Jamestown Ironmen Host Youth Hockey School
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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — The Jamestown Ironmen are closing in on completing their first year as the North American Hockey Leagues newest franchise by hosting their first annual Youth Hockey School.
The 29 campers - ages eight to seventeen - spent a week with the Ironmen going over the fundamentals of hockey. The clinic, run by the Ironmen coaching staff and current players, puts a face to the names on the back of the jerseys these kids see playing in the NAHL and gives the club a greater sense of community involvement.
"For us to improve our standing in the community, we have to do camps like this. Obviously, the more our players are well known and our organization, the more people are going to come to games in the end will help us out as well," said Ironmen head coach Dan Daikawa.
As the Ironmen continue to carve out their place in the Jamestown sporting community, they haven't lost track of what these camps are all about, and that is teaching hockey to these youngsters while still having fun.
"The best part was doing scrimmages against them. It's fun and scary because you never know when the puck is going to come. They shot against me and I get to save them." said goalie Wade Daniels.
"It is really great playing with the Ironmen because they are really good. Since there is no ice in Olean, it is just nice to get out here and get on the ice." said camper Haley Porterfield.
The Ironmen return to the ice August 19th for their 'main tryout camp.'