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Jun 28, 2014 7:41 PM by Jacqueline Quynh - KPAX News

NHLPA helping out Philipsburg hockey program

PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg youth hockey program may have just scored big time with a huge award from the National Hockey League Players Association.

For many who have been playing hockey on the natural ice rink in town, having the right equipment has been a problem.

But now, about 20 of those kids - ages 7 to 17 - will each be receiving a bag of brand new hockey equipment.

"They are so excited - they are so excited because its hard. Parents want them to have helmets and to be safe and we do as well. We made it a rule last year that if you're on the ice, you have to have a helmet if you're skating," volunteer Heidi Beck said.

"And so the fact that these kids now have their own gear and we've got some hockey players that are adults that are going to teach them more about the sport. Yeah I think it's going to take off huge," she added.

The kids are expected to receive all of their gear by the end of this year.

The award was part of the NHLPA's Goals and Dreams program which has donated more than $22 million of equipment to kids in 30 countries.

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