Rus­sian hockey camp un­der way

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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