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LaFontaine says youth sports can break obesity cycle

Hockey Hall of Famer writes special op-ed to Senate for The Hill

by Pat LaFontaine / NHL Vice President of Hockey Development and Community Affairs

Pat LaFontaine, a Hockey Hall of Famer and vice president of hockey development and community affairs for the NHL, will be speaking on Capitol Hill on Thursday to a group of staffers from The Hill and healthcare advocates about the impact of youth sports on child obesity. LaFontaine, the chief architect of hockey's Declaration of Principles, a vision statement positioning sports as a platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills, wrote an op-ed in The Hill on Oct. 15, pushing for the passing of the Personal Health Investment Today Act.

Here is the op-ed by LaFontaine: 

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Learn To Play program returns for 3rd season

Program presented by Pure Hockey enhances how youth hockey is offered for 1st-time participants ages 4 to 9

by Sabres PR @SabresPR /

Pat Kaleta: Learn To Play

Kaleta talks about Learn To Play

Patrick Kaleta joins Dan Dunleavy on the broadcast to talk about the Learn To Play program

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The Buffalo Sabres today announced that registration is now open for the team's Learn to Play program presented by Pure Hockey. 

Sabres alumnus Patrick Kaleta will continue in his third year of implementing and managing the program. As a Buffalo native, Kaleta has worked with numerous local charity organizations throughout his career to help benefit families in Western New York. 

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