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Penguins Hold Popular Hockey Camps

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have two hockey camps scheduled over the next two weeks in their continued commitment to the Pittsburgh hockey community and outreach programs.

The team will hold its second annual Adult Hockey Skills Clinic this Thursday through Saturday at the Iceoplex at Southpointe. The Penguins will also hold a Summer Hockey School from Monday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 21 at Island Sports Center on Neville Island. Both camps have sold out.

“Both adult players and youth players have a demand of what we’re doing,” said Penguins Director of Amateur Hockey Mark Shuttleworth. “I’m proud of the product we put out there and equally excited to see another group get going.”

Registration for the Adult Hockey Skills Clinic is full for the second straight year. Participants will receive three days of on-ice instructions, including drills and scrimmages.

“We’ve just introduced the adult clinic and were pleased with the response,” Shuttleworth said. “We have 20 skaters and three goalies. We’ll have two full lines. They’ll have off-ice time and video instructions. Then they’ll go on ice and work on skills.”

Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo and two-time Stanley Cup champion and radio analyst Phil Bourque headline the camp instructors.

“I can’t have better instructors than Bourque and Yeo,” Shuttleworth said. “They take these camps seriously and enjoy working with the guys and kids.”

The Penguins Summer Hockey School is designated for youth hockey participants (ages 5-17) and will be held over five days. Hockey’s stars of tomorrow will participate in on-ice skills sessions, power skating sessions, conditioning and scrimmages.

Participants will receive over 12 hours of on-ice sessions from Yeo, Bourque and world renown power skating specialist Besa Tsintsadze.

“We started this camp in 2001 and it’s our ninth year,” Shuttleworth said. “This is a pure skills camp. It’s a traditional hockey skills school. We emphasize skills, shooting, passing, stick handling, power skating.

“At the end we scrimmage because the kids like it. It’s fun and you can gage how much they’ve progressed with the skills that they’ve learned throughout the week. Kids work hard for the week to get ready for the upcoming season. That’s why I think it’s so popular. It sells out almost every year.”
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