Fast says they do the camp not only as a way to support local hockey players, but also because as instructors, they enjoy passing on lessons of the game.
“I think it’s a lot of fun, I like doing this kind of stuff, this is our ninth year doing this,” Fast says. “We started this to give back to the community, we had a group of really good players that came out of here, and wanted in some way to give back. We were all scattered throughout the States, so we thought this is a good idea to come back year and give back some of the lessons we’ve learned.”
Those taking part will start off with instruction on the fundamentals, and will eventually move on to a variety of skills including putting pucks on the net, and how to play when in possession of the puck.
“We like to start out first and foremost with skating, gotta build foundations starting with that. Then we’re going to work on progressing to different things throughout the week,” Fast explains. “We’re going to do lots of shooting, lots of stick handling. We like to cover all the basis here so you get a little taste of everything.”
Despite the camp just being started, Fast and the coaches have been impressed with what they’ve seen on the ice up to this point, and may consider upping the intensity to make things more challenging for those taking part.
“We’ve been on the ice for three sessions, we’ve got some guys out here that are travel players, and it’s very good skill,” he admits. “It’s good for us, we’ll have to re-tool some of our practice plans to make it more challenging for them.”
The North Peace Alumni Hockey School runs from Monday to Friday this week, and joining Fast as coaches for the camp are Scott Ford, Phil Hiscock, Mike Hofstrand, Dennis Robertson, Braden Pimm, Steven Fast, Taylor Rovatti, and Linda Jensen.