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Bonterre bringing in pros to teach lacrosse skills

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Former professional lacrosse player Troy Bonterre is offering local players a chance to learn from National Lacrosse League stars.

The former Rochester Knighthawk defender is holding the Pro Performance Lacrosse Camp in July at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.

“There hasn’t been any big lacrosse camp since I started playing junior here,” the Owen Sound resident said in a recent interview.

“It’s the first one that I know of, especially with the pro guys coming in to help out. I’ve had a lot of people get excited about it but some reason the word hasn’t got out like we thought it would.”

Bonterre had a goal and nine assists in 77 career NLL games over nine seasons. He added two goals six playoff games. He’s a graduate of the Owen Sound Dutchmen junior B system and he also suited up for the Owen Sound Woodsmen senior B team.

Bonterre has toyed with the idea of holding a lacrosse camp for a few years but never really had the time.

“I’ve always wanted to do a camp but with me playing and then work, it was hard to commit,” said Bonterre. “Being retired now, I’ve got the time.”

The camp runs July 8 to 12 from 9 a.m. until noon for player ages 7 to 10 and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 11 to 14.

There is limited space for goalies and special rates for the netminders.

The camp will focus on fundamentals, tactical and technical skills and include dry land training.

Each age group will be split up into three groups with two on the arena floor and one doing dry-land training.

“It’s good to change things up and get them working a bit,” said Bonterre.

Bonterre is also bringing in several NLL players, some he’s played with and others who are friends. Buffalo Bandits’ defender Billy Dee Smith will be at the camp all week as will former Arizona defender Mark Cochrane.

Others dropping in throughout the week include Colorado’s Adam Jones and Mat MacLeod as well as Buffalo sniper Jamie Rooney.

“And there will be a few more that I’m working on right now,” said Bonterre. “I’m going to keep them as a surprise” for the campers.

The dry-land training is being run by Velocity Sports Performance and Fitness, which is run by Brandon McMillen who plays for the Owen Sound Quantum Properties NorthStars.

The registration fee is $160 (plus HST) and that includes a T-shirt and a water bottle. Since this is a privately run camp there is not a $100 user fee for people who live outside of Owen Sound.

Players must be registered by late June. For more information e-mail pplaxcamp@yahoo.ca or visit the Pro Performance lacrosse camp page on Facebook.

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