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Approximately 50 boys and girls aged 8-12 from Pawtucket Youth Hockey Association put on their P.A.S.S gold and white jerseys and had the chance to learn from and skate with Providence Bruins and Boston prospects Lane MacDermid
and Andrew Bodnarchuk
as well as B’s alumni Tommy Songin and Bobby Miller.
“It’s nice to have some people out here who have some experience that can teach us a few things,” said Tyler, a 12 year-old Pee-Wee player of having the B's come to his home rink.
Young players of all skill levels worked on their skating, stick-handling and shooting through 1-on-0’s, 1-on-1’s and various other drills.
Miller and Songin both gave some skating tips and encouraged the young players to keep their feet moving and follow up on their rebounds. Meanwhile, MacDermid and Bodnarchuk each took an end of the ice to feed passes during the drills and dispense some advice to the kids throughout the session.
MacDermid said the practice took him back to his early days of minor hockey.
“You were once those kids,” he said. "I remember seeing other players and looking up to them, so it’s quite the experience."
The Providence forward has been busy playing for the B’s, but was glad he had the chance to come out and support youth hockey...[so]Whenever you get the opportunity it’s always good to give back."
“It’s fun. I was looking forward to it,” added Bodnarchuk, who wanted to remind young hockey players why they should be playing the game.
“I think that’s the biggest part for these kids, is to make sure they have fun with it and stay involved with the sport,” explained the blue-liner.
Kelly, whose son plays goalie for the Mite-A team, registered Pawtucket Youth Hockey when she saw the TD P.A.S.S. promotion on Bostonbruins.com. Upon getting the news that the B’s would be coming to host a clinic this year, she was ecstatic
“We got the email and my kids were jumping up and down,” she said. “We were all very happy.”
After the clinic ended, the kids had the chance to get autographs from MacDermid, Bodnarchuk, Miller and Songin and TD Bank representatives presented the Pawtucket Youth Hockey Organization with a check for $1,000.
Thanks to TD Bank, each boy and girl who signed up for the clinic also received a Bruins gift-bag, a P.A.S.S. jersey, and two tickets to the Bruins game against the New Jersey earlier this month.
The TD PASS Clinic series will continue on through the winter as it reaches youth hockey organizations all across New England, teaching the fundamentals and reminding young players that’s its always for the fun of the game. ---John Griffin