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.
Our 10U Squirts Black team won the Hudson Valley Hockey League (HVHL) 10U A Championship this past weekend with an exciting 5-2 victory. They followed this up with the successful front end of an AAA home-and-away, continuing their busy weekend. Congratulations to Coach Martin, all the parent coaches, the Commissioners and the entire team for an amazing season
In an annual tradition, the 14U Bantams Black team took time out of their busy schedules last week to help coach the 6U and 8U Mites at City Ice, leaving a great impression. As always, the journey from 6U to 14U seems so far away at the beginning and so quick by the end.