It is a big weekend for high school hockey players with the ultimate goal of continuing their careers in college.
The Coulee Region Chill are hosting a three-day "futures camp" at Green Island Ice Arena.
The camp is about more than providing exposure. The Chill coaching staff, as well as Freeze head coach Ryan Egan and assistant coaches from Marian (Wis.) University, St. Olaf (Minn.) College and Saint Mary’s (Minn.) want to help kids prepare for the next step, be it college or playing for a junior team.
Attendees traveled from as far away as Alberta, Canada. There were also 18 players from La Crosse area schools. That partnership is important for Chill Head Coach AJ Degenhardt.
"It's good to see the good turnout from local kids here and kids that want to play at the next level of hockey after they finish up with their high school careers and it's nice to be able to sit down and meet with all the kids at some point here and kind of create that relationship with them and get to know them a little better," Degenhardt said.
"It's kind of surreal I guess because I never thought I'd be playing for a coach that already coaches a junior team," said Onalaska sophomore Cam Oberweiser. "It's kind of cool to come out here, show what I have, show the coaches up there what I have."