The Vegas Golden Knights supported local kids on Saturday for Try Hockey for Free Day. The national initiative encourages children to try out the sport.
Several hundred local kids received hockey tutorials from Golden Knights staff members. The equipment and two hours of ice time were provided free of charge at the Las Vegas Ice Center.
“I was skating, and I was trying my best, and I tried to make some goals, and I like it because it’s the same as rollerblading and it’s fun,” said Ryland Among, a Try Hockey for Free Day participant.
From first timers to future hockey pros, kids of all experience levels hit the ice.
“I’ve been playing it for about a year and a half, and I like it because my dad and uncle played in the NHL and I want to do what they did,” said Evan Ferraro, a Try Hockey for Free Day participant.
Golden Knights staff explained Try Hockey for Free Day is all about getting more kids to give the sport a try.
“It’s one of those games that I think once everyone gets on the ice and they feel comfortable, and they fall for the first time and don’t get hurt, that they really enjoy it. There are leagues for everyone,” said Keith Veronesi, Hockey Operations Assistant.
Kids were given jerseys, hockey sticks, and free lessons.
“I love it, and I’m really happy that I’m here because I really want to play in the NHL and I might want to play for them one day,” said Ferraro.
It’s a dream that could very well come true.
“Who knows, there could be the next Vegas Golden Knight out here,” said Veronesi.
On Tuesday, the Golden Knights will show their support for the LGBTQ community with rainbow themed avatars on their social media channels.