ORONO – When you’re a program as storied as Maine hockey, there’s a bit of a balancing act when trying to look towards the future while remembering past success. That continues this summer in a slightly unsual way, with the Black Bears welcoming some players who could where the Blue and White down the road.
Maine hockey’s youth camp is underway as of this week. The Black Bears welcome five different age groups to Alfond Arena this month. It’s youngest campers, the Pewees, Mites, and Squirts, were the first to take the ice. Although that camp has concluded, those for the Bantam and High School players will be held on the final week of July.
With several UMaine players spending the offseason in pro development camps, head coach Red Gendron said this is a great time for the staff to enjoy the game with no pressure.
“They are just so enthusiastic,” he said. “It’s rejuvenating for the coaches. There’s no pressure, there’s no scoreboard. You get to see the joy on the youngster’s faces, and they have joy because they get to skate in this place.”