Girls’ hockey players from across Borderland gathered at Bronco Arena to take part in the first ever Hustle and Heart Girls’ Hockey Camp.

During the week-long camp, players 14 and under learned under Falls High School and Rainy River Community College players, learning fundamentals and working on their overall game.

Camp director and Rainy River women’s hockey coach Erin Hall said she came up with the camp when a few moms approached her.

“There’s the Falls Summer Hockey Camp where both boys and girls can participate, but I had a couple different moms say it could be a good idea to run a girls hockey camp, because a lot of these kids don’t get the chance to attend that camp,” she said. “I just wanted to give these girls another opportunity to skate.”

When asked about attendance for the first camp, Hall said it’s a great start.

“I was hoping for two groups of 15, but the younger group only has about eight, but overall I’m very happy with the numbers,” she said.

Hall went on to say the reception she had gotten from the girls participating in the camp has been positive.

“They’re doing the best they can,” she said. “Even separating the girls into two age groups there is a bit of an age gap, but I think the girls are doing the best they can to participate in both the on-ice and off-ice drills.”

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