A group of hockey-playing girls is getting a free hockey camp from a former NHLer with a Saskatchewan connection.
Brent Sopel played with the Saskatoon Blades and the Swift Current Broncos in the Western Hockey League before launching a 13-year career with the Vancouver Canucks, the Chicago Blackhawks and other NHL teams.
This week, the former defenceman held his first-ever all-girls camp in Saskatoon and then told families of the 30 players that the $950 registration fee would be refunded to help promote future camps.
"Essentially, what I want them to go back and build this camp little by little, year by year, just by the word of mouth, that they had a great time," he said.
Sopel says people had been after him for the past four years to start an all-girls hockey camp. He doesn't understand why there aren't more of them.
"They can spread the word that it was a great camp, that they were treated with respect, they learned a ton," he said.