The Carolina Hurricanes' Youth and Amateur Hockey department hosted a Thanksgiving Clinic/Skills Competition on Nov. 23-24, offering one group for Mites and Squirts and another for PeeWees and Bantams.
The group of 35 Mites and Squirts were the first to hit the RBC Center ice, where head instructor Paul Strand had them doing power skating, stickhandling, passing and shooting drills. The PeeWees and Bantams came out second, with Strand having all 24 of them work on the same drills but also incorporating a few checking drills into the mix. While the kids were on the ice, the parents and siblings had the opportunity to enter to win two tickets to the game on the 24th versus the Washington Capitals and the game on the 29th versus the Dallas Stars. The Hurricanes ended up giving out 40 tickets in total for both games!
On Wednesday morning, both groups participated in a skills challenge, replicating the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. Even though it was an early morning for everyone, with the Mites and Squirts starting at 7:00 a.m. and the PeeWees and Bantams starting at 8:15 a.m., all the participants seemed very enthusiastic and ready to go! There were four different skills challenges that each player made their way to. These included a stickhandling obstacle course, an accuracy shooting station, a fastest skater course and a breakaway challenge.
The Mites and Squirts breakaway challenge featured two stellar goaltenders, Ethan Roberts and everyone’s favorite Ice Hog, Stormy. The netminder for the PeeWees and Bantams was Steven Lipscomb, who was like a brick wall out there! The winners and runner ups in the Mites and Squirts group were Kurt Schwarz, Ryan Janni, Glen Farmer, Luke Havener, Holden Foster, Max Schwarz, Austin Allen and Derek Havener. The PeeWees and Bantams winners and runner ups were Riley Johnson (who ranked in the top two of each challenge), Nick Shivdasani, Bryce Polasik, Keith Farmer, Emma Flynn, Nathan Rascoe, Matthew Filer and Emmalee Todd. All the winners and runner ups received a prize, ranging from autographed memorabilia for the winners to All-star items and bobbleheads for the runner ups. Each clinic participate received a CYAH medal autographed by Stormy, posters and a t-shirt.
All in all, the Thanksgiving Clinic/Skills Challenge was a great time for everyone and we hope to do it again in the future. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a successful event!