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Barrie, ON L4N 9A8
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STP Hockey

Welcome to Barrie's STP Hockey Training Centre

Skill Development
The Ice
What We Offer
When It's Offered


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Skill Development

It takes 10,000 hours or 10,000 repetitions to master a skill. With the ages of 9-12 being the most important for skill acquisition it is during this time period that the skills included in the specialty clinics need to be repeated consistently. (Hockey Canada, 2005)

Hockey Canada statistics (supplied by Calgary Hockey Development) show that a minor league player has the puck on their stick an average of 8 seconds per 60 minute game and will take an average of 2 shots per game. It also shows that one individual practice will give a player more skill development time than 11 games collectively.

A typical team's practice structure does not adequately provide individual instruction. Ideally, there should be some focus on the development of the individuals skills required to play the game at the minor level through measuring and providing positive individual skill development and not by wins and loss records.

A mini ice facility and personal instruction will provide this skill development in a vastly improved method over a conventional ice pad that younger players may find intimidating. Younger age players often fatigue and get frustrated after 7 to 8 strides while skating since they don't often reach the puck on large ice surfaces. Kids will be engaged and participate in the play more often on a smaller surface, resulting in more shots. The smaller ice surface will also teach players to react more quickly and continually move their feet. Large ice surfaces are ideal for developing team play but as Hockey Canada research has shown, "younger players should spend 75% of their time on individual technical skills and about 10% of their time on team tactics".

In a game a player has the puck on their stick for only 20-30 seconds. Hardly enough time to feel the puck, let alone develop any hockey skills. As far as skating, he or she will be on the ice for an average of 12-14 minutes in a one hour game. Games alone will not get it done. To make it to the next level, you need to continue to improve your individual skills and learn to play outside your comfort zone.


The Ice

STP has two natural ice surfaces complete with regulation boards, glass and nets, a 750 square foot mezzanine viewing area for parents, and two dressing rooms.


What We Offer

STP offers: Shooting, Skating, Stickhandling, and Goaltending instruction.

Shooting Classes
+ 30 minutes in length
+ Offered daily

+ Shooting classes focus on all of the details to become an accurate shooter including proper grip of the stick, upper and lower body movement for all different types of shots, and release point. Breakaway training is also offered.

Skill Development Classes
+ 60 minutes in length
+ Includes skating, stickhandling, and shooting; the three skills that coach's don't have time to address during regular practice.

+ Because class sizes are small, special attention can be paid to each student's weakness with extensive correction in order to improve each student as quickly as possible. Teaching and training techniques are based on CISI standards and classes may include Gym on Ice training.

Camps and Clinics
+ Take place outside of the facility
+ Annually offered during: regular season, Christmas Break, Spring Break (Defence Camps), and Summer Break each year.
+ STP also offers a camp specifically for girls during the first week of August.

+ For more information on dates and times please click here. (or on the camps and clinics tab).

Please note that STP has a 24 hour cancellation policy in place. Cancellation less than 24 hours ahead of a scheduled class will result in a full charge.

When It's Offered

Classes are available all year round and are offered seven days a week. All classes are semi-private and by appointment only.

During the school year weekday skill development class times are 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 8pm, and 9pm. Weekend class times start on the hour and are based on demand. STP is open each day during the summer holidays, school holidays, and PA Days for classes as well.

Hockey schedules can be hectic and to commit to a weekly class can be difficult so we do our best to work into your schedule, in other words you let us know when you are available and we will do our best to accommodate you. Classes are put together based on demand to keep like age groups and skill levels together.

To book your class now, click here.


STP offers Goaltending instruction through different instructors.
Please contact us directly for more information.


  Shooting Classes
(Class length: 1/2 hour)
Skill Development
(Class length: 1 hour)

10 Lessons
$282.50 $395.50

5 Lessons
$163.85 $214.70

Pay as you go
$33.90 $45.20

Birthday Parties

1 hour of ice
3 on 3 hockey or a variety of fun games
1 extra large pizza

Fee: $226 for a group of 8 children.
Additional children are $5.

Knowledge is Power, and things always make more sense when we thoroughly understand them. At some point, we all reflect and remember our favourite teacher; that person who took the time to explain things to us in a way we could understand.

At STP Hockey, we realize that each student is unique and learns in their own way. We pride ourselves on paying close attention to detail and making sure each student understands the fundamentals, so at the end of each class they leave our school with more knowledge.

We offer a program for all level of player, all ages, boys and girls. We understand that young athletes develop through different stages. Our drills and teaching methods are geared towards these stages and are the backbone of our program. With the low student/instructor ratio (6:1), STP Hockey Training Centre is an easy choice for players and parents.

Yours in hockey,
Trevor Gardner

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