Ice Flyers, Lightning team up to teach hockey

Glen Metropolit is from Canada, the hockey capital of the world, which means the game has always been a part of his life.

He grew up playing hockey and has played with seven different NHL teams, including a stint in Tampa Bay during his eight seasons in the league.

The former center even spent part of the 1996-97 season in Pensacola when the minor league team was known as the Ice Pilots.

On Monday morning, the chilly air fitting for a day of teaching hockey to first- and second-graders at Holley Navarre Primary, Metropolit was helping lead the Tampa Bay Lightning’s grassroots program. He was joined by a few players from the Pensacola Ice Flyers to teach the fundamentals.

In a makeshift roller hockey rink set up near the school’s playground, children ran up and down the rink chasing a ball with hockey sticks in their hands.

Their classmates cheered them on, screaming loudly, jumping up and down as if this were Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals they were watching unfold before their eyes, until it was their turn to play.

Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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