There's only one week of summer left ... well not really, but with everything hockey related that is going on, it kind of feels that way. By the end of the week a new sheet of ice will be in at the Coliseum and the first skaters will start to carve up that ice on Monday August 6th during the Spruce Kings Hockey School.
This annual event is always a highlight of the off-season giving kids and parents a chance to return to the rink and feel the great game of hockey under their feet. The hockey school does get underway with week one starting on the Holiday Monday and running with three separate weeks. Students between the ages of 6 and 14 will take to the ice for the first of two 90 minute ice times a day with a fun off-ice activity to break up the instruction and give the legs a bit of a rest.
Instruction this year will be from long time hockey instructor Brian Toll as well as Spruce Kings Head Coach, Dave Dupas. Also on the ice helping out will be past, present and future Spruce Kings making sure that all the kids get one-on-one instruction. From the skating basics to the powerskating, stick handling, positional play and more, the students this year will be given a good foundation for the hockey season.
The off-ice activities this year will also keep the students entertained with a "sports day" on Monday where they will walk from the rink to the fields off 17th Avenue via the yellow stair case. Tuesday is a pool day at the Four Season Leisure Pool. On Wednesday the students will take to the lanes at the Black Diamond Bowling Alley for some five pin knock down fun. Thursday marks a first for the Spruce Kings Hockey School thanks to the Prince George Golf & Curling Club who will welcome the students to their driving range and putting greens.
On Friday of each week the Hockey School will wrap up with a game and skills competition where the students will have the chance to show off some of their new found moves and abilities. That will be followed with a supplied lunch where the students and parents will get a chance to talk with the instructors before heading off to enjoy a few last days of fun in the sun before another hockey season starts up.
If you or someone you know is interested in getting their child in the Hockey School, there are still spaces left in all three weeks depending on the child's age. For more information give the Spruce Kings office a call at 250.564.1747 or check out the Spruce Kings website and fill out the Hockey School registration form. As a special incentive for the goaltenders out there ... all goalies are being welcome to attend the Hockey School at half price.