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Hockey intro sessions begin Sunday in Vail

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VAIL — The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District, the Vail Recreation District and the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club 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 kid’s very own teachers, mentors and community leaders, all dressed in costumes.”

GROW THE GAME

The first of the two events is Grow the Game on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Dobson Ice Arena in Vail. This event is geared toward never-evers, both boys and girls, younger than the age of 8. The event will start off with an exhibition hockey game where various players will be dressed as super heroes on the ice. Immediately following the game, interested never-evers will be fitted for appropriate hockey gear and get to skate and play until 5:30 p.m.

PINK IN THE RINK

The second event is Pink in the Rink on Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink in Eagle. Also geared toward never-evers, this is for girls only of all ages. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Shaw Regional Cancer Center has joined in the efforts, too.

The event will kick off with an all-women’s exhibition hockey game, teachers vs. superheroes, followed by never-evers gear fitting, before the girls hockey clinic until 6:30 p.m. There will also be a Mountain Women’s Hockey League clinic that evening, encouraging women to give the sport a try as well.

‘FUN AFTERNOON’

“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 & Ice Rink in Eagle.

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


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