A young hockey school participant runs through a drill at Servus Place in St. Albert, AB. (Photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
A new set of participants took to the gyms, rinks and classrooms of Servus Place in St. Albert for the second week of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey School.
Activities on the agenda included on-ice training sessions focused around skill development, off-ice information sessions covering important topics such as nutrition and leadership, and a visit from a couple Edmonton Oilers players.
Oilers players Zack Stortini and newly acquired Shawn Belle created some excitement on Wednesday when they dropped by to meet the school participants and sign autographs.
“It’s great getting out there and seeing all the kids,” said Stortini. “I remember being that age and how excited I was when the local pros came by, and that’s something I’ll never forget.” While the majority of camp participants converge from Northern Alberta, this year’s hockey school expanded Oil Country boundaries to a whole new level.
William Wong, 14, joined the camp from the U.K. for the second year in a row with the specific purpose of “becoming a better hockey player.”
Wong said he felt very privileged to learn from the extremely knowledgeable coaching staff and to have the chance to improve his hockey skills in such a fun and rigorous environment. He also noted that he hopes to one day be back in Edmonton as a member of the Oilers.
“For these kids to be able to come over here to St. Albert and take part in the camp, it’s something special,” said Belle. Other participants on this year’s camp roster have come from other Canadian provinces, the United States and as far away as Norway and Hong Kong.