Amherstburg Stars alumni hosting hockey camp in August

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg Stars alumni are hosting a hockey camp this August as a way to give back to the community that helped their hockey careers.

The Amherstburg Stars Alumni Conditioning Camp will take place Aug. 11-15 at the Libro Centre. Among the instructors are (from left): Corey Beaulieu, Brandin Crosier, Kyle Burns and Chad Shepley.

The Amherstburg Stars Alumni Conditioning Camp will take place Aug. 11-15 at the Libro Centre. Among the instructors are (from left): Corey Beaulieu, Brandin Crosier, Kyle Burns and Chad Shepley.

Instructors for the camp include current midget major head coach Glen Holden, Brian Spearing, Corey Beaulieu, Kyle Burns, Kyle Morand, Tyler Morand, Chad Shepley, Tyler Pope-Ferguson, Daniel Slipchuk, Brandin Crosier, Mike MacPhee, Dean DiPaolo, Jaime Meloche, Eric Leardi, Nick Keeler and Mark Fenty. Holden coached the 2009-10 midget majors to the OMHA title and added a second OMHA title and an OHF title with the 2013-14 midget majors. The instructors were part of the first OMHA title team.

Beaulieu said it is a way to help local talent improve their skills just weeks before the season starts. He said the aim is to help the players become better and allow them to help their team.

The camp will include skating and skills development during the three to four hours of ice time per day and will also feature two hours of dry land training per day, a light lunch, team jersey and goalie instruction from Spearing. Beaulieu said it is also a way for the players to have fun while also improving their sills.

“It’s a way for us to give back to the community and give our free time to help out younger kids,” said Burns.

Beaulieu said they were helped by older players when they were younger and want to return the favour to young players now that they are in a position to.

“It meant a lot, more than you might think,” he said of the assistance from the older players.

Seeing the success of the midget major program and the fact some of the players have moved into the junior ranks “gives kids a little bit of hope,” Beaulieu added.

Last year’s camp raised $2,200 with that money being donated back to AMHA, said Burns. They plan on doing a similar presentation to AMHA with this year’s proceeds.

Admission to the camp is $300. For further information, e-mail Holden at glen_holden22@yahoo.com or call 519-736-8060.

 

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