Summer hockey develops talent

A brand new hockey school put on by the Borderland Junior Thunder, aimed at boys born in 1997, is taking place at the Ice for Kids arena until Friday.
The camp, which is designed for high intensity and development, is bringing together 15 skaters, two goalies and four coaches from around the district.
Jody Shypit, one of the coaches, said there were several reasons that brought about this camp.
“It was to get some more summer hockey into the kids,” Shypit said. “We’ve got a good group of kids born in ‘97, there is a lot of talented kids for this age group.”
Shypit explained that after a game in April which brought together 25 of the best players in the area, they decided to put together this camp.
The ultimate goal of the camp is to bring together a successful team to travel to the Superior Ice Cup in Duluth, Mn. on August 25-27.
During the week, players have the chance at two hours a day of ice time, as well as classroom time and dry land training.
“We keep talking over stuff, what we want them to do and why we are doing it,” Shypit said. “We keep drilling it into their heads so that they will remember, and know why we’re doing it.”
Eight-year-old Brandon Bodnar is one of the goalies taking part in the camp and going to the tournament. He said there are a lot of things he has enjoyed so far.
“Just playing on the ice because I like hockey,” Bodnar said.
He said the camp has been especially fun because he gets to stop a lot of shots and gets to keep playing hockey all summer-long.
Bodnar has been playing hockey for three years and he hopes that one day he will be a great goalie in the NHL. For now though, he and his teammates are hoping to do well when they compete in Duluth.