London is a powerhouse for high level hockey. In the OHL we have the Knights with 11 Division trophies; six Western Conference titles; four Ontario Hockey League Championships, and two Memorial Cups. London has multiple top tier AAA clubs with the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs and the Jr. Knights who are almost always battling for a top spot in the Alliance. The Komoka Kings Jr. B club has moved in from Lambton, and let's not forgot the women’s Devilettes. The list of current and ex NHLers is long and we can’t ignore players like Drew Doughty, Eric Lindros, Nazem Kadri, Logan Couture, Bo Horvat, Boone Jenner, Jeff Carter, Craig MacTavish, Sam Gagner, Travis Konecny, and Curtis McElhinney to name a few.
With so many athletes looking to level up their game, we’ve narrowed down our top three picks for the best hockey training facilities in London Ontario to help you become your best. In no particular order, here they are:
Since 2011 Combine has been an elite training facility that focuses on Group Training, Personal Training, Team Training, and Sport Specific Training and conditioning for athletes looking to get to the next level. Whether you’re playing professional, college/university, recreational or are new to a sport, the Combine team has the formula for you to reach that next level. Over the years they have successfully worked with all levels of athletes in hockey, track, football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf and baseball. The trainers at Combine all come from a sports background in CIS and/or OHL, and are equipped with years of experience in Kinesiology, sports, health, powerlifting, and general fitness.
Facility & Equipment.
Combine has arguably one of the best and largest fitness facilities in London with over 8000 sq/feet, featuring state of the art equipment and turf to give players the best training advantages for their athletic goals. The game is getting faster and Combine has a big advantage with a 40M long track, bungees, weighted sleds, and parachutes to work on explosive speed and acceleration. Other equipment includes powerlifting racks, rowers, skiers, Assault bikes, treadmills, dumbbells up to 100lbs, Kettlebell racks up to 75lbs, tires, cables, and all the Olympic bars and bumper plates you could dream of. Combine is a great option for off-ice training year round, and the incredible team there will decipher what is necessary for you in the off-season, and during your season to ensure you are always improving.
Location and Contact
Combine is located at 1695 Wonderland Rd. N in London. You can visit their website for more information at www.combinefitness.ca , or give them a call at 519-204-6407. Be sure to follow them on Instagram (here), and their Facebook page (here).
Total Package Hockey (TPH)
Founded in 2001 Total Package Hockey (TPH) is a professional hockey development group that works with hockey players of all ages, skill level and ability. From first time skaters to NHL players, TPH offers programs that suit all player’s needs. Run by Dwayne Blaise the Washington Capitals Skill Development coach, TPH trains multiple players in the NHL from Bo Horvat, Travis Konecny, and Boone Jenner, to Nick Suzuki, and Kurtis Gabriel to name just a few. TPH has established itself as an elite outfit with professional staff, innovative curriculum, and modernized teaching techniques. After acquiring the TPH training Centre in 2010, TPH expanded from simply on-ice to now being able to offer Skating Treadmill sessions, Shooting and Stick Handling sessions, Off-ice Training Programs, Team Training Programs and Speed and Agility Programs all under one roof. Located in the Western Fair Sports Complex, this gives you the ability to train off ice, then jump straight on to the ice. TPH is also the official hockey development centre of the London Knights.
Facility and Equipment
Inside TPH you can find state of the art training equipment exclusively for hockey. They have a Woodway Blade Skating Treadmill, 35M Sprint Track, Olympic platforms, cables, bungee resistance training, spin bikes, a shooting area with artificial ice, as well as video analysis for skating treadmill, shooting and your on ice sessions. TPH is your one stop shop for exclusive hockey training. Visit their website to see the complete list of equipment you can find at TPH
Location and Contact
TPH is located inside the Western Fair Sports Complex at 865 Florence st. London. You can visit their website at www.totalpackagehockey.ca , or call them at 519-453-8989. Be sure to follow them on Instagram (here), and check out their podcast Behind the Gear (here) to hear interviews from the founder of Conquest James Pursell, to NHL players like Bo Horvat and Boone Jenner.
The Snipe Academy
Snipe Academy was developed to enhance hockey in the London community. It’s an indoor hockey training facility with synthetic ice that allows you to be on your skates year round without the hassle of renting ice. They have multiple classes daily intended for specific age groups and skill levels. Whether you want to work on shooting, puck handling, or even personal 1 on 1 skill development, Snipe offers it all to help you enhance your game. They take pride in their smaller class sizes with quality instructors who have OHL and pro level experience to give you an excellent blend of developing small area hockey skills. Players who participate in their well-structured programs will find more success in the little things within the game of hockey. The best part about Snipe is all training takes place on skates, on their training ice. This gives you a real hockey experience without the cost of ice time.
Facility and equipment.
Three separate training areas, synthetic ice throughout, deke trainers, passers, and a state of the art Rapid Shot hockey training system shooting area. Snipe is a must for players looking to get that edge in small area hockey skills.
Location and Contact
Snipe Academy is located 31-1828 Blue Heron Drive, London. You can visit their website at www.snipeacademy.com, or give them a call at 519-204-7900. Be sure to follow them on Instagram (here) to see what sessions look like, and what you can expect from the facility and Instructors.
Each of these facilities offer something different that can enhance your game depending on what you’re looking for. The game is getting faster in every area so don’t get left behind. At Conquest you know we’re all about the work and playing to win which is why we stress the importance of putting in the extra time to reach your potential. We are confident that each of these facilities can help take you to that next level, the key is being willing to work longer and harder than anyone else. Let’s get better together.