Development Camp took place at the Downtown Community Arena in Edmonton
KENT, June 3, 2019 — The Seattle Thunderbirds held their annual Spring Development Camp in Edmonton, Alberta, from May 31 to June 2.
“This was a great opportunity to see our prospects both on and off the ice,” said T-Birds general manager Bil La Forge. “It was good to get to know them all a bit better and to show them what being a T-Bird is all about. It was also a good opportunity for our prospects to get to know each other.”
T-Birds Prospects arrived on Friday, May 31, and underwent fitness testing and instruction in the team’s offseason training program. The players performed three running tests: a sprint, a shuttle run, and a timed mile run.
T-Birds co-owner Lindsey Leckelt and his family, along with co-owner Dan Leckelt, hosted the team for a barbecue and road hockey tournament on Friday.
T-Birds prospects were divided up into teams of six based on where they lived: Alberta North (Blue), Manitoba (Black), Alberta Central (Yellow), British Columbia (Orange), Alberta South (South), U.S./Saskatchewan (Green).
The road hockey tournament was won by Alberta South on an overtime goal by Kai Uchacz.
The on-ice portion of the Development Camp featured a two-hour ice session on Saturday, June 1, and a two-hour ice session on Sunday, June 2.
In the first hour of session one Director of Player Development Steven Goertzen ran the players through skating focused drills. The second hour of session one featured 3-on-3, 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 scrimmages.
After the Saturday on-ice activities the players received off-ice training instruction and had a yoga session.
Matthew Wedman made a guest appearance on Saturday morning and addressed the players. Jared Davidson and Cade McNelly attended the on-ice sessions and met all the players.
In the first hour of Sunday’s session Goertzen gave instruction to the group in puck skills. The second hour featured half-ice games and smaller area work.
Goaltender coach Ian Gordon was at the Development Camp and worked with all four goalies individually and as group.
Former T-Bird and current scout Kent Dochuk was on-ice both Saturday and Sunday supporting the coaching staff.
The on-ice sessions took place at the Downtown Community Arena that is attached to Rogers Place, the home of the Edmonton Oilers.