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Holding a stick at arms-length while skating forwards was one of the many drills run Tuesday at the Fundy Hockey School. Jeff Lewis (left) is one of several instructors teaching young athletes hockey fundamentals at the school.
AMHERST – In it’s 29th year, the Fundy Hockey School continues to benefit both players and coaches.
“We try to focus on fundamental skill development, power skating, puck handling, passing and shooting by using a variety of drills, and have a lot of fun while learning to play hockey,” said Jeff Lewis, on-ice coordinator and instructor at the school.
Instructors at the camp are local coaches.
“From year to year we’ve kept a lot of the same instructors and a lot of the instructors are local coaches who coach minor hockey or coaches who want to get involved in minor hockey, so it’s a good way for them to get on the ice and get to know the kids.”
Lewis said the school continues to grow, and this year it has four divisions with 32 kids in each division.
The C and D Division started camp on Tuesday and the younger kids in Divisions A and B start Saturday.
“We tweaked the camp the last couple of years so it didn’t interfere with the older kids trying out for provincial teams.”
Lewis said the ice at Amherst Stadium is in ‘excellent’ shape.
“The guys have worked hard to get the ice in, that’s for sure.”
The camp is open to kids born from 1997 to 2006 and Lewis said there might still be a few spots available at the camp, especially for the older kids.
“Divisions A and B (born between 2002 and 2006) might have a couple spots open but for C and D (born between 1997 and 2001), I’m sure if there’s anybody who wants to get in there’s still spots available.”
The school ends Sept. 12 for the C and D Divisions, and ends Sept. 18 for the A and B Divisions.
The cost of the school is $175 for players and $100 for goaltenders.
Each group gets 10 hours ice-time – nine 70-minute ice times, and a game at the end of the camp.
“It’s a great fundraiser for the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association,” said Lewis.