Pittsburgh Penguins prospects today conducted youth clinics at six Project Power Play dek hockey rinks in the city and county.
The prospects are in town this week for the Penguins’ annual development camp at CONSOL Energy Center.
“One of the focal points of the development camp is teaching these young players what it means to be a professional and what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguin,” General Manager Jim Rutherford said. “To have them go out into the community and take part in youth hockey clinics with kids who look up to them is a powerful way to send that message. It’s a big day for both the kids at the clinics and our young prospects.”
Project Power Play is a joint venture of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Highmark. The program is designed to build 12 local dek hockey rinks in a four year period.
Today’s clinics were conducted at Project Power Play rinks at Brookline Memorial Park; Banksville Park; Hosanna House/Sherwood Event Center; Lewis Park/Hazelwood YMCA; Richland Community Park; and Riverside Park/Oakmont.
“This is a great day for both the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and for Highmark,” said Dave Soltesz, president of the Penguins Foundation. “Having our young players participate in youth dek hockey clinics really activates these rinks and helps spread the word about our involvement in the community and youth activities.”
Additional Project Power Play dek hockey rinks scheduled to be completed this year include Bloomfield Park in Pittsburgh; Renzie Park in McKeesport; Settler’s Cabin in Oakdale; North Park in Allison Park; and Graham Park in Cranberry Township.