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Amherstburg Stars Alumni Hockey Camp coming in mid-August


By Ron Giofu


A group of former players from within the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association system are once again giving back this summer.

The sixth annual Amherstburg Stars Alumni Hockey Camp will be held at the Libro Centre Aug. 13-17 with daily sessions running from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Corey Beaulieu, the lead on-ice instructor, said there will be three hours of on-ice activities per day, 1.5 hours of off-ice activities and lunch. He said “all drills and stations are all designed to improve skating, shooting, stick handling, passing, endurance, and in-game situations.”

The camp is open to both boys and girls ranging in age from novice players (2011 birth year) to midget players (2001 birth year). In addition to Beaulieu, Noah Renaud is the lead off-ice instructor with “a variety of former Amherstburg Minor Hockey graduates” assisting during the week.

Beaulieu added that Windsor Spitfires goalie and Amherstburg native Michael DiPietro will be coming out to help with goalie instruction during the camp.

“The off-season is a great way to get ready for the upcoming season and get a feel for being on the ice again, with hockey season only few weeks away,” said Beaulieu.

The cost is $350 per player. To register or more information, please e-mail

“This will be our sixth consecutive season hosting the hockey camp in Amherstburg and is a awesome way to give back to the minor hockey players in town,” said Beaulieu.


Amherstburg Stars Alumni Camp later this month


By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Stars Alumni hockey camp returns later this month with the aim of having local players sharpen their skills in time for the 2017-18 season.

The camp will be at the Libro Centre Aug. 14-18 and is geared for male and female players ages 5-17. It will feature three hours of on ice training per day and another 90 minutes of off ice training per day.

“The camp will feature power skating and skill enhancement sessions, followed by competitive three-on-three situations and small area games. all looking to improve skating, stick handling, puck control, endurance, and offensive and defensive situations,” said Kyle Burns.


Burns and Corey Beaulieu will join goalie coach Brian Spearing and camp organizer Glen Holden as instructors during the week-long camp.

“Right now we have approximately 45 players registered, with room for 60 players,” said Burns.

To register, please contact Glen Holden at 519-965-2049 or by e-mail at

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $325 for the five-day camp and participants will receive lunch daily, a jersey and a camp T-shirt.

“This is our fifth year and so far our non-profit group has donated close to $7,000 back to AMHA and its members through donations and post secondary school bursaries,” noted Holden. “We’re also hoping Michael DiPietro will be able to make an appearance at our camp like in previous years.”

Sold out hockey school focuses strictly on girls



By Ron Giofu


An all-girls hockey camp started last Wednesday night with the ice at the Libro Centre filled with players ages 6-15.

The camp is in its second year and is being directed by Bill Atkinson and Dan Pettypiece. Atkinson said it allows players to “go back to basics” and learn the finer points of the game. The clinic started last year with 36 kids and is sold out this year with over 60 players enrolled.

“It’s the kinds of things coaches can’t do in the middle of the season because they don’t have enough ice time,” said Atkinson.

There are not a lot of all-girls camps, Atkinson believes, and they try to make the clinic at the Libro Centre affordable for everyone. He said a lot of girls don’t feel comfortable on the ice with boys and they are more enthusiastic when they get to compete against other girls.

Girls from around the area have been taking the ice at the Libro Centre for a hockey school.

Girls from around the area have been taking the ice at the Libro Centre for a hockey school.

Atkinson said the all-girls approach works for his three daughters and believes it works better for other girls, as they are not as intimidated on the ice and more motivated.

“I wouldn’t be able to get any of them to go to a mostly boys camp,” said Atkinson.

While basic skating and puck handing skills are taught, Atkinson added they aren’t necessarily trying to create superstars.

“We’re going to teach you how to play hockey so you can enjoy the game,” he said.

Atkinson said there are other coaches as well, including a goalie coach and three girls getting an initial exposure to coaching. He said it is great not only helping players develop, but allowing others to give back through coaching.

The bulk of the players are from Amherstburg, he added, though there are players from LaSalle and Harrow in the camp as well as some others from around the area.

The school has two sessions each Wednesday night through Aug. 23 and also runs Aug. 29.