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Previously known as Spirit Hockey Camp, Catholic Hockey Camp enters its third year of leading young hockey players in the faith and in hockey- the greatest game on earth! Catholic Hockey Camp is a transformational experience for players and will work hard to create a fun, challenging, and safe learning environment for every player. The original Spirit Hockey Camps were founded in the 1980's and after a few years without operating, rekindled in 2016. Catholic Hockey Camps now serve the Chicago Suburbs and Springfield, Illinois communities for the third consecutive year. Catholic Hockey Camps have the great blessing of being led spiritually by the Bishop of Spingfield - Bishop Thomas Paprocki - otherwise known as the "Holy Goalie."
(Photo: Tom Lindstrom Photography)
Trent Thomas Klatt: Trent is a retired American professional ice hockey right winger who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings. He coached Bantam A hockey in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is a former scout for the New York Islanders. He started as the Junior Varsity and Varsity coach for Grand Rapids high school in the 2015-2016 season where they finished 3rd in State. He won his 1st Class AA Minnesota State High School Championship on Saturday March 11, 2017 with a 6-3 win over the Moorhead Spuds. Trent earned the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Coach of the Year honor for 2016-17. He and his wife, Kelly, share their personal faith journey and why they love being Catholic at local parishes.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki: Bishop Paprocki, "The Holy Goalie", will be joining CHC for the 3rd year as Chaplain at the Darien Camp and 2nd year at the Springfield Camp. He is currently the Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois. His love for the game of hockey is evident on the ice with the campers. Bishop Paprocki serves as the Chairman of the Episcopal Advisory Board of Catholic Athletes for Christ and wrote a book, Holy Goals for Body and Soul: Eight Steps to Connect Sports with God and Faith, published by Ave Maria Press. He uses the connection between sports and faith as a focus of his ministry.
Tom Lynn: Tom is a principal of Veritas Hockey and an NHLPA Certified Agent, an agency providing representation to current and prospective professional hockey players worldwide. As an advisor and agent, Tom Lynn has assisted players through major junior, American junior leagues, the college scouting and recruitment process, placement as free agents with NHL teams, placement with European teams as free agents, and applied his long legal experience and NHL tenure in negotiating his players’ contracts.
Tom's career includes stints as the Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Administration and Legal Affairs of the Minnesota Wild (2000 to 2009), the General Manager of the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (2001 to 2009), representing (as an attorney) the NBA, NHL and other professional sports entities (1994 to 1999), and teaching Sports Law at St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis. He has also written a definitive book on the building and running of an NHL team; “How to Build An NHL Franchise From Scratch: The First Era of the Minnesota Wild.” In addition, he has occasionally written for The Hockey News over his career. Tom is looking forward to being a coach and mentor again at the 2019 Catholic Hockey Camp!
Rev. Canon Jean-Baptiste Commins: Canon Commons is a French Priest of the International Community of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign and presently Vice-Rector of the Shrine of Christ the King in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. He was ordained a priest in July 2015 in Florence, Italy by His Excellence Cardinal Leo Raymond Burke. In seminary, he studied Philosophy, Theology, Church History and Spirituality from the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Benedict.
After serving for two (2) years in Saint Louis, Missouri at a beautiful parish—Saint Francis de Sales—he was assigned to serve in South Chicago. He is also the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator for the Institute across the United States. Canon Commins served in 2018 as a Chaplain for the annual Catholic Hockey Camp and is looking forward to help bring Christ to the campers this summer at CHC.
Christopher Gomez: Christopher Max Gomez (CMG) is the CEO of the management consulting company, Spirit Consulting. Christopher has many passions in life, including spending time with Abba through meditative prayer, raising his darling boys Chris & Carter, public speaking, and freeing people through evangelization. He also enjoys spending carefree timelessness with his family and friends, performing praise and worship music, playing and coaching hockey at the Darien Hawks, writing, weight training, and running.
As a public speaker, Christopher has made several appearances on NBC, CBS, WGN, Shalom Media, and is a regular contributor on Relevant Radio and the Chicago Tribune. Christopher serves as the Board President of Catholic Sports Camp, chairs Band of Brothers, a prayer group for men at Saint Isaac Jogues. Additionally, he is the Lead Guitarist for Tenth Hour Initiative, a praise and worship band in the Diocese of Joliet. Christopher earned a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Illinois, where he played college hockey for the Fighting Illini.
Chris is excited to serve once again as the CHC leader this summer!
Richard Gomez: Coach Rick is now in his third year as one of the hockey directors for Catholic Hockey Camps. Richard grew up playing AA hockey (since the age of three) in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and has been coaching youth AA hockey for the past five years. Some of the clubs which Richard grew up playing include the St. Jude Knights, Orland Park Vikings, Darien Huskies, and Chicago Flames. In high school, Richard played Midget Major Central States for the Chicago Flames, with his team winning state in both his junior and senior years. Richard played Division 1 club college hockey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with his team winning the ACHA Division 1 national championship both his freshman and senior years. Richard served as his team assistant captain his senior year.
Professionally, Richard is a certified public accountant (CPA), and practices in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Personally, Richard is the proud father of six children (four boys, two girls), and is a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Downers Gove, Illinois.
Sports and faith are at the forefront of Richard’s life, and he bleeds for the game of hockey. He is a fierce competitor and takes his roles in life (spouse, father, son, coach, etc.) very seriously. Richard is grateful for each opportunity to be on the ice (playing or coaching), and one of his greatest passions in life is to serve the youth through the game of hockey, helping them in their spiritual walk with Jesus Christ.
When: June 17-19, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm Daily
1601 N. 5th St,
Springfield, IL, 62702
Cost: $150, $100 per additional registrants
Catholic Family Night:
- Wednesday, June 19th at Nelson Arena
- Mass, Talks & Pizza for the whole family!
When: July 15-17, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm Daily
451 Plainfield Rd,
Darien, IL, 60561
Catholic Family Night:
- Sunday, July 14th at Darien Sportsplex
- Mass, Talks & Pizza for the whole family!
Questions? Reach us at: email@example.com