Lou Lemire instructs the next Shea Weber’s and Connor McDavid’s on today’s game plan for practice. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)

STORY AND VIDEO: Summer hockey camp marks the start of a new season

Annual visit from Lou Lemire means minor hockey is right around the corner

Kids in Prince Rupert got the chance to tune up their hockey skills from a pro at the end of August as the Lou Lemire Summer Hockey Skills Camp came to town.

The group hit the rink just a day after the new ice was completed at the Civic Centre. Kids from 6-16 years old took part in what is now the 11th consecutive year Lemire has brought the camp north.

“The parents in the community have really stepped up to make sure we can put on the program every year,” Lemire said of the help he receives to continue to bring the camp to town. Lemire is the founder and director of the camp. He enjoyed a successful hockey career himself, for which he was enshrined the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame.

Lemire’s camp focuses on a number of skills meant to emphasize development of well-rounded players. Power skating, shooting, stick handling, angling and checking are on the priority list.

Lou Lemire played and won championships with the Notre Dame Hounds, Prince Albert Raiders, University of Regina Cougars and Penticton Silver Bullets, all earning him a spot in the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)

Players await their turn to hop over the benches. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)

“We try to cover the basics that the kids will need to get themselves ready for the fall,” Lemire said.

“We divide them into two different groups. Within those groups we divide them according to skill level,” Lemire explained of the camp’s format. “We get a chance to challenge them throughout the drills, and we get a chance to spend a lot of one on one time with them throughout the week.”

Lou Lemire goes over some pointers before the upcoming scrimmages. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)

Lou Lemire shows one of his students where to place herself once the puck drops. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)

After finishing the drills, it’s time for the players to scrimmage. Lemire splits up the game sessions between 3-on-3, 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 formats.

“I want a lot of touches, as much as you can,” Lemire explained. “With 3-on-3, kids that might not get a chance to have a scoring opportunity get a chance to. And then when things tighten up, you offer them an opportunity to have to get open and get creative.”

Lacing up the skates. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)

Warming up the goalies. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)

The camp’s timing is perfect, as minor hockey is set to get underway imminently. Lemire hopes the kids take away both skills development and an increased passion for the game.

“Having fun,” Lemire says of the most important skills he works to emphasize. “Making sure the drills are fun for them while they’re learning. It’s a lifelong skill, so if we can establish that right away that’s what we want to do.”


Alex Kurial | Sports Reporter
Alex Kurial 
Send Alex email
Like the The Northern View on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

BC Minor Hockeyhockeyjunior hockey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North District RCMP see massive spike in domestic calls

Connection to COVID-19 pandemic likely for reduced call volume, increased severity

Northwest mines lengthen crew rotations in response to COVID-19

Northern Health confident precautions sufficient enough to keep work camps open

Feds and Chamber of Commerce team up to support businesses

PRDCC is offering weekly conference calls to business in Prince Rupert

Fire on Third Ave. in Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert Fire Rescue crew attended the hotel

Fisheries and Oceans Canada lifts at-sea observer requirements due to COVID-19

Fisheries Management Order went into effect April 2 and will remain for 45 days

Here’s how to talk to people who aren’t taking physical distancing seriously

Approach the conversation with empathy says conflict expert

B.C. clears more acute hospital beds as COVID-19 case growth slows

Province holding about 40% of beds empty for peak still to come

As 500K+ apply for emergency benefit, Trudeau says aid coming for Canadians left behind

Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides $2,000 per month

Wearing non-medical masks can stop spread of COVID-19 before symptoms start: Tam

Health officials had previously not recommended wearing them

UPDATE: UK PM Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worse

He has been quarantined in his Downing St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26

Travellers, travel agents ‘in agony’ over refund policies and customer service

Many Canadian carriers are offering customers flights rebookings or travel vouchers — but not refunds

Introverted and extroverted kids likely to react differently to COVID-19 restrictions

B.C. child psychologist says your parenting approach can’t be one-size fits all in social isolation

B.C. begins taking submissions for $2M COVID-19 research fund

Rural health, impact of shifting hospital resources among priorities

Most Read