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WORLD JUNIOR CAMP RECEIVES GENEROUS DONATION FROM LOCAL RED DEER STUDIO OWNER

Since November 23rd, the Canadian World Junior selection camp has been placed in a mandatory quarantine following two players testing positive for COVID-19. With practices possibly getting back underway on December 7th, the team needed a way to stay active during the two-week break.

Hockey Canada senior vice-president of national teams, Scott Salmond, received a call from Colleen Manning, who has owned a local fitness studio called "Studio Pilates Fitness & Wellness" for the past 19 years, and is also a fitness consultant for the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels. Manning offered to help to provide spin bikes for the team to borrow during their quarantine. She knew there were many spin bikes not being used due to the current restrictions in place in Alberta.

“I knew there were so many bikes in the city that aren’t being used [since] we’re all shut down right now.” Manning said.

Coordinator of National Teams, Brennan Baxandall helped procure the 69 spin bikes, with help from Colleen Manning, and Merrick Sutter, senior vice-president of hockey operations for the Red Deer Rebels, who both put him in contact with other people in the fitness community.

“Colleen really led the charge, mobilizing the community to ensure all players and staff had bikes in their rooms within 36 hours of being quarantined,” Baxandall says. “We can’t thank her enough for her help and quick response and are looking forward to her instruction.”

While the spin bikes were in the midst of arriving, sports performance manager Adam Douglas planned what the 14-day quarantine would look like for the players:

“While somewhat generalized in lacking equipment with just body weight and towels, we needed to have a plan to help continue to build some training effects for these players because when we come out of quarantine, we need to be ready for international competition,” Douglas said.

“A bike is a piece of equipment that a hockey player is comfortable with, they would have used it in their summer conditioning, they would have used it in their in-season conditioning … that’s big for comfort level, big for the athlete knowing they’re doing whatever they can to make the team and succeed for Team Canada,” Douglas went on to add.

Douglas is excited to have Collen Manning helping with the conditioning part of their training plan, he went on to say:

“To do a longer session like a spin class, we can hit some power, power endurance and some aerobic endurance. The goal coming out of this is we don’t lose a step in our strength, our power, our conditioning.”

The World Junior Selection Camp can get back underway as early as December 7th as mentioned. They were scheduled to have a six-game series against the U-Sports All-Stars, both game this past weekend were cancelled, as well as the two scheduled for December 5th and 6th. They are set to play the U-Sports All-Stars again on December 12th and 13th.

Canada will play two pre-tournament games, the first is December 21st against Sweden, and the second is December 23rd against Russia. Both games will be at 6 pm ET/4 pm MT (local time).



They will kick off their tournament as usual on Boxing Day, where Canada will face Tim Stuetzle and Germany at 6 pm ET/4 pm MT (local time).

Source: Madison Koekkoek/Hockey Canada
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