Our Carolina Hurricanes Summer Camps are fast approaching, and I am extremely excited about this year’s program. Before playing with the Canes and competing professionally for 12 years, I remember my countless days and weeks at hockey camps. While it definitely helped develop and hone my skills, it was also the memories with fellow campers, various games and working with the counselors that I enjoyed.
|Shane Willis |
Looking at our counselors and coaches, I think we have put together a great team. Our good friend and Duke University head coach Brent Selman will return, and I will be joined by a couple other former Canes and fan favorites Bates Battaglia and Robert Kron. In addition, Bates' brother Anthony, who has also played professionally in the AHL and ECHL, will be part of our staff, as will former NC State head coach Mike Young. I am also anticipating some of the great Hurricanes Alumni seeing time on the ice.
Overall, I know our campers will receive great instruction from basic techniques to agility and puck handling skills. Your son or daughter will improve his or her game. We also finish off the camp week with our action-packed, award-winning (to us at least) Super Friday Games. This unforgettable game is called live by Canes' TV voice John Forslund and includes player introductions.
In addition to the on-ice focus we have also brought in Doug Bennett, the Canes' assistant athletic trainer, and Mark Vardy to lead our training portions this year. Your children will learn proper ways of stretching, warming up and strength exercises they can do on their own at home in a fun environment. They will also have a classroom session to help them increase their understanding of the game with specific situations in the offensive and defensive zone as well as special teams.
Growing up in Alberta, Canada, some of my best memories were my weeks spent at Sylvan Lake Summer Hockey Camp under the tutelage of the Sutter family, first as a camper and then as a counselor. As I run my first camp for the Carolina Hurricanes, I look forward to creating similar memories for you and your family.
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Hope to see you there!