By Nick Wojton, Contributing Writer
OSWEGO, NY – Being inside a hockey rink on hot, humid summer days can be a good thing; especially if you can learn the game from some of the sport’s best local players and coaches.
The 2013 Lakers ice hockey summer camp begins on July 15 at Campus Center Ice Arena and openings for youth skaters of all levels still remain.
Players will practice their basic fundamentals of hockey including skating, shooting, passing and hockey sense in a fun environment according to Laker head coach and camp coach Ed Gosek.
“It’s a fun experience for the kids and they get to learn something in a less pressured environment,” Gosek said.
Skaters will also learn specific offensive zone and defense zone skills as well such as stick handling, awareness and one-on-one situations.
Along with Gosek, Laker assistant coach Mark Digby, goaltender coach Pete Sears, Oswego high school head coach Andy Rozak and several Laker hockey players will be coaching at the camp.
“It helps our players give back to the community,” Gosek said. “Kids can develop a relationship with our players and coaching staff.”
The Laker hockey camp has been run since 1967 and has become a tradition for coaches to pass on the tradition from coach-to-coach since George Crowe established the first camp.
“It’s about giving back to the community who supports us during the season,” Gosek explained.
In addition to on-ice activities, skaters that are squirt-level skaters and up will also participate in off-ice training and have video analysis of their skills taken.
Campers must bring proper clothing for off-ice training and can ask pack a snack for in between sessions.
Little Lakers camp (Mite/Tyke level skaters) runs from July 22-25 from 9 a.m. until noon each day.
Squirt and Pee Wee camp runs from July 17 to Aug. 17 each Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
Bantam, Midget, and High School camp takes place July 15 to Aug. 15 each Monday and Thursday from 7 until 8:30 p.m.
Lakers girls camp will run from July 17 until Aug.14 on Wednesdays from 5 until 7 p.m.
Goaltenders attending the camp will receive an additional ice time for individual training on Mondays from 5 until 6:30 p.m.