Mites love way coach Jim rolls

Roller hockey is continuing to grow so it’s no surprise that 50 youngsters laced up their skates for a three day summer camp.

The camp was put on by the Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey Club and sponsored in part by King’s Sports Centre. Assistant coach in the NHL, Jim Hulton made a return visit to Cayman to conduct the camp.

His first visit, in February 2010, was a coaching clinic for the volunteer coaches in the Youth Roller Hockey League. Although there were some kids lucky enough to participate in his first clinic, the focus was on the kids and improving their skills.

Coach Jim has just finished a three year contract with the Florida Panthers based in Sunrise and has many years experience coaching in the Ontario Hockey League and the Hockey Canada Programme.

Although his coaching career has been focused on the junior level and higher, he is able to relate to the kids in a way that focuses on specific skills, but at the same time creates a fun environment.

“It was great to have the opportunity to return to Cayman. Seeing some of the same kids from 18 months ago was interesting—the growth they have achieved in a short time is impressive,” says Hulton about the local roller hockey talent.

The camp was split into two sessions, one for the mite and novice age group (age 4-8) and one for Atom and Pee Wee (9-14). Island Companies donated six Swiss Army back packs to the camp to recognise a few of the participants from each group. Thomas Milne, Luke Barnard, and Holden Gallagher were recipients in the Mite/Novice Group. In the Atom/Pee Wee group, Hulton recognized Jagger Hope and the two goalies-Dylan Bostock and Ben Williams for their efforts over the three day camp. Local Coaches who assisted with the Camp include Nigel Windsor, Mark Thompson, and Scott Hughes all with kids in the roller hockey league. Some of our youth also assisted in the coaching arena: Louis Beaudet who referees the youth league games, and Dylan Bostock, and Tynan Klein who all play in the Pee Wee Division.

The CI Youth Roller Hockey Club would like to thank the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, and Budget Rent A Car for making Coach Jim Hulton’s visit to Cayman a memorable one.

Although his coaching career has been focused on the junior level and higher, he is able to relate to the kids in a way that focuses on specific skills, but at the same time creates a fun environment.

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