The Columbus Blue Jackets and Chiller Ice Rinks teamed up to host the 16th annual Blue Jackets Hockey School for kids and adults of all ages across Ohio.
The OhioHealth Chiller North location will offer hockey school sessions for boys, girls and adults, beginning Mon., July 29 and running through Fri., Aug. 16. Registration is still open for multiple sessions, while others have a waiting list. Check the Chiller website for registration information and session schedules.
The goal of the hockey school is to get the Columbus community immersed in the sport of hockey and the Blue Jackets organization. Over one hundred players are expected to participate in this year’s sessions. The Blue Jackets have worked closely with youth hockey associations across the state of Ohio and USA Hockey, which have made the hockey school possible.
Hockey school sessions will include both on- and off-ice activities, such as skating drills, shootout practice, scrimmages plyometrics exercises and nutritional talks, among other activities.
Instructors leading the camp include Blue Jackets staff, college hockey and youth hockey coaches, and college and high school hockey players. A few NHL players may be in attendance to help out.
“We hope to have a lot of the younger NHL guys out there,” said Mason Fisher, fan development and marketing coordinator for the Blue Jackets and one of the organizers of hockey school. “Some of the players are young enough to have been in these camps just a few years ago. Plus, they have a lot more fun with the kids and it’s great for them to get involved in the community.”
Fisher also said that there are several new components to this year’s hockey school. One of these new additions is a girls’ camp. Lisa Chesson, a member of the 2010 Olympics women’s ice hockey team, will run all sessions with the help of members of the Ohio State women’s hockey team. The sessions are open to girls age 8 and older.
Another new feature is the ability for adult camp participants to pick and choose which sessions they want to attend. Adult players can pick any two of the three days to skate in.
In the future, the Blue Jackets hope that the team’s on-ice success will lead to more growth in youth hockey players in Ohio.
“With the team’s success building, it’s going to open a lot more doors for us to be more involved and do unique programs,” said Fisher. “Making sure that the kids are enjoying hockey and keep playing it are the two biggest things we hope to accomplish with hockey school and the future of youth hockey.”
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