Jake Allen Hosts Free Goaltending Camp In Fredericton
This past weekend, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen returned to his hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick to host a free goaltending camp. The camp runs as part of his not-for-profit Program 34, and was open to all Bantam AAA goaltenders from across the province. In total, 28 goaltenders were able to take part in this year’s event.
He calls it “Jake Allen Fantasy Goalie Camp”. Allen not only covered the on-ice instruction, but also the accommodation and meals for each goaltender. There were a number of guest speakers that came and gave lectures for the young goaltenders, as well.
Allen spoke to CBC about why he feels like he needs to return the favour:
“I really want to try to aspire to produce some more goaltenders out of the province, some more athletes and good kids. I think a lot of goalies have all the skill in the world, especially nowadays, but that’s only half the battle. I think knowing how to play the game and understanding the game, and understanding your game — I think that’s the biggest thing that makes the difference in the long run.”
The camp coincides with the Jake Allen Celebrity Classic golf tournament, which is set to take place July 12th and 13th at Fredericton’s Kingswood Park golf course.
It is only the second time he has hosted the tournament, but it looks to be a another big hit. Last year, they were able to donate $25,000 in scholarships, $25,000 to the Alzheimer’s Society of New Brunswick, and $60,000 worth of hockey equipment to the local Fredericton Youth Hockey Association and St. Stephen Minor Hockey.
The celebrity participants confirmed for this year’s tournament include his St. Louis Blues goaltending partner Carter Hutton, former NHL goaltender-now-analyst Darren Pang, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, former NHLer and CBC colour commentator Craig Simpson, and more.
Jake Allen continues to lead the way as more than just a goaltender, but also a proud philanthropist. With his Fantasy Goaltending Camp and Celebrity Golf Classic, the summer is more than just about training for next season.