Camp Information

Jim Montgomery's 2017 Summer Hockey Camp takes place in the Daniel L. Ritchie Center on the University of Denver campus. The Joy Burns Arena, the El Pomar Natatorium, the Pat Bowlen Training Center, the Hamilton Gymnasium, grass and artificial turf training fields and the state-of-the-art Magness Arena will be used to give our campers the most unique and exciting hockey camp experience available.  All camps are under the direction of DU varsity hockey coach Jim Montgomery. The purpose of each program is to provide an opportunity for young players to expand their hockey knowledge and skills while maintaining a high level of FUN! Our coaches and varsity hockey players are experts at demonstrating skills, and most importantly, communicating those skills to young hockey players.


Mission Statement:
“Our goal is to have every camper develop on the ice, in the weight room, and socially while having a smile on their face the entire week learning the Pioneer Way.”

- Jim Montgomery, University of Denver Head Coach


Camp Benefits:

  1. Official hockey camp jersey
  2. Free tickets to a DU Pioneer varsity hockey game
  3. LEARN FROM THE BEST! - Current DU Pioneer varsity hockey players teach and work with campers throughout each day
  4. Three daily ice sessions ( two ice sessions for mites)
  5. Team Building Activities
  6. Head instructors with more than 50 combined years of teaching and coaching experience
  7. Expert teaching of Power Skating techniques
  8. Each group’s final game is broadcast using Magness Arena’s state-of-the art broadcasting facilities and equipment. Campers and parents can view themselves “LIVE” on television. 
  9. Personalized evaluation and diploma for each camper
  10. Magness Arena at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center is a world class training and learning center
  11. Special guest speakers, including Denver Hockey Alums.

On Ice Instruction

The Jim Montgomery Hockey Camp focuses on teaching fundamental skills in a fun learning environment.  The camp will cover skating, stickhandling, shooting and team concepts.
  • Skating fundamentals to be covered include edges and edge control, backward and forward skating stride, crossovers, stopping, turning and transitional skating.
  • Stickhandling fundamentals to be covered include stickhandling around cones and 1 on 1 moves.
  • Passing fundamentals to be covered include passing while standing still, while skating and passing to moving teammates.
  • Shooting fundamentals to be covered include wrist shots, snap shots, backhand, one timers and slap shots (age appropriate), all while emphasizing proper hand and body positioning.
  • Team Concepts:

Defensive, including angling, stick position, ice awareness and odd man situations.  

Offensive, including 2 on 1s, 3 on 2s, give and go and puck protection.  


Off Ice Instruction:

The off-ice training program for squirts and pee wees is designed and implemented by Denver Hockey Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Shaw.  It will focus on the development of hockey based physical strength and stamina.  These sessions will focus on the proper execution and understanding of the drills and exercises necessary to develop and strengthen the campers’ core muscle groups through the use of conditioning, resistance training, free weights and stretching.   The goal is not only to improve each camper’s overall core strength and flexibility at the camp, but to also properly educate the campers on how to continue this development training long after they have completed the camp. 


Daily Camp Schedule:

The Tentative daily camp schedule has been posted below for you to download.

Lunch Included:

Hot lunch included in camp tuition

Tickets to a Pioneer Game

Each camper will receive a voucher good for 1 ticket to Hockey Camp Reunion Night during the Pioneers exhibition game in October.  Campers wearing the camp jersey will be invited to a special autograoh session with the Pioneers following the game. 

Special Guest Appearances: DU Alumni

In the past, numerous former Pioneers playing professional hockey have dropped in and helped out with the camp, and we expect that to continue in 2017.  

Camper Supervision:

All campers will be under the supervision of our coaches at all times during the day while on the University of Denver campus. Campers will not be allowed to leave the Ritchie Center without a coach. At the end of each day, the parent/guardian will be required to show picture identification and sign the departure release form before the camper may be released.

Athletic Trainer Staff:

Our medical staff and certified athletic trainers will be on hand at all times for any of our campers’ needs. Secondary medical insurance is provided to each registered camper for purposes of participation in the 2017 Jim Montgomery Summer Hockey Camp only.


All of our summer hockey camps are DAY CAMPS. Overnight housing is NOT provided as part of the camp tuition fee. For information and reservations at recommended hotels near the University of Denver campus, please CLICK HERE to visit the DU Pioneers Athletics page to see a list of local hotels that provie "DU Rates".

Check In:

Weekly check-in for campers will take place each MONDAY morning 30 minutes before your first scheduled activity as shown on the 2017 Hockey Camp Daily Schedule.  Check in will take place at the ground level of the Ritchie Center on the University of Denver campus off of University Boulevard and Buchtel Boulevard.