Zajac Hockey Spring Break Skills Session

Zajac Hockey Spring Break Skills Session – CANCELLED

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and numerous sports associations suspending all activities, Gateway Recreation will be closing the facility until April 6, 2020.  Therefore we have to cancel the Tom Zajac Spring Break Camp.  We will be issuing refunds.

The admin office will remain opening Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Should you have any questions or concerns.  Please email or phone.

Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause

Zajac Hockey Camp is open to everyone between the ages of 7 and 14.

Each camp is $85 plus $4.25 GST = Total: $89.25

Shooting & Scoring

Players will receive 2- 90 minutes on ice sessions.  These sessions will focus on Shot Development and Finishing. We will learn and execute proper wrist, snap, slap shots and backhands & work in tight scoring drills to simulate game like situations.

Clinic A: Monday March 30 and Tuesday March 31, 2020, 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Puck Skills

Players will receive 2- 90 minutes on ice sessions.  These sessions will focus on the ways to improve play with the puck. We will learn and execute the proper way to stick handle thru a series of progression drills. Once we have the fundamentals down we will move onto more advanced drills which include puck placement, puck protection, evasive maneuvers & fakes which will allow us to create more offence on the ice.

Clinic B: Monday March 30 and Tuesday March 31, 2020, 10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Clinic D: Wednesday April 1 and Thursday April 2, 2020, 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Battle & Compete Camp

Players will receive 2 – 90 minute on ice sessions. This camp will focus on battling and competing. Thru a series of competition, races, battle, puck protection and angling drills we will learn how to properly stick check and get body position over players, therefore creating more opportunities with the puck.

Clinic C: Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Dynamic Skating

Players will receive 2 – 90 minute on ice sessions.   These sessions will focus on skating ability, working to develop better edges and a longer, more efficient stride to allow players to maximize their speed on the ice. Then progressing further into dynamic skating consisting of quick feet and reactive agility with and without the puck.

Clinic E: Wednesday April 1 and Thursday April 2, 2020, 10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Complete Skills  

Players will receive 2 – 90 minute on ice sessions.   This camp will focus on all the skills. We will spend time on shooting & scoring, puck skills, dynamic skating and battling.  This camp is ideal for fine tuning each of your skills.

Clinic F: Wednesday April 1 and Thursday April 2, 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Head Instructor: Tom Zajac:

“Hockey is a simple game but the dedication is what separates the players.  Patience and commitment to details will help each individual achieve their dreams.”

Tom’s ultimate goal at his camps is to give each player the opportunity to develop their skills, be able to compete to get to the next level and fulfil their dreams.

Tom’s passion for the game started at a young age playing for numerous minor hockey teams in the North End of Winnipeg.  From there, he earned himself a 4-year hockey scholarship to the University of Denver, where he went on winning various awards.

Tom returned to Winnipeg to play with numerous Senior and Intermediate hockey teams, representing Manitoba on various levels, winning the Canadian Intermediate Hockey Championship.

That would lead Tom to start his coaching career.  Tom has coached various levels from tots to AA and AAA hockey, which has involved more than 25 years of experience, as well as Founding the Zajac Hockey Development Camps.

His dedication and passion for the sport has helped countless players go on to play Junior, University and Professional hockey, including Jonathon Toews (Chicago Blackhawks), Nigel Dawes (KHL), Quinton Howden (Winnipeg Jets), Travis Zajac (New Jersey Devils) and Darren Helm (Detroit Redwings) to name a few, as well as helping each of his 4 sons earn NCAA Scholarships and play various levels of professional hockey around the world.

Tom’s philosophy and instruction is simple.  “Help every player develop the tools (skills) so they have a chance to succeed.”

Instructor: Darcy Zajac:

Darcy, a NCAA Scholarship recipient and graduate in 2006-2010 from the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, played alongside some of the NHL’s most talented players today.

He grew up playing his minor hockey in Winnipeg and joined the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of BCHL from 2004 to 2006 where he received the most Dedicated Player Award for both years.  Darcy’s pro career started in 2010 with the Albany Devils (the affiliate of the New Jersey Devils).  After two years of hard work, he earned his first NHL contract.  In 2015 he left to play in Europe and has continued to play in various leagues overseas.

Darcy has spent over 10 years working with hockey players, helping them grow and reach their full potential, on and off the ice.

Darcy specializes in skating techniques with emphasis on individual skill development.  He also has a degree in exercise science from University of North Dakota.

Coached Under:

Glenn Carnegie

– Vancouver Canucks Skill/Player Development Coach

Diane Ness

– Minnesota Wild Skating Coach

-Skating coach for the U.S. Olympic Women’s 2010 Team

-Former Skating Coach for the Minnesota Gophers Men’s and Women’s Teams

-Former Skating instructor for the New Jersey Devils


For additional information, please contact

Denis Van Laeken at or

(204) 982-1234-1.