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40 Players Attend First California Camp

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40 Players Attend First California Camp

More than 40 hockey players, from Mites to Bantams, participated in FCA Hockey’s first California camp, in Stockton on Aug. 1.
 Staffed by former San Jose Sharks assistant coach and current Jr. Sharks coach Derek Eisler and New York Islanders prospect Rhett Rakhshani, the camp taught fundamentals of the game on the ice, and some fundamentals of faith off it.
 The camp included two on-ice sessions – one that focused on skating, passing and stick handling drills, and another on team play – as well as an off-ice session centered on conditioning. Mixed in were devotions led by Mike Benton, the director of broadcast and media relations for the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder, and Pastor Jesse Kenyon, a Stockton-area youth pastor.
 The turnout impressed Rakhshani, a top-10 finalist for college hockey’s Hobey Baker Award this past season while at Denver University.
 “It was a really good turnout for a new camp,” he said.
 Rakhshani shared his testimony with the young players.
 “I touched on how my life in hockey and my life with God are bridged,” he said. “It’s something that is inseparable for me.
 “I emphasized how consistent He is when there are so many inconsistencies in hockey and in life. All we’re asked to do is plant seeds.”
 One seed that was planted was a young player’s new newfound devotion to reading the Bible after the camp.
 “That father was overjoyed when his son started to read the Bible,” Eisler said. “He has been trying to have his boy read it for a long time. But since he found a common sport in hockey, his son started reading.”
 -- Chris Bayee, former editor of California Rubber Magazine

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