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I would like to pay special compliments and say Thank You to the NHL's Anaheim Ducks and their The-Rinks program (www.the-rinks.com) for helping our sport! Through their commitment to the sport of hockey in the southland (and beyond!), The Rinks' Anaheim Ice, Corona Inline and Huntington Beach Inline will be around and growing for a long time to come. And there's more to come! As a guest at their "The Rinks" program kick-off at Corona Inline yesterday, it was indeed a proud moment for roller and ice hockey in our community. If you weren't there, reading about this event will be well worth your while!
Ducks players Teemu Selanne, Chris Pronger, Rob Niedermayer and Bobby Ryan were part of the ceremony. While each touted the importance of youth roller and ice hockey programs as imperative to the continuance of our sport, it was Bobby Ryan who was touted as the Inline Hockey Poster Boy.
Ryan, who grew up playing inline hockey in Southern California, had spent some time in the Corona Rink as a youngster. "This certainly brings back memories," Ryan said. "This is awesome for me because I played here and itís great to see more rinks being built and to be able to give back to programs like these. It's so important for us to get involved and build the game like this in Southern California."
Ducks Launch THE RINKS: http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app?articl...e&service=page
Ducks push hockey beyond Orange County line http://www.ocregister.com/articles/h...-program-youth
From my perspective, the Anaheim Ducks are setting a model for all NHL teams to follow. If you have more, please share.
Thanks also to IHC guru Richard Graham who was present for this rock-n-roller hockey event!