Trottier camp returning to South Shore
Bryan Trottier may have recently signed with the NHL’s New York Islanders as executive director of player development, but he still considers instructing at the Hockey Lake Tahoe summer camp his main attraction of the year.
“This is the highlight for him,” said Hockey Lake Tahoe founder Mark Heidt. “This is a major event he attends. It’s just a huge opportunity to have one of the great guys to ever play the game come to Lake Tahoe.”
This year’s camp runs from July 10-15 at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena and includes three different camps for different ages and ability levels. There is a $100 discount for all local kids and adults who register.
In addition to two kids camps, Heidt added an adult camp last year. Like both kids’ camps, it has increased in popularity. About 120 players participated in last year’s camp, with the majority of them being from the West Coast. The camp drew just 25 kids the first year.
“It’s just continued to grow,” said Heidt, who expects more than 120 players this year. “We’ve had some major success, with kids from the camp playing at some of the top prep schools in the East. But anytime you have a name like Trottier, a Hall of Fame guy, that helps the most.”
Trottier won six Stanley Cups as a player with the N.Y. Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins and won another as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche. Trottier, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997 and finished with 524 career goals, was head coach of the New York Rangers for the 2002-03 season.
Heidt said Trottier is so popular in his home country of Canada that if his camp was held in Ontario, there would have to be a lottery system to select participants. Joining Trottier will be his son, Bryan Jr., who has also been a mainstay with Hockey Lake Tahoe.
“He is a big name, the Joe Montana of hockey,” Heidt said of Bryan Trottier. “It’s a pretty neat thing to have somebody of his caliber here. He’s at the top of the game and stuff like that really fertilizes your program and keeps it going.
“We really want to bring out the locals. Who knows? Maybe 10 years from now, we’ll be cheering for someone in the NHL that is from Lake Tahoe.”
The intermediate/advanced camp for kids is July 10-15 and costs $575. There are four different age groups for this camp (5-8 years old; 9-10 years old; 11-12 years old; and 13-15 years old).
The novice/intermediate camp is July 11-13 and is designed for kids ages 4-12 and costs $249. The adult session for novice/intermediate players is July 12-14 and costs $255.
Hockey Lake Tahoe
What: Camp for kids and adults
When: July 10-15
Where: SLT Ice Arena
Cost: $575 (intermediate/advanced kids); $249 (novice/intermediate kids); $255 (adult novice intermediate)
More info: Call (775) 450-4538 or visit http://www.hockeylaketahoe.com
Note: $100 discount for all locals
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