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The Phoenix Coyotes held their inaugural Youth Hockey Mini-Camp this past weekend at Oceanside Arena in Tempe. In all, 92 youth hockey players took part in the three-day camp which featured professional instruction from current Coyotes players and coaches along with former NHL players.
Guest instructors included Coyotes captain Shane Doan
, defenseman Derek Morris
, and forward Bill Thomas. Lead instructor Jim Johnson, a former Coyotes player and current head coach of PF Chang’s U-18 AAA Midget team, was joined by Ulf Samuelsson (Coyotes Assistant Coach), Grant Fuhr (Coyotes Goaltending Coach), Steve Peters (Coyotes Video Coordinator), Alex Hicks (former NHL player), Keith Blase (Head Coach, USA Sled Hockey), and Scott Storkan (Coyotes Manager of Hockey Development). Scott Abbey, a strength and conditioning expert and former Sports Medicine Director at Merrimack College, provided off-ice instruction for the campers.
“We were thrilled to have such a large turnout at the camp,” said Storkan. “The event was a great opportunity for the Coyotes organization to work with youth hockey players in the community, and it’s great to see such enthusiasm for the sport.”
The camp was broken into three age groups: Squirts (age 9-10), Pee Wee (11-12), and Bantams/Midgets (13-16). Registration was limited to ensure that each participant received quality instruction and attention. Players received lessons in power skating, shooting, stick-handling, passing, and off-ice conditioning, while goaltenders were also given individual instruction. Each camper also received a jersey, workout shorts, t-shirt, and water bottle.