July 27, 2010 :: 12:58pm ET
Win a chance to train with hockey stars
By David Pagnotta, TheFourthPeriod.com

[TORONTO, ON] -- When you were a young hockey fan, you dreamt of playing on the same team as some of the sport's biggest names.

Growing up in Montreal, I'd always fanaticize about skating through past blueline, taking a pass from Guy Lafleur and roofing the game-winning goal in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final (forget about Game 7, my team would win four-straight!).

Everybody does it, regardless of what sport you grew up playing or watching. I played soccer and baseball well before I threw on a pair of skates, so I'd also dream about winning the World Cup or making that diving catch in the outfield of win the World Series.

For one hockey fan, there's a new contest (that I can proudly say TFP is a part of) out there that gives you the chance to train alongside some of hockey's top stars.

We've teamed up with BioSteel Sports to give one lucky winner (age 7-65) from across Canada the opportunity to participate in a one-day training session with Montreal Canadiens sniper Michael Cammalleri and Team BioSteel.

The BioSteel Pro Hockey Week takes place in Toronto from Aug. 16-20, with the one hockey player, accompanied by one parent (if under the age of 18) or guest, set to train with the likes of Cammalleri, Jason Spezza and Wojtek Wolski.

The winner will receive an expense-paid trip to Toronto to Learn, Skate and Play with Cammalleri, famous sports trainer Matt Nichol and Team BioSteel.

"BioSteel Sports is excited to offer this amazing opportunity to one lucky hockey fan," said John Celenza, President and C.E.O., BioSteel Sports. "To Learn, Skate and Play with Team BioSteel Sports and Michael Cammalleri is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Our commitment to sports lies in creating the best and safest product for our athletes to maximize their potential on and off the ice."

Entering the contest is simple. In 350 words or less, explain why they deserve the chance to become a honorary member of Team BioSteel. Parents of those under 18 are able to apply on behalf of their children and this exclusive contest is provided solely by The Fourth Period.

"I'm thrilled to be teaming up with BioSteel Sports to 'Learn. Skate. Play.' with Team BioSteel," Cammalleri said. "From a very young age I believed that off-season training has made me a better hockey player. I'm excited to share my routine on and off the ice with one lucky hockey fan."

The BioSteel Pro Hockey Week contest website is currently accepting entries. The contest closes August 7, 2010 at 11:59pm ET.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I wish I had growing up. Click here to enter, and best of luck!


David Pagnotta is the Editor-in-Chief of The Fourth Period Magazine and covers the NHL for TheFourthPeriod.com. He is also a contributing writer for NBCSports.com and MSNBC.

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