ALPENA, MI – The Northern Lights Arena hosted the Elite Hockey Performance Development Camp where local Alpena hockey players worked on developing their on-and-off ice skills.
The EPH staff were on the lookout for the best hockey towns in Michigan and landed on Alpena. 18 players ranging between six to 13-years old were led by head instructor, Jacob Dobberstein. “We looked around the state for an area that we believe would be a good hockey town,” he said. “An area we thought we could develop, and Alpena happened to be one of them.”
The camp consisted of multiple on-and-off ice drills, dry land conditioning, and even a classroom session focused on nutrition. “The main goal of the camp is for the players to get better,” Dobberstein said. “It’s totally up to the individual and what they get out of it.”
Running for four hours in a four day span, the development camp helps athletes prepare for their upcoming tryouts and seasons. “It just helps them prepare a little bit earlier,” said Dobberstein.