Isabel Lopez and Soraya Carrasco came to the Sylvan Lake Hockey camp from Harlem

SLHC welcomes Harlem hockey players for 25th year

The camp, which runs eight weeks throughout the summer, has over 900 young athletes learning the fundamentals of hockey

The Sylvan Lake Hockey camp is having another successful year.

The camp, which runs eight weeks throughout the summer, has over 900 young athletes learning the fundamentals of hockey at the Sylvan Lake NexSource Centre which, according to organizer Graeme Parsons, has worked out splendidly despite the facility still being under construction.

The camp is also celebrating the 25th year in which they invite young athletes from Harlem, New York to take part in the camp. This year, the camp had two girls come to Sylvan Lake Soraya Carrasco and Isabel Lopez and two boys who will be going to the camp in Jasper.

“We started in 1992 when three brothers from one family came out when Brent and Duane Sutter were playing for the New York, Islanders,” Parsons said. “They thought at the time that these three brothers should meet the six Sutter brothers.

“That’s how it started and we have been doing it ever since.”

The camp is provided to the Harlem free of charge and the kids are selected by Harlem Ice Hockey. The flights to Alberta are also provided by Harlem. The players selected are not selected based on skill-set.

“Some have been really good, some were recreation players,” Parsons said, adding that the calibre of American hockey in Harlem has undoubtedly improved from the skills taught at theSylvan Lake Hockey Camp.

“I’m sure it has,” he said. “We have had over 100 kids that have gotten better from coming up.”

The camp teaches players “all the fundamentals of hockey,” and the they “get what they put into it,” according to Parsons.

He added that the Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp has a great relationship with Harlem, dating back since before 1992.

“One of the original directors was a finance banker from Edmonton who ended up in New York,” Parsons said. “He guided the kids this way because he knew about Sylvan Lake which is pretty cool.”

If you would like more information about this program or the Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp, you may visit www.sylvanlakehockeycamp.com.

reporter@sylvanlakenews.com

 

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