Even though it’s still the dog days of summer, one St. Vital duo is already preparing for the ice.
Colin Popham and Matt Jones, both born and raised in St. Vital, are prepping for the hockey camp they’ve created called WinnPro Hockey.
The two are lifelong hockey players and passionate about the game.
Their camp doesn’t just offer on-ice training. They are using their backgrounds in kinesiology and physics to do video analysis for players as well.
The summer day camp is called Beyond Practice and will run August 12-16 at Southdale Arena. This camp is geared to younger players ages 9-14.
This year, the duo has added a preseason conditioning and skills camp to help players with tryouts and a new season. It runs August 26-30 at the St. James Civic Centre and is for ages 9-13.
Popham and Jones are helping hockey players off the ice, too. They have started a new skill development blog offering free tips and instruction. They post pictures, video, and information about powerskating, shooting, stickhandling, training and equipment at www.winnprohockey.blogspot.ca.
"Our blog is a great way to provide relevant information and engage with players to help them continue to learn and develop their game," Jones said.
The blog is a two-way street. Players can send their questions and video links by commenting on the blog or by contacting WinnPro Hockey on Twitter at @winnprohockey
WinnPro is also teaming up with The TopShelf Hockey Company, based in the south end of the city, to provide comprehensive stick fitting and video analysis programs in the fall. TopShelf Hockey is a local company that manufactures high performance hockey sticks.
The partnership comes out of WinnPro’s past video analysis.
"Through our video analysis programs we have seen a lot of common problems associated with equipment that does not fit/function with players’ mechanics," Popham said.
WinnPro and TopShelf plans to provide custom video analysis and stick fitting to make sure players have the right tools for success. Stick fitting and video programs are set to start in the fall.
To find out more about WinnPro Hockey visit www.winnprohockey.com.
Krystalle Ramlahkhan is a community correspondent for St. Vital. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.