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Wadena Hockey Association hosts skating clinic

Instructor Keri Olufson watches as skaters practice a skating drill.1 / 2
Instructor Keri Olufson works individually with skater Josh Dykhoff.2 / 2

As the Wadena Hockey Association strives to be more competitive in the 2013-14 season, they have put in the ice earlier to reintroduce a fall league and have brought in an expert to hold a few skating clinics at the rink.

    Keri Olufson has been hired by the association two teach a few skating clinics.  Olufson is a former competitive figure skater and has been a skating instructor for 35 years.  She has been running the Power Plus Skating School for 29 years.  She lives in Lino Lakes with her family and has two sons who play competitive hockey and help out with the clinics.

     The first day-long skating clinic was held at the Wadena hockey rink on Oct. 19.  The day was divided into four separate one-hour sessions for mites, squirts, peewees and bantams, and varsity teams. The focus of each clinic was to properly teach and improve the skating skills of players.

     “Skaters need constant feedback, correction and repetition.  The camp is about teaching the skaters ‘how’ to do the skills correctly so that they can apply these effectively for their upcoming season” Olufson said.

     The clinic was offered free for players registered with the Wadena Hockey Association and the turnout for the first clinic was substantial.  Olufson and her sons were able to take time to work with skaters individually as well as in small groups. 

     The skaters certainly seemed to be working hard.  More than one student was breathing heavy and had to take breaks. 

     The second skating clinic will be held on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.  The association and Olufson are in talks for a third skating clinic to be held at a later date.