Travel Program (Spring)
Spring Travel Program Details
Who Can Participate: The VHG Travel Program is typically reserved for players who take part in our Small Group Skills Training program and/or programming throughout the calendar year. However, VHG has added players from outside the SGST program in the past and will go outside the boundaries of the program if spaces need to be filled.
Where Do Teams Go
This depends on numerous factors, including but not limited to: team skill/strength, seasonal availability, player age. However, VHG has strong ties with Andrews Hockey Growth Programs along with various Eastern Canadian Prep Schools (Mount Academy, OHA, RNS, etc). In 2021-22, The VHG Female 18U Development Program toured and played against Mount Academy (Charlottetown, PE), and its 2007 and 2008 Male teams participated in the Andrews Hockey Beast of the East Showcase (Moncton, NB).
In 2024, our 2008, 2009 and 2010 teams will once again return to the Beast of the East tournament in Moncton. Our Female U15 and U18 teams will go to the CCM Superchallenge in Montreal (June), and our VHG Junior Purple Program will take teams to Toronto in April.
What Comes With the Travel Program
Once the team(s) are selected (usually January-February of a given year), VHG offers a Spring Travel Package to players that includes*:
*** Practice time leading up to the off-island trip (5-10 hours*)
*** Custom jersey/hockey socks*
*** Tournament and coaches fees
*** Attire (hoodie/ball hat/shorts/leggings/t-shirts/crew necks/satchel bags*)
*** Team meal during the trip
*** Game tapes uploaded to the VHG YouTube channel
*** Player insurance*
* – – – The asterisk indicates that there may some flexibility as to what is offered in each travel program from year-to-year.
*** The above items are packaged together for a fee to VHG. All other costs (hotel in travel destination, rental vehicle, airfare, gas, personal spending money) are separate costs that the players and families are responsible for. If travelling with close friends, sharing a rental vehicle and hotel fares can help reduce cost of the trip.
Who Coaches the Teams
For more information on VHG Coaches, click here . VHG strives to be a non-parent coach program; team managers are usually parents and have been bench assistants in the past, but Head/Assistant coaches will usually be non-parents. Coaches in 2024 will be:
** Coaches are subject to change depending on availability. These coaches are an ESTIMATE but are NOT confirmed for 2024
2010 Male – Ryan Bessey and Ryan St. John
2009 Male – John Veitch and Liam Leonard
2008 Male – Andrew Pearcey and Scottie Marshall
U15 Female (2010’s) – Jennifer Pollett and Carmen Elliott
U15 Female (2009’s) – Andrew Pearcey and Cathy Morgan
U18 Female (06/07/08’s) – Andrew Pearcey and Emily Parsons
All Toronto-based teams – A combination of Jeremy Kavanagh, Adam Pearcey, Andrew Pearcey, Ryan St. John and more
Where are Teams Going in 2024
2010’s Male – Beast of the East (Moncton, NB) May Dates TBD
2009’s Male – Beast of the East (Moncton, NB) May Dates TBD
2008’s Male – Beast of the East (Moncton, NB) May Dates TBD
U15 (2010’s) Female – CCM Superchallenge (Montreal, QC) June Dates TBD
U15 (2009’s) Female – CCM Superchallenge (Montreal, QC) June Dates TBD
U18 (2006-07-08) Female – CCM Superchallenge (Montreal, QC) June Dates TBD
U14 (2010 non-contact) Male – Can Lan (Toronto, ON) April Dates TBD
U13 (2011) Male – Can Lan (Toronto, ON) April Dates TBD
U12 (2012) Male – Can Lan (Toronto, ON) April Dates TBD
U11 (2013) Male – Can Lan (Toronto, ON) April Dates TBD
U10 (2014) Male – Can Lan (Toronto, ON) April Dates TBD
Late October – Travel Program invites go out to VHG participants in 2023. If you participate in VHG in 2023, you should receive an e-mail. Please contact email@example.com if you do not receive one.
November/December – Player evaluation (silent) via VHG programming, minor hockey games, talking to coaches, etc. There will be no formal tryouts for the 2024 travel program
January – Team Selection e-mails go out to all interested parties. If we do not have suitable demand in an age group, we will go outside of the program to recruit players. Deposits will be due at the end of January which secures your space.
Spring – Training Camps occur for each team. Full payments are required to be made before travel happens.
Team Rosters 2024
TBD (January 2024)
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