Las Vegas–Fresh off of yesterday’s NHL Expansion Draft (well Vegas Draft as it was called) the newest member of the Vegas Golden Knights Marc-André Fleury and the first ever signed player of the franchise Reid Duke came out to Paradise Recreation Center and participated in a skills clinic.
Paradise Recreation Center Kids patiently waiting to meet Fleury and Duke.
Fleury and Duke entering the gymnasium at Paradise Recreation Center.
The purpose of today’s event was to teach kids how to stick hand thru a series of cones that feature moves from the forehand and backhand.
These techniques are essential to any forward or defense on the ice when working the puck up thru all three zones on the ice (defensive, neutral, and offensive).
This drill was helped by Golden Knights forward Duke. Here’s Duke with kids from the center.
Also Golden Knights netminder Fleury took the time in helping one of the members of the Paradise Recreation Center by name of Gerald Davis who part of Group 3.
One the of the important parts of any goaltenders life is making sure that the gear he or she puts before a game works properly.
For Fleury, he wanted to make sure that Davis was ready to go in catching these orange NHL Balls.
When I spoke to Davis’s father on the phone about his son he was super stoked that his kid was given the opportunity to be the first child at Paradise Recreation Center to have “Flower” assist him in putting on the gear.
Here is the video of Fleury helping out Davis with the goalie equipment.
His father is hoping that Gerald will one day participate in the Vegas Junior Golden Knights program. Having that kind of support and excitement from a parent speaks volumes to where the grassroots operation comes in the youth program comes from.
Photos from today’s event with Fleury and Duke.
According to Paradise Recreation staff members a 106 plus kids took part in today’s event with Fleury and Duke.
It is these events like this, “Sticks For Kids”, “Try Hockey For Free”, are the very essence at continue to grow the Vegas Golden Knights brand in the community.