Young hockey players in Borderland are getting a taste of winter during the summer as Bronco Arena hosts the Falls Summer Hockey Camps.
Players at the bantam, peewee, squirt, mini mite and mighty mite levels worked on their fundamentals during the camp, learning under various hockey coaches from the Falls.
One of these coaches is Kevin Constantine, whose coaching career spans NHL teams like the San Jose Sharks, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils. He is also the current head coach of Asia League Ice Hockey’s Daemyung Killer Whales in South Korea.
Constantine said it has been fun teaching this age group, as it gives him a chance to see how the hockey talent in the Falls has evolved since he has been away.
“It’s fun to come back and see where the talent is from when I was here,” he said. “Seems like its been 40 or 50 years ago when I was playing in this same rink.”
Constantine also said it’s a great way to share his experience with the younger generation of players.
“The one thing I know of the younger generation is the athletes keep getting quicker, bigger and stronger,” he said. “Watching what the players of today can do talent-wise is really fun. My job is to take my experiences and to show them what it takes to make it at the next level.”
Another coach teaching the younger players is Falls High School boys’ hockey head coach George McDonald.
McDonald said this camp is great for players who feel the need to put on skates during the warmer months.
“I think the kids are excited to be back on skates again,” he said. “It’s an atmosphere where they can come out and not have so much pressure on them. They can just come out, play and have a good time, picking some things up along the way.”
Along with the junior camps, there is also a night league where two teams consisting of high school players can play during the evening.
The camps began on July 8 and will run until July 19.