A former pro hockey player from Sparwood says Fernie Ghostriders spring camp will be high-intensity.
Kevin Petovello is running Riders camp alongside Jeff Zmurchyk at the Elk Valley Leisure Centre April 7th and 8th.
Petovello hopes to develop players’ skills with speed and quickness.
“The way the game is going nowadays and the pace it’s played at, I want to see them function at a high pace.” says Petovello. “Mobility is a big thing now and I want to see us incorporate a lot of drills to see how to kids are moving, forwards and defence, their individual skill sets.”
The Riders finished fourth in the Eddie Mountain Division this season with a 15-28-1-3 record and were ousted four games to one by Kimberley in the Eddie Mountain Division semi-final this year.
Petovello says the Fernie front office doesn’t to see another first-round exit next season.
“They want to see [this] team come back to their winning ways and in doing so you have to have a good attitude and good work ethic.” says Petovello. “That’s going to show on the ice first and foremost and then getting to know these kids throughout camp and see what kind of people they are too.”
Petovello spent four seasons in the BCHL Junior A League before playing four seasons at the NCAA level. He then went on to play parts of two seasons in the now-defunct Central Hockey League.
Camp includes four on-ice sessions and dryland training at the Elk Valley Leisure Centre.
You can register for Fernie Ghostriders spring camp here.
– Kevin Petovello, Fernie Ghostriders spring camp volunteer