Our annual Wildcat Hockey School kicked off this week and despite the 90 degree plus temperatures outside, players and coaches kept cool in the friendly confines of the Whittemore Center. Camp opened Sunday evening and it was great to see so many familiar faces. On the coaching end we have several former standout alumni which always makes the week even more enjoyable. Former Wildcat players just bring such a passion for the game and this year is no different. UNH Captains and All Everything Wildcats Kacey Bellamy ’09 and Kelly Paton ’10 join us this summer. Not only were these two national standouts when they played at UNH, but both Kacey and Kelly are outstanding teachers of the game. They teach exactly the way they played; lots of smiles, good natured ribbing and encouragement. Great teachers are animated; they love sharing their love of the game and it’s contagious when you’re around them. But don’t every mistake that good nature for a lack of competitiveness. These are two of the most competitive athletes I’ve ever coached and I can already see that the nightly scrimmages with these two squaring off on opposing benches are going to be hotly contested.
Honestly, this is one of the best coaching staffs we’ve assembled for our summer program. Stuart Frye who does a fabulous job with our Wildcat netminders during the regular season is handling our goalie sessions along with Moe Bradley who just finished her sophomore year at UNH. Also working this summer are recent Wildcat graduates Kristina LaVoie and Paige Goloubef; standout rookie defenseman Alexis Crossley; former Mercyhurst Laker and US National Team member Kelly Steadman and Plymouth top scoring rookie Marisa Zamrock.
I can always the energy and passion level of a coaching staff by their animation. This group is that and then some. Here’s a few ‘action’ shots of the coaches from Day One. Lots of jump in the athletes today but we’ll see how they hold up on Day 2. Three ice sessions plus swimming and off ice conditioning made for a busy but awesome Day 1.