A Sylvan Lake minor hockey team won the opportunity to train like professional hockey players recently.
Sylvan Lake Novice Lakers spent May 31 with Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place during a Ford of Canada Drills and Skills event.
Fourteen deserving young minor hockey teams attended the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as grand prize winners in the year-long Ford Drills and Skills competition.
The teams were recognized for contributing within their communities. Voting took place earlier this year and the Lakers received the highest number of votes among 80 submissions. They were recognized for strong participation in Operation Christmas Child and many other community building activities.
During the day they participated in a variety of skill improvement sessions including an on-ice practice (Practise like an Oiler), physical fitness and conditioning training (Train like an Oiler), yoga and nutrition (Eat like an Oiler). They also heard from an Oiler in a mini hot stove session and were able to ask questions about what it takes to make it to the NHL.