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‘King Henrik’ Inspires Kids to Keep Dreaming in Brewster

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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Alex Zecca of Mahopac.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Alex Zecca of Mahopac.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had an active presence at the first Henrik Lundqvist Hockey ProCamp over the weekend at Brewster Ice Arena in Brewster. Over the two-day workshop Lundqvist worked hands-on with the young hockey players—giving them pointers, camaraderie and words of encouragement.

“It is important to dream and set goals,” said Lundqvist to the campers. “Then as you reach a goal you create another one.” He even encouraged the handful of female players to dream of making it to the NHL.

The camp, which had players from age 7 to 15, featured skills clinics, scrimmages and drills.

During a specialized clinic for goalies, Lundqvist spoke about the importance of staying focused while in the goal—not dwelling on a bad move or getting too elated on a good save.  “It is not good to allow yourself to feel too high or too low, because that is when you let your guard down. You have to let those moments roll right off of you. Your team is depending on you.”

There were almost hundred campers on the ice and dozens of players where from Westchester and Putnam. There were some who traveled from as far as Colorado and Texas.

“This was the first camp that he has ever done that had his name attached to it,” said Steve Santini, owner of Brewster Ice Arena.  “He took that very seriously and was actively involved with the kids during the entire camp. They all looked like they were having fun out there.”

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