Puck drops on 2022 Twin Ports Pro Development Camp

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Professional players, University of Minnesota Duluth ( UMD) Bulldogs, and Northland youth all stepped onto the ice together Monday morning as the puck was dropped on day one of the 2022 Twin Ports Pro Development Camp (TPPDC).

Owner and head instructor Brett Olson shared some of the fundamentals that have kept the event rolling strong into it’s seventh year.

"We try to stay focused on the importance of the fundamentals and the skating aspect of the game, try to use our knowledge in introducing a few different drills that we have in the past," Olson said. "We like to stay consistent, part of the game is learning how to be a consistent player."

Around 30 kids from squirts to bantams laced up their skates at the Superior Ice Arena.

Returning for his second season is goalie coach, former Bulldogs, Ben Patt. He sported his maroon and gold pads to help inspire potential future Bulldogs.

"A lot of us here are alumni so a lot of us can relate, if not still playing, so it’s great the way they look up to you. We were all there once at one point so I think it’s always important to remember that, and try to give back as much as we can. One of the best ways to do it is out here on the ice," claimed Patt.

Their star studded coaching staff will grow as the camp runs through Thursday with UMD women’s hockey star Gabbie Hughes joining in.