Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00
On Thursday, July 29, New York Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen took a trip to Islanders Iceworks in Syosset to visit Iceworks Hockey School. Campers aged 6-13 were in attendance for the week, learning all of the basic hockey skills.
Hillen led some of the drills for the young players, showing them the proper manner to make and accept passes, stickhandle and shoot. Hillen also took time to have some fun with the campers and show them the lighter side of hockey, playing shootout games and puck tag.
Hillen even made a point to discuss his youth hockey days, explaining to the children how he started out playing in similar camps. The message was clearly that hard work, beginning at their young ages, could truly pay off for them in the end; not only on the ice, but in the community as well.
“This was a great event for the Islanders Community Events (I.C.E.) Tour,”
said Islanders Community Relations Manager Ann Rina. “Campers always love playing with the pros, but they had a blast with Jack today. Our players truly enjoy working with the kids on the ice and today was another great example.”