A summer tradition for young hockey players has seen another successful year.
The Flin Flon Xtreme Hockey School ran from August 21 to 25 at the Whitney Forum, consisting of clinics and training sessions for players aged six and older.
Camp director Mike Reagan said demand was high this year, leading him to expand the camp’s intermediate group for kids ages 10 to 12.
“It was good, we were very happy,” he said. “We had 38 kids there. Typically we want to stay below 35, but we hate turning people away.”
Held shortly before the Flin Flon Bombers hit the Forum ice for training camp, a number of coaches, alumni and current Bomber players helped out at the camp.
“Parents were really impressed with how the school was run and they’re looking to have their kids coming back for next year,” Reagan said.
In many cases, area youth wanting to attend a high-level hockey school face a long road trip and a significant bill.
Reagan’s goal is to offer those players an elite training opportunity without those downsides.
“I think it’s great for our community. It’s great for kids up here to go to a camp that’s not going to cost thousands of dollars,” he said.
Yet the Xtreme Hockey School isn’t limited to northern players. Reagan said players from three provinces took place in this year’s school.
“We had a lot of kids coming from out of town. Fort McMurray, Virden, Saskatoon, some from The Pas,” he said.
“We’ve always had kids who have roots in Flin Flon come to camp, either their parents lived here or whatever. This year we had some kids who just heard about the school and decided to give it a go. Word of mouth goes a long way.”