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This is how it all starts for the little ones at Play Hockey for Free – being welcomed by the incredible Chance, mascot of the Vegas Golden Knights. These very young players pictured here want to be the next big hockey stars on the ice here in Las Vegas. This group of future stars were at the City National Arena in Las Vegas.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

PLAY HOCKEY FOR FREE

BY BETHANY DRYSDALE

Las Vegas – For the 10th year USA Hockey held its Play Hockey for Free at over 450 locations in the United States. Participating locations encouraged kids ages 4 to 9 to come try youth hockey as part of Come Play Hockey Month. All locations had limited available equipment to use. Here is Las Vegas three locations hosted approximately 70 kids at the SoBe Ice Arena, City National Arena and the Las Vegas Ice Center. The one-day program is designed to introduce youth to the sport of hockey. Each location had plenty of coaches on hand to give children a great youth hockey experience. They got an opportunity to learn the basic skills of youth hockey and enjoy their first time on the ice.

At City National coach Matt Flynn, the senior manager for youth hockey, instructed the kids on skating, passing the puck and fun activities for over an hour. With 20 minutes left in the practice a special guest appearance by Vegas Golden Knights mascot Chance gave the kids something special to remember. Coach Flynn spoke to parents explaining how kids across the Vegas Valley can sign up for the Learn to Skate programs offered at all three locations. It is essential to learn the basics of skating before a child can participate in the sport of hockey. One they have completed the steps to learn to skate, a child can attend the NHL’s Learn to Play program where they are given equipment head to toe for free.

The Learn to Skate program in Las Vegas is the highest growing location in the Western United States. Since July, 1,100 kids have signed up to skate on the same ice the Vegas Golden Knights use for practices. If anyone had any doubts about the success of hockey in Las Vegas, it’s clearly here to stay and is the fastest growing activity for local youth. For more information please contact the local arenas.

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Bethany’s hockey son Blake, age 2, meets mascot Chance of the Vegas Golden Knights at a Let’s Play Hockey For Free clinic at the City National Arena in Las Vegas.