NHL players will be helping out with coaching, drills and scrimmages for an entire day of Stirling Minor Hockey team practices.
“The local rink is where it all began for so many of us and the chance to get back and revisit our hockey roots is special,” said Matt Cooke, NHLPA member and Pittsburgh Penguins forward, who grew up playing minor hockey in Stirling.
Cooke will be joined by fellow NHLPA member Brad Richardson of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, and other NHLPA members to be named at a later date.
“Towns like Stirling-Rawdon are the heart and soul of our game and as players we wanted to honour our commitment by supporting local hockey and fans in this community,” said Richardson. “Even though we are currently locked-out, we know that hockey lives on in small communities like this one, and we look forward to what will be a very fun day in Stirling-Rawdon on October 13th.”
For most of these young players, this will be their first time on the ice receiving skill development tips from NHL players.