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      A chance to train with professional athletes

      Justin Florek trains with Dustin Brancheau at Advantedge Sports in Marquette.

      Two professional hockey players from Marquette are sharing their training skills with young local athletes while raising money at the same time. Next Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Advantedge Sports in Marquette, Justin Florek and Mark Olver will demonstrate stick handling and show how to add power and speed to skating.

      Proceeds from the training session go to the Iron Range Hockey Association's Learn to Skate program. The event is sponsored by Advantedge, Iron Range Hockey Association and Upper Peninsula Health Plan.

      Florek and Olver both played college hockey for NMU. Olver plays for the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, and Florek is in the Boston Bruins' organization. The two pros are staying in shape this summer with trainers at Adventedge who will also be at the training session. Dustin Brancheau, a trainer at Advantedge, explained what he will be doing with the young hockey players on Wednesday.

      "We want to make sure that these kids are doing proper form, and we'll definitely go through bench press, vertical leap," said Brancheau.

      Florek said he wants to help young athletes get acclimated to working out.

      "The biggest thing about this is learning what it takes to be a good pro and the work ethic you have to put in, day in and day out, and you can never take a day off," said Florek.

      Wednesday's event costs $5. To register, call Advantedge at (906) 273-1451.