LACONIA — The New England Wolves Eastern Hockey League Premier team completed the final coaching session of the first semester of the Learn to Skate Program on Dec. 15. The program was offered at Merrill Fay Arena. The team dedicated each Saturday morning this fall, along with Lakes Region Lakers and Wolves Coaches, to teach the more than 40 beginner 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 General Manager 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."
More than 40 skaters ranging in age from four to eight took to the ice this fall and were taught by the Wolves 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."
"I've 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.
The Learn to Skate volunteer program is one of the many community-serviced based programs to which the Wolves contribute. In total, the Wolves dedicate over 1,000 hours to community service and volunteer projects in the Lakes Region every year.
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