Tommy Cross Defensive Skills & Body Checking Camp

For Defensemen and Forwards - With CT's Own Tommy Cross, Captain of the AHL Providence Bruins,
Former Simsbury Youth Hockey & Westminster School Player


July 10-13, 2017 at Newington Arena



For experienced players born in 2000-2005 —
2nd-Year PeeWees, Bantams or High School for 2017-18 Season

Breakaway will once again team with Tommy Cross to bring defensive skill development to experienced players. (Must have been on a PeeWee travel team or higher player for the 2016-2017 season.)

This camp will offer high-quality age– and skill-appropriate instruction where campers can develop skills and self-confidence in a setting conducive to learning. The camp focus will be on defensive skills for both defensemen and forwards in all three zones. Instruction will also be provided in how to properly give and take a body check. Off-ice activities will include video and strategy sessions, conditioning and nutrition sessions. Tommy 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.)

  • Age Groups

    Players will be grouped based upon age and ability.

  • Ice Time

    Campers will have approximately 3 hours of ice time daily.

  • Focus

    Camp focus will be on defensive skills in all three zones. Instruction provided in how to properly give and take a body check.

  • Off-Ice

    Off-ice video and strategy sessions

  • Certified Trainer

    Daily Power, Agility, and Footwork sessions with Certified Trainer

  • Enrichment

    Enrichment with Tommy and other members of the coaching staff

    Enrichment Topics:
    Monday: Nutrition/Recovery
    Tuesday: Defensive Strategy
    Wednesday: Film Session
    Thursday: Leadership
  • Lunch

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

Program Fees

  • Defensemen/forwards: $575

  • Goalies: $275

- Limited enrollment for both forwards and defensemen.
- Previous camps have sold out! Register early to ensure participation.

July 10-13, 2017


Newington Arena
300 Alumni Road
Newington, CT 06111


Register Online

Register Online
(For players born 2000-2005)

Primary Staff

Head Skills Coach –
Tommy Cross

  • Current Team Captain, AHL Providence Bruins
  • 2nd round 35th overall Boston Bruins draft pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft
  • Former Simsbury Youth Hockey / Westminster School / Boston College Player
  • Boston College National Champs 2010 & 2012
  • Boston College Team Captain for 2011-2012

Associate Head Skills Coach – Tim Joncas

  • Former Player & Team Captain, Trinity College
  • Head Coach, Westminster School Boys' Varsity
  • Athletic Director, Westminster School
  • Over 13 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.