December 14, 2012

Union to Take Part in Ice Hockey in Harlem at Lasker Rink

SCHENECTADY, NY – Before returning home for the holidays, the Union College men’s ice hockey team will travel to Lasker Rink in New York City to host a clinic with Ice Hockey In Harlem on Sunday at 4:45 p.m.. Union players will skate with children in the Ice Hockey In Harlem program before a question and answer session at the end of the skate at 6:30 p.m..

“We are honored and excited to partner with Ice Hockey In Harlem for this event,” Union head coach Rick Bennett said. “It will be great for our student-athletes to share their love of hockey with the kids in the Ice Hockey In Harlem program. What better place to hold the event than outdoors in Central Park at Lasker Rink.”

Longtime Ice Hockey in Harlem volunteer Dave Paglia introduced the opportunity to bring the Union College team to Harlem to Union alumnus and Garnet Blades member Matt Cohen ’98. Cohen approached Coach Bennett at a Garnet Blades event over the summer and both agreed to pursue the event in the winter.

“Ice Hockey in Harlem is extremely pleased to welcome Union College hockey as they conduct a skills clinic at Lasker Rink,” said Ice Hockey In Harlem executive director John Sanful. “Having these young men and Coach Bennett out on the ice with our students will impact their love of hockey and, we're confident, higher education.”

The mission of Ice Hockey In Harlem is to improve the social and academic well-being of children from the Harlem community. IHIH offers programming that allows children in the community to take advantage of the educational and athletic opportunities provided by youth sports. Through participation in ice hockey, IHIH student-athletes learn the fundamentals of the game, engage in an active lifestyle and broaden their life experiences.

Lasker Rink is an outdoor, twin rink facility, located in the north end of Central Park, NYC. The nearest street entrance is 110th St and Lenox Ave. There is a parking garage on 111th and 5th Ave. and there is street parking available on 110th St.