Sixty area kids are getting a chance to learn about hockey from the best. Utica comets players and former NHL player and owner of the Comets Robert Esche highlight the people they're learning from and it’s all happening at the Utica AUD.
The kids get to run drills on the same ice the comets play on.
“It’s a lot of fun. It’s very interesting. It’s a different level of play," said eleven year old William Hilton.
The Comets said its all about embracing the kids and hockey in the community.
“It’s a chance to give back,” said director of communications for the Comets Mark Caswell,” youth hockey is very important. The numbers need to go up. We need more participation and this is something for the kids that are involved in hockey to learn from the players, learn from a pro hockey player who played in the NHL in Robert Esche, so this is a chance to learn from the best of the best and not many kids get to experience that."
The kids love how much better they're getting.
"A lot of work and it’s just knowing that you're going to get better by doing all this work and all the effort that we've put into this and knowing that you're going to get better," said fourteen year old Mathieu Guernsey.
“You know, you harp on them all the important fundamental skills of skating and of hockey,” said on ice instructor Spencer Noyes,” when they finally, you can see it in their eyes when it finally clicks. It’s a great sense of like 'ah, I helped the kid get better.'"
Girls are also getting in on the action of the camp.
"I’ve always loved to play and I just think its fun when you're being, especially when you're a girl. It’s something different and I’m always used to doing things that are not the same as everybody else," said fifteen year old Frankie Bartolomiee.
The kids said in the end the best part is being on the ice with the other kids.
"It makes it a lot more fun; because you know them and you have more fun with people you know," said Hilton.
“It’s a lot of fun because you get to meet new people and everything else that you normally wouldn’t get to do," said Guernsey.
The comets said they're blown away by how many kids are participating in the camp and they hope it continues to grow for years to come.