This summer’s Lamoureux hockey development camps return to Kent Freeman Arena for a third straight season and participation numbers are continuing to grow.
“Incremental growth and sustainability has been our main message and focus,” said head instructor Pierre-Paul Lamoureux. “Start small, grow it one year at a time.”
The camps have seen a 33 percent growth in hockey players participating already reaching a high this year with Lamoureux expecting more than 250 families to attend this year’s camps.
“From day one, we wanted this to be an annual camp,” said Lamoureux. “We have a great relationship with local business owners and have actively-involved local sponsors. Our main goal is to take care of the Detroit Lakes Youth Hockey Association.
Lamoureux has noted he wants the camps to become part of the fabric of Detroit Lakes’ summers like the International Hockey School used to be.
The camp format consists of short sessions allowing participating players and their families to enjoy time off the ice while making ice time a priority for a strategic part of the day.
Lamoureux stressed the importance of making the camp a part of kid’s regular days and allowing them to implement the camp into their existing summer athletics. Helping to foster multi-sport athletes has always been a focus of the camp.
“That’s why it’s not an all-day camp,” said Lamoureux. “We don’t want kids at the rink for a full-day. Get on the ice for an hour-and-a-half and then go to soccer or baseball practice.”
Coaches also encourage a fun atmosphere and include game situations for players to use the skills learned in drills.
“We have a proven developmental model, but we're always evolving and growing what we teach the kids,” he said. “We're doing something right when there are 20 kids standing at my door at 15 minutes before practice itching to get on. We make it fun, competitive, and they learn.”
Training revolves around fundamentals, skating, passing, shooting and edge work, especially for younger players.
The camps will be led by experienced coaches from all levels of hockey, along with guest coaches.
“We bring quality coaches to DL and everyone benefits from that,” Lamoureux said. “Coaches with pro/college/junior experience, as well as, current college and junior coaches.”
Pierre-Paul Lamoureux heads up the main camp and the high school development camp. Eli Rosendahl is the head instructor of the goalie camp. The girls development camp is led by Matt Marchel.
This year’s camps also coincide with the first Lamoureux Hockey Cup tournament to be held in Detroit Lakes. The youth tournament is separate from the camps and was created in conjunction with the DLYHA to make the most of the summer ice time.
For more information on camp pricing, dates and the tournament, visit https://www.lhdetroitlakes.com/summer-camps