Ice Hockey is a unique sport for many reasons, but none greater than because of the venue in which it is played. Because of this, many youth never consider, or are given the opportunity, to try the game of hockey.
On Saturday, February 16th that all changed for over sixty area boys and girls ages 3-9.
The Chelmsford Hockey Association (CHA), in cooperation with USA Hockey and the Boston Bruins, sponsored Try Hockey For Free Day at the Chelmsford Forum. Many skaters took advantage of the opportunity to lace up their skates, grab a hockey stick, and take to a fresh sheet of ice for the very first time.
For two hours CHA coaches instructed skaters how to skate, shoot, pass, and play hockey, all in a relaxed and fun setting. Skaters also received free hockey jerseys and goodie bags, as well as snacks and bottled water.
Many participants did not have all the necessary equipment when they arrived, but CHA was able to provide helmets, sticks, gloves, and skates to all, courtesy of a vast support network of local businesses and the CHA community. Most skaters remained on the ice until the buzzer told them it was time to get off.
"The CHA Board of Directors is utilizing our resources to help grow our membership but also to increase awareness and interest about the sport," said CHA President Scott Millin. "Not everyone was born to be a hockey player, but everyone deserves the chance to try the game."
"Youth hockey can be intimidating for parents, and the atmosphere of Try Hockey For Free Day is all about fun, learning the basics of the game, and breaking down barriers. The same is true of our association. CHA coaches encourage players to achieve and develop, but also to try their hardest, enjoy the camaraderie of their teammates, and to have fun." said Millin.
Chelmsford Hockey has been providing affordable, competitive youth hockey for forty-four years.
To find more information about CHA instructional and travel hockey programs go to www.chelmsfordhockey.com.