Annual Northwestel Summit Hockey School now underway
The tenth anniversary of the Northwestel Summit Hockey School is now underway
The tenth anniversary of the Northwestel Summit Hockey School is now underway with 60 players from across the Yukon participating in the camp.
The school focuses on both on and off skills and player and personal development.
Taking place at the Canada Games Centre the school will also including swimming, off ice games and skill work, Aboriginal games, on ice skill work and games and guest speakers.
Newly signed Detroit Redwing Jordin Tootoo of Rankin Inlet, NWT will also be on hand to work with the young athletes.
Also returning to the school will be Danny Flynn and Brian Kozak.
Flynn, currently the head coach of the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), served as an assistant with the N.Y. Islanders in 2007.
He’s renowned in hockey circles across the county for his ability to break down the game.
He’s the all-time winningest coach in Wildcats history and led St. Francis Xavier University to three CIS National Finals, where he won the championship in 2004.
Kozak is the camp’s leader when it comes to the off-ice training.
He holds an Aboriginal teaching degree from Queens University and has had several notable students during his training and mentoring career including Mike Richards, who won the Stanley Cup this past season with the L.A. Kings.
Richards and Kozak each hail from Kenora, Ontario, where Kozak began training Richards at 14 years old.
The experienced and dedicated instructors with the hockey school have graduated players to the NCAA, QMJHL, British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL).
One of those alumni is Ted Stephens, who in 2007 became the first Yukoner to play in the QMJHL and will be returning to the school as an assistant coach.
The school runs from July 30 to Aug. 3.