Lakes Hockey Academy

Developed by Hockey Players for Hockey Players


Our Mission

"Our mission at Lakes Hockey Academy is to create a competitive, high energy environment for every player at every level."

Meet the Coaches

Mitch McLain
  • Brainerd High School: 2009-2012

  • Langley Rivermen (BCHL) 2012-2014 Captain 

  • Bowling Green State University (NCAA) 2014-2018 Captain

  • Iowa Wild (AHL) 2018-2021

  • Minnesota Wild Preseason (NHL) 2019

Chris Pohlkamp
  • Brainerd High School 2010-2014

  • Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) 2014-2015 Champion

  • Bowling Green State University (NCAA) 2015-2019 Captain

  • Coventry Blaze (EIHL) 2019-2020

Cole Smith
  • Brainerd High School 2011-2014

  • Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) 2014-2016

  • University of North Dakota (NCAA) 2016-2020 Captain

  • Chicago Wolves (AHL) 2021

  • Nashville Predators (NHL) 2021

Joey Frazer
  • Brainerd High School 2005-2008 Captain

  • Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) 2008-2011

  • Medicine Hat Tigers, Associate Head Coach 2011-Present

Mike Holtan
  • Bachelors of Exercise Science - Minnesota State University Moorhead 

  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

  • Takedown Gym Athlete Development

  • BAHA Dryland Coordinator

  • Brainerd High School Speed & Strength Coach


Our Focus

  • Developing the player's foundation (Preparation, Drive, Compete, Attitude, Integrity, and Accountability)
  • Applying the day-to-day processes modeled by players at the highest levels
  • Teaching the fundamentals and HOW to apply them at game speed
  • Encouraging Creativity
  • Growing the player's "Feel" and "Hockey IQ" for in-game situations
  • Emphasizing off-ice weight training and plyometric development


Camp Dates:
July 5th - August 4th
Monday - Thursday
(Sign Up Deadline: June 20th)
Group Schedules Here
Price $450 - Includes 19 hours of ice, 19 dryland sessions, and classroom video work.
Groups: Boys HS, Girls HS, Bantam, Peewee, Squirts


Camp Location:

 Essentia Health Sports Center 

Our Address:

502 Jackson St, Brainerd, MN 56401

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