The Blue Jackets teamed up with Buffalo Wild Wings to provide a street hockey clinic for the Westside Boys and Girls Club this week. Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard was on-hand to help with the launch.
"I think that most of the kids here didn't know much about hockey (before the clinic)," said Savard. "It's nice to come here and help them learn the basic things about hockey."
After the clinic, the Blue Jackets
donated the street hockey equipment to the club so the kids can continue to learn and play the game. Buffalo Wild Wings provided dinner for the entire club, as well as a free puck and voucher for a free kid's meal to each participant.
Savard took on the role of coach for the roughly 50 attendees, and he came away impressed by their enthusiasm.
"They're just having fun out there, even if they don't know much about the game. Right away, they want to play," said Savard. "It's great to see the kids having fun playing hockey. It's nice to see Columbus becoming a big hockey town."
This was the first of three street hockey clinics this season for the Blue Jackets and Buffalo Wild Wings