Youth Ice Hockey Coaches Recognized As February ‘Employees Of The Month’

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Coaches recognized for success of girls hockey program

From left center: Councilman Lou Imbroto, Kathryn Griswold, Buzz Deschamps and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino with hockey program participants (Photo courtesy of the Town of Oyster Bay)

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Lou Imbroto honored ice hockey coaches Kathryn Griswold and Buzz Deschamps as ‘Employees of the Month’ for their exemplary leadership in managing the program, as well as their enthusiasm and dedication to the game and the youngsters they teach. As program Director, Deschamps recruited Griswold to serve as a coach and staff member; her foresight and passion has grown the Girl’s Hockey Program from six participants to more than 40.

“Kathyrn, you have brought your exceptional management skills into all aspects of coaching here at the rink, from player development to fostering an atmosphere of teamwork and sportsmanship,” Saladino said. “Buzz, you are an icon in the hockey world at all levels and your efforts here at our rink, and across the island, to grow this great sport are legendary.”

“You are both incredible assets to our program and we are extremely fortunate to have you on our team. Thank you for bringing your experience and love of the game to the Town of Oyster Bay,” Imbroto added.

Residents interested in joining the Town of Oyster Bay’s Youth Hockey Program can register for the Spring 2022 Session online through March 1 at oysterbaytown.com/parks or in person on March 7 and March 8 at the Bethpage Ice Center, located at 1001 Stewart Ave. in Bethpage from 6 to 9 p.m. The Girls Hockey Program for ages 10 and under currently runs on Saturdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Due to its great success, two sessions have been added on Tuesday evenings for the spring: 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. for Girls 12U and 14U, and 8 to 9 p.m. for girls 16U and 18U. For more information, visit www.oysterbaytown.com/hockey or call 516-433-7465, ext. 8233.

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