Sep 23 2014
This past weekend the Penguins held a 2-day hockey development camp for adult hockey players at the Consol Energy Center. Actually, in MY case, this was actually a RE-development hockey skills camp. RE-development as in urban redevelopment projects that completely destroy the original by blowing it up and then starting to build new from scratch. This, due to my lack of any redeeming hockey skills… I’m kind of like the neighborhood crack-house of hockey skills… just an eyesore.
About 30 men and women attended the two evening event. All skill levels were represented.. from beginner to skilled.. including my just-go-back-and-play-some-driveway-hockey-with-your-Shooter-Tutor-for-the-next-27-years skills.
45- minute Hockey Talk with Phil Bourque which included his candid review and full details of the one of the most iintriguingPittsburgh Urban Legends other than “Did a B-25 bomber REALLY land in the Monongahela River in 1956?” Yes, be broke the cup by throwing it into Mario’s pool… in the deep end and it INSTANTLY filled with water and sank to the bottom of the deep end.
90-minutes of hockey skills drills including an obstacle course of belly-sliding, knee-sliding, getting back up and then proceeding to pick up a puck, stick-handle it around 3 pylons and then, if you had any energy left whatsoever, you were permitted to take a shot on a goalie.
90-minute game of hockey poker, black shirts vs white shirts… 4 -on-4..full ice which was quickly followed by beverages at the Blue Line Grill.
45-minute Hockey Talk with former Penguins tough-guy defense guy, Dennis Owchar who give us tips on checking, poke-checking vs. hitting a guy, and a rounded off tally as to how many bones, (most notably collar bones) of opposing players that he broke over his career and, his opinion that, Darius Kasparitis was the “crazier” of the 2 if compared
90-minutes of passing/stick-handling which I should have sat in the stand eating popcorn.
90-minutes of a 4-on-4 of another black vs. white shirt scrimmage full ice which was quickly followed by beverages at the Blue Line Grill
The good news is, no Automated External Defibrillator or EMS staff nor orthopedic surgeons had to be utilized. The bad news is, each of the two mornings following the camp, I was fairly certain that I had woken up with rigor mortis. My man Georgey D. recovered inside his locker.
No other pics.. had to be careful about legal paperwork, etc, etc, etc. However, if you have any interest in hockey and have a couple of nickles to gather yourself some equipment before this time next year, I recommend.. no wait….encourage you to get in on this when it comes up again.
In all seriousness, the Pens, namely Mark Shuttleworth, Pen’s Director of Youth Hockey Programs, did a fantastic job with this event. I’m thankful for them holding it, thankful to Dennis and the Ol’ 29’er (and their assistants) for the time they put into this and also thankful that nobody posted any of my lack-of-skills vids on YouTube as far as I know. If interested in this next year, get on the mailing list by sending an intro email to : mshuttleworth (at) pittsburghpenguins (dot) com. And one final thing, I’m VERY, VERY thankful, that Dennis Owchar didn’t break MY collarbone! But if he would have, I would have selfied EVERYONE with the story!
‘Let’s Go Pens!”