WILLIE O’REE AND ART DORRINGTON TO HOST YOUTH HOCKEY CLINIC AT BOARDWALK HALL IN CELEBRATION OF 2012 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Dorrington to be Honored with Dedication of “Art Dorrington Ice Rink” at Boardwalk Hall
Public Invited to Attend
Atlantic City, NJ – Prominent NHL alumnus Willie O’Ree and former Eastern Hockey League Atlantic City Seagull Art Dorrington will host a youth hockey clinic at Boardwalk Hall on Tuesday, January 24 at 4 p.m. Both O’Ree and Dorrington hold important places in NHL history and will be in Atlantic City in support of the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic which will take place on Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30 at Boardwalk Hall. This event is free of charge and will be open to the public.
The clinic, comprised of students from the Atlantic City based Art Dorrington Ice Hockey Foundation, will focus on hockey technique while highlighting the importance of positive ethics such as teamwork, sportsmanship and commitment. O’Ree and Dorrington are strong advocates of minority education and have invested time into introducing the game of hockey to disadvantaged youth while teaching them life lessons along the way.
Prior to the start of the clinic, in recognition and appreciation to Dorrington’s allegiance to the community and hockey career, Boardwalk Hall will rename the building’s ice rink in his honor. The dedication of the “Art Dorrington Ice Rink” at Boardwalk Hall, which includes a proclamation from Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford, will also be part of the day’s festivities.
Art Dorrington was the first African American hockey player to sign a NHL contract when he joined the New York Ranger’s organization in the 1950’s. Due to a leg injury, Dorrington was unable to play in the professional league, but is remembered locally as a member of the Eastern Hockey League’s Atlantic City Seagulls championship team from 1951. An Atlantic City resident since 1950, Dorrington has been very active in his not-for-profit organization, The Art Dorrington Ice Hockey Foundation. Founded in 1997, the organization was created as a means to assist the underprivileged youth in Atlantic City by teaching them life skills through the game of
Willie O’Ree is recognized as the first black hockey player to play in the NHL as a member of the Boston Bruins in 1958. O’Ree is currently the National Hockey League’s Director of Youth Development and hockey ambassador for the Hockey is for Everyone initiative. Similar to Dorrington’s mission, as Director of Youth Development, O’Ree has helped launch more than thirty local grassroots hockey programs around North America with the purpose of educating disadvantaged youth in the values of hockey and life. To date more than 45,000 children have participated in O’Ree’s programs.
About the AHL All-Star Classic
This year marks the debut of the AHL All-Star Classic at Boardwalk Hall. The first AHL All-Star Game was held in 1942 as a fundraiser for U.S. and Canadian efforts in World War II; this will be
the 18th All-Star Classic since the event was resurrected in 1995. In December, Philadelphia Flyers
legends Bill Barber and Bob Clarke were announced as honorary captains for this year’s AHL All-Star Classic. Both men will stand on the team benches during the Skills Competition and All-Star
Game, and will be recognized for their careers at the annual AHL Hall of Fame Inductions & Awards Ceremony. Playing captains for the upcoming event include Boyd Kane of the Hershey Bears and Darren Haydar of the Chicago Wolves. The 2012 edition is presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Caesars Entertainment and the AHL.
Tickets for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations by calling 800-736-1420 or at ticketmaster.com. All-session tickets are priced at $52, $37, and $32. Single-session tickets are $12, $16, and $13 for Sunday’s Skills Competition and $31, $22, and $19 for Monday’s All-Star Game. Family four packs can also be purchased for only $79 and include four tickets, four hot dogs, and four soft drinks (must be purchased in advanced). Ticket discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. For Group Sales call 609-348-7023.