Desert Hockey Development (DHD) held our first FREE hockey clinic for kids on Saturday, January 25, 2014. It was a resounding success, putting hockey sticks in the hands of 35 kids aged 5-17. Most of those kids had never touched a hockey stick before and every one of them had fun.
The Phoenix Coyotes generously donated goalie gear, street hockey sticks and balls and, most importantly, the time and effort of their street team. The street team guys ran the clinic like clockwork, we were greatly impressed with their style and with how effective they are.
The little guy at the top left of the collage to the right caught a tap under his chin from a stick and ended up with a little bruise today. He hadn’t complained at the time and even, as he was leaving with a hot dog in his hand, said to one of the Coyotes guys:
“Hey look, I’m a real hockey player!” and showed him his chin. He had a little bruise and couldn’t be prouder.
We couldn’t, either (especially since he really didn’t get hurt because raising your stick higher than your knee WILL result in admonishment).
We went through a bunch of hot dogs, snacks and sports drinks before, during and after the clinic.
Every kid we asked said they had a great time and would be happy to join us again.
We’re both humbled and encouraged because it looks like there’s a place for our group to help grow the game of hockey where we live.
We’re grateful to all the people that helped make it happen, with special thanks to the guys at AZ Sports Talk radio, the people with Glendale Parks and Recreation, the Glendale City Councilmembers that went to bat for us and to the Phoenix Coyotes.
Honestly, it was an emotional day for the Desert Hockey Development day. There’s not much better than seeing a kid’s eyes light up doing something you’re so deeply interested in.
If you didn’t make it to this one, please come join us another time. If you think we can help in YOUR community, give us a call or send us an email, okay?