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Two of the recipients of the Black Bear Youth Hockey Foundation scholarships are making their mark on girls’ hockey across the United States. 

Chyna Taylor, a member of the National Girls Hockey League’s Lovell Academy Lions, saw lots of on-ice success this season.  In their second year in the NGHL, Taylor helped lead the 14U AAA Lovell Academy Lions to the NGHL Championship and Massachusetts State Championship. They finished their remarkable season falling to the eventual national champions in the USA Hockey National Semifinals this April where Taylor was named to the All-Tournament team. 

Nicolette Gentile, a member of the NGHL’s Vegas Jr. Golden Knights, finished their season as the USA Hockey National Champions at the 14U AA A Division this spring. Gentile and her team, coached by Mark Gordon, have made their mark in the youth hockey world showing that hockey truly does belong in the desert. 

The Black Bear Youth Hockey Foundation supported 64 different players this season, providing over $40,000 in scholarships to those players. Black Bear Youth Hockey Foundation was formed in 2020 to remove financial barriers to youth hockey. Through individual grants and sponsored programming, the foundation’s goal is to increase American youth hockey participation ​and ease the financial stress that many families undertake to afford equipment and ice time. Youth hockey cultivates friendships, teamwork, and accountability. Most importantly, players develop a lifetime passion for the sport. Join us today and donate as we lend a hand to the next generation of hockey players to create opportunities for all children to play ice hockey.