Duluth, Minn. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly limited access to simple things that athletes need in their every day lives to stay in shape for their sport… ice rinks are no longer open publicly, weight rooms have been shut down. It's made for a lot of creative workouts… but also as Mike Antone is proving, an opportunity for players to work with the best.
UMD hockey operations manager Mikey Antone has gathered some pretty big names ahead of his first-annual Antone Elite Hockey Academy… some former Bulldogs as well as a Mike Richter winner will take part in the four week camp starting Monday," said camp instructor/NHL center Karson Kuhlman.
"I think if kids can come out of this quarantine with a little more confidence in their game, that's kind of what we're going for to teach them a few things when really if no one was doing anything they might just be sitting around and kind of losing touch with their hockey skills. I think helping them during kind of this weird time is definitely a good thing," said Hobey Baker award-winner/St. Louis Blues signee Scott Perunovich.
In addition to Perunovich and Kuhlman… former Maine Goaltender and Mike Richter-award winner Jeremy Swayman will lead the goalie side of things next week as well.
"I just remember growing up, you know I wanted to have fun playing the game and I think just implementing that at a young age is super important because I know that I'm still having fun with it and I had a lot of mentors. Yeah, some days are going to be tougher than other, just embracing the grind and having fun with it is really important, having fun and playing the game you love most is really important for these guys right now," said Swayman.
Details and signup for the camp can be found here. In addition, UMD alumni Nick Wolff, Sydney Brodt and Maddie Rooney will serve as instructors as well.