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Local youth hockey program announce collarborative effort

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The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District (WECMRD), the Vail Recreation District (VRD), and the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club (VMHC) have joined together in an effort to promote youth hockey and invite prospective players, both boys and girls, to learn more about the sport.

This collaborative effort also involves many local teachers, youth mentors, and community leaders who share a love for ice hockey to encourage “never-evers” to come give the sport a try.

“We thought one way to get new players involved would be to include the very people they see and look up to each day at school or in the community,” said John Seymour, VMHC Program Director. “Each event will include a fun, if not silly, exhibition hockey game between teams made up of the kids’ very own teachers, mentors, and community leaders, all dressed in costumes.”

The first of the two events was “Grow the Game” at the Dobson Ice Arena in Vail on Monday. The event was geared towards “never-evers,” both boys and girls, under the age of eight. The event launched with an exhibition hockey game where various youth leaders dressed as super heroes. Immediately following the game, interested never-evers were fitted for appropriate hockey gear and invited to join the super heroes on the ice for an hour of free hockey and skating.

The second event is “Pink in the Rink” and takes place on Oct.12 at 4 p.m. at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. This event is also geared towards never-evers, but is intended specifically for girls of all ages. Plus, with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Shaw Cancer Center has joined in the efforts.

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The event will kick off with an all women’s exhibition hockey game, teachers vs. superheroes, followed by never-evers gear fitting, before joining the super heroes and teachers on the ice for a free girls only hockey clinic, open to all ages, until 6:30pm. There will also be a Mountain Women’s Hockey League (MWHL) clinic that evening, encouraging women to give the sport a try.

“This is going to be a fun afternoon of hockey with costumes, disco lights and a great way to get more girls and women playing hockey, while supporting a wonderful cause,” said Sheryl Staten, director of WECMRD’s Pool and Ice Rink in Eagle.

More information about these events is available at http://www.vailmoutaineers.com, http://www.wecmrd.org or http://www.vailrec.com. If you are interested in participating in the exhibition hockey games, please email seymour4hockey@gmail.com or Sheryl@wecmrd.org.

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