The season hasn’t started just yet, but the Prince Albert Mintos are already team building by literally constructing their own weight room.
“We have dry land training every second day and the team skates every day. Other than that…we try to share the weight room with the Raiders as much as possible but weight training has been limited,” Mintos Board Member Merle Kozun said.
The midget AAA team had a deep playoff run last season but was plagued with injuries. Kozun said having their own weight room will make the Mintos more physically fit, especially when it comes to upper body strength.
“We are hoping to minimize injuries,” he said. “The other thing is rehab will be done right here too. Instead of going to a gym, they can come right to the rink.”
The weight room had been in the works for a few years but the team didn’t have a location until Prince Albert City Council gave the go-ahead to build it behind the concession in the Art Hauser Centre. The weight room is being funded by the Mintos, however, Kozun said the team is looking for sponsors. The room will include treadmills, bikes, weight bars with safety devices allowing players to train on their own, and a new vibration machine to help loosen muscles before game time.
Mintos defenceman Alex Moar and winger Kevin Ledoux are helping to build the room alongside board members Merle and Andy Kozun, Mel Kelley, Mike Mazurak and bricklayers Ron Robert and Ludwig Hesp.
“It’s pretty cool to have our own space and be with our own team and not have interference with others,” Ledoux said.
Construction of the weight room is expected to be done within the next week.
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