Doug Cheechoo wants every aboriginal hockey player to have their best opportunity to succeed in game.

So three years ago he created the Hockey Camp of Hope, a camp for aboriginal players only, where they can feel comfortable on the ice while growing their skill set and learn more about the game and everything that surrounds it, including some of the challenges unique to aboriginal athletes.

The camp moves around throughout Ontario, but has settled in Sudbury during the summer where Cheechoo and his group can spend a week with a group of elite players who have dreams of playing at the game’s highest levels. The camp is taking place this week at Sudbury’s Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.

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