The 3|NOLANS First Nation Hockey School was developed in 2013 by Ted Nolan, Brandon Nolan, and Jordan Nolan and offers a hockey school for First Nation youth in First Nation communities across Canada. The 3|NOLANS First Nation Hockey School is a hockey skills development camp for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 15 years.
The program was developed to specifically work with First Nation youth to further develop their hockey skills and knowledge, but more importantly, teach them the importance of living healthy active lifestyles, how to be positive role models, and how to become future leaders in their communities.
The 3|NOLANS came up with the idea to host their own hockey schools as a way to reach and impact the lives of First Nation youth across Canada. After years of being contracted to work for other First Nation and non-First Nation owned and operated hockey schools, the 3|NOLANS decided to create their own school as a way to use their names to attract First Nation youth to the hockey rink, then more importantly, teach them life skills outside of the hockey rink that will take them to great places as they embark on their lives into adulthood.
Since 2013, we have affected the lives of over 2,500 youth and we hope to greatly increase that number and continue to change the lives of First Nation youth all across Canada.
WHAT MAKES OUR HOCKEY SCHOOL DIFFERENT?
What makes us different than any other hockey school is the attention to detail throughout every aspect of our hockey camp. 3|NOLANS First Nation Hockey Schools are about both group, AND individual instruction. We want to develop your hockey skills and knowledge of this beautiful game, but we also want to teach you skills and traits that will transfer from our hockey schools to your everyday life. Were talking about living a healthy active lifestyle, being a positive role model in your community, and how to become a future leader in your community.
At each and every one of our hockey schools we host a Roundtable Discussion where we provide a keynote discussion on these topics, as well as answer any questions our hockey school participants or their parents/grandparents/caretakers may have. This is a special event that we look forward to at each and every one of our hockey schools, and we see it as an additional way to really get to know the youth and their families outside of the hockey rink. We want the youth to know that we are here for them and we support them as they start their journey into becoming contributing members of their communities and to be ready to take their rightful place in Canadian society.
A TYPICAL WEEK AT A 3|NOLANS HOCKEY SCHOOL:
Depending on how many youth register for our hockey school, that will ultimately determine how many groups we will have during that week. For example, let's say 90 kids register, here is how a week could look during one of our 3|NOLANS First Nation Hockey Schools:
- Group A - 30 youth (7-9 year olds)
- Group B - 30 youth (10-12 year olds)
- Group C - 30 youth (13-15 year olds)
- Tuesday through Friday (1 hour on-ice, 1 hour off-ice, 1 hour back on-ice)
- Group A - 9am - 12pm
- Group B - 10am - 1pm
- Group C - 1pm - 4pm
- Thursday Night - Roundtable Discussion
- Friday Night - Scrimmages (each group has a 1 hour scrimmage)
All hockey school participants receive 1 hour of off-ice physical training during each day of the hockey school. All off-ice conditioning is performed by Joe Tice (nephew to Ted and cousin to Brandon and Jordan), who has taught physical education at the high school level for over 20 years. Joe has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor of Physical Education from Queens University. We are happy, honoured, and proud to have Joe as a part of our team.
All registered hockey school participants receive a 3|NOLANS First Nation Hockey School jersey to use during the week, and get to keep the jersey once the hockey school is complete. Food is not provided during the hockey school. We ask that each child bring their own water bottle to use during the on-ice and off-ice training. Food is provided (pizza, coffee, water, snacks) at our "Roundtable Discussion" event.
2020 dates and locations TBD
Where We Have Been in the Past:
2013 and 2014
Couchiching First Nation, ON
2013 and 2014
2014 and 2015
Enoch Cree Nation, AB
2015, 2016, and 2017
OTHER COMMUNITIES WE HAVE ATTENDED:
Ochapowace Nation, SK (2016, 2017, and 2018)
Maskwacis, AB (2017)
Saddle Lake Cree Nation, AB (2017, 2018, and 2019)
Fort McKay First Nation, AB (2018)
Ekuanitshit First Nation, QC (2018)
Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, QC (2018)
Kashechewan First Nation, ON (2018)
Cree Nation of Wemindji, QC (2018 and 2019)
Sandy Lake First Nation, ON (2019)
Pikangikum First Nation, ON (2019)
Cross Lake First Nation, MB (2019)
“Best hockey camp school! My son had a great time making new friends and learning from 3 amazing Nolan’s! I would recommend this camp to everyone. It’s a must and I’m super excited for next year.”
“I just wanted to add how grateful I am to the Nolan’s for offering this opportunity for our kids to participate in. Their family delivery provided a family atmosphere and I'm always so impressed and amazed at how wonderful they are with the demands of pictures and autographs. Each day, their smiles and engaging personalities made it an absolute pleasure to be there, both for our grandchildren and for us! They did not disappoint, I can’t wait to have them back here next year.”
“Was a very fun week. My son enjoyed his first year and he can’t wait until next year.”
“This is one of the best camps I have ever sent my daughter to. They (the Nolan’s) are very good Aboriginal role models.”
“It was an experience my son and family will cherish. Thanks so much for an outstanding job you three men did along with Sandra and family.”
“All youth need role models, and it is an added bonus when they are Aboriginal.”
“Thank you for coming to our community. It was so awesome for all of our children, youth and parents. The Nolan’s are the best. Miigwetch.”
“The Nolan’s are a very classy organization.”
“Awesome role models for our inspiring hockey players.”