greater strength, power, coordination, speed and energy system development. Oval HP strength and conditioning coaches focus on managing the physical demands placed on players through implementation of recovery and regeneration strategies and corrective exercises to prevent injuries. Oval coaches work to significantly boost the level of performance of each athlete while providing team coaches with a full roster of healthy game ready players. Baseline performance testing is completed with teams to ensure that all training is purposeful and to measure progress throughout the year.


Knowing the demands placed on student athletes, the Oval High Performance team has partnered with the Richmond Virtual School and the Richmond School District to provide athletes the opportunity to earn high school credits for their training completed at the Oval.  The goal of the High Performance School Credit Program is to move afternoon and evening training sessions to occur during school daytime hours. The program frees up time during normal school hours, time that can now be spent training for their sport, completing homework, resting and/or spending time with family. The program is designed to help provide greater balance in an athlete’s day.

Academic credits are obtained through the following activities:
• Sport Specific Training Sessions
• Competition Hours
• Integrated Service Sessions – Nutrition, Sport Psychology, yoga
• Online Course Work

Athletes are eligible to register in up to 4 online courses through the Richmond Virtual School. These courses will provide a total of 16 credits. Click here for more information.


“I just wanted to thank you and the entire staff for a great experience for both my son, Cole and for us as parents. The entire process has been first class, professional and exactly what was presented to us at the beginning, good for Elite Goalies in your delivery of the inaugural program you have done well.” – Geoff Howes

“It was such a great program with all three main coaches Pasco, Alex and Brenden are amazing as well as others staff members. It is cutting edge training and I feel there is no better training available” – Jacob Head

“I’m part of the Elite Goalies Centre of Excellence Program at the Richmond Olympic Oval. I am also part of the RVS program associated with it and my favourite part of the program is the credits because it helps me immensely with school work”. – Keaton Boni

For more information please contact highperformance@richmondoval.ca or by calling 778.296.1421