MASSENA — Zach Bogosian spends his offseason in his hometown of Massena every year, but this time he found a part-time job.
Bogosian and his older brother Aaron, along with Massena native Matt Reid, are spending the second half of this week running the North Country Stars Hockey School at the St. Lawrence Centre Ice Arena.
Bogosian, who is 22, just finished his fourth season in the National Hockey League. He was the third player taken overall in the 2008 NHL draft. He's been with the same franchise his entire career, but after his first two years the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg and became the Jets.
About 40 kids, ages ranging from 9 to 14, are in the school, which began Wednesday and ends Saturday.
Bogosian was at ease with the kids, enjoying some ribbing from some during a lunch break and having fun playing games with stick handling and puck possession with others during the afternoon session on ice.
Aaron Bogosian, who played at St. Lawrence University and has spent the last two seasons playing mostly in the East Coast Hockey League, has also enjoyed the experience.
One of the Clarkson players both Bogosians looked up to as kids was Matt Reid, who played with the Golden Knights from 1996-2000 and was a member of the 1999 ECAC championship team. Reid played professional hockey until 2009, with the bulk of his latter career spent with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays.
NOTES: Aaron Bogosian played for three teams last season. He started with the ECHL's Florida Everblades, then went to the ECHL's Toledo Walleye before ending the year playing in three games for the American Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen. He is a free agent and said he'll know more about his future location after the NHL draft. ... Reid now lives in Charleston, S.C. and has owned a pressure washing company since 2003. ... There will be a pro game Saturday at 11 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Centre Mall Arena, which will run until 12:15 p.m. Some of the people expected to play include Canton native Kyle Flanagan (SLU), former Ottawa Senator Jesse Winchester, Massena native Mark Miller (RPI), Ogdensburg native Jake Morley (Clarkson), Norwood native Alex Boak (Clarkson), Massena native Chris Aldous as well as former Clarkson players Andrew Himelson and Cody Rosen.