Juneau will once again host a five-day hockey camp to kick off the upcoming ice season.
The Rocky Mountain Hockey School (RMHS), the leader in hockey training throughout the country for the past 16 years, will be at the Treadwell Ice Arena August 12-16, providing hockey skills training and conditioning classes for youth ages 5-18.
This is the fourth year the camp is coming to Juneau and coincides with opening day of the rink.
“Its somewhat of a ritual” Juneau Douglas Ice Hockey Association President Arnold Liebelt said. “When Rocky Mountain comes to town, we know hockey season is just around the corner.”
Two camps will be conducted: Skills, Drills, and Small Area Games for 6-12 year olds and Reading and Reacting for 13-18 year olds. The camp includes seven hours of ice time and lost of dry-land and strength building.
RMHS director and president Bryan Smith, head coach of the Colorado Rampage U14 Tier I AAA team (as well as USA Hockey Coaches Education Instructor and Professional Powerskating Consultant), will be bringing goalie coach Chad Macleod and RMHS strength coach Josh Shingler as well as other players.
Macleod is the CHL Denver Cutthroats Goaltending Coach, Colorado Rampage Tier I AAA Head Goaltending Coach, CR U18 & U16 Tier I Assistant Coach and a former junior coach for 20 years.
Shingler is a current Bethel University NCAA Division III player, a four-year hockey camp director and a Professional Powerskating Consultant.
“Having strong goalie coaching is something that JDIA has been working on improving” Liebelt said, “We know a goalie can make or break a game.”
Besides being the face of RMHS, Coach Smith is actively involved in USA hockey as a Coaching Education Program (CEP) instructor and a State/District Camp off-ice Evaluator. Smith currently holds a Level IV USA hockey coaching certification and is planning on attending a level V class in the near future.
Smith’s commitment to the development side of hockey is based on the athletes becoming better players and students. This is achieved through hard work, accountability, discipline, proper diet, off-ice work ethic, and commitment to the sport.
Players can register on line at Https://www.RMHSHockey.com or show up at the Treadwell Arena at 8 a.m. Monday, August 12.
The camp is funded through the CBJ Youth Activity Grant.
“Without support from the city, we would not be able to bring this level of coaching to Juneau,” Liebelt said.
A September weekend camp will also be hosted by JDIA and will be coached by Steve MacSwain, a former East Anchorage High standout player who went on to play at the University of Minnesota and was the first Alaskan drafted by the National Hockey league.