Youngsters get more than smiles when participating in Game on.

They receive a new stick and ball followed by instruction on the basics of street hockey, such as how to properly hold a stick and street hockey etiquette.

“We teach simple passing drills, stick-handling drills, and basic shooting skills,” Encarnacao said. "It’s basically the core of hockey skills.”

Shane had no experience playing hockey, but the simple lessons left an impression.

Learning to properly hold a hockey stick is one part of the Game On initiative. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche

Learning to properly hold a hockey stick is one part of the Game On initiative. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche