The 16th edition of the International Ice Hockey Federation's Development Camp has drawn to a close in Vierumaki in Finland.
Nearly 300 players and coaches representing 50 countries were represented at the event which is designed to improve standards in emerging and developing ice hockey nations.
Six different teams were formed at the camp with each having three coaches, a goaltending coach, a team manager and an equipment manager.
As well as skills on the ice, particular focus is given to training up coaches and sports leaders so they can pass on their knowledge to players back home.
"We believe that if we invest into the people's knowledge that this is a great growth for hockey, we hope that they can learn and organise their own seminars and camps in their own countries, to spread the knowledge and make the game better," said IIHF Council member Petr Briza.
One part of the camp saw coaches put in charge of a children's team from Finland.
They had to overcome the language barrier and come up with drills and exercises to keep the youngsters engaged.
This had the added bonus of engaging more young players with ice hockey.
"This is another crucial thing because without the kids we don't play hockey," Briza added.
"And we need to learn how to recruit more kids to hockey and attract kids to come to the rinks."
Aku Nieminen, the camp's director, added: "I would say to everyone that came to this camp, 'this is not the end, this is the beginning'.
"In a way, they are expected to take the camp back home with them, through the lessons they've learned, the training they went through, and the new friendships they have made."