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Flames make mark at grassroots level

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
CALGARY, AB – Calgary Flames goaltender Curtis McElhinney, Flames defencemen Cory Sarich, Jim Vandermeer, Flames forward Dustin Boyd, and Flames prospects Greg Nemisz, John Negrin, Mikael Backlund and Matt Pelech are making their marks on grassroots hockey this summer.

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These Flames players made weekly visits to the Flames Okanagan Hockey School at Calgary’s Centennial Arenas this summer.

Flames players were greeted by hundreds of aspiring hockey players over the summer at the camp. Each Flame answers questions, signs autographs and gives tips to the young players.

“It’s great to see the enthusiasm kids have to work hard at these camps in order to play the game,” says McElhinney.  “I’m glad as professionals we have an influence on development camps like these.”

Programs at the Calgary Flames Okanagan Hockey School go beyond on-ice instruction by including the newest off-ice training techniques and equipment.

These techniques focus on core and explosive strengthening exercises. Players and goaltenders aged seven to 16 years old work on further developing their skills as well as a learn to play camp that focuses on  youth aged five through seven years old.
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