: High-performance hockey camp brings big potential to Goderich ice 0 By Gerard Creces,

-145811_ORIGINALBrian O’Reilly times up and coming hockey players as they make their way up Sunset Park hill last week.

Erie Otters pick Liam Maskaant rushes to make time.

Local Saginaw Spirit pick Jake Ringuette was one of many young athletes taking part in a high-performace hockey camp in town this week.

It’s Thursday morning, July 22 and down at the bottom of the stairs to Sunset Park, a few groggy teenagers begin to congregate. A few more pull in, followed by a few more and the group starts stretching.

The next hour is going to be a tough one.

It’s a strong group, made up of NHL, OHL and NCAA prospects and players, getting ready for four long sprints up the winding stair.

Finally, clapping starts across the parking lot. Slow and rhythmic, there it is – the clapping intro to Working at the Car Wash. Players shyly join in until the sound can be heard down the waterfront.

Brian O’Reilly of Human Potential Plus, is getting the troops ready at his high-performance hockey development camp, and as they line up to take the hill, O’Reilly’s own sons, Cal (Nashville Predators) and Ryan (Colorado Avalanche), get the long line of soon-to-be winded sprinters up the hill.

“These are all top-notch players,” Brian says as the young athletes make their third trek up and down the hill. “Some are up and coming in the NHL or NCAA, some are looking for scholarships or wanting professional careers.”

A team-builder the world over, O’Reilly put the athletes to work last week, including many local names like Jake Ringuette – recent drafted to Saginaw – and Liam Maskaant – who is heading back to Erie for Junior ‘B’ and OHL camps later in the summer.

The camp also consists of ice time at the MRC, and Brian says between stints at the stopwatch that the public is invited to come out and watch some great hockey played by some of the most talented kids in the area. The group takes to their blades Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.


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