Who operates APNA Hockey School, what are his goals and objectives?
My name is Lali Toor, and I am the creator of APNA Hockey. I am a University of Alberta graduate, and currently enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program at the University of Alberta. Like most Canadians, the better portion of my life revolved around hockey. I was fortunate to have the privilege of playing hockey throughout my youth and into my adolescent years. Playing through the Edmonton Minor Hockey system at the highest levels, including Bantam AAA, gave me an opportunity to excel with the best hockey players in my age group. I eventually went on to play at the Junior A and ACAC levels before giving priority to my academic studies. In hindsight, 18 years of hockey will always be a part of me and it will continue to be. However, the knowledge gained throughout my years via figure skating camps, practices, hockey academies, and first-hand coaching has propelled me to relay my knowledge to the next generation.
As an Indo-Canadian hockey player of Sikh descent, I decided to create an ice hockey program directed at developing hockey talent in the South Asian community. APNA Hockey is focused on identifying and growing the number of South Asian hockey players across the country by providing on ice and off ice training. By doing so, I hope to create a heightened sense of community within the South Asian community as this will create a platform for support and cohesiveness.
APNA Hockey will place an emphasis on non-traditional power skating and efficient stride utilization. Like most hockey players, I learned how to skate on the outdoor ice at the age of three. However, instead of enrolling into traditional power skating camps, my Dad enrolled me into figure skating camps. This is where I learned how to properly manage my edge work, utilize my long stride, and work on drills that improved my balance and power. I intend on using the same philosophies I learned throughout my time spent at these figure skating camps with the development of hockey players at APNA Hockey. A building that is engineered properly will undoubtedly have a strong base that will allow it to withstand the test of time. Similarly, APNA Hockey will enhance our players’ skating skills so that they will be able to perform at the highest levels with outmost efficiency. Throughout the week players will be working on individual skills and work on core strength and conditioning after on-ice workouts. With the help of NHL and CHL players, APNA Hockey will also provide an interactive environment for players, promoting positive instructor-to-player interactions. There is not one term that is more synonymous with being a Canadian than hockey. With that being said, I encourage all Canadians to participate in APNA Hockey camps. Multiculturalism is a beautiful aspect of our country, and I envision APNA Hockey to bring out players of all ethnicities and backgrounds.
Currently, APNA Hockey’s immediate goal is to build a strong foundation here in Edmonton. With more demand, APNA Hockey will expand into the Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal markets. With the help of our website: www.apnasportsinternational.com, we intend on building a multi-sport platform that will connect athletes with their needs, and create job opportunities for past athletes who have played at high levels and are seeking to instruct and enhance current athletes in their respective sport.
Thank you for your immense amount of support, and I hope to meet an assortment of individuals during camp!