Young hockey players take to the ice to learn new positions

With hockey season well underway, the Juneau Douglas Ice Association kicked off a series of skills development camps designed to help players interested in playing any position, including goalie. Thirty-four kids stormed the ice Sunday afternoon for one hour of instruction and some friendly competition among themselves. All photos by Steve Quinn

Neal Chapman, right, pulls double duty as a student and teacher as a group of goalies work on their game during a JDIA skills development camp.

Goalies come in all size as they listen to instructions from coach Matt Noreen.

JDIA Coach Matt Boline has some fun with Ilya Wallace during a puck handling drill.

Gage Cooney, right, chases down teammate Gabe Miller during a drill at JDIA’s skills development camp.

Minta Schwartz, left, and Mac Brna chase down a puck during a drill at JDIA’s skills development camp.

Matt Noreen works with a small group of goalies during JDIA’s skills development camp that attracted nine goalies.

Aspiring goalie Colton Johns gets ready to stop an on-coming puck during JDIA’s skills development camp that attracted nine goalies.

JDIA Coach Matt Boline prepares a group of 25 skaters for their next drill. The camp attracted players ages 5-18.

Goaltender coach Heather Strickland works with Anna Dale during JDIA’s skills development camp that attracted nine goalies.

Goaltender coach Heather Strickland chats with player/coach Neal Chapman, who is a varsity goalie for Juneau Douglas High School.

JDIA Coach Matt Boline demonstrates a shot to a group of players attending the association’s skills development camp.

Zack Stagg gets set during a drill where shots could be coming from any direction as the puck gets passed among a group of shooters during JDIA’s skills development camp that attracted nine goalies.

Goaltender Coach Matt Noreen works alongside Jax White during JDIA’s skills development camp that attracted nine goalies.