Somerville, MA - On Oct. 28, the Boston Bruins held their first TD Bank P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) Clinic of the season, where 53 Squirts from the Somerville Youth Hockey program had the chance to skate with Zach Trotman and Brett Connolly. These fun, hour-long clinics are designed to promote the sport of hockey and increase skills of young players in the New England area.
“It was good to pay back and see the smiles on the kids faces and kind of give back to those kids,” Connolly said. The clinic proved to be beneficial for both the instructors and the children involved.
When asked if he participated in any similar clinics as a kid, Connolly replied, “I remember doing hockey schools for the junior teams that were in my city that I grew up in, and I didn’t get to do anything with the NHL players in Canada but if I was a kid and we had a couple of guys in the NHL come out, and practice, it’d be quite the thrill.”
To kick off the afternoon, TD Bank presented the Somerville Youth Hockey program with a $1,000 donation. In addition, each participant received two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game as well as a TD Bank P.A.S.S. jersey and gift bag. Then it was time for the skaters to take the ice.
The skaters partook in three separate on-ice drills led by the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. Trotman and Connolly were on the ice assisting and participating in skating and shooting drills, including a three-on-three game that was played at center ice.
Both Trotman and Connolly understand how important it is for the Bruins organization to give back to the Boston community. “It’s good because these are the people that are coming and supporting us, and we were kids one day too,” Connolly said. “So it’s always good to pay back to the community.”
Trotman added, “I think it’s really important any time you can be a leader and be an influence in today’s youth and interact with the fans and the people that support us because they’re the reason we’re here.”