By Michael Durkin
A total of 22 kids, ages 9-12 years old, participated in auxiliary pond activities on Saturday, March 1, before and during intermissions of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Michael Durkin and Jim Clare of AHAI , Bob Mancini and Kevin Erlenbach from USA Hockey and Annie Camins, with her staff Matt Brooks, Stephanie Dubin, Sean McMahon and Louis Bisceglie, provided on-ice assistance and instruction.
The children were divided into two teams wearing Blackhawks and Penguins uniforms and played 2 on 2 and 3 on 3 games for two hours before the National Anthem. They also had the opportunity to skate in between periods. Kevin Ackerman from the Hornets Youth Sled team also participated. Special thanks to Annie Camins from the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL for a great event.