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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published February 15, 2011

City’s Youth to Benefit from Expanded Partnership With Washington Capitals



Council President’s P.L.A.Y. campaign will help outfit dozens of students in new, free equipment for 15-week ice hockey program

BALTIMORE, MD –City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will join Wednesday with former greats of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, officials from the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks and students from Baltimore Youth Hockey’s Patterson Park Stars program to outfit 40 boys and girls with new sets of youth hockey equipment.

The students will receive new helmets, shoulder pads and practice jerseys and participate in a one-hour ice hockey clinic led by former Capitals players Peter Bondra, who holds team records in nearly a half-dozen scoring categories, Alan Hangsleben, four-time Stanley Cup champion Gord T. Lane, Yvon Labre and Gary Rissling. The clinic will take place at the Mimi DiPietro Family Skating Center.

The Council President’s P.L.A.Y. (Productive Lives, Active Youth) campaign provides Baltimore’s youth with a wide range of opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, develop leadership skills, learn from positive role models, and be rewarded athletically for their academic achievements. P.L.A.Y. encourages them to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

“As we continue to face budget deficits that threaten the expansion of recreational activities for our most vulnerable young people, I am extremely pleased to be able to join with the Washington Capitals in a partnership that will benefit our city’s youth for years to come,” Council President Young said.

Joe Dupriest, the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Washington Capitals, said the organization was excited to join the Council President’s P.L.A.Y. campaign.

“Baltimore is a great hockey market with active youth programs, and we are proud to be working with the city to spread the game of hockey to youth in the area,” Mr. Dupriest said

For the past 13 years, Baltimore Youth Hockey has used the sport to teach teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship to hundreds of young boys and girls from Baltimore City. BYH’s Patterson Park Stars program is a 15-week ice hockey camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. The program provides children with a safe, stable and fun environment.

“I would like to thank the Washington Capitals and Council President Young for investing in the Patterson Park Stars program,” said Mallory Richards, the program’s director. “This program provides an outlet away from the streets and also gets the kids involved in teamwork.”

WHAT: City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will join former greats of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, officials from the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks and students from Baltimore Youth Hockey’s Patterson Park Stars program to distribute 40 sets of hockey equipment to some of the City’s most vulnerable youth.

WHO: City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, former Capitals greats Peter Bondra, who still holds team records in nearly a half-dozen scoring categories, Alan Hangsleben, four-time Stanley Cup champion Gord T. Lane, Yvon Labre and Gary Rissling, officials from the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks and students from Baltimore Youth Hockey.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mimi DiPietro Family Skating Center, 200 S. Linwood Avenue, Baltimore.