Once again, the Pittsburgh Penguins Youth Hockey School was a major success. This was the sixth consecutive year the Penguins offered summer hockey camps.
Held in two one-week sessions (July 17-21 at the Ice Castle in Castle Shannon and August 21-25 at the RMU/Island Sports Center on Neville Island), the schools provided youngsters ages 6-17 exceptional hockey instruction under head instructor Mike Yeo, Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach, and assistant-head instructor Phil Bourque, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins.
Those at the school were on the ice for three hours a day (15 hours each week) and received one hour of class instruction time each day. Participants also viewed video analysis of skating, shooting and stickhandling.
Yeo re-vamped the youth hockey school’s instruction in 2006. He changed the program of instruction to a progressive manner so youths could work on all of the basic skills on the first day and continue to build on them each day throughout the camp. Based on the positive feedback from parents, this was a highly-effective method.
Also, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby surprised everyone when he visited the camp as a guest instructor one day the second week. Not scheduled to appear at the hockey school, he came on his own and worked on the ice with the youngsters, providing individual instruction and encouragement throughout the day.
In addition to hockey skills, those in attendance worked on power skating with top instructors Marianne Watkins and Besa Tsintsadze – two of the foremost power skating experts in the country.
For more information on the Pittsburgh Penguins Youth Hockey School, please call Mark Shuttleworth, the Penguins’ director of amateur hockey, at (412) 642-1329, or log on to www.pittsburghpenguins.com/youthhockey.