The Valley Stream Winter Street Hockey Program was an astounding success. From the first session to the last, the growth of each participant's skill set and knowledge for the game of hockey was admirable. Most importantly, new friendships and teammates were made, while they also had fun. Over the course of the eight-week program, a routine was established. Each session began with stretches and a few laps around the perimeter of the gymnasium. This allowed for excitement to build up and promoted safe, smart activity. From there, coaches would divide the hockey players into groups and each group would be personally instructed on the basic fundamentals of the game. This included repetition of passing, shooting and stick handling until near perfection. To conclude the session, three-on-three scrimmages amongst the participants were played. While these games could get competitive, they were all played in the spirit of having fun and playing the game these children grew to love. Our mascot, Sparky spent the winter working on his skills as well. He trained hard, knowing that when he visited his friends in Valley Stream again they would be great hockey players!