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NHL great Trottier returning to instruct local hockey clinic

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Tribune fileBryan Trottier, right, is so enamored with the area that he wants to move to Lake Tahoe someday

Bryan Trottier, a seven-time Stanley Cup winner and National Hockey League Hall of Famer, will return to the South Shore this summer to instruct participants in the Lake Tahoe Kids’ Hockey School.

LTKHS features two weeks of hockey instruction and training for kids ages 7-16. The clinic runs from July 6-12 for beginners to intermediates and July 13-19 for intermediate to advanced players.

Trottier, who has been in Finland this month coaching World Cup hockey, is returning to Lake Tahoe for the second year in a row to work with the clinic. He will be joined again this year by his 24-year-old son, Bryan Jr., himself an avid hockey player.

“We just fell in love with that area,” Trottier said. “We had a good group of hockey players from all over — California, Nevada, Minnesota, Canada. It was nice to see the brand of hockey the kids are playing out there. We had first-timers and kids who are well-developed, so it was a nice mix. Everybody, I hope, went home with the feeling they learned something and had a great experience, but also took a little bit of Tahoe back home with them.”

LTKHS owner and director Mark Heidt said having a star like Trottier is a boon for the clinic.

“Bryan is the Joe Montana of hockey,” Heidt said. “If we were to do this clinic back home in Canada, we would have a couple thousand people watching the rink. He is a class-act guy who loves Lake Tahoe.

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“Our first camp was very successful,” he added. “We wanted to give California an opportunity to have some of that NHL superstar coaching that Bryan offers and put the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on the map. This is a huge opportunity for this area and the hockey community.”

Instruction includes daily on-ice training and conditioning, as well as off-ice activities such as basketball, swimming, volleyball, bowling, beach trips and hikes to discover the true beauty of the Lake Tahoe area. Both beginner and advanced programs offer meals, a pizza party with Trottier and friends (NHL players past and present) and an awards ceremony.

Specific hockey topics to be discussed include goaltending, daily chalk talk and motivational speaking. In addition, there will be dry-land training, exercises and North American versus European techniques.

Cost for the program is $450 for the beginner camp and $695 for the advanced camp. A discount of $50-$95 is offered for local participants.

Heidt wants to remind parents that all hockey instruction and recreational activities are fully supervised and designed to provide “safety, fun and learning.”

“Last year was the beginner/intermediate camp and with the ice rink just opening it gave us a chance to give kids a better taste of what hockey is all about,” Heidt said. “A lot of the kids who came here last year improved tremendously.”

Trottier said he’s looking forward to returning to Tahoe and hopes to someday call the area home.

“The facility is fantastic and we’re hopeful we can make this an annual thing to the point where I end up making that my summer residence,” Trottier said. “My wife and I were dating when we first came out there and we fell in love with it. It’s a terrific place to plant some roots and call home.

“We are trying to develop a really solid hockey program out there that will be a base for years to come,” he added. “The support we got last year from the Tahoe community was fantastic.”

For more information or to receive a brochure, call Heidt at (775) 588-0752 or e-mail info@laketahoekids.com.