Canadian Military Base hosts an Edmonton Oilers Hockey Clinic
|Ryan Potulny passes an autograph to a fan at CFB Edmonton.
(photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
Parents, players, coaches, military personnel and Oilers staff all congregated in the lobby of the Twin Rinks Complex on the Garrison Grounds to watch the final minutes of the game. The entire team erupted with loud cheers when Sidney Crosby scored for Team Canada in overtime.
The day was a moment in history for hockey in Canada and a day to remember for the Pee Wee and Bantam teams that were a part of the Oilers hockey clinic. Each player that attended received an Oilers jersey to wear during the camp and everyone left with some cool Oilers giveaways. Special guests Oilers forward Ryan Potulny and Oilers alumni and two-time Stanley Cup winner Dave Lumley attended the skills camp to share their passion for the game and sign autographs following the practice.
“The kids had huge smiles on their faces,” said Ryan Potulny. “That’s what really matters. I know when I was a kid participating in a hockey clinic and anyone would come around, it was always really exciting.”
Nearly forty players aged 11 to 14 were put through a skill development practice that focused on skating, shooting, puck control and passing. “We had a wide range of skill levels out there today,” said Dave Lumley. “I was really impressed. With the amount of ice-time that they had, we saw some big improvements.”
“It was really fitting when one of the participants called us Brother in Arms,” said Ryan Potulny. “We’re in this together and it’s important that the Oilers show our support for these families.”