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Gopher Sammy Walker utilizes new NCAA rule to start own hockey camp

08/11/2021, 7:00pm CDT
By LPH

Sammy Walker is entering his senior season as a Gopher. The 2O17 Mr. Hockey winner has taken advantage of the new NCAA rule to be able to hold a hockey camp while still playing collegiately. Photo courtesy of University of Minnesota/Dan Hempel

Sammy Walker is taking his game to a new level this summer. With a new rule that allows college athletes the opportunity to make income of their likeness and their sport, Walker has become entrepreneurial with Sammy Walker Hockey, a new set of clinics to run this month.

Walker, who will captain the University of Minnesota this season, is poised to make a name for himself not just in a Gophers jersey, but by running his own hockey camp.

"The new rule allows me the opportunity to give back to the community through being able to use my name and help others," said Walker, an Edina native and former Mr. Hockey winner.

He will run the camp at Richfield Ice Arena Aug. 16-18. The clinics consist of three full days of on and off-ice activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are 2.5 hours of ice each day and include morning skill sessions and afternoon competitions. Outdoor activities include kickball, whiffle ball and more competitive activities where scores will be kept for final team winners at the end of the camp. Players will be able to have a Q and A session and take pictures with Walker, who was a seventh round pick by Tampa Bay in 2O17.  Levels include Mite and Squirts are for both boys and girls.

Walker said he came up with the idea after he found out about the NCAA's new rule.

"I have worked many camps as a counselor or coach, but was never able to run my own," he said. "Now, with the new rule I can do that."

Walker's clinics will include Gopher teammates and some of his former coaches. The camp will wrap up with an award ceremony and ice cream social on Wednesday afternoons.

"Giving back to the community through running camps is the best," he said. "I can show youth players my favorite drills, skills and games. I designed this camp as the camp I would have wanted at their age."

Walker added the camp would offer young players a chance to get to know him as more than just a hockey player.

"The new rule allows me to use my own image and brand to let people see the real Sammy Walker, not just a guy playing hockey."

He hopes to expand the camp next year with other locations and older age groups.

But that isn't his only goal. With one more year as a Gopher, he hopes it is a memorable one.

"Our goal is to win the national championship and nothing short of that," he said. "After college I hope to keep my hockey career going and play professionally."

For more information and to register visit www.sammywalkerhockey.com

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