While it may be called the ‘off-season’, it doesn’t mean local grassroots players have to retire their hockey gear just yet. This is Oil Country after all.
“I love it so far, I came all the way from Cold Lake, Alberta, to do this,” said 2012 Lac La Biche hockey clinic participant, Lexton.
Luckily, Lexton and fellow resident grassroots players can leave their bags at home as the Oilers Event Team and Community Partnerships Staff are packing up and heading to Cold Lake for this year’s Edmonton Oilers Hockey Clinic presented by CENOVUS.
Held at the J.J. Parr Sports and Recreation Centre over the weekend of May 24-26, this clinic is free of charge to 100 lucky participants and gives players aged nine to 13 the opportunity to experience high-calibre training while further developing their skills.
“The Edmonton Oilers take great pride in the relationships we enjoy with the people who live and work in the communities of Oil Country,” said Oilers President & COO Patrick LaForge. “Thanks to the generosity of CENOVUS, we are able to bring a top-notch hockey development clinic to young grassroots players in Cold Lake, Alberta this year.”
To start the weekend off on the right foot – or rather, skate – all Cold Lake residents are invited to a free welcome BBQ held on Friday night at the J.J. Parr Centre. Hockey clinic participants will have the chance to register while the community enjoys free food, a fun atmosphere and the presence of current and alumni Edmonton Oilers players onsite to meet and mingle with guests. The Oilers Octane and Oilers Event Staff will also be on-hand with games, giveaways and unique trophies and collectables right from the Oilers dressing room, including the Molson Cup.
"Cenovus is pleased to partner with the Edmonton Oilers on this community initiative," said Jennifer Pendura, Cenovus Group Lead Community Relations and Investment. "Along with hockey skills, participants are learning how to live more active and healthy lives, and they have fun doing it at the same time!"
The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Clinic will follow on Saturday and Sunday featuring multiple daily on-ice sessions, dry land training and nutrition clinics to help further the development of each participant. Oilers Grassroots Staff and Hockey Canada will be onsite to ensure the students have a great learning experience while having fun.
All players aged nine to 13 that are interested in participating, male or female, are invited to register at edmontonoilers.com/hockeyclinic by 11:59pm MDT on Friday, May 3, 2013. Last year saw over 300 hopefuls register for the 100 available spots, chosen at random by a draw.