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Letestu joins Oilers Hockey School

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

Another week has come and gone for Oilers Hockey School (OHS).

Today, OHS welcomed Oilers forward Mark Letestu , who joined in among the ranks of youth hockey players to have some fun, get in on the drills and really tear it up on the ice.

Although it was his first time attending the hockey school, Letestu said it certainly measured up to the expectations he had coming into the day.

"A lot of kids were excited to come out here and play hockey, and then for me to go on the ice and see the reaction you get, it's what I expected because at one time I was [one of] those kids," he said.

"I was out there, stick-handling around and wanting to be around NHL players, so just to see their reaction kind of takes me back to what I would have been like and it's fun to be out here and hopefully make their day."

OHS provides young hockey players with the opportunity to continue their skill development in a positive, fun-filled environment. Letestu said it's easy to see understand why it's so important to have Oilers players get involved.

"I know what it meant to me and what it would mean to me to have an NHL player come and say hi or sign a jersey," he said. "Maybe the kind of motivation it would give me, kind of the inner confidence just to have someone come talk to me like that. For me to possibly do that for one of these kids...something they can take from this little hockey camp that will make them really happy, that's something I'd love to be a part of."

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