Michael Latta is leading the K-W Alumni training camp in Waterloo. Latts has long supported building youth hockey in the Kitchener community, along with other alumni from the Kitchener Minor Hockey League. This is his fourth season with the camp. As part of the camp, Latta and other NHL players Mike Hoffman of the Florida Panthers, Logan Stanley (his cousin) of the Winnipeg Jets visited children at Grand River Hospital Pediatrics Centre. The boys will run a silent auction on 13 July to raise funds the Centre.
Thank you to the @GRHF for having the boys out today. What an amazing group of staff and patients m, lucky enough to meet a bunch of them today w @loganstanley_17 and @MHoffy68 pic.twitter.com/9499U3zag9
— Michael Latta (@Latta17) July 11, 2018
One of he reason we have always loved Michael is his dedication to kids. When he was with the Washington Capitals, he often went with the team to encourage young skaters at Fort Dupont Ice. Sure a lot of the players went, but there was something special in the way that he interacted with the kids. Maybe it just brought out the kid in him and memories of what it was like starting out for himself.
And then there is the K-W Alumni Hockey Academy which he seems to support whenever he isn’t involved in profession skating.
Michael participated in a benefit concert on 27 June to help raise funds for those affected by the devastating fires that hit Fort McMurry, Alberta in the spring of 2016. The area suffered a tremendous loss of home and business; however, the ice rink was spared.
We close with this precious photo from the time Michael visited children suffering with cancer and he got right down there and painted with them. Latts – you are a super star, not just for your skating but for your dedication to the hockey community.
And finally – can we just say how much we love that he is sporting a Capitals jersey in his camp photos?? Now if only the franchise could find a spot for our guy!!