My Summer, 2016, Hockey Camps
During this summer I used the the scholarship money for two hockey camps that taught me so much. They taught not only hockey skills, but responsibility, hard work and lots of perseverance. The two camps I attended were a Sharks Fundamentals Day Camp for InHouse players and a Tahoe Hockey Academy Boarding Camp.
The Sharks Camp taught me many more hockey skills, lots of hockey IQ, and conditioning. We were on ice for two hours a day and in the gym for three hours. Our coach was Curtis Brown, a former San Jose Sharks player. He taught us lots of the mental aspects of the game and the fundamentals of shooting and skating.
Then I went to Tahoe Hockey Academy which taught me more than any camp that I have ever been to! It was an overnight camp, associated with the first hockey prep school in California, Tahoe Hockey Academy.
Coach JJ James, the head of the camp and founder of the school, is a former Major League baseball player (Phillies), Navy Seal, and a National League Hockey player. He is awesome, and I worked harder than I have ever worked! Our workouts everyday started with tire flips, box jumps, squat hops, sideways jumps, sideways skaters with 20 lbs weights on our backs, power ropes and other exercises like sprinting for 30 seconds. Then we would do either another set or a run. It is the hardest I have ever pushed my body physically or my mind mentally. But the important part of the day was ice time! We had an hour and a half per day on the ice during which they taught me lots about edgework, crossovers, power, speed, and accuracy in shots. Each day we had one hour of dryland shooting where I learned how to take slapshots, snapshots and getting the mechanics of shooting to increase power and accuracy, and to stickhandle better.
This camp has taught me what I am going to have to do to play great hockey.
This was one of the most awesome summers ever and I learned so much and got an amazing opportunity. If definitely showed me what hard work can result in! I am so thankful for the Winter Club and hope these scholarships are still there for me and other young athletes in the future.
Thank you so much! I would never be as far as I am now without you. Thank You!