SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers announced today that “Try Hockey for Free” clinics in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties wrapped up this season with a 76-percent retention rate, up 10-percent from last year. More than 150 children participated in the program this season.
“Try Hockey for Free” clinics were held at the Florida Panthers IceDen (Broward County), Palm Beach Skate Zone & Palm Beach Ice Works (Palm Beach County) and Kendall Ice Arena (Miami-Dade County) from January to early April.
“The Florida Panthers know how important it is to grow the game and put sticks in kids hands in South Florida,” Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko said. “We are thrilled to partner with the local rinks in this market to successfully develop new players in the region.”
The Florida Panthers “Try Hockey for Free” Clinics are a free 5-week program designed to introduce the game of ice hockey to boys and girls ages 4-9. Equipment was provided free of charge by the Florida Panthers. Each clinic consisted of one day of off-ice equipment fitting and four days of on-ice instruction from Billy Lindsay and other Florida Panthers alumni, full-time staff, Panther Patrol and USA Hockey certified coaches.