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Chicago Blackhawks’ Tony McKegney and Dustin Byfuglien to Conduct On-Ice Clinics With Chicago Youth Hockey Programs.

by NHL Press Release / Chicago Blackhawks
Former Chicago Blackhawks’ star Tony McKegney will make a special visit to Chicago, Nov. 13 – 15 to participate in a number of events with local youth hockey programs and schools.  On Thursday, McKegney will conduct a hockey clinic with children from the Evanston Youth Hockey Association.  On Saturday, Chicago Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien will join McKegney on the ice for a clinic with the Amateur Hockey Association of Illnois (AHAI).  Both programs are part of the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone initiative.


While in Chicago, McKegney will visit several local schools to talk to students about his life and career in the NHL and the importance of staying in school.

McKegney currently serves as an ambassador for the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative.  He played more than 900 NHL games with seven different clubs from 1978-91.  In 1988, while playing for the St. Louis Blues, McKegney became the first black player in NHL history to score 40 goals in a season.

Media are invited to attend all events.


Schedule:  
Thursday, November 13, 2008
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.                   Martin Luther King Jr.
                                                  Laboratory School
                                                  2424 Lake Street, Evanston IL 60201

7:00 p.m.                                 Evanston Youth Hockey Clinic with Tony McKegney
                                                  Robert Crown Ice Center
                                                  1701 Main St., Evanston, IL 60202

Friday, November 14, 2008
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.                    L.E.A.R.N Charter School
                                                   1132 S Homan Ave., Chicago, IL 60624

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.                    Lawndale Community Academy
                                                   3500 W Douglas Blvd., Chicago, IL 60623

Saturday, November 15, 2008
1:20 - 3:20 p.m.                        AHAI Clinic with Tony McKegney and Dustin Byfuglien
                                                    Center Ice of DuPage
                                                    1 N 450 Highland Ave.
                                                    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137



Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois
AHAI is the local affiliate of USA Hockey and a not-for-profit organization. In 1996, the AHAI Diversity program began with eight players and two coaches. There are currently more than 50 players and 30 volunteer coaches. The AHAI Diversity Program’s mission is to teach and introduce hockey to children of diverse, low-income backgrounds while using hockey as a tool to develop life skills such as self-esteem, responsibility, and teamwork. All participants are provided with the necessary essentials - ice time, equipment, off-ice hockey aids, and coaching in order to succeed.

Among the program's generous supporters is the Chicago Blackhawk Charities.
To learn more visit, http://www.usahockey.com/amateur_hockey_as38/


Evanston Youth Hockey Foundation
The Evanston Hockey Association has offered hockey opportunities for the diverse community of Evanston for over 30 years.  Many of its participants are from the Chicago Public School system where no teams or hockey opportunities exist. A number of the children come from socio-economic circumstances that make it almost impossible to play. EYHA has accepted the responsibility of making sure that these young men and women can continue to play regardless of race or income. Website:
http://www.evanstonhockey.com/

Hockey is for Everyone is a part of the NHL Foundation, the NHL’s charitable and community relations organization, and a major component of the league’s youth hockey programming.  Hockey is for Everyone provides support and unique programming to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children, of all backgrounds, opportunities to play hockey. Since its inception, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed more than 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences.

                         

Contacts:
Clare Mac Clellan, NHL: 212-789-2659, cmacclellan@nhl.com Jay Cohen, AHAI: 708-341-0766, jayco1300@aol.com Tom O’Brien, Evanston: 312-433-7059, thomaswobrien@hotmail.com
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