MASSENA - Skaters who participated a recent hockey camp not only honed their skills, but also supported Massena Minor Hockey in the process.
Aaron Bogosian, camp director for the North Country Stars Hockey Camp held at the St. Lawrence Centre Arena, donated a portion of the proceeds from the camp to Massena Minor Hockey. He presented a $1,500 check to members of Massena Minor Hockeys Board of Directors.
His goal, he said, is to get more youngsters involved in minor hockey and fund equipment purchases for those who arent able to afford it.
Im hoping they can use some of it toward the hockey program, getting kids started playing hockey and buying equipment, Mr. Bogosian said.
The camp ran from June 26-29 and was open to boys and girls from the squirt to midget levels. It included on- and off-ice sessions, video instruction and guest speakers. The final day featured skills competitions and games.
In addition to Mr. Bogosian, other members of the coaching staff included his brother, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian; former St. Lawrence University standout Kyle Flanagan; former Clarkson stalwarts Matt Reid and Shawn Grant; Emily Morris, who played a lead role as a member of the back-to-back NCAA Division 1 championship teams at the University of Wisconsin; and Canton native Mark Phalon, who serves as the director of hockey operations at Northeastern University.
Mr. Bogosian said 40 players, ages 9 to 14, signed up for the inaugural camp, which he plans to conduct every year. Each of the staff members talked about their experiences and had advice for the youngsters, he said.
His brother, Zach, for instance, talked about his career path and the hard work involved, as well as the importance of staying disciplined on the ice. Mr. Reid and Mr. Flanagan also shared their experiences.
There was also a discussion about the need to finish schooling even if theyre thinking about a professional hockey career.
The biggest thing was when Mark Phalon spoke to them. College is kind of the path to go now. Im a perfect example of that. I have a diploma from St. Lawrence that I use to my advantage, said Mr. Bogosian, who played hockey at St. Lawrence University and has spent the last two seasons playing mostly in the East Coast Hockey League.
Massena Minor Hockey President Karen Chauvin said she appreciated Mr. Bogosians donation to their organization.
I think its outstanding that hes giving back to the community, she said. We have provided scholarships in the past. I want to ask the board to brainstorm things that we possibly need. Its not just mites. Its not just midgets. We want to have an impact on as many kids as possible.