Potulny Camps Invade Mariucci Arena

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Kyle Rau at the 2012 Potulny Camps.
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More than 70 youth players have hit the ice over the last two weeks at Mariucci Arena as participants at the third annual Potulny Camps, organized by Minnesota assistant coach Grant Potulny and staffed by current and former Gophers including Kyle Rau, Mark Alt, Nick Bjugstad, Erik Haula and Nate Schmidt.

"Being part of Minnesota and being part of the fabric (of the state) is important to us...we're just having a blast out here," Potulny said. "Every year we cap it early because we fill up in a hurry, and it's on purpose. We want it to be a good camp, we want kids to enjoy it and want to come back again." 

With 10-plus hours of on-ice instruction each week, the pair of camp sessions (mites were on the ice last week and squirts in Week 2) focused on key fundamentals of hockey from some of the top names in college hockey. 

"It's been a great week so far, we're having a lot of fun. The kids are having a blast, and that's the biggest thing," Schmidt - a 2012 All-WCHA honoree last season - said. 
In addition to on-ice training, campers also enjoyed special guest instructions from former Gophers and NHL veterans Ryan Potulny and Paul Martin, appearances by NHL All-Stars Thomas Vanek, Blake Wheeler and Keith Ballard, a special Gopher NHL alumni autograph session and an afternoon of off-ice activities at TCF Bank Stadium.

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