On Saturday, May 15, the NHL, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Capital City Crew, and the Raleigh Youth Hockey Association will team up for a special "Hockey is for Everyone" clinic at the Cary Ice House. Attendees will include Willie O'Ree, (NHL Legend and ambassador), Tony McKegney, (former NHL'er and ambassador), Dave Smith, (NHL Director of Fitness and Health), Al Bloomer, (USA Hockey Coach in Chief), and Al MacCormick, (former NCAA coach).
The event is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m.
Notes from the Press Release:
The clinic is an exclusive event for participants of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative to experience ice hockey and improve upon basics of the game in a fun, safe environment. Led by Dave Smith, NHL Director of Fitness and Medical, participants will enhance their skills through NHL presentations during the on-ice drills and will be provided with valuable information about safety, goal-setting, nutrition, academic achievement and advice on what it takes to get to the next level. The highlight of each clinic will be a short scrimmage for participants to experience their first hockey game. Willie O’Ree, a recent Order of Canada honoree for his work with youth hockey organizations, will lead a goal-setting discussion with the participants.
While Eric Staal has been heavily involved with the Capital City Crew before, there is no official word whether he will attend this function or not.
The event is open to the public for spectating but the participants have already been selected. For more information, check out the Hurricanes release here.