HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We are still months away from hockey season but this week, a few Huntsville Havoc coaches gave back to the next generation of local hockey players with their annual youth skills camp.
“The biggest thing is just to have fun, that’s the biggest thing we’re trying to do is just to have them out here and have some fun. We were just doing a drill where they get to chase us around a little bit but just trying to make them better at hockey too. Working on their skating, their stickhandling, their passing, and try to help them learn the game and grow in the game a little bit,” Havoc assistant coach Stuart Stefan said.
“In my opinion, I think it’s the greatest sport in the world. It’s an experience that you can’t really get anywhere else with any other professional sports team because they’re always so focused on their seasons and everything else. And the Havoc is really focused on the community and themselves,” 11-year-old Havoc camper Alexander Allbee added.
The four-day camp had Havoc coaches work with players ages 8 through 13 and went over the basic skills, all while helping continue to grow hockey in the Rocket City.
“There’s a lot of good hockey players here and a lot of youth hockey players so it’s just a way for us to give back and try to grow the game a little bit. We try to get them to come out to our games and in turn, we try to come out here and help them out a little bit,” Stefan said.
While the kids developed new techniques and a deeper love for the sport, they also took away life lessons away from the ice.
“One kid showed up and he only had maybe half of his equipment. So the first day he didn’t have any socks or pants or shoulder pads and then the next day actually one of the kids brought him some of his used stuff and helped the kid out. So it’s a little bit like teamwork. They’re not really on teams out here because it’s kind of individual but at the same time they develop some friendships and it was really cool to see,” Stefan said.
The Havoc will open their 2022-23 season at home on Oct. 28.