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Hockey is for Everyone

USA Hockey, NHL team for Try Hockey for Free Day

Wednesday, 10.31.2012 / 12:18 PM / Hockey is for Everyone


USA Hockey and the National Hockey League are inviting all kids ages 4 through 9 into one of nearly 500 rinks across the United States on Saturday as part of the organization's Try Hockey For Free Day.

Try Hockey For Free Day is part of the second annual Come Play Hockey Month sponsored by USA Hockey.

"Try Hockey For Free is the cornerstone of Come Play Hockey Month as we introduce the sport to thousands of children," Pat Kelleher, assistant executive director of development for USA Hockey, said in a statement. "The initiative provides an opportunity to become active in hockey and hopefully spark a passion for the game."

USA Hockey is offering free equipment and experience is not required. Registration forms and more information can be found online at TryHockeyForFree.com.

NHL, Thurgood Marshall College Fund to partner on new scholarship

Gary Bettman appointed to serve on Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board of Directors

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 2:33 PM / Hockey is for Everyone


NEW YORK – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman today announced plans to join forces with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) on an entirely new four-year academic scholarship for participants of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) initiative, the League's official youth development program. The scholarship, slated to launch in 2013, will provide opportunities for qualified HIFE participants to attend any of the country's 47 public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).

Commissioner Bettman's announcement was made during a Congressional Hockey Caucus briefing on Capitol Hill that focused on the positive impact community-based hockey programs have on the development of essential life skills, character and academic success. The announcement comes just weeks following Bettman's appointment to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund board of directors.

'Try Hockey For Free Day' is Saturday across U.S.

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 1:12 PM / Hockey is for Everyone


Participation in youth hockey is reaching historic proportions in the United States -- last season, for the first time ever, more than 100,000 children age 8 and under registered to play hockey, a 15 percent increase from 2008.

This Saturday, 430 local ice rinks across 47 states are expected to conduct a free one-hour clinic to introduce nearly 10,000 kids to the sport on Try Hockey For Free Day, part of a slate of activities scheduled for Come Play Hockey Month.

NHL, USA Hockey team for Come Play Hockey Month

Try Hockey for Free Day, Sled Classic among this year's efforts

Tuesday, 11.01.2011 / 12:09 PM / Hockey is for Everyone


NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) and USA Hockey announced today the inaugural Come Play Hockey Month initiative, a nationwide effort designed to increase participation in the sport of ice hockey in the United States.  Come Play Hockey Month is a component of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) program, which provides children of all backgrounds the opportunity to play hockey.

The nation's youth hockey community and many U.S.-based NHL clubs, players, alumni and fans will support Come Play Hockey Month with a slate of activities -- including Try Hockey for Free Day™ on Saturday, November 5, on which more than 430 local ice rinks across 47 states are expected to conduct a free one-hour clinic to introduce nearly 10,000 kids to the sport of hockey.

Willie O'Ree to lead NHL delegation at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference

First black player in the NHL to attend gathering Sept. 21-24 in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, 09.20.2011 / 12:30 PM / Hockey is for Everyone
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced plans to send representatives and hockey ambassadors to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 41st Annual Legislative Conference, marking the first time the hockey community has had a formal presence at the annual public policy gathering.

Among those in attendance will be NHL legend and Hockey is for Everyone™ Ambassador Willie O'Ree, NHL Vice President of Community Affairs Kenneth Martin, Jr., NHL Network analyst and NHL alumnus Kevin Weekes and local Washington, D.C., youth hockey coaching legend and 2010 Bridgestone Mark Messier Leadership Award recipient Neal Henderson. Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward is scheduled to attend the Phoenix Awards Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 24.

U.S. Congressmen Capuano, Lynch celebrate 2011 Stanley Cup Final at the U.S. Capitol Building

Friday, 06.03.2011 / 2:55 PM / Hockey is for Everyone


NEW YORK -- Representatives Michael Capuano (MA-08) and Stephen Lynch (MA-09) celebrated the Boston Bruins participation in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final at the Samuel Adams statue, on Friday, June 3rd.

Congressmen Capuano and Lynch both represent the City of Boston and are founding members of the Congressional Hockey Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who support youth hockey in America, particularly programs for disadvantaged and disabled youth who might not otherwise be able to afford to play hockey -- including support for the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone™ and NHL Street™ programs and USA Hockey’s youth hockey initiatives. 

Hasek's Heroes to host 2011 O'Ree Skills Weekend

NHL legends Hasek, Fuhr, O’Ree and Bowman to attend

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 4:47 PM / Hockey is for Everyone


NEW YORK -- Hasek's Heroes will host the 2011 Willie O'Ree Skills Weekend March 17-20 in Buffalo, NY. Sponsored by the National Hockey League and the Buffalo Sabres, this exclusive event will bring together more than 45 boys and girls from youth hockey organizations throughout North America, including those based in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Each youngster will represent an affiliate of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative.

Participants will enhance their skills through USA Hockey and NCAA Division I presentations during the on-ice drills and skills showcase and join an on-ice clinic conducted by NHL alumni. At Canisius College, guest speakers will provide valuable information about safety, goal setting and academic achievement and advice on what it takes to get to the next level.  Buffalo mayor Byron Brown also will address participating youngsters.

Yankee Doodle Dandies: U.S. Paralympic gold revisited

Friday, 07.02.2010 / 2:47 PM / Hockey is for Everyone

John McGourty - NHL.com Staff Writer

When it comes to monumental accomplishments, the milestones most cited are Tiger Woods' 15-stroke victory in the 2000 U.S. Open; the 1972 Super Bowl-champion Miami Dolphins' 17-0 record; and Secretariat's 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

Add to the list the United States Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won the gold medal in March at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver by going 5-0 and outscoring its opponents, 19-0. Japan, which upset 2006 winner Canada in the semifinal, won silver and Norway beat Canada for the bronze.

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