Bruins to conduct youth hockey clinics in Beijing, Shanghai
11 July 2016 Entertainment News
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Boston Bruins forwards Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak joined the team’s travel to China to take part in the Bruins Global: China 2016 where they are scheduled to host several youth clinics.
From July 11 to 23, Beleskey and Pastrnak will head to Beijing and Shanghai along with Bruins alumni Andrew Raycroft , Bob Sweeney and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development team.
They will lead on- and off-ice training for more than 150 Chinese youth hockey players. There will also be a media roundtable to discuss growing the sport with Chinese officials, state media and others.
"They wanted to bring some guys over and kind of show us around and teach some kids how to play the game," Beleskey said.
"I thought it was just a great experience to be able to go there and do it that way, to have someone show you the way in China,” he added.
The Bruins also hosted 22 Chinese youth hockey players from the Beijing Hockey Association in February, including clinics and games against New England youth hockey teams.
At first, Beleskey was not keen on going to China but when he listened to the pitch from the Bruins, he and his wife got excited about the chance to go, to tour and teach and have someone smooth the way.
Beleskey had 15 goals and 37 points in 80 games last season.