In the game of hockey, as in almost every sport, the difference between a championship victory and a heart-breaking defeat often rides on the back of good defensive play.
Developing a rock-solid defence was the focus of one of the latest Shuswap Elite Hockey School sessions hosted at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm Aug. 2.
The hockey school, formerly run by Salmon Arm Minor Hockey but recently taken under the umbrella of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, teaches players young and old, veteran or beginner, the finer points of various core hockey skills. Each session focuses on a different skill set and runs players through various drills and practice scenarios to drive those skills home.
Being able to play well defensively and preventing opponents from getting into the zone is something good players and teams do well, which is why the Shuswap Elite Hockey School puts a focus on those skills.
Silverbacks head coach Scott Atkinson, along with various players with the junior A Silverbacks, hit the ice at the Shaw Centre with the latest group of skaters eager to learn defensive fundamentals.
The Shuswap Elite Hockey School will be running skills sessions up until Aug. 24.
Registration for each week is open until Sunday. For more information, visit www.shuswapelitehockey.com.