by Hockey PEI Communications // @HockeyPEI | Jan 3rd, 2022
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Hockey PEI’s 2023 Male Canada Winter Games team has begun its journey despite COVID-19 related restrictions presenting roadblocks to its initial plans.
The team had initially planned to hold an in-person camp in Crapaud over the Christmas break, however, the recent surge in COVID-19 cases caused the camp to be postponed. The team’s staff and High Performance Program management group felt the camp was necessary to keep its program members engaged over the unfortunate pause and to stay committed to the start of its Canada Games process.
Since Thursday, December 30th, 2021, 42 virtual camper’s invitees have been taking part in a series of online mental performance sessions with well-known Mental Performance Coach, Jackson Slauenwhite and have been completing at-home workout sessions to stay in shape with no on-ice activity available to take place.
Head Coach Luke Beck said this camp was something the team could do to make the best of the situation they were in. “Although this is far from ideal, having the players get to work with someone as talented as Jackson will hopefully allow them to learn or build upon an underrated skill”
The 2023 Canada Winter Games is set to take place in Prince Edward Island, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. From February 18 to March 5, the Games will bring together 3,600 athletes, managers, and coaches, across 20 different sports, for the largest multi-sport event in the country.