Professional hockey teams have proven that they acknowledge the Cayman Islands in the sport. Arguably the biggest proof of that came recently with the presence of the Chicago Blackhawks representatives.
Youth hockey director Annie Camins headlined the trio of coaches at Kings Sports Centre last week. The group led a number of hockey clinics at the Logic arena for youngsters from the six and under to the 13 and over age categories. Some 30 children came to each session and roughly a hundred turned out in total. All are involved in the Logic Youth Roller Hockey League played every Saturday.
A number of notable faces in local hockey were present. Dylan Bostock was the lone goalie to come out for the PeeWee (13 and over) division and adult hockey players Jean-Louis Beaudet, Chris Anton and Rob Rintoul served as volunteers.
Rintoul currently stars for the Deloitte Devil Rays in the Cayman Islands Ball Hockey League and the Cayman Destination Management Services Islanders in the Logic Adult Roller Hockey League. He is also assistant coach for the Walkers Blue Iguanas in the youth program. The Deloitte and Touche accountant states he was happy to help out.
“The coaches were great with the kids and kept them involved the entire time on the floor, which is often tough to do with the group size they had,” Rintoul said.
“They had more than enough drills and probably could have used twice as much time to get through everything they wanted. The experience they brought really showed in the different skills they stressed for each of the groups to focus on improving.
“Did I pick up some techniques? Definitely. The concentration on skating was something they really pushed and made sure was a main area of each session. Really focusing the kids on why they are doing certain actions is important and keeps them engaged in a practice and the coaches incorporated this into each session they ran. I plan on bringing the power skating lessons into my practices to get back to working on the basics.”