Ryan Dingle skates up the ice during a game last season with a professional team in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Dingle will host a series of camps in Steamboat Springs this summer, hoping to inspire other young players to chase their dreams.

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Ryan Dingle skates up the ice during a game last season with a professional team in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Dingle will host a series of camps in Steamboat Springs this summer, hoping to inspire other young players to chase their dreams.

Former high school, college hockey standout brings camps to Steamboat Springs

— For the third year in a row, Ryan Dingle and Elite Hockey Training will bring a series of camps to the Howelsen Hill Ice Arena this summer.

“This is a nice way to give back to a community that gave so much to me,” Dingle said Monday.

Dingle, who grew up in Steamboat Springs and attended The Lowell Whiteman School, is now playing professional hockey in Italy.

He also played at the University of Denver for three years, where he was part of the team that won a national championship during his freshman year in 2005.

“It’s not easy,” Dingle said about making it in the world of hockey. “But I’m a pretty good example of how far you can go with hard work and dedication. I want to pass that along to younger players, and let them know that anything is possible.”

The camps will include a five-day squirt camp, which will run from July 8 to 12, and a five-day girls that runs from July 15 to 19. There also will be three camps, including a bantam/pee wee camp, a high school camp and a goalie camp that will take place Aug. 14 to 18. All of the camps, with the exception of the squirts camp, include an off ice physical training element.

“We are not going to change these players in a week,” Dingle said. “But we will offer them the tools to become successful on the ice.”

The camps include on-ice instruction off-ice training sessions, video review and pre- and post-camp testing.

Dingle runs the camps in Steamboat Springs along with assistants Brent Tollar and goalies coach David Schantz in Italy.

Dingle has hosted the camps for three years and enjoys returning to the mountains of northern Colorado where he grew up. His mother still lives in Steamboat Springs, and this camp gives him a chance to get home for a few weeks.

The camp still has openings, and walk-ins are welcome on the first day of the camp. Those wanting to register in advance should contact Dingle at www.elitehockeytraining@gmail.com.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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