Wetaskiwin Scores A Six Time Stanley Cup Champion And NHL Hall-of-Famer
Most people have not personally met an NHL player. So, that means most people have not met an NHL player who led his teams to six Stanley Cups. And most people definitely have not met an NHL player who has been inducted into the NHL Hall-of-Fame.
That is about to change for many people in Wetaskiwin. On August 26th to 30th, 2013 former NHLer Bryan Trottier, will be in town conducting a hockey clinic for aspiring young hockey players who are provided this special opportunity to learn from the very best.
Over an 18-year National Hockey League career, Trottier drank from the renowned Stanley Cup on six different occasions. Most hockey fans will especially remember his leadership role when the New York Islanders won four consecutive titles in the early 1980s. He was also the winner of the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer and the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player. At the time of his retirement, Trottier was the league's sixth-highest all-time scorer.
But there is more the week of August 26th to 30th. Joining Trottier at the Clinic will be his associate, also a former NHL’er, Rob Brown. Brown’s best statistical NHL season was in 1988-89 when he played on a line with Mario Lemieux. He set career highs with 49 goals, 66 assists, 115 points, 24 power play goals, 6 game-winning goals, and a +27 plus/minus rating. Currently, Brown serves as colour commentator for the Edmonton Oilers pay-per-view, and as an analyst for 630 CHED for Edmonton Oilers games.
Why is fame and glory coming to
For the two NHL stars, the Clinic in Wetaskiwin is an opportunity that is important to them. They have a desire to instill in youth, similar skills and values that took them to their level of success. Trottier stresses the importance of what that means to him. “Mentoring is what I enjoy best about my camps”, explains Trottier. “I’m excited that Rob Brown will be joining me as he shares alot of the same approaches to improving each player’s individual game as well as teaching some strong team building values.” As a child, Trottier played for the Climax Hockey Team in Climax, Saskatchewan (which the 2006 census shows a population of 182) and as a minor hockey player he played for the Swift Current Broncos.
Clinic brings benefits to Wetaskiwin
According to the Hockey Clinic planner and promoter, Don Elliot, “ the camp is an opportunity for families from across Western Canada to plan their holidays around a hockey camp with Wetaskiwin as their annual destination .” Elliot is the owner of a local sport equipment store, Coach’s Source for Sports in Wetaskiwin. He is hosting the Clinic as a business venture so is solely responsible for all the risk leading to any profits or losses. At the same time, the Clinic will be a source of ancillary dollars that will be spent throughout the City by families during the the Clinic that will benefit the entire community; hotels, meals, retail shopping, gasoline, and maybe even a new car or recreational vehicle. That is why Elliot’s Clinic is a prime example of how special events hosted by a private business can benefit the entire community….and at absolutely no cost to the ratepayer.
According to Elliot the Clinic is filling quickly. “Over 75% of the participants have already (late July) registered with limited room remaining in the younger divisions. There is also a special division specifically available for ‘girls’ 9 years and older. The majority of the applications for the camp are from Wetaskiwin but others are from Viking, Camrose, Bashaw, Leduc, Millet, Ponoka and Hobbema. The experience that these two (Trottier and Brown) will be sharing and teaching our youth, is exciting.”
Trottier’s closing comments
The hockey clinic will feature Trottier’s focus on what he describes as, “teaching philosophies and drills that will hopefully help all the participants with their puck-handling, scoring and playmaking abilities. The off-ice class room time will also provide the campers a chance to ask questions and review some on ice tactics and team concepts.”
Trottier is, “very excited to be visiting Wetaskiwin and getting on the ice with all the enthusiastic hockey players from around the area. I’m also genuinely thankful to Wetaskiwin and the business community for this unique opportunity. I share their desire to bring a quality camp that promotes fun and safety in a high energy learning environment.”
What a great event for the City of Wetaskiwin. Not only will a bunch of young hockey players (and residents) have a chance to meet NHL stars like Trottier and Brown, but they will also have the opportunity to hear and learn first-hand, what it takes to be ‘a star’.
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