Players from the Capital City Crew and the Raleigh Youth Hockey Association will get to learn from two ice hockey icons Saturday when Willie O'Ree and Tony McKegney visit for a Hockey Is For Everyone clinic coordinated by the National Hockey League and the Carolina Hurricanes.
The clinic takes place 4-6 p.m. at the Cary Ice House, which is located at 1410 Buck Jones Road. Only invited players will be on the ice, but spectators are welcome. Admission will be free.
O'Ree and McKegney serve as ambassadors for the NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone Initiative. In 1958, O'Ree became the first black player in the NHL, and in 1988, McKegney became the first black player to score 40 goals in a season.
Also expected to participate are Dave Smith, the NHL's director of fitness and medical; Al Bloomer, USA Hockey's national coach in chief; and Al MacCormack, a former NCAA Division III coach, according to a Carolina Hurricanes news release.
The Capital City Crew, according to the Hurricanes' website, is a first-year, learn-to-play program for ages 8-13. The Southeast's first program of its type, the Crew is supported by Hockey Is For Everyone, the NHL Players' Association, the Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County and the Raleigh Youth Hockey Association.
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