ACME – The Detroit Red Wings’ inaugural Street Hockey Summer Tour kicked off Monday at the Acme Meijer.
Partnered with Meijer, the free youth street hockey clinic for ages 7-12 features two 90-minute sessions, with a one-hour clinic and 30-minute pick-up game.
Participants receive instruction from Red Wings representatives and area hockey coaches and players.
"Kids were having a blast, first and foremost they’re Red Wings fans so the Red Wings are up in this area and they’re having a good time right off the bat,” Red Wings director of game presentation and event marketing Jim Biewer said. “You can just tell the love of the sport of hockey. We had kids that have played hockey before that are on teams, but also kids that have never touched a hockey stick before, so we got to introduce a lot of kids to the sport of hockey for the first time, which is a great experience.
“The nice thing is if you’re a first-timer, you get to work alongside kids who have played before, so I saw some of the kids helping the other kids.”
Monday’s stop is one of three the organization will be making in northern Michigan this week, with the 10-stop tour moving to the Cadillac Meijer (8605 East 34 Road) on Wednesday and Mt. Pleasant location (1015 Pickard St.) on Friday.
The 7-9 age group will begin at 10 a.m., with the 10-12 group starting at 1:30 p.m.
For more information, or to register in advance, visit .
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