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NHL Hall of Famer to host kids hour for free

Darin Olde, Tribune sportswriter

If you aren’t planning to attend the week-long hockey camp with Bryan Trottier, head coach of the New York Rangers, you’ve got a second chance — for free.

Thanks to Flarro Hockey, Trottier, seven-time winner of the Stanley Cup and NHL Hall of Famer, will be at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on July 27 to conduct a free hour-long skating session for youths up to 16 years old, and a second hour-long skating session for adults for $25.

The free hour for kids from 4:30-5:30 p.m. is the result of efforts by Mark Heidt, who partnered with Trottier to found the Lake Tahoe Kids Hockey School; Gary Moore, GM of the ice arena; and Flarro Hockey, the primary sponsor.

“We want the local community to know the ice rink has a lot of stuff happening,” Heidt said.

“(Trottier) is committed to coming back to do these things on an annual basis. And some people don’t know, but that’s huge. He’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game.”

Heidt organized the two-hour session to allow South Lake Tahoe residents, new to hockey, access to Trottier and his wealth of knowledge.

The week-long Lake Tahoe Hockey School July 21-27, which costs $500, is geared for advanced players, and has drawn players from around the country, but not from South Shore.

The two, hour-long clinics are the community’s chance to meet Trottier, learn from one of the best players in the game and obtain NHL player memorabilia.

In addition to the clinics, the evening will conclude with an auction to raise money for youth hockey programs.

Autographed sticks and jerseys from NHL players are a few of the expected items.

“My goal is to give it to Gary to buy goalie equipment so some kids that want to play, can play,” Heidt said.

Kids need to bring gloves, sticks and a helmet, and will likely go home with hats, T-shirts and pucks. Ice skates are available for rent at the arena.

Adults attending the second hour from 5:45-6:45 p.m. need full equipment. Up to 50 participants can sign up for each clinic. Registration at the arena will be open until filled.

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