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And the energy the young players bring to the rink feeds the Frontenacs, too, says Darcy Greenaway, assistant captain. “I am sure the kids are having a blast out there right now,” he says. “I think it’s awesome right before our game to see these kids out here having fun, it’s definitely pretty cool.” It isn’t just the Rink of Dreams that helps ignite the fire in the bellies of many young local players. The Kingston Frontenacs also host a series of regular programs to foster a love for the sport. From letting minor hockey players act as flag-bearers during the national anthem, to allowing young teams the chance to take in warm ups from the Front’s team bench, the Frontenacs put forth a consistent effort to encourage the growth of local players. “We all came from that system and hope the kids like us want to make it to the next level,” says Frontenacs coach and former NHLer, Todd Gill of fostering support and growth in minor hockey. “Any support from [the] OHL [or] Hockey Canada is great for newer advances in coaching and teaching the game of hockey.” For both Gill and the players on his team, engaging young players and watching as they dream big and work hard is mutually beneficial. The programs the Frontenacs have for minor players are important to inspiring children’s hockey dreams, and to inspiring that same youthful energy in the Frontenacs themselves, Gill expresses. “I think what it does is bring our [players] back to when the game was played to have fun.”

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