NY Rangers Host Local Squirt Teams for Cross Ice Jamboree With Martin St. Louis!
/ New York Rangers
On January 28th the MSG Training Center played host to 90 youth hockey players and their families for a youth hockey Q&A session and cross ice jamboree with NY Rangers player Martin St. Louis and his former UVM coach and current USA Hockey Regional Manager, Roger Grillo. The event, which invited 9 local squirt teams to the training center focused on youth hockey development for kids ages 9-10 years old.
Parents and kids were invited to join a 45 minute Q&A which covered everything from training tips & skill development, to how to be a supportive hockey parent. Martin St. Louis gave advice derived from his experience as a hockey dad to his three sons. When responding to one parent’s question, he stated, “The goal of youth sports is to raise good human beings… good hockey players is secondary.” The rapport between Martin and his former college coach Roger Grillo helped make the Q&A seem more like a gathering of friends, and encouraged kids stand up and questions instead of shying away from the spotlight.
When the Q&A ended, kids and coaches were sent to their respective locker rooms to change for the on ice portion of the event. The 9 squirt teams rotated through three sections of the MSG Training Center ice and played USA Hockey’s American Development Model style cross-ice games against each other. Martin St. Louis joined the kids on the ice to help provide instruction and encourage the participants to have fun. “They get to have fun at an event like this,” Martin St. Louis said. “And for me to be out there with the kids, I think it is a win for everybody.”