NHL Player Inclusion Coalition will visit the Nevada Boys and Girls Club, make a donation and host a clinic

Andy Bischel, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, said the donation is the culmination of Reaves’ vision to bring a hockey facility and rink to a place that otherwise might not have been there.

“It’s his vision and his continued dedication,” Bischel said. “That’s an athlete who puts actions behind words.”

Reaves, a forward who played 49 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, was unable to attend Thursday’s event, but other members of the coalition showed up en masse to provide an indoor hockey clinic.

Toward the end of the session, Boys and Girls Club members took turns competing against an All-Star roster of current and former NHL and professional female players. Among them were Whitecloud, coalition chair and “NHL on TNT” analyst Anson Carter, co-chair and ESPN analyst PK Subban, Seattle Kraken television analyst JT Brown, former forward Georges Laraque, former forward Anthony Stewart, former defenseman Mark Fraser, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jordan Harris, PWHL New York defenseman Abby Roque and four-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Team forward Julie Chu.

“It’s important for the growth of the game. And more importantly, the growth of the game is for people to feel comfortable with the game, to resonate with the game, to feel a part of it,” Subban said. “I’m already seeing kids who don’t know how to hold a hockey stick shooting the ball.”