May 7, 2012
by Kyle Kujawa - griffinshockey.com
Late July is an uncertain time on the hockey calendar. The bulk of the excitement of free agency has passed, but just over a month remains until training camp kicks off another season. While some hockey players opt to soak up some sun on the beach or take a vacation during this time of year, many choose to give back to the game through youth hockey camps.
Walk through a professional hockey team’s locker room and you’d be hard-pressed to find any players who don’t fondly remember a summer hockey camp, where they developed the fundamental skills they still use today. Such is the case in West Michigan, where the Grand Rapids Griffins’ annual youth hockey camp will be held from July 30-Aug. 3.
What makes the Griffins’ camp unique from the hundreds of other hockey camps around the world is the Stanley Cup-winning experience. The camp’s lead instructor, Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek, had his name engraved on hockey’s most precious trophy in 1991 and 1992 while with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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