This week the Rocky Mountain Hockey School (RMHS) is in the capital city through Saturday providing the first of three hockey skill camps for Juneau’s youth. This camp is led by RMHS President Bryan Smith of Colorado. Mr. Smith has years of coaching and skills evaluation training and is currently the Head Coach for the Colorado Rampage under 14 AAA, Tier 1 team. Smith is also a USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Instructor and the former Robby Glantz Powerskating Head Instructor.
Arnold Liebelt, President of the Juneau Douglas Ice Association (JDIA), says that JDIA is very fortunate to be able to bring trainers of this caliber to our town.
“JDIA is able to provide this and other camps at a substantially reduced cost for families thanks to funding that came through the CBJ Youth Activity Grant,” Liebelt said. “Without this funding, families would need to travel outside and pay substantially more for the same level camp.”
The RMHS coaches are great with the kids and love coming to Juneau to put this camp on for Juneau’s young players. By coming here, they bring expert hockey skills to a large number of players that would not have had such an opportunity otherwise, and they also support our local economy.
The Skills and Drills camp targets 6-10 years old and focuses on edge control, skating stride backward and forward, crossover, stopping, turning, quicker starts, and transitional skating. These young ones are the future for hockey in Juneau, so it’s great to see them on the ice. A Defensive and Offensive camp is also offered for the 11-18 year olds that covers defensive tactics, checking, body play, gap control, positioning, defensive theory, transitions, jumping into the play, and defending odd-man rushes. This level of training for these kids is just what they need prior to the start of the fall hockey season. This will give them and edge up and higher level of maturity entering the season. These camps continue to build on our already great hockey community. The next camp will be the Steve MacSwain Skills Clinic September 10-13. See the JDIA website for more information on this and other camps.