CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WIVB) – Before Jack Eichel and some of the other top NHL Draft prospects live out a life-long dream, they took some time Thursday to help spark the imagination for the next generation at a hockey camp.
“It’s good to give back. I know when I was in that situation, something like that would have meant the world to me. You have to put yourself in their shoes. It’s a lot of fun to be out there,” said Eichel.
“Brings back a lot of memories when I was a little kid,” said Noah Hanifin, likely the top defenseman off the board tomorrow night. “It’s a very important time in these kids’ lives. This is when they really start to develop a passion for hockey. I remember when I was that age and I really looked up to a lot of the older guys who were playing at BC and the NHL and stuff. To share the moment with those kids and skate with them was an awesome experience.”
“I know those kids really look up to us. You see how excited they get at the end, getting autographs and photos with us and things like that. It’s going to mean the world to them and it’s a day they’ll remember forever,” said Eichel.
Tomorrow, Eichel and friends will get their own experience to remember forever, with the first round of the NHL Draft Friday night.