RALEIGH (WTVD) — For almost a decade, the Capital City Crew has worked with the Boys and Girls Club to help expose kids to the game of hockey.

Now, one of the crew’s brightest stars, Patrick Rosa, saw his involvement with the program pay off when it comes to his future outside the rink.

When Rosa first started with the Capital City Crew, he was quite the project.

“He could barely make it around the ice one time,” said Capital City Crew on-ice coach Greg Meluch.

But Rosa was a fast learner.

“Within a year, he was skating full speed, and within two years he was playing on a team,” said Meluch.

“I’ve been with the program for six years now, and I wanna say that was probably like the best decision I’ve ever made,” said Rosa.

For the past three years, Rosa has served as a junior coach, helping kids who were once in his shoes.

“Just being able to skate every Monday with these guys on the ice is like a healing process, honestly,” he said. “It’s like therapy.”

“He’s a hero in the locker room to all of the kids,” Meluch said.

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