NHL All-Stars reach out to the community
nhl all-star, lord aylmer elementary
Not content to stick around the hotel and the rink, the NHL and its players spread out across the Ottawa area Friday to get in touch with some younger fans.
Students at Lord Aylmer Elementary in Aylmer, Que. got to meet former Ottawa Senators and NHL legends as the league donated new equipment to their school.
"It was so fun and so exciting, I was screaming the whole time," said Piper MacGillivray.
"I like when they do the drills and I like the All-Star Game," said Andrew Tapper. "It's really fun to watch."
The players came bearing new ball hockey gear for the kids, a gift they said would help them have fun and learn the game as some couldn't afford organized hockey.
"It's exciting and nice to be part of this, I remember those moments when you're young," said former Ottawa Senators goaltender Patrick Lalime. "You cherish those moments and it's great for everybody."
"I just think it's wonderful that we have the opportunity for these boys and girls to play at recess time and after school," said Willy O'Ree, the NHL's first black player.
Players also visited CHEO, where the league and player's association helped launch the All-Star Legacy Playroom.
The previously drab room is now full of games and activities for children at the hospital that will last well after the weekend is over.
With reports from CTV Ottawa's John Hua and Terry Marcotte