Panthers coach over for camp

Winter sports are gaining loads of
attention now.

The Winter Olympics start this
weekend and there is much buzz around hockey at those Games and in the NHL.

In Cayman the excitement around the
world’s coolest sport remains hot as a pro hockey coach comes to these shores.

Florida Panther assistant coach Jim
Hulton is slated to be in Cayman next week Monday for a youth hockey clinic.

Hulton will be at Kings Sports
Centre for three days teaching local youth in the 7-9 and 10 and over age
groups.

Starting on Monday the first two
days of the camp will cater to those kids from 4pm to about 6pm.

On Ash Wednesday the clinic will
focus on local coaches. From 9:30am-11:30am Hulton will speak to Mite and
Novice division coaches (dealing with kids nine years of age and under).

Afterwards comes a pizza lunch for
all clinic attendees from 11:30am-12:30pm.

From there he speaks to Atom and
Pee-Wee division coaches (dealing with kids 10 years of age and older).

The Cayman Islands Youth Roller
Hockey Club is making the clinic and Hulton’s visit possible. 

Kathryn Jackson of AtWater Ltd is
handling public relations for the clinic. She spoke about the importance of the
clinic.

“The
sessions will provide the coaches with valuable tips on drills and practice
routines,” Jackson
said. “To make this as meaningful as possible there will also be a number of
players participating (at the times above) to allow the coaches to see them ‘in
situations.’

“The
clinics are already full and this means that some of our youth roller hockey
players will have the rare opportunity to receive instruction from an NHL
coach.” 

Adding to the importance of the
league is the start of the next season of the WestTel Youth Roller Hockey
League this month.

For the record Hulton brings a
wealth of experience in youth hockey.

The Kingston, Ontario
native began his hockey career in the late 1980’s. He played two seasons of
junior hockey as a member of the Kitchener Rangers (in the Ontario Hockey League)
from 1986-1988.

After that Hulton went on to play
for four seasons at York
University where he also
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.

From there he earned head coaching experience
for three teams in Ontario: the Mississauga Ice Dogs from
1998-2000, Belleville Bulls from 2000-2003 and Kingston Frontenacs from
2003-2006. Hulton also was the head coach for the Royal Military
College for the 2006-07
season.

Along the way he built his coaching
experience with national youth teams. He was the assistant coach for the 2002
Canadian national U18 team and the head coach for the 2003 Canadian national
U18 squad.

He was also the assistant coach for
the Canadian national junior team in 2004 before winning the gold medal as an
assistant with the 2005 Canadian junior team.

That year he was a bench coach for
team Canada,
which won the World Junior Championship.

Hulton is now in his second season
as Panthers assistant coach after spending the 2007-08 season as the co-coach/assistant
General Manager for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in Ontario.

For more information contact Amy
Arnold at 324-1320 or e-mail [email protected]