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SPORTS by Adrienne Tait instruction to Alberta youth for over 30 years, tradition over the past few years to get everyone Avenue, Edson.
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The camp, which has been providing off-season
back in hockey mode,” said Shepherd, “We're also
For the past number of years the Black Elk Hockey
Rumble that EMHA runs in conjunction with Youth
camp has been an annual tradition for many hockey focuses on building skills in a positive fun looking forward to the 3rd Annual Road Hockey
players in Edson. Meanwhile the EMHA is already looking ahead to Interagency.” Road hockey rumble is set for
Unfortunately this year the week long camp has the upcoming season, “Black Elk has been our Saturday, September 12 at Talisman Place.
been forced to cancel due to slow registrations.
Edson Minor Hockey Association (EMHA)
spokesperson Barb Shepherd said, “Typically our
members register at the last minute but with
increased ice rental costs, we set a June 15 deadline
for some minimum numbers to be reached in each
category for the camp to be financially viable for
Black Elk, and those numbers unfortunately were
not attained.”
Instead of giving up on the camp the EMHA and
Black Elk Hockey Camps came up with a solution
that they hope will strike the right balance.
In place of the weeklong camp the Black Elk
organization will be offering two weekend skill
development and conditioning camps. The sessions
will be “more focused on ice time,” said Black Elk
Hockey Camp spokesperson Dave Turnball, “The
weekend camp will be even more hockey
Turnball said that the traditional weeklong
program ran summer camp style where
approximately one third of the participants' time was
spent on the ice and two thirds spent on dryland
training and off-ice skills. The weekend training
camp will focus more on on-ice skill development
and conditioning.
Barb Shepherd said despite the condensed time
frame the camp will still provide valuable training
for the upcoming season. “It's a great opportunity to
get back on the skates and work on skills with new
coaches with new approaches.”
The number of registrations for the weekend camp
is still uncertain as families with children previously
registered in the week long camp juggle summer
schedules. Turnball said the week long program
“never quite reached” the level they had hoped and
thinks the weekend format may be the answer. By
offering an alternative camp organisers are hoping,
“To offer something a little different for the hockey
enthusiasts in Edson.”
For those who prefer the full week session they are
invited to register in any one of a number of
different sessions throughout the province including Cara Tattersall of the Edson Boys and Girls Club demonstrated how to hold a hockey stick to one of the
Grande Prairie, Stettler, Lacombe, Okotoks and summer program participants during their July 6 trip to Tailsman Place. The boys and girls were able to
The weekend conditioning and skills camps for take part in floor hockey and/or lacrosse games
Edson are scheduled for August 22 and 23 and
August 29 and 30.

Tyler Adam replaces the basketball net in the
Boys and Girls Club area on July 2. Justin
Stewart ensuring everything goes well. The Club Dale Burgess works hard to keep the Tailsman Place clean all year round. Dale has enjoyed his job
has many programs running throughout summer. there for the past 25 years, seen here cleaning on July 8. Photo: Deanna Mitchener
Photo: Deanna Mitchener
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