Hockey school with local legends in the Sault opened for Indigenous youth

SAULT STE. MARIE—In early August, Garden River First Nation’s most famous hockey family returned home this weekend.

Ted Nolan, former NHL Head Coach, and his two sons Brandon and Jordan held a hockey camp on August 7 weekend at the John Rhodes Community Centre.

The weekend’s event has 85 young Indigenous and Métis participants.

The weekend prior, the Nolans were in the Cree Nation of Waskaganish, QC, from August 1-3 and took to Facebook to remark “what a beautiful community.”

“Thank you to Paula and her recreational department team for inviting us to host a hockey school in your community. This was our first time in Waskaganish and it was just amazing. From the youth at the hockey school, to the brand new pool, to the community tour, to the sunset boat ride, we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Cannot wait to come back again soon,” reads the post.

The ‘3 Nolans’ hockey schools first began in 2013, and the trio now travel Canada teaching hockey skills, but most importantly, work ethic.

Jordan Nolan has three Stanley Cup Rings from his time with the LA Kings and St. Louis Blues.
He remains convinced that these camps focus more on skills that will help kids if hockey doesn’t pan out.

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