Hitting the ice to learn about hockey

By Kevin Clark

November 2, 2013 Updated Nov 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM EDT

Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Boys and girls learned how to play hockey Saturday with free clinics from The Southern Tier Hockey Association.

The beginners, ranging from four to 11 years old, also got to skate with the Binghamton Senators and learned how to use hockey equipment.

The event is part of a national day sponsored by the NHL and USA Hockey.

Organizers hoped that Hockey Day would help promote hockey in the Southern Tier.

"It's a great outlet, and it's something not a lot of kids have tried to do at this point," said organizer Jeff Espe. "It's maybe something they fall in love with."

Others just couldn't wait to get out on the ice.

"On the first game I loved the goalies so I told my parents, man I gotta play hockey sometime," said Ben Mortlock, 6. "Then I just got signed up and I was ready."

This is the fifth year of Hockey Day in the town of Chenango. Organizers say that it grows every year.