DUBUQUE, IA – Kids of all ages took the ice at Mystique Community Ice Center this past weekend.
The Fighting Saints held their third annual ‘Play Like a Saint’ camp. The camp is designed to increase kids’ interest in hockey and promote the sport throughout the tri-state area. The camp is for kids ranging in age from four to thirteen and of any skill level. Promotional Coordinator Adam Ross says it is helpful if the kids know how to skate, but not necessary, as everyone has to start somewhere; even Patrick Kane and Wayne Gretzky had to learn how to skate. Fighting Saints Head Coach Matt Shaw says it’s a great opportunity to let the kids experience skating on the ice with the older players while learning valuable skills.
The Saints have established a partnership with the Dubuque Youth Hockey Association to continue the increase in interest in hockey. They believe hockey and camps such as this bring people together and displays an extremely high level of teamwork needed to be successful on the ice; a success which can start at any age.
Parent and youth hockey coach Jason Sheehy agrees with Coach Shaw about the great opportunity. He says his son loves the Saints and says hi to them when he sees them in public. An opportunity to skate with those players can only increase his love and interest in the sport.
The Saints took this opportunity to have some fun before their season starts this weekend. They too remember their younger playing days and those older players who helped them. Now having the opportunity to give back and help younger players rejuvenates their own love for the game and recalls how much hard work they had to put in to get where they are today.
The Saints begin their season Friday night in Waterloo and will return home to the Mystique Community Ice Center for their home opener this Saturday night against the Sioux City Musketeers.
Joel is a senior at Loras College and a Dubuque native. Joel is the Producer for SportsZONE, as well as anchor, reporter and commentator for Live Sports. Joel has spent past summers as a sports intern for KCCI-TV in Des Moines and has also interned for the Iowa Cubs video team. Joel has a strong passion for sports and loves to be involved in the community.