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DIRECTORS

Gord Jones, Director

As one of the founders of Black Elk Hockey Camp, Gord has 35 years' experience in the operation of hockey schools in Alberta. Gord played minor hockey in Ponoka, Alberta and as a 17 year old was signed to the Detroit Red Wings and assigned to the Edmonton Oil Kings as a junior where he played in two Memorial Cups. He went on to play with the University of Alberta Golden Bears and University of Calgary Dinosaurs as well as a season in the German First Division in Europe. After several years of senior hockey Gord moved into coaching teams from PeeWee level through to the University of Calgary Dinosaurs. Included were hockey stints in the Bantam AAA, Midget AAA and Junior A Ranks. He was also a founder of the Canmore Eagles of the AJHL and is a member of the group that brought Junior A hockey to Okotoks, Alberta. Gord achieved his Level 3 Coaching Certificate as a Hockey Alberta representative early in his coaching career. A retired teacher by profession, Gord lives near Calgary with his wife Kris. Black Elk Hockey Camp is one of Gord's many passions. He hires the best instructors possible and takes pride in Black Elk's instructor to participant ratio. Since 1984, Black Elk has expanded form its original one town (Ponoka), two week school, to several Alberta communities spread over many summer weeks. The schools mission statement sums up Gord's approach - "Quality Instruction by Professional Instructors".

Greg Watson, Director

Originally hailing from Eastend, SK, Greg was 5 when his family decided to move to Calgary. He played all of his minor hockey in Calgary, concluding with the AAA Midget Calgary Buffaloes as an underage at 15 years old. Greg was drafted 4th overall by the Prince Albert Raiders in 1998 and went on to play four seasons in the WHL from 1999 – 2003 – primarily with the Raiders but traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings at the trade deadline of his final year in the WHL.  Greg played in two WHL All Star games, named to Canada’s U18 Men’s National Team in 2000 winning a Gold Medal at the Four Nations Cup in Slovakia and was selected the MVP of the annual CHL Top Prospects Game in 2001. Greg was drafted by the Florida Panthers 34th overall in the 2nd round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, attended two Panther camps before being traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2003. Greg signed a 3 year NHL contract, played in 2 NHL exhibition games with the Senators and 3 years with their AHL affiliate, Binghamton Senators. The final 4 years of Greg’s 8 year professional hockey career were played overseas; 3 seasons in Italy and one in Denmark. Greg comes from a family of teachers so joining Black Elk was a natural progression for him, aligning his life’s work in hockey and his passion for working with children. Greg has expressed his astonishment at the strides young players make over the course of the week at our camps and is motivated to ensure this steep learning curve, combined with a “fun first” mentality to achieve this result.

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