Over the next three weeks, 644 young hockey players aged five to 16 will be heading to St. Albert for Oilers Hockey School presented by EnCana. The program kicked off today welcoming the first stream of players to their week long development program.
For the second consecutive year, the Edmonton Oilers have partnered with EnCana to make this unique program available. Testimonials from participants and parents in previous years speak volumes about the strength and depth of Oilers Hockey School program.
“My son had a great time at the Edmonton Oilers Hockey School, he thought it was by far the best camp he’s attended,” said a 2008 Hockey School Parent. “Everything was very well organized.”
This dynamic program offered each summer combines the training expertise of the Oilers and the Okanagan Hockey School to provide a top notch player development program made possible by the EnCana’s support. A variety of streams are available for different skill and age levels with all programs running for one week. The focus of Hockey School is to give participants a variety of training both on and off the ice to help their development as a player and as a person.
Watch for registration to next year’s camp in March 2010.Oilers Hockey School Memorial Scholarship
|Brian Ryder, right, talks hockey with Robert Ryder Memorial Scholarship recipient Colby Auigbelle, his father Harold, and younger brother Liam. (Photo by Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club) |
For the second consecutive year, one young goalie from Oil Country will enjoy a full week of Oilers Hockey School courtesy of the Robert Ryder Memorial Scholarship.
Two years ago, Oilers devotee and Copper Jacket supporter, Brian Ryder, created the Robert Ryder Memorial Scholarship in honour of his father who like his son was an avid Oilers supporter and a huge hockey fan. Following after Ryder’s hockey position of choice, the scholarship is given to a young goalie looking to further develop their net minding skills.
Oilers Hockey School presented by EnCana is offered each summer and provides a variety of programs for hockey players aged five to 16. The Oilers have joined forces with the Okanagan Hockey School for the training component of this program which gives young players an invaluable skill development experience.
“I was fortunate enough as a child to be awarded a scholarship to attend the Okanagan Hockey School as part of a memorial scholarship program,” said Bryan Ryder. “Through my involvement with the Oilers as a Copper Jacket, creating this scholarship in honour of my father seemed like the perfect fit.”
This year’s lucky recipient of a week at Oilers Hockey School is 12 year old Colby Auigbelle. As part of the scholarship reward, Colby, his father, Harold, and younger brother, Liam, were invited for a tour of the Oilers Locker Room.
Brian Ryder and his mother joined Colby’s family on their tour where they quickly bonded through their shared passion of hockey and the Oilers. Brian’s mother spoke fondly of the importance of hockey to her son, husband and their whole family, something thing Colby and his family could relate to.
“I’ve always thought it’s important for my kids to visualize what they want to do, being here in the Oilers Locker Room gives them a great goal to aim towards in their hockey careers,” said Harold Auigbelle. “It’s amazing that Brian has created this scholarship program and is so sincere in awarding it to young players.”
As for Colby, he’s thrilled to have been chosen and is excited to start Oilers Hockey School.