The Islanders Spring Hockey League—now in full swing—had a special visitor drop by on Monday. Islanders forward Nate Thompson stopped into Islanders Iceworks to experience the terrific youth hockey program first-hand.
As the children stepped onto the ice, they enthusiastically made their way over to the players’ bench, where Thompson spoke to the young hockey players.
Thompson and the children covered a variety of topics—giving them a little background on his career and a glimpse into how hard he had to work to get himself all the way to the NHL.
Thompson also explained to the attentive youngsters that if they work really hard, they too can achieve their goals—in hockey and in life.
The kids got to ask Thompson questions about hockey, including how important it is to be a good skater, as well as how old he was when he first laced up the skates.
After speaking with Thompson, the children worked with their coaches, practicing the skills they need to become better hockey players. The Islanders forward watched from behind the glass as the children went through a variety of fun and helpful drills to improve their skating, stick handling and passing. As they stepped off the ice, Thompson was available to the kids, signing sticks, helmets and jerseys. He also posed for a bunch of pictures.
“Today was great,” Thompson said. “I came down to visit the kids that are participating in the Spring Hockey League. I offered some advice to the kids and told them they can accomplish whatever they set their minds to. I had a great time signing autographs and taking pictures with the kids. I look forward to seeing all the kids in the fall for Islanders Academy.”
The Islanders Fall Hockey Academy—like the Spring Hockey League—will provide entry-level hockey players with an opportunity to play ice hockey at no cost to child—equipment included!
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