Some familiar faces are coming back to Prince Albert.
Former pro hockey player Dale Henry - who was born and raised in the city - along with his pal and Prince Albert Raider legend Dan Hodgson are returning to their old stomping grounds next week and bringing their hockey expertise with them.
The pair, who became fast friends during their Western Hockey League days in the 1980s, are set to put on a hockey camp, called the Henry-Hodgson Program, March 19-22 at the Art Hauser Centre.
"The idea to hold a hockey camp has been in my mind for a while," said Hodgson, who led the Raiders to their only Memorial Cup in 1985 and still holds team records in goals, assists and points.
"So not too long ago I was talking with Dale and ran it by him. He thought it was a good idea and here we are, getting ready to go."
For both Henry and Hodgson, the camp will be their first. And what better place to start things out than back in Prince Albert.
"It's where I grew up playing all my minor hockey and it's where Danny played his junior," said Henry, who played junior in Saskatoon and went on to play pro hockey for 23 seasons including several stints with the New York Islanders. "We talked it over and decided that Prince Albert is where we wanted to hold our first camp.
"That's where our roots are."
And speaking of roots, Hodgson - a Cree originally from Fort McMurray, Alta. - and Henry - with MÉtis roots - also want their camp to extend to their ancestral background.
"The overall picture goes deeper than just hockey camps," said Hodgson, who saw action with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks before playing for many years in Europe.
"Sure we'll do that, but we also want to focus on the aboriginal side of things. We want to give back to both the community and our aboriginal backgrounds."
The Henry-Hodgson camp is open to boys and girls aged 6-17. Registration at the Art Hauser Centre will be held March 17 and 18 from 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, March 19: 6:45-7:45 p.m., novice and atom; 8-9 p.m., peewee and bantam; 9:15-10:15 p.m., midget.
Friday, March 20: 4:45-6 p.m., "The Difference" hockey talk.
Saturday, March 21: 5:30-6:45 p.m., novice and atom; 7-8:15 p.m., peewee and bantam; 8:30-9:45 p.m., midget.
Sunday, March 22: 8:30-9:30 a.m., novice; 9:45-10:45 a.m., atom; 11-12 p.m., peewee; 12:15-1:15 p.m., bantam; 1:30-2:30 p.m., midget.
The camp will focus on skating, stickhandling, shooting and the way you think the game. The cost to attend is $200.
For more information, or any inquiries, call Dan Hodgson at 780-850-3706 or 780-642-1177.