Thank you for a fantastic hockey camp in Prior Lake last week! Our kids (Elsa & Soren ) absolutely loved it! They were very sad when it ended, and they definitely want to do it again next year. The camp was a great mix of fun and learning. In youth hockey during the regular season, the fun seems to get lost and it can feel like a grind. For young kids they have to be having fun to want to put forth their best effort, and this camp got that right. The coaches and counselors were great as well - encouraging and supportive of everyone. Thank you from our whole family!
Kara & Clay
Dear Top Dog Hockey Staff,
I had the pleasure of attending several sessions during the July 22-26 camp at Augsburg Arena. My grandson was experiencing his 1st day camp. I was impressed with the level of professionalism by your staff, which evidences their experience. Also, the treatment of the campers, was exceptional and under that umbrella each student greatly improved through the week.
Congratulations on excellence.
Bob Naegele, 7/29/13
Former chairman of the Minnesota Wild
I wanted to thank you for taking great care of Nick. He was very excited when he was going to the camp last and this year, and came back with the same positive attitude. He can't wait for the season at home to start! I am sure he learned a lot this summer. Please thank all the coaches that were involved with Nick. You have created a great summer camp and challenging hockey program. I love for Nick to have an opportunity to learn and interact with you, not to mention to spend hot summer days in the cooler and high activity. Again, thank you very much!
L. Muecke, Sandy Springs, GA
Hi John - I just wanted to thank you and your staff for a fun and challenging week at hockey camp. Cal had a great time and wants to come back. I'm glad I had the opportunity to experience what hockey camp is like.
I really admired Coach Thul's calm and friendly instruction with his group -- since I'm pretty much at the mite level with many of my skills, his instruction was really helpful. And I could tell Cal was picking up on it, even when facing the wrong direction.
It was very cool to get to hear Coach Sears talk to his players -- particularly about the importance of having a competitive mindset - I'm taking that advice back to my job. What I learned from his on-ice and classroom sessions was invaluable to me both as a player and (more importantly) as a parent.
Coaches Grant, Weber and Hanson were amazing with both the kids and parents. Watching their skills up close on the ice was an incredible opportunity for both Cal and me, and their instruction and encouragement meant a lot.
I also wanted to thank Coaches Grant and Weber for whatever they said to Cal during championship game. He started the game tripping, checking, etc., and they got him to stop. I also noticed that Coach Hanson made sure Grace Ann got to be center when another kid tried to steal it from her - that was very cool. Her parents were sitting near us and cheering a lot.
It was fun to get to know Coach Sam - we had a great conversation about St. Paul schools that will stay with me as Cal grows up. And I loved how Coach Quinn would always tell me I did a good job my tests -- that was very generous :-) I also have to say, I thought the kids in the older group were really fun to play with, and even though I think some weren't that crazy about being paired up/teamed up with an old mom, they hid it pretty well and would make their own moms proud of how they conducted themselves all week.
Gina (and Cal) Kennedy, St. Paul, MN
“I would definitely recommend Top Dog Hockey to any youth hockey players. It really helped me out in my career.”
Jay Barriball, Peoria Riverman, AHL
“We liked the constant supervision. At other camps the kids attended, our children were running all over the place unsupervised! We really like when the kids are on the ice – they aren’t standing around a lot like some camps – you keep them busy”. T. Hoffman, Bismarck, ND
"Top Dog Hockey Camps is an excellent learning environment that allows athletes to develop their hockey skills. I would recommend the camp to any young aspiring hockey player." Derrick LaPoint, Peoria Riverman, AHL
"Very approachable staff and a great atmosphere. The week was fun and challenging." C. Ness, Madison, WI
I had 2 boys participate in your Top Dog Hockey Camp at Breezy Point and they thought it was the best thing ever. I also watched them every day and was very impressed by all the great activities that you provided. You made it so fun for them but yet they had to work their tails off. Many, tips were given and they now comment on it now that they have again hit the ice for the new season. Thank you for putting so much time and effort into your programs so that my boys could benefit from your training like they have. It certainly gave them a greater love for the game.
