Riendeau spent 10 seasons in the National Hockey League playing for the Montreal Canadiens, the St. Louis Blues, and the Detroit Red Wings in addition to his time with the Bruins. The Quebec native along with Jon Casey formed the star goalie duo that led the Bruins into the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs. Along with his NHL accomplishments, Riendeau has the distinction of being the first Canadian to have signed with a professional hockey team in the Russian Superleague.
"Vince really elevates the level of play," remarked Bill Driscoll, NAHA's Director and Head Coach. "He's able to translate his years of playing with the best hockey players in the world into a succinct program that the girls who attend this camp are able to understand and develop into talents that will make them standouts in the goalie position."
This is the first camp NAHA has hosted on its new home ice. The academy had previously been located in Stowe, VT, but decided to move after a campaign to fund a new skating facility failed. Jay Peak officials worked with NAHA staff to find the academy a new headquarters, one suitable for housing and feeding the 40 athletes that are in residence every year. The Inglenook Lodge, a European-style hotel located less than a mile from the resort, was available, and NAHA and the lodge owners' arrived a purchase agreement giving the academy sole use of the property's 20 lodging rooms, its dining facility, common space, sauna , indoor pool, and surrounding land.
"This (camp) is one of the reasons we were so excited by NAHA's decision to move to Jay Peak," said Steve Wright, the resort's vice president of Sales and Marketing. "In addition to the academy serving as an academic and training center for the continent's top female hockey players during the course of the school year, the camps and tournaments they host during the summer months will serve to boost the economic vitality of the resort and surrounding region during our shoulder seasons."
NAHA's Vincent Riendeau Goalie Camp runs from June 26 to July 1. For registration information visit NAHA's website at www.winter-hawks.org.
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