Say it ain't so... The final (full) day of camp has come and gone, and it was perhaps the most power-packed yet.
Championship Thursday Schedule
today's seminar: Strength & Conditioning
IRG's Jordan James, who has already made a clear and remarkable impression this week, capped off the camp's array of seminars with an hour-long talk centering around training, conditioning, and proper nutrition. Already somewhat of a celebrity amongst the WRHPC players, James' rare ability to make the idea of working out fun and enjoyable resonated with both players and staff members alike, and today was no exception.
Perhaps the best example of James' celebrity status at the WRHPC was the standing ovation he received from players and staff during the evening's campus-wide closing meeting, far and away the largest response of the evening. How often can you say that a strength and conditioning coach would receive a response like that?!
Visit to USA Hockey Headquarters and Broadmoor World Arena
In a week full of awe-struck moments for WRHP campers, nothing may have topped today's visit to USA Hockey Headquarters and Broadmoor World Arena, home of the Colorado College men's hockey team. As teams toured through the USA Hockey offices, players were welcomed (once again) by Lou Vairo while getting a glimpse at the hardware that USA Hockey has racked up throughout it's illustrious history. As you can see below, players that passed through those offices quickly began envisioning winning some hardware of their own for USA Hockey someday.
After a tour through the USA Hockey offices, the boys were welcomed by R.J. Enga, Assistant Coach of the Colorado College men's hockey team, and Chris Kawano, Director of Hockey Operations and Video Coordinator for CC. Players were given a first-hand taste of what D1 college hockey looks like as they walked through the arena, locker room, and equipment storage facilities (which were expansive, to say the least). Capping it all off was a surprise visit and talk with Mike Haviland, Head Coach of the Colorado College men's hockey team. Sporting his Stanley Cup championship ring that he won as an Assistant Coach with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, Haviland graciously lent nearly half and hour of his time to preach about the greatness of college hockey while also fielding an array of questions from players eager to learn more about what it takes to perform at such a high athletic and academic level.
Wise Words From USA Hockey Hall of Famer
During practices throughout the week, USA Hockey Hall of Famer Lou Vairo made a few impromptu appearances at camp to talk with and support the 200+ players in attendance. As always, everyone within earshot was hanging on every word from Vairo as he instilled a great sense of national and regional pride within players that have often been told they come from "nontraditional" markets.