Riv Summer Training Program

Langley Rivermen Summer Training Program

Elevate Your Game at the Langley Rivermen Summer Hockey Training Camp

Are you ready to dominate the ice next season? Join us this summer at the BCHL Langley Rivermen hockey training camp, running from June 3rd to August 30th, 2024, spanning 13 weeks of intensive development. Our camp is designed to push your limits, enhance your skills, and prepare you for success on the rink.


Camp Schedule:

  • Duration: 4 weeks, 8 weeks or 13 weeks (depending on the package you select)
  • Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (except for July 1st and August 5th).
  • Training Sessions: 75 dry land hours and 20 hours of on-ice training in Package 3.
  • Structure: Weeks 1-7 focus solely on gym training, while weeks 9-13 incorporate both ice and gym sessions.

Program Highlights:

  1. Gym Training: During weeks 1-7, participants will engage in structured gym sessions aimed at building strength, agility, and endurance. Led by certified strength and conditioning coach, Mike Thompson, these sessions will target hockey-specific movements to enhance on-ice performance.
  2. On-Ice Training: In weeks 8-13, participants will hit the ice for specialized drills and skill development under the guidance of Langley Rivermen Head Coach, Chris Shaw. From skating techniques to game strategies, every session is designed to sharpen players’ abilities and elevate their game to the next level.
  3. Dryland Sessions: With 75 dedicated dry land hours, players will experience the benefits of off-ice training tailored specifically for hockey. These sessions include strength training, agility drills, plyometrics, and cardiovascular conditioning, all essential for improving speed, power, and overall athleticism.
  4. Personalized Coaching: Our low player-to-coach ratio ensures that each participant receives personalized attention and feedback to address their individual strengths and areas for improvement. From technique refinement to mental preparation, our coaches are committed to helping players reach their full potential.


Benefits of Dryland Training for Hockey:

  1. Improved Strength and Power: Dryland training targets key muscle groups used in hockey, enhancing strength, power, and explosiveness for more powerful shots, stronger checks, and faster acceleration.
  2. Enhanced Speed and Agility: Agility drills and plyometric exercises improve players’ agility, quickness, and footwork, enabling them to outmaneuver opponents and react swiftly on the ice.
  3. Injury Prevention: By strengthening muscles and improving flexibility, dry land training helps reduce the risk of injuries common in hockey, such as strains, sprains, and muscle imbalances, keeping players healthy and on the ice.


Benefits of Training Through the Off-Season and Summer:

  1. Continuous Development: Training during the off-season and summer allows players to maintain and improve their skills year-round, ensuring they enter the next season stronger, faster, and more prepared than ever.
  2. Competitive Edge: Players who train consistently during the off-season gain a competitive edge over those who take time off, giving them an advantage when it comes to tryouts, preseason games, and regular-season competition.
  3. Physical and Mental Conditioning: Off-season training not only improves physical attributes but also builds mental toughness, discipline, and resilience, essential for success in the high-pressure environment of competitive hockey.



Three Packages to Choose From:

Package 1 – June 3rd to June 28th, 2024 – 4 weeks, 24 hours of dryland. Cost: $1000 + GST

Package 2 – June 3rd to July 26th, 2024 (no class July 1) – 8 weeks, 46.5 hours of dryland. Cost: $1800 + GST

Package 3 – June 3rd to August 30th, 2024 – 13 weeks, 75 hours of dryland and 25 hours of ice, 1 hour of one-on-one shooting on dry floor. Cost: $2400 + GST



Chris Shaw, Langley Rivermen Head Coach –  

Born and raised in South Surrey, Chris Shaw embarked on his hockey career in the BCHL, playing for the Trail Smokeaters, Victoria Salsa and Burnaby Bulldogs from 1998 to 2001. During his tenure with the Bulldogs, he was named team captain and earned a NCAA Division I scholarship to Niagara University. He went on to play professionally in various leagues, including the CHL, UHL, SPHL, and ECHL with the Victoria Salmon Kings, totaling 244 regular season games. Chris then transitioned into coaching, starting as an Assistant Coach with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL) and eventually becoming the Head Coach and General Manager of the Nelson Leafs (KIJHL). He also spent time as the Associate Head Coach of the Vernon Vipers and Langley Rivermen (BCHL) and led the Vancouver North West Hawks program (BCEHL) as Head Coach and General Manager winning several awards and championships. Recently, Chris was the Head Coach at BWC Academy U17 Prep in the (CSSHL) finishing the regular season with an impressive record of 25-3-3-0-1 and taking his team to the semifinals consecutive years.

Chris resides in Pitt Meadow, BC with his wife Serena and 3 kids, Paisley, Kinsley and Ryland.


Mike Thompson, Langley Rivermen Strength & Conditioning Coach –

Throughout the past 41 years, Mike has independently owned and operated multiple Performance Training companies in British Columbia and has served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NHL Calgary Flames affiliate as well as many junior franchises throughout the province. He has closely worked with dozens of professional hockey players throughout his career and to this day, continues to provide a supportive, mentoring relationship with almost all. Mike currently occupies the position of Strength & Conditioning Coach for the BCHL Langley Rivermen in Langley, B.C.

Certifications acquired are Canadian Hockey League Level 1 & 2 Coaching Certification; “RESPECT in Sport training” Certification & “Speak-Out” Certification: trained to educate and prevent bullying, harassment and abuse in hockey across Canada; NSCA, National Strength and Conditioning Association and BCRPA Certification.

Mike and his wife Kim serve in a number of ministries at their church and have long been active in charitable and fundraising causes in the community and surrounding areas wherever they have resided throughout North America.


Riley Wallack, Langley Rivermen Alumni –

A current forward for Long Island University (NCAA D1), Riley Wallack has many years of playing and coaching experience. He helps coach the strength and conditioning program through Tommyfit and the Langley Rivermen during the summer. When he is back at school he volunteers at Skate2Score teaching groups of kids on the ice, where he demonstrates proper skating techniques as well as other areas of the game like shooting and scoring. Before his two years at Long Island University, Riley spent four years playing for the Langley Rivermen. In his last year, he co-captained the team helping reach the conference finals, putting up 10 goals in 15 playoff games. He finished the season with a team MVP award before heading off to Long Island University. When he isn’t on the ice he spends the majority of his time either in the gym or working on his shot, which he believes are crucial to developing his game. He is looking forward to spreading his knowledge and developing players’ fitness goals and shooting skills.