As the game of hockey is not just about hockey, a hockey skills camp held in Waskada November 2 and 3 was not just a hockey skills camp. It was a time to meet new friends, honor and remember three former Waskada hockey players, learn and polish new skills and give back to the game of hockey. The GLD stands for Gage and Logan Spence and Dawson Pentecost — former Waskada hockey players whose young lives were tragically cut short.
Jason Wickham has had the idea for many years of hosting a hockey camp in Waskada. Then, as providence would have it, last spring he got to talking to Jayson More who was home for a visit. “He mentioned about a hockey skills camp here in Waskada. I said if you (Jayson More) would come, I would do the rest,” said Wickham. Jay agreed to come and the wheels were set in motion.
It didn’t take long for things to take shape – a few emails to areas in the region as well as Saskatchewan were met with good interest. “We were fortunate the curling club postponed the start of their season so we could use that portion of the building for our dry land. It worked really well and that was greatly appreciated. We also really appreciated Sunrise Credit Union’s donation of drinks for the players and instructors,” said Wickham.
“I thought naming the camp after Gage, Logan and Dawson was the right thing to do and to use the sport fund in their memory to help more kids rather than just a few. A camp like this would normally cost over $100, our camp was $40.”
“To date the sport fund created in memory of the boys has helped over 100 different players from around SW Manitoba and SE Saskatchewan, not just for hockey, also for skating and other sports,” added Wickham.
Jayson More is not only a professional hockey player and NHL alumnus, he’s a great human being and he clearly loves the game of hockey and working with youth in the grassroots development. At the conclusion of the camp More thanked the players for their participation, and all those that helped on and off the ice —Brian Elder – goalie instructor; Haley Wickham – dryland training and Jen More helping with the ice skills and drills. Jordan McGregor, Mia McGregor, Nolan Wickham and TJ Bennie also helped on the ice.
“We had three goals for the camp: increase footspeed, increase hand speed and pushing the kids to get to the next level —strive to get faster and stronger. There was a lot of improvement – I hope you continue to work on these skills.”
More has agreed to facilitate another camp in 2020 which is good news for everybody.