Russian hockey camp under way
ThePat Burns Arena has been the site of a hockey training camp, beginning on June 24th and running until August 4th, that features some very good, young players from Russia. The aim of the camp, run by the Summit Hockey School, is to “allow the players to experience a different style of coaching and training, to become a more complete player,” according to Alexey Klepikov, who organized the camp along with Svetlana Tchouprova, Constantine Glotov and Tom Regan.
The camp, which has many Russian players, is hoping that more Canadian players will join and that a few local teams will offer to play exhibition games against the ‘camp team’. Those teams should be double letter teams to be able to compete against the skilled, Russian players. There is only light contact in the exhibition games.
Participants at the camp spend three hours of training
in the morning and three hours of training in the afternoon throughout the week. “Half of the time is on the ice and the other half is for conditioning, mostly sports for the younger players and the older ones often hit the gym,” explained Mr. Klepikov. There are two age groups at this camp which is for boys only: 10 to 13 and 14 to 17 or 18, or those born in 1994.
Some of the highly skilled coaches of this hockey camp are Francois Guay, a well-known coach from the Sherbrooke area, and goalie coach Jimmy White who was once the goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks. “It is a good way for the Canadian players to get ready for the team tryouts in August,” concluded Mr. Klepikov.
For more information about this camp call 514 813-2838, 514 8849951 for English information and 514 917-4421 for information in French.