Across the North Park program, it's been a season of memorable visits to iconic hockey settings, from Princeton University's Hobey Baker Rink to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Washington Capitals home ice.
This past weekend, Coach Aaron and Coach Matt and their 12U PeeWees Blue team visited West Point to watch their good friend, Blake Bennett, one of the leading scorers in NCAA Division 1 hockey, compete for American International College (AIC) against Army. North Park met the AIC team and coaches in a post-game locker room experience, and got autographs as well. Fun way to start off a busy weekend of games!
Over the summer of 2022, North Park was part of a global equipment drive, contributing several hockey bags worth of helpful items formerly in storage. The initiative, led by former North Park parent coach Rick Lipsey and his family, supports the growth of hockey in Ladakh in Kashmir, historically the subject of territorial dispute between India, Pakistan and China. The gear was distributed to youth hockey players in villages throughout Ladakh. In particular, the equipment was greatly appreciated by the Ladakh Women Ice Hockey Foundation (LWIHF).
Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson, a six-time Stanley Cup champion with the New York Rangers and the Edmonton Oilers, visited our 6U + 8U Mites and 10U Squirts Spring practices this week as part of the Rangers Alumni outreach. Glenn was very happy to see all the activity on the ice, and he passed along some words of wisdom to the skaters then signed autographs for all.
Character-builder. North Park 12U PeeWees Black fought back from down 1-3 with nine minutes left in the third period to force a tie. Then in overtime, they rolled out the old Czech - Slovak "Number One" for an OT winner to advance to the New York State finals on Sunday at 12:15 pm in Buffalo / Amherst NY.