Ben Smith Summer Hockey Skills Development Camps

With CT's Own Ben Smith of the Toronto Maple Leafs,
Former Avon Youth Hockey & Westminster School Player

For Experienced Players — Two Sessions for Your Convenience!

Newington Arena, Newington CT
July 24–27, 2017 —

For 2017-18 Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees & Bantams
(Players born between 2003-2010)
Add-On "Fun Friday!" July 28
ISCC, Simsbury CT
July 31-August 3, 2017 —

For 2017-18 Squirts, Pee Wees, Bantams, & High-School Players (Players born between 2000-2008. Not for players who will be Mite-aged for the 2017-18 season.)
Add-On "Fun Friday!" August 4


Program Highlights

Since 1995, Breakaway Hockey has been successfully offering hockey skills camps to players in northern Connecticut. Once again this year, Breakaway will be teaming with former Breakaway camper Ben Smith, now a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, to bring skill development to experienced players. (Must have played on a team in the 2016-2017 season.)

Based on the success of our previous Ben Smith camps, we expect another year of high-quality age– and skill-appropriate instruction where campers can develop skills and self-confidence in a setting conducive to learning. Ben will be an active participant in all aspects of the camps.

  • Hours

    Approximately 8:30 am - 3:30 pm (Registrants will be notified of their exact start/end times.)

  • Ice Time

    Campers will have approximately 3 hours of ice time daily.

  • On-Ice

    On-ice sessions will include skating, edging, stick handling, puck control, puck protection, shooting, passing and angling/body contact.

  • Off-Ice

    Off-ice sessions will include on balance, agility, foot-speed, power, strength and flexibility, based on USA Hockey's Windows of Trainability.

  • Included

    Camp jersey.

  • Lunch

    Lunch is available for purchase at the rinks, or you can bring your own lunch.

Program Fees

  • 4-Day Camp Fees:

    Player registration is $535. Goalie registration is $335.

  • Available Add On: Fun Friday!

    $100 for players already attending the 4-day camp

- A limited number of registrations are accepted.
- Previous Ben Smith camps have sold out! Register early to ensure participation.

About Fun Friday!

A Day of Fun With Lots of Ice Time! For families seeking a five-day camp experience, we have added an optional "Fun Friday" to our sessions.

- Friday hours will be from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm.
- Ice time will be determined by the number of players registered.
- All Friday activities will be supervised by camp counselors.
- Professional players will not participate in Pond Hockey Friday.
- Based on the number of participants, activities will be scheduled during off-ice times.

Register Online

Newington Registration
(For players born 2003-2010.)

Simsbury Registration
(For players born 2000-2008.)

Watch Now:
Ben Smith Brings the Stanley Cup to CT

Primary Staff

Head Skills Coach –
Ben Smith

  • Member, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Former Avon Youth Hockey / Westminster School / Boston College Player
  • 2015-2016 NHL San Jose Sharks
  • 2010-2015 NHL Chicago Blackhawks Organization
  • 2013 Stanley Cup Winner
  • Boston College National Champs 2008 & 2010
  • NCAA Frozen Four MVP 2010

Associate Head Skills Coach – Tim Joncas

  • Former Player & Team Captain, Trinity College
  • Head Coach, Westminster School Boys' Varsity
  • Athletic Director, Westminster School
  • Over 12 years youth coaching experience

Program Director –
Ken Dixon, President, Breakaway Hockey

  • Level 4 USA Hockey Certified
  • Former Player, US Military Academy
  • Over 25 years youth coaching experience
  • Camp Director since 1995

Goalie instruction provided by Pro Crease Goaltending.


Additional experienced coaches and college player counselors will be working with campers to ensure a low player-to-coach ratio.