TOM PUGH - ICE HOCKEY SWEDISH CAMP

I STARTED THE SWEDISH CAMP ON MONDAY THE 28TH OF APRIL. EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK LONG CAMP WE HAD TWO ON ICE SESSIONS AND ONE OFF ICE. ON THE FIRST DAY THE ON ICE SESSIONS WERE ABOUT BASIC SKATING.

We also had one off ice and a classroom session. In the class room the coaches talked about where they were from and the teams they coach back home.

On the second day they went over the basics of passing, shooting and body position skills. The office session was to do with hand eye coronation. We were trying to dribble a ball with our feet stick handle with one hand and bounce a ball with the other. One of our New Zealand coaches Jonathan Albright talked about the New Zealand teams he has taken overseas and what it takes to get into them.

On the third day we had two on ice sessions and a social activity where we went to tenpin bowling for a couple of hours we were split up into groups so we would be with people we wouldn't know. This was a lot of fun.

On the fourth day, we had an on ice session. We were split up into skill based groups as we were working on positions e.g. forwards and defence. At the off ice we worked on puck handling and they taughtus a couple of drills to do ourselves to improve our puck handling skills. During the second on ice session we played a game.

On the fifth day we did skill based drills and a team scrimmage. These drills were mainly for the defence and goalies and the defence had to work on gap control from the forwards. The last off ice we did was easily the hardest but most helpful. The goalie coach Perry Wilson taught us how to improve our body strength using our own body weight. After that we had a camp close meeting where we thanked the coaches for coming over and helping us and the parents for getting us there on time. Everyone got a Swedish pin and a participation certificate.

On Saturday the Swedish coaches Ulf Hall and Bjorn Patterson took a coaching camp and I was asked to go and help out. We had two on ice sessions which were two and a half hours long, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. On Sunday after the last on ice training with the Swedish coaches we all said our goodbyes and went home for a well needed rest.