Hockey season may be wrapping up for the year, but local players still have some opportunities left to work on their game.
Local oil and gas industry workers, working with the local Treaty 8 First Nations, are holding a two-day hockey skills camp for Indigenous hockey players between the ages of 7 and 17 at the North Peace Arena on March 28 and 29.
The camp, open to boys and girls, will see 80 players compete across four ice times. Kids will have local and guest Indigenous hockey instructors lead them in drills and games over the two days.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, and a pancake breakfast for the athletes, their families, and volunteers will be held Saturday morning.
The first day will conclude with a charity game, featuring local hockey players, instructors, and industry workers, starting at 5 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. Two of the top women's players in the Peace region — Marissa Jordan and Jocelyn McDonald — will be playing in the charity game as well.
“We are always looking for ways to engage the local community, and we thought holding an Indigenous youth hockey camp would be a great way to have fun, improve leadership and build trust in the communities,” said Jon Armbruster, the lead organizer of the event.
Thanks to generous donations from 40 local sponsors, $30,000 has already been raised, with all the money going to the camp and the Treaty 8 First Nations. Funds raised from the charity game will go to a still to be determined charity.
Armbruster said he’s been thrilled to work with Treaty 8 Tribal Association Interim Executive Director Marlene Greyeyes, Justin Davis, Sky Hunter, Amber Attachie, Sandy Anderson, and local businesses to make this event happen.
“Sports is a great tool to feel better about ourselves, to develop a positive attitude and shape how we want to think and act. These events are all about helping those next to you feel better and come together as one,” said Armbruster.
The camp had to be capped at 80 kids as only four ice times could be secured. The camp is currently full.
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