The New England Wolves EHLP team, on Saturday December 15th completed the final coaching session of the first semester of the Learn to Skate Program offered at the Merrill Fay Arena in Laconia, NH. The EHLP team has dedicated each Saturday morning this Fall (along with Lakes Region Lakers & Wolves Coaches) to teach the 40+ LTS skaters the fundamentals of skating.
"Numbers are up this year due to the dedicated volunteers within the Lakers like Rich Ellis, Coach Ziggy, Jen McGreevey, Will Fay and more." said GM Andrew Trimble " We wanted to have our Wolves teams play an even more active role than years past and have them embrace coaching these skaters on an individual basis. They've done an outstanding job."
40+ skaters ranging in ages from 4 to 8 took to the ice this fall and were taught by the Wolves EHLPers the fundamentals of skating. From standing up, to walking in their skates to more advanced skills like edgework and backwards skating. Each week a different Wolves player would be the "Leader" of a station, and a different Wolves player would have the responsibility of dressing up as "Mr Wolf".
"Ive had a really great time teaching the kids to skate and am extremely proud to give back to the community through the sport I love." said Quebec- born defenseman Frankie Filato.
"Going into learn to skate you have to realize that you were once in those kids skates and someone dedicated their time to make you better. Giving back to them is so important and watching them develop as skaters is fulfilling." commented Burke Ruel, of Wolfeboro, NH.
The Learn to Skate Volunteer program is one of the many community-serviced based programs that the Wolves contribute to. In total, the Wolves dedicate over 1000 man hours to community service and volunteer projects in the Lakes Region every year.