Russians practice and have fun in Clearwater

Members of the Russian national women's ice hockey team use the North Thompson Sportsplex for four days of practice

Head coach Mikhail Chekanov gives instructions to members of the Russian national women's team during a training session at the North Thompson Sportsplex on Wednesday afternoon

Head coach Mikhail Chekanov gives instructions to members of the Russian national women's team during a training session at the North Thompson Sportsplex on Wednesday afternoon

Head coach Mikhail Chekanov gives instructions to members of the Russian national women’s team during a training session at the North Thompson Sportsplex on Wednesday afternoon, March 23. The team had two on-ice training sessions plus two dryland training sessions per day during the four days they were in Clearwater getting ready for the world championships in Kamloops. Only the one session was open to the public and a large crowd turned out to watch. The session was followed by a fun game between the Russians and female Clearwater Minor Hockey players and alumni.

 

drillLeft: Members of the Russian national women’s hockey team take part in a drill at the Sportsplex. The photo gives only a slight indication of the speed and precision involved.

 

 

 

 

Below:  Members of the Russian national women’s hockey team work to improve their speed and reaction times by playing a game with the goals moved up to the blue line and only two players plus a goalie on each side.

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