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NORTHFORD — Connecticut has a number of pro hockey players in the NHL and even more coming up through the ranks.
Next week, they’ll be back on home ice, participating in a pro summer camp at Northford Ice Pavilion.
The camp, which runs from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 26-30, is being run by the guy who coached a number of those players: Bill Maniscalco, current assistant coach at Avon Old Farms and former head coach at Choate.
Among the players participating are Nick Bonino of Farmington (Anaheim Ducks), Cam Atkinson of Greenwich (Columbus Blue Jackets), Mark Arcobello of Trumbull (Edmonton Oilers) and Max Pacioretty of New Canaan (Montreal Canadiens).
Wallingford natives Lee Moffie and Pat Mullane have also signed up. Moffie and Mullane both got their start with the Wallingford Hawks youth program and prepped at Avon Old Farms before going on to Division I hockey careers, Moffie at the University of Michigan and Mullane at Boston College.
Moffie, an offensive-minded defenseman, was drafted by the San Jose Sharks and traded last month to the Edmonton Oilers.
Mullane, who was a senior captain/forward at BC and a member of two national championship teams, has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
Also expected at Northford next week are Sean Backman of Greenwich (Islanders/ Bridgeport Sound Tigers), Nathan Gerbe of Oxford (Carolina Hurricanes) and Kris Newbury of the New York Rangers/Hartford Wolf Pack.
“Many of these players have grown up playing under and learning from Bill Maniscalco, so it would be nice to get his name out there a little bit,” Mullane noted. “Also, more importantly, I think this would be a great opportunity for the area’s youth to not only see these NHL players in person, but to see that dreams do become a reality. All these professionals started off playing locally and I think it would be a thrill for the local kids to be around the local professionals.
“I am sure the guys will not have a problem signing some autographs for the young guys afterwards,” Mullane added.
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