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Hockeyville kicks off with figure-skating clinic

Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 12:31 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

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Hockeyville kicks off with figure-skating clinic

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario -- A group of about 30 girls took the ice for a figure-skating clinic at the Stirling & District Recreation Centre on Sunday morning to kick off the town's Kraft Hockeyville celebration.

Canadian Olympic silver medalist Elizabeth Manley served as the instructor for the pair of 45-minute sessions. Nine-year-old Madison Myers took part as a student while her older sister Lindsay Newbury-Myers assisted Manley.

"Liz is just great to have out hear teaching these kids because she works so well with them," said Nick Myers, the proud father who was looking on with his wife, Laurie. The duo will serve as linesmen for tonight's alumni game that will feature Stirling native Rob Ray, Brad Marsh, Laurie Boschman and other former NHL players.

Nick credited the sister of Ray, Cindy Brand, the chairperson for the town's campaign, for making figure skating part of the festivities.

"I'm very grateful to her for getting the ball rolling on getting figure skaters involved," Nick said. "The support from everyone has been amazing."

There will be more clinics Monday and Tuesday with some of the NHL alumni taking part as instructors.

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