Jan. 20, 2009

BOSTON, MA - In honor of Martin Luther King Day and the National Day of Service, the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team offered a free clinic for local girl's hockey players on January 19th.

The youth players came from various area programs, including the South Shore Lady Hawks, Brockton Youth Hockey and South Boston Youth Hockey. All of the women's hockey players were on the ice with the young girls teaching skating, shooting and passing skills.

"I feel that community service is an invaluable experience not only for those that we serve, but also for ourselves," said Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach Maura Crowell. "It is great to see my college players, who take their hockey very seriously, smile and help these young female hockey players with their hockey skills. It helps us get back to the heart of the sport and realize that playing hockey is a fun, exciting and unique game."

The young girls and their parents expressed their gratitude to the team and expressed their intent to come back for another clinic as well as cheer on the Beacons at home games.