Just because it's the offseason doesn't mean Boone Jenner is slowing down. This week, he's on the ice for a couple hours a day with 68 new teammates.
Back in his hometown of Dorchester, Ontario, Jenner is hosting the second annual Boone Jenner Hockey Camp. The camp is for 10 and 11-year old male and female hockey players in the area and is completely free.
For Jenner, the camp is a way to say thanks to the community and its residents.
"Dorchester has done a lot for me," Jenner said. "It's kind of a tight-knit community, everybody knows everybody. Obviously, hockey comes naturally to me, so I thought a hockey camp would be fun to give back."
Jenner is far from just a figurehead for the camp. He's involved in it every step of the way. He manages the kids during drills that are focused on what he thinks is important for the age group, such as passing, shooting and other basic skills.
"It's a good age group to be working on that kind of stuff," Jenner said. "We're just trying to work on our skills and have fun doing it."
The camp runs over five days for two hours a day, one hour per age group. Players must be registered for Dorchester Hockey for the upcoming season in order to apply for the camp. This makes sure the benefits are reaped exclusively by people in his community.
After the results of last season's camp, repeating it this year was an easy decision.
"Last year was the first year and the feedback was really good from the parents and kids," Jenner said. "Everyone seemed to enjoy it and have a good time, so I thought I would do it again."
Dorchester is a small city in Ontario with a population of approximately 12,000, so it typically doesn't host many hockey camps. Kids in the town usually have to travel east to London for those opportunities. That's why hosting the camp in the heart of his hometown is so important to Jenner.
"It's the community where I grew up and went to school and started playing hockey," Jenner said. "I don't want the kids to have to travel to go to other places for a hockey camp."
Jenner is one of four players who played in every game this season for the Blue Jackets. He finished the year with 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points.