University players teach skills in Winfield

The young hockey players of Winfield were treated to a special skills camp over the Dec. 9 weekend when members of the U of A...

University skill combined with youthful energy.

The young hockey players of Winfield were treated to a special skills camp over the Dec. 9 weekend when members of the University of Alberta Golden Bears came to town.

The Winfield Minor Hockey Association and Winfield Pond Hockey had a collection of 48 players register for the skills camp.

“Since we had the renovations to the rink we wanted to bring a youth program to the community,” said Geoff Lynch, director of leisure and community services.

“It’s a great community thing,” he added.

Players learned about skills including puck control, maneuverability, shooting and goal tending.

Lynch says the program is about bringing the community together, as well as bring an academic aspect to the game.

He says having university players involved with the camp can inspire youth to include both in their future. “I think it helps identify academics and athletics.”

The camp was put together mainly by volunteers and Lynch added parents of the players were also quite excited to see this program in their community.