Today the Vegas Golden Knights organization hosts “Hockey Is For Everyone” day at Las Vegas Ice Center. Vegas becomes the 31st member to join this special initiative that promotes inclusion for who wants to give hockey a try for the first time.

About “Hockey Is For Everyone” Program

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(Logo and Photo by NHL.com)

Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey – and the League’s global influence – to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities.

For detailed information about the “Hockey Is For Everyone” Program please visit the official page https://www.nhl.com/community/hockey-is-for-everyone

Team owner Bill Foley is thrilled that the organization has joined the rest of the league in becoming an active participant in this hockey movement.

“We are proud to have established a welcoming, supportive and inclusive culture right from the beginning of our organization’s history,” said Vegas Golden Knights Owner Bill Foley. “We truly believe hockey is for everyone – regardless of one’s background – and we are pleased to participate in this important league initiative in our very first year.” Team Owner Bill Foley

Try Hockey For Free

The Golden Knights organization thru USA Hockey are one of 380 locations across the United States that are sharing in this special day.

Locations that are part of this event are to motivate and encourage kids from ages 4-9 to come out and give this amazing sport a chance.

Those families who are eager for their kids to give hockey a try can go to the “Try Hockey For Free” website www.TryHockeyForFree.com to sign their child or children up.

Las Vegas Ice Center

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(Photo by Las Vegas Ice Center)

Below is the details on the event today at Las Vegas Ice Center

Where: Las Vegas Ice Center, 9295 W. Flamingo Road Suite 130, Las Vegas, NV 89147

When: Saturday, February 25 from 3:30 p.m. PT – 5:45 p.m. PT

Who: Members of the Vegas Golden Knights Staff including Hockey Operations Assistant Keith Veronesi, Las Vegas Ice Center

What: The Vegas Golden Knights will support USA Hockey’s Try Hockey For Free Day by attending the event and distributing hockey sticks and jerseys to the first 80 children who participate. Hockey Operations Assistant Keith Veronesi will be on the ice giving skating and hockey tutorials

NHL ‘s Hockey Is For Everyone Ambassador

Willie O’Ree

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(Photo by NHL.com)

In 1958 O’Ree broke the color barrier into professional hockey much like Jackie Robinson did in baseball. Willie played from 1958-61 in 45 games with the Boston Bruins organization. Over the course of his 21 season hockey career O’Ree dressed for the WHL’s Los Angeles Blades and San Diego Gulls.

As hockey’s designated Ambassador to the “Hockey Is For Everyone” program O’Ree contributions have fostered the growth on the initiative that has connected with 85,000 boys and girls from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

An amazing achievement for the sport of hockey. The following is a mantra that O’Ree lives by when it comes to the sport he loves.

O’Ree stresses the importance of essential life skills, education, and the core values of hockey, which are: commitment, perseverance, and teamwork.

Willie’s dedication and pride to the game is still greatly impacted today with players like Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane, San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward, Minnesota Wild forward Chris Stewart, to Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Nieto, Los Angeles Kings forward Devin Setoguchi, and Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.

So swing on by the Las Vegas Ice Center today and visit the Golden Knights staff and give hockey a try.

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