Friday, August 16, 2013

"Play like a Saint” hockey camp Sept. 20-22

Press Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa-Youth hockey players in the Tri-State area will have a chance to hit the ice and learn from the best, as the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Mystique Community Ice Center, along with media partner QueenB Radio, present the three-day "Play Like a Saint" youth hockey camp beginning Friday, September 20. Campers ages 4-18 will get the chance to take the ice with Fighting Saints players during camp, and learn from Fighting Saints coach Matt Shaw and his staff.

Campers will be broken into three age groups: 4-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds, and 13 and up year olds with each group having a high coach-to-player ratio to help ensure proper professional instruction from Fighting Saints players and staff. The camp includes three sessions on the ice and a pair of off-ice training sessions. Camp instructors focus on skill development and will award attendees with daily prizes.

Each attendee will receive a Fighting Saints camp jersey and a ticket to the Friday, October 11 Fighting Saints game versus Muskegon. That evening, each player will be invited to take the ice in a pregame graduation ceremony to receive a certificate from Coach Shaw for completing the "Play Like a Saint" camp.

On the first two days of the camp, players will receive both on-ice instruction as well as an off-ice skills training session. A full camp schedule is available at

Attendees will receive expert instruction from Coach Shaw and his staff, including new assistant coach Oliver David who will play a large role in assisting youth players. Both bring vast experience as prior to Dubuque as Shaw spent the last six years coaching in the National Hockey League with the Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, and New Jersey Devils and brings over 20 years coaching experience. David enters his first season with the Fighting Saints after coaching the Kenai River Brown Bears of the NAHL, and spending extensive time in California helping develop youth hockey players. Fighting Saints athletic trainer Sean Murdoch will be also be assisting to help campers learn what they should do off the ice to properly train.

Additionally, those who attend camp will get to learn from some of the world's best junior hockey players who represented the United States and USHL in the Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia just weeks prior.

The cost of the camp is $150 per skater. Space is limited. To register, parents should contact Adam Ross at 563.583.6880 or email

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