New camps of­fered in Sum­mer­side

Tenac­ity Hockey to op­er­ate out of Credit Union Place in Au­gust

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON SIM­MONDS

Young lo­cal hockey play­ers now have the op­tion to at­tend a sum­mer hockey school in Sum­mer­side.

Tenac­ity Hockey, which is founded, owned and op­er­ated by Billy McGuigan, brothers and pro hockey play­ers Brett and Alex Gal­lant and Eric Morency, will hold camps for dif­fer­ent age groups at Credit Union Place dur­ing the week of Aug. 14 to 18.

“We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the kids of Sum­mer­side and giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity,” said Brett, who played last sea­son with the Cleve­land Mon­sters of the AHL. “It’s some­thing that Sum­mer­side needs and we are hop­ing to run a real good hockey school, have a lot of fun and teach the kids a lit­tle bit.”

McGuigan noted the camps will fo­cus on in­di­vid­ual skills, with and with­out pucks, edge­work, shoot­ing and pass­ing.

“I’ve been asked the ques­tion, ‘Is it for elite play­ers, or is it for any­one?,’” said McGuigan. “It’s re­ally for any­one, but at the end of the day we have an elite staff with an elite struc­ture.”

Camps will be held for skills, novice and atom play­ers.

“It’s a great age group to work with,” said Alex. “I’ve done stuff like this be­fore, and I’m look­ing for­ward to do­ing it again. I worked at the Boys and Girls Club for years, and I love work­ing with the kids. It will be ex­cit­ing to get them out on the ice, and help them get bet­ter.”

McGuigan said the young play­ers will ben­e­fit from the Gal­lants.

“To have guys like Brett and Alex on the ice and you talk about young kids try­ing to make it, these are two of the great­est sto­ries in P.E.I. his­tory, even Cana­dian his­tory. Both guys were

Sum­mer­side Western Cap­i­tals at 20 years old, both won cham­pi­onships and both did it the hard way. They did it on pure grit, de­ter­mi­na­tion and work ethic. If you want to learn about what it takes to get to the next level, these two have fig­ured out how to do that.”

JA­SON SIM­MONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

The founders, own­ers and op­er­a­tors of Tenac­ity Hockey are ex­cited about their first year of op­er­a­tion at Credit Union Place in Sum­mer­side in Au­gust. From left: Eric Morency, Billy McGuigan, Alex Gal­lant and Brett Gal­lant.

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