Connor Carrick’s Defense Camp 

Defenders in today and tomorrow’s NHL are asked to be more dynamic, athletic, and crafty than ever before. With that in mind, Fifth Third Arena is proud to partner with Connor Carrick to introduce this one-of-a-kind Defense Camp!  In this camp, players will develop habits that will and have translated into the NHL already.


All the skating coaches in the world are of no assistance if a defender does not understand the proper angle needed to see both their check and the puck carrier. We will teach our defensemen how to maintain proper angles and athletic postures in order to best get the puck back. 


We will work on settling the puck as quickly as possible to maximize vision and poise while minimizing injury risk. Elusiveness will also be worked on daily as all the skill blends in the world can be boiled down to one thing: Hockey is one big game of keep away. On the defensive side, stick detail is one of the most lacking skills amongst young defensemen and is one of the easiest areas of a player’s game to improve. 


Our defensemen will constantly be reminded of the importance of the “good ice” on the rink and we will help them feel more comfortable defending from the middle out. Offensively, we will do the opposite by trying to grow poised in the middle of the rink to create offense. Good defense is about learning to get the puck back and then jump starting the offense. We will not complicate the game past this vital point. 


For more information contact Joe Caprio, or 312-455-7612.




Pro Ambitions



Pro Ambitions invites you to the upcoming Defense W/ Phil Bushbacher, and Battle Camp at Fifth Third Arena. Pro Ambitions teach areas of the game such as angling, gap control, shot blocking, body

positioning, battling for loose pucks along with advanced power skating, stick handling, shooting and passing that others do not. Their high tempo curriculum has been perfected over 20+ years of existence and is unlike any other camp in the world.


Please take a minute and see their site to learn about founder and former NHLer Jeff Serowik, his philosophy, and what the signature Battle Camp Curriculum is all about.  Pro ambitions is also the official development camp of Hockey East, the Boston Bruins, and proud partners of Bauer. They train thousands of players each year, many of which have gone onto the top NCAA programs and into the professional ranks.  #trainingtheyouthofthenation


Camp locations, dates, and times can be found by CLICKING HERE


July 22 – 26

Defense W/ Phil $650

Battle Camp Jeff $650


NO other camp will prepare your player for the fall season like we do! Check out why we are the #1 hockey camp in North America.


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