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Canes Summer Hockey Camp 2000

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Bates Battaglia lines up a shot from 20 feet straight in front of the net. With a flick of the wrists, he fires a shot toward the lower right corner of the goal. Eyes intensely focused on the puck, the goalkeeper quickly slides a stick over and blocks the puck, directing it to the right of the net. The goalie glares back out at Battaglia, and the Hurricanes forward shakes his head. But this wasn’t Curtis Joseph or Martin Brodeur making the save. This was one of the more than 100 participants in the Second Annual Canes Summer Hockey School. As Battaglia shakes his head, a smile comes across the young goaltender’s face, and she raises her arms in the air as if she had just stopped a penalty shot in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Canes Summer Hockey School opened on July 31, a six-day long camp at the Entertainment and Sports Arena featuring on-ice instruction from Hurricanes Head Coach Paul Maurice, Hurricanes players Battaglia and Glen Wesley and the team’s television color analyst, Tripp Tracy. “This was a big part of what I did when I was a kid,” said Battaglia. “I came to these (camps) and I know that the kids really enjoy coming out and seeing a professional athlete who comes to teach them a few things. It’s a fun little thing to do for us every so often.” Participants also receive cardiovascular training, work on their street hockey skills outdoors and receive classroom instruction on everything from hockey plays to proper nutritional habits for sports. On-ice training includes scrimmages, stick-handling, skating and passing drills, and goaltender training. Skating sessions take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Different age groups rotate through the schedule throughout the week. The camp has grown tremendously in its second year of existence in Raleigh and its first year in the Entertainment and Sports Arena, reaching over 100 campers this summer. Battaglia believes the camp’s growth is just a sign of the times in Raleigh. “I think that it means that the game is catching on and that the youth hockey organizations are going to be growing even more so with as many kids as are coming out now.”

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