HIBBING — Ever since Justin Tomberlin took over as Hibbing/Chisholm High School boys hockey coach, he’s tried his best to put the best quality team on the ice.
It takes hard work and dedication to do that, so Tomberlin, who is about to enter his fourth season behind the bench of the Bluejackets, has kept the summer hockey program alive and well, hoping to develop the skills necessary to compete at the high-school level.
That will be the same this season as the Hibbing/Chisholm Boys Hockey School will kick off Monday at the Hibbing Memorial Arena, and it will run through June 19.
The camp is being run for Mites up to the high-school age players, with times running as follows: High School Boys and second-year Bantams — Monday through Friday, 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. on ice; off ice/weightroom, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Frist-year Bantams and Pee Wees — on ice, Monday through Thursday, 1015 to 11:15 a.m.; off ice/weightroom, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Squirts — on ice, Monday through Thursday, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.; off ice, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 5 to 5:30 p.m.
Mites and Mini Mites — on ice, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 5 to 6 p.m.; no off ice.
The cost is $220 for high school and second-year Bantams; $180 for first-year Bantams and Pee Wees; $180 for Squirts; and $100 for Mites and Mini Mites.
Goaltenders at all levels are free of charge.
The objective of the camp, according to Tomberlin, is emphasizing skill development, learning the Hibbing culture, and most importantly, having fun while doing those things.
“I want to make sure they’re having fun, learning the culture and working on skills,” Tomberlin said. “It’ll give them the tools to continue to work on their skills as they leave and go to their particular programs.
“We have good instructors, guys who will teach them to do things the right way, and give them the tools so they can practice the right way on their own.”
Skill development is the key to becoming competitive on the ice.
“The importance of it is learning how to do all of the different skill development right — skating, shooting, puck-handling, receiving passes, passing and shooting,” Tomberlin said. “It’s about developing a love for the game, the passion for hockey.
“Most of them are there because they love the game. You try to nurture that, reinforce that, along with the game. It’s going to reinforce their work ethic forever, and it’s something they will always remember. I remember my hockey, baseball and football camps when I was a kid because they were fun. Above and beyond everything, the development, that’s secondary to having fun.”
There is not only on-ice activity, but off-ice as well, including weight-room work for the second-year Bantams and high-school age players.
“They will also be doing off-ice training, running and the weightroom,” Tomberlin said. “The mites won’t do any off-ice, but the Pee Wees, Squirts and first-year Bantams will be doing agility work off-ice, but not weight training yet.
“That’s a point of emphasis and it has been since the day I got here. It’s going to continue to be, but that’s a work in progress. You don’t just become a strong team over night. It becomes embedded in the culture and over time, it materializes. It’ll get there.”
To register, complete the waiver and makes checks payable to Bluejakcets Hockey. Send to 400 E. 23rd St., Hibbing, Minn., 55746.
For further Information, contact Terri Anderson at 966-2742.