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Tune-up For Tryouts

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Colby Wheeler

This past week the Pittsburgh Penguins held their Tune-up for Tryouts camp at Ice Castle in Castle Shannon, PA. The Penguins Hockey School had players from mite, squirt, pee wee and bantam-midget age groups. The players registered to come out and take part in the Tune-up clinic, preparing each individual for their upcoming hockey tryouts.

The Tune-up for Tryouts clinic benefitted players by working on skills such as power skating, stick handling, shooting and passing. The clinic also included goalie instruction throughout the three days followed by two goaltender only sessions held the last night of the clinic. Robert Morris University Men’s Varsity Coach Derek Schooley led a great staff helping make the clinic successful. There were nine instructors on ice to teach players new skills as well as improving on others. Each player practiced different skills they can use during their upcoming tryouts. A total of 70 skaters and 12 goalies were in attendance for the first three nights of the Tune-up clinic.

Pittsburgh Penguins Manager of Youth Hockey Programs, Michael Chiasson was the lead instructor for the individual goaltending mini-camp Friday night. Six other high-level goaltending instructors assisted him each had hockey backgrounds from college and/or junior hockey. This camp focused on different goaltending skills such as skating and mobility, depth and positioning, rebound control and post-save recovery. Shooters were also present during the camp to challenge the goalie’s skills. A total of 32 goalies were in attendance for the two different sessions held Friday night at Ice Castle.
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