Wednesday, October 22, 2008
KidSport, in partnership with BC Hockey and the NHLPA, held a very special event for the Hazelton Minor Hockey Association this past weekend at the Skeena Ice Arena in Hazelton, BC. The event was made possible by KidSport and their dedication to the sport of hockey in BC.
A Mentorship Coach Clinic was held on Friday evening for the coaches of the Hazelton Minor Hockey Association. On Saturday, a special on-ice session was held for the players of the Hazelton Minor Hockey Association. Former Vancouver Player, Gino Odjick was on hand to assist BC Hockey’s Master Specialty Clinic Instructor (Brent Arsenault) with running the on-ice session for the players.
The players were broken into three (3) groups, based on age, and were on the ice for two, one hour sessions. The first session was a skill development program, focusing on skating and puck control. The second session had the kids participate in mini games. The Event was hi-lighted when Gino Odjick spoke to the kids of Hazelton during a lunch held Saturday afternoon. He presented the Hazelton Minor Hockey Association with five (5) sets of goalie equipment, and fielded questions about his NHL career.
“When KidSport first approached BC Hockey about the Hazelton Event, we were ecstatic to have the opportunity to be involved with the event for the Hazelton Minor Hockey Association”, said BC Hockey Executive Director, Barry Petrachenko, “But the results have far exceeded our expectations and truly has left a legacy with the Hazelton Minor Hockey Association, and community.”
KidSport is a branch of Sport BC that is dedicated to helping children across BC participate in Sport. KidSport has a number of Chapters across the province of BC and has continued to grow from year to year. Since the inception of KidSport, $435,000 has been provided in grants to young hockey players in BC. Hockey players have been the largest beneficiary of the KidSport program since its inception.
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