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Dozens of locked-out players make surprise visits to youth practices

Oct 21, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

Daniel Alfredsson

Earlier this month we reported on Carlo Colaiacovo, Shawn Matthias, and Matt Stajan joining 11-year-olds for their hockey practice. That has proven to be one of many such stories.

With the players’ locked out, the NHLPA has been working to surprise minor hockey players by attending their practices, according to a TSN report.

“Someone needs to gain by this work stoppage, and why not youth hockey?” said former NHL head coach and current Detroit Red Wings assistant Tom Renney. “I think players participating in youth practices as guest instructors or participants is wonderful. Also, I know of a healthy number of NHL coaches doing the same thing.

“Honest to goodness good intentions.”

One recent example is Daniel Alfredsson, who spent some time with the 16-year-old members of a Midget B team in Ottawa last week.

“It was a lot of fun,” Alfredsson told The Associated Press. “The surprise of the kids — they were just going to start scrimmaging when I stepped on the ice. And they said, ‘What are you doing here?’ They were so shocked.”

Alfredsson stayed after the practice to sign autographs and talk with the teens and plenty of other young hockey players have gotten similar memories over the past weeks.

Already, at least 75 players have combined to log more than 100 hours practicing with over 1,000 kids.

  1. antkowiak666 - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    “Someone needs to gain by this work stoppage, and why not youth hockey?”why not the FANS!!you know,the people who pay the players salaries.

  2. ron05342 - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    The players know they need to work on the their PR badly, so why not this?

    Bottom line, even this type of activity won’t make much a dent, as long as that a-hole Fehr is running the players’ reputation into the ground.

    The players’ union needs to fire that guy. Yesterday.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    The owners should have accounting classes and business meetings for the parents

    • challer9 - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Why? 2/3 of the owners can’t even make their teams profitable. Terrible idea.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        They are purposely not turning a profit, which is actually a very valuable business tactic

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      Maybe the owners and players could take some “negotiating” lessons from the parents. After all, parents have loads of experience “negotiating” with immature babies.

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