Ice Breaker Hockey Camp on home ice this year

Hockey players in Hay River and around the territory will soon have the chance to break some ice, better. 

The Hay River Minor Hockey Association will be hosting the 2011 Ice Breaker Hockey Development Camp from Oct. 7-10 here in town. 

Tournament Coordinator Louise Schumann says the Association usually only holds the tournament every second year, but with the approach of the Arctic Winter Games in early 2012 they decided to hold a preparatory camp.

“We thought it would benefit those trying out,” she said.

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity and we’re really hoping people will take advantage of it.”

The program will bring in certified coaches from Hockey Development Systems and will include on-ice and dry land training as well as classroom sessions.

Former NHLers Pat Elynuik and Dennis Polonich are a few names, along with coaches and scouts with decades of experience under their belts.

Last year’s camp was only open to the South Slave, but this year’s will be open to all minor hockey players in the territory.

The Association has received funding from sponsors and the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs.

This has allowed them to keep registration costs low and make the program more inclusive.

“What we’re trying to stress is that we’re bringing this camp to the North for kids who may not have the opportunity to attend hockey school in the South,” said Schumann.

The cost for registration is $50 per player, plus $25 for initiation.

Deadline to enroll is Friday, Sept. 30.

Those looking for information or registration forms can contact Tiffany Demarcke at demarcke@northwestel.com or to register online go to www.hayriverminorhockey.ca.