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18 // JANUARY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM work his boss did in the community. These days, you can find his name on the founda- tion's board of directors. "They have a long line of players who stood on the board, from Danny Briere to Scott Hartnell," the 29-year-old winger said. "Once those guys left, I was asked to do it and I gladly jumped on board." In Briere's case, he remains involved in the foundation three years after retiring as a player. "Just reading about the progress that it's made has really pushed me to stay involved," he said. "Then a few years ago, they asked me to join them on the board of directors. I believe so much in this foundation that I decided to join." Rink Rescue One February morning in 2008, Snider walked into t h e S c a n l o n Ic e R i n k i n the Philadelphia suburb of Kensington to check in on the work his foundation was doing. To his surprise, the rink was packed with families talking and cheer- ing in Spanish. They soon gathered around to thank him for all he had done for the community. After hearing that three a r e a r i n k s w e r e s e t t o close, including Scanlon, Snider launched a part- nership with the City Parks and Recreation Department that resulted in full renovations that would allow the rinks to remain fully operational on a year-round basis. I n t h e W i n t e r 2 0 0 9 i s s u e o f "G o a l s & Assists," the official newsletter of the ESYHF, Snider acknowledged the importance of the partnership was more than just what happens out on the ice. "If the end product of this partnership is that boys and girls go on to play for competi- tive club, scholastic or even collegiate hockey teams, that would be great," he said. "But more significant are the thousands of young people who will learn the importance of staying in school, staying out of trouble with the law, and the need to give back to their communities." Hockey As A Hook Mo n i c a Jo n e s f i r st h e a r d a b o u t S n i d e r Hockey six years ago while attending her nephew 's game at the Simons Recreation Center in Philadelphia. She knew little about the foundation and even less about hockey. After t a l k i n g w i t h t h e st a f f , she signed up her son, JJ, who was struggling with behavioral issues. Those issues are now a thing of the past. "[JJ] did not commu- nicate well or play well w i t h c h i l d r e n h i s ow n age. They talked to him about his behavior con- sistently," she recalled. "But he loved the hock- ey and quickly learned t h a t i f h e m i s b e h a v e d [at home] or in school, he would not be able to come to practice. They w o r k e d o n h i m a b o u t good behaviors and they've just been great." JJ echoed his mother's thoughts. "I started playing because I was upset and acting up a little bit in school," he said. "The coaches here help me and tutor me. That's what Snider Hockey provides for us. It's just really nice to know that they care about us so much." His is just one of a number of success sto- ries that have risen up from the streets of Philadelphia thanks to the foundation. "It feels like this program is a support to our family, especially with school and setting goals. Once I share with the team what the goal is, they're right there with us," Monica Jones said. "You know how it says 'it takes a village?' This is our village. It really is." A Lifetime Of Achievements Ask anybody who has worked with or spent t i m e a r o u n d S n i d e r H o c k e y, a n d t h e i r responses regarding the type of person their leader was is universal. Ed Snider wasn't a typical owner who hid in the shadows and only concerned himself with the performance of his NHL team. He was someone who took the time to get to know those who were a part of what he wanted to be his legacy. "HE TOLD ME ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS THAT STARTING SNIDER HOCKEY MAY HAVE BEEN THE BEST THING HE EVER HAD DONEā€”IN A LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENTS." k When the U.S. National Women's Team traveled to Boston in late October to kick off The Time Is Now Tour, two-time Olympians Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux knew an opportunity had presented itself. Having been involved with the Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in the past, the Lamoureuxs invited 10 girls from the foundation to spend the day with the team and watch them take on Canada at Agganis Arena. "We threw this out to our teammates, told them how important this was and they embraced it at once," Monique Lamoureux-Morando said. Her twin sister added that without this foundation, these types of opportunities would not be possible. "Doing our event last year, we were able to see where a lot of them come from and realized they don't get the chances that a lot of us on the hockey team have had," she said. "To have that type of impact on young women is pretty special. It's about doing something bigger than ourselves; above playing hockey." Talking about the foundation, Lamoureux- Morando praised those involved for the work they've done in the community. U.S. Olympians Offer Huge Assist To Snider Hockey THANKS TO ED SNIDER'S INVOLVEMENT, A PARTNERSHIP WAS FORMED BETWEEN THE FOUNDATION AND THE CITY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT TO RENOVATE THREE CITY RINKS AND MAKE THEM FULLY OPERATIONAL ON A YEAR-ROUND BASIS.

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