HMI and Boschman hold camp in Caronport
For 14 seasons, Laurie Boschman continually put the puck in the net at the highest level.
Now, Boschman is trying to teach other hockey players the skills to succeed — on and off the ice.
The Kerrobert native and former Winnipeg Jets forward was in Caronport this week as part of a Hockey Ministries International (HMI) camp.
There were about 100 boys and girls aged nine to 17 participating in the weeklong hockey, and faith-based camp.
“We talk to the kids about different techniques for skating, passing and puck handling … those basic techniques of hockey,” said Boschman. “Of course, we are a Christian camp as well. We talk to the kids about values and principles that are found in Scripture and how they can apply them in their lives.”
HMI puts camps and other programs on throughout Canada, the United States and Europe in the summer months.
Boschman has been involved with HMI since he was 25 years old and was playing with the Jets in the NHL.
“I have been involved with them for 29 years doing this kind of hockey programming,” he said. “I am involved with them on a full-time basis now, but before, I just used to help out in the summer months in camps.”
According to their website, the organization uses professional instructors, including David Booth, Derek Whitmore, Chico Resch, John Vanbiesbrouck and Boschman, among others.
“We use players like myself who are former NHL players, we use collegiate players, junior hockey players, U.S. college players and American Hockey League players,” he said. “We use a variety of individuals to share with the kids on and off the ice.”
The camp was a weeklong sleepover in Caronport and this program has been going on out there for about 20 years.
“We provide a really high quality camp,” said Boschman. “Our camp is unique because we use an international flavour when we teach these young athletes about skill development.
“We also have the Christian training and we feel you can combine faith and hockey. It is about combining their love for hockey and introducing concepts that are found in the Scriptures that can help them as hockey players and as people.”
Throughout the week, the athletes participated in various activities, including swimming in Moose Jaw, ball hockey, dry land training as well as the three-hour on-ice training sessions. In the evenings, instructors would talk about their faith and how it has impacted their lives.
“Our hope for our off-ice program is that these young people will consider some of the claims in the Scriptures,” said Boschman. “Get a chance to understand who God is and how applying some of those principles can help them navigate some of the challenges they may face in life.”
For more information on upcoming camps or about the program, visit www.hockeyministries.org.