R Hayward, Boca Raton, FL
"The techniques and skill taught by Top Dog Hockey can easily benefit players of any level and give them that "extra edge" that they need to develop their game to its highest level." Kevin Jolly, Dallas, TX
"Mr. Haglund, I just wanted to say thanks for putting on a great camp. Nick had a great time and really enjoyed it. He has talked about not being able to wait until hockey camp next year. Thanks again and we will see you next summer at Top Dog!!" Nick Hanson, Fargo ND
"Overall, it was an extremely enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is serious about hockey". Shannon, Mpls, MN
“My four sons have been to Top Dog Hockey for the past 3 summers and he wouldn't miss it for the world. I have always given them the option of trying other camps but they always choose Top Dog Hockey. I think it is great as well”. Keep up the good work. S. Steffl, Brandon, SD
"Top Dog Hockey camps are my favorite time of the whole summer. The instructors are the great. They are friendly, very supportive, and encouraging. The camps teach exciting new drills and challenges, which develop your skills and techniques. The camps have fun games on and off the ice. It's fun to meet other players who are passionate about hockey."
A. McMillan, St. Paul, MN
"I have gone to Top Dog for 5 years and summer wouldn't be the same without it. Top Dog Hockey Camps are a great way to work on the skills and confidence you need to take your game to the next level. The instructors have been great mentors and help keep me inspired" Josh Morin, S. Falls, SD
"Dalton came in not knowing anyone and nervous, by Wednesday he was asking if he could sign up for next year. I would highly recommend this camp to everyone; my son learned a great deal and had a lot of fun!"
J Stiegel, Sioux Center, IA
“Your instructors are enthusiastic and knowledgeable” T. Hunt, St. Paul, MN
John, I would like to thanks you guys for an awesome experience the boys had at Breezy Point. Your staff is absolutely first class people and also incredible instructors. The boys had a great time and learned a great deal at Top Dog. Your programs at Top Dog are absolute first class operation and I would highly recommend to any hockey family.
N. Miller, Mpls, MN
“Both my sons, Jack & Max attend the weekend 3-day clinic at Schwan’s Super Rink. I was very impressed with the organization, the coach to player ratio and the overall instruction of the clinic”. Jake Fleming, Mpls, MN
I just wanted to thank you and tell you what a great camp you have. “It was one of the best hockey camps we ever went to. Nice friendly staff and great experience for my son”. M. Farrell Crosby, PA
"Great week. The instructors were excellent and the entire staff was upbeat, positive, and just added to the overall good feeling of the week of non-stop hockey." Andy Holmes, Mpls, MN
"I am so impressed at what my daughter learned at your camp. You should feel very good about your program and the staff that represent your camp." Lynn Patterson, Savage, MN
"The full day camp was a lot of fun for my kids and you didn't lose their interest as in other camps we have attended."
Peter Woloshuk, Mpls, MN
"I was very impressed with the coaching staff in their organization of players, punctuality and appearance. But most of all, impressed with the techniques taught and the drills that were worked on".
J. Walt, Omaha, NE
After the first day I can see that your program is well-organized, the skaters learned and work hard.Nice Job! We will recommend to others!
Laurie & Corey Thorp.
Just a note to say thank you!!!!
Chris had another fun, challenging and educational time at Top Dog this year. He thoroughly enjoyed working with coach Haglund, as well as the other coaches involved in the daily activities. The discipline factor is good to see, as a parent you like to see it quite and the attention given to the coach. In the last two years of Chris hockey, I have seen his confidence increase both on and off the ice. As well as a significant change in his willingness to be physical, even though he is not a large kid and usually has to deal with players a lot larger in size. This I know is due to the self confidence that your staff has given him through your program at Top Dog. Chris is not just given the opportunity to go to camp; he must earn it through good grades, at least "B" average throughout the school year. With this incentive he will work hard this year in 7th grade, so that he will earn the right to attend camp next summer. I am sure he will again want to attend Top Dog Hockey Camps.
Thanks again, Mike and Chris Patrick
“My son has gone to many hockey camps over the years. I am glad my son enrolled in your camp this summer. It was one of the best he has attended and he has gone to many camps locally and in other states. Great value and education! Pat Miller, Fargo, ND
"Your program provides a lot of direction and guidance. We have seen our son's skating improve drastically."
Debra Hanson, St. Paul, MN
“I just wanted to thank you and your staff for an awesome hockey camp. Our son, Josh, thoroughly enjoyed himself and seemed to learn a lot. I was very impressed with the coaching staff in their organization of the players, punctuality and appearance. But most of all, impressed with the techniques taught and the drills that were worked on.” J. King, St.Cloud, MN
"Great. Overall, I thought this was the best hockey camp I have ever been to. And, it was a really fun week." Chris La Pointe, Carmel IN
"I was extremely impressed with the instruction that my son received from your staff. I saw an instant improvement in his balance and agility over a short period of time." Curt Nowosad, Buffalo, NY
"All the instructors are really nice and I always learn something new"
A. Brownson, Duluth, MN