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      Syracuse Youth get skating lesson from the Crunch

      Syracuse Crunch players sign autographs for eager fans after their Learn to Skate with the Crunch clinic.

      Kids from the city??s Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs had a chance to get an ice skating lesson from the pro??s today at War Memorial Arena.

      Syracuse Crunch players Charles Landry, Maxime Langelier-Parent and Artem Sergeev joined Deputy Parks Commissioner and Syracuse Stars coach John Walsh for the third Learn to Skate with the Crunch clinic. The free event is geared toward children with limited or no exposure to ice skating and aims to increase the accessibility of hockey to Syracuse youth.

      High equipment costs often create a formidable barrier to spreading the sport throughout communities. To combat this, the city of Syracuse and McKie Sports donate skates and helmets so that every child in the after school program has a chance to learn to skate.

      USA Hockey and the NHL support programs throughout the country aimed at introducing the sport to children of all backgrounds and supplying the equipment necessary to play hockey. Walsh is in the process of starting a Hockey is for Everyone program in Syracuse and hopes that by his next clinic, which will be held in February, he??ll have the gear he needs to give the kids some hands on hockey experience.