Saturday, October 24th, 2020
   Irish American Ice Hockey Classic: Boston:
Bruins Alumni SKATE in Ireland
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Irish American Hockey Association featured on Comcast Sports New England and NHL Network !

 The Irish American Hockey Association was pleased to sponsor the Boston Bruins Alumni team on a recent trip to Irland to promote the great game of ice hockey.

A full video recap of their trip to Ireland, along with a few highlights of the Irish American Ice Hockey Classic held in Boston each year can be viewed by clicking on the following link:
BRUINS ALUMNI SKATE IN IRELAND


The Irish American Hockey Association recently returned from Belfast after week long effort including running on ice hockey camps in Belfast with both Catholic and Protestant kids skating together in the "Peace through Pucks Initiative" in Belfast.

While in Ireland, members of the Irish American Hockey Association also attended various meetings with rink owners in search of expanding the great game of ice hockey in Ireland.

Comcast Sport New England and the NHL Networks recently aired a show entitled "Emerald Ice" which highlighted the various efforts of members of the Irish American Hockey Association as well as heroic folks in Ireland who have made the game of Ice Hockey a reality in the Emerald Isle.

More importantly, the show highlighted a recent effort entitled "Peace Through Pucks" ( please click the highlighted link to view the video) in which the Catholic kids from the Republic of Ireland travel North to share the passion of hockey with kids from Northern Ireland.

The Irish American Hockey Association, in conjunction with the Belfast Giants and the Belfast Jr. Giants, conducted the initiative through on ice clinics run in Northern Ireland by the Irish American Hockey Association in which kids from the Republic of Ireland skated alongside kids from the North.  

With the opening of Ireland’s first and only ice hockey rink in December 2006; the kids of Ireland have taken to the game of ice hockey like no other sport and the passion and devotion to the sport is infectious as the game of ice hockey begins to grow in Ireland.

The Irish American Hockey Association has worked tirelessly with  youth hockey players and parents in Ireland including the Dundalk Bulls who are co-sponsored last years event in Ireland in which the Irish American Hockey Association sponsored the Boston Bruins Alumni Team in a week long visit to Ireland to raise money for the programs in Ireland as well as conduct hockey camps and clinics for the kids of Ireland.

Last summer, the Irish American Hockey Association sponsored and hosted the Irish National Team Goaltender, Adam Pepper, for 3 months of daily on ice training in Boston as Adam continues his international quest of bringing Irish Hockey forward into the world spotlight.

Aeidamar Sally of the Dundalk Bulls Youth Hockey Program in Ireland points out that “It is fantastic to see Catholic and Protestant kids mixing and becoming fast friends, particularly in the under 10/12s age group. These kids who would never have met if not for their love of Ice Hockey and these young hockey players are developing real and measurable friendships across the border due to their common interest and love of the game of ice hockey”.

While In Ireland last fall, the Irish American Hockey Association, in conjunction with the Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation and the Boston Bruins Alumni Hockey team conducted instructional clinics for the kids in Dundalk (Republic) as well as the kids from Belfast region in Belfast.

Comcast Sports New England and NHL Networks spent a week in Ireland as guests of  Irish American Hockey Association to film and produce the show.

Many of the same children who participated in last years games and clinics in Ireland headed to Boston in March to be a part of the 6th Annual Irish American Ice Hockey Classic.

THE 40+ Irish visitors to last years Irish Hockey Classic Tournamnt in Boston enjoyed the Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburg Penguins from the comfort of 2 luxury suites at the TD Bank Garden that Bob Sweeney of the Boston Bruins front office was kind enough to arrange for the kids of Ireland.

In January, the Irish American Hockey Association is welcoming its first visitors to Boston from the Belfast Junior Giants Hockey Team and looks forward to assisting other players from Belfast who are looking to discover additional hockey opportunities here in the States.

 


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