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Creating Offence at the Gallagher Centre

About 50 kids took part in the first phase of a skills development hockey camp put on with the assistance of the SHA (Saskatchewan Hockey Association) and Hockey Canada. Helping to oversee the week-long camp was Ed Zawatsky.

About 50 kids took part in the first phase of a skills development hockey camp put on with the assistance of the SHA (Saskatchewan Hockey Association) and Hockey Canada.

Helping to oversee the week-long camp was Ed Zawatsky.

"It's a preparation with the co-operation of the SHA and Hockey Canada" and was a good week of skating for young Atom-aged players who will likely be part of Yorkton's minor system when hockey season kicks off.

"The majority of them are from right here in Yorkton. It (the camp) is built off of the Hockey Canada model (of what) kids need to learn."

Zawatsky and the instructors take time each day to engage the players in various on-ice movements, followed by dryland training in the Flexi-Hall.

They all all put through passing, skating and stick handling drills. Zawatsky said the camp is called Creating Offence. He also said its the first time the camp has come to Yorkton and was also held partly at the Kinsmen Arena.

The camp included six hours on the ice, five hours of agility training as well as an in season stickhandling and shooting program.

Zawatsky said in terms of feedback, "it's the parents you get the biggest response from" and that it's the camp's goal to allow the players to "be creative."

He said most of them will be playing with the Atom Terriers this fall.

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