BOSTON, MA - On Saturday, November 6, the Boston Bruins and USA Hockey join with over 50 ice rinks throughout New England to host free learn-to-play youth hockey clinics for children ages 4 through 9. Bruins alumni, Bruce Shoebottom and the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team will be at the Porrazzo Rink (Constitution Beach, Coleridge Street, East Boston, MA 02128) from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Through these clinics, participants begin to experience ice hockey and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment. For all participating rinks, please visit www.hockeydayinnewengland.com.
Sessions consist of a general introduction to the sport, including equipment, skating lessons, and a short "game" for all participants. Led by local youth hockey associations across the region, newcomers have access to all the necessary hockey equipment for the event. In addition, on-ice support will be present to assist the kids while they get dressed, stand on skates, hold a stick and learn to skate.
In addition, the Boston Bruins will host a USA Hockey Cross-Ice Program during the first intermission of Saturday's game when the Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues at 7:00 p.m. The USA Hockey Cross-Ice program is based on a model of practicing and playing hockey across the ice surface as compared to practicing and playing lengthwise along the full length of the ice surface. The Cape Cod Canal Youth Hockey Sharks will be dressed up as the NHL Original Six Teams to debut the Cross-Ice Program on the TD Garden ice. Tom Welch, President, and Pat Barrett, Mite Director, as part of Hockey Day in New England, will lead the event.