Pee Wees hosting playoffs
EAGLE – Eagle is hosting state Pee Wee hockey playoffs and the local hockey association has two teams in the fight.
And Vail-Eagle Hockey Association’s two teams are both No. 1 seeds.
It’s Pee Wee competition, 11-12 year olds, and playoff action begins 5 p.m. Friday in the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink complex.
“We have had a very successful year and we are sending teams to their respective playoffs at nearly every level,” said Rob Trotter, fundraising chairman of Vail-Eagle Hockey.
Competition continues through the weekend with the title game Sunday.
The top two teams go to the state finals, the Avs Cup, next weekend in Denver’s Pepsi Center.
The Pee Wee B’s are 15-2-1 on the season and opens its playoff run at 5 p.m. Friday when they play the Gunnison Blades.
The Pee Wee A’s have a 19-1 record and plays its first game at 8 p.m. Friday when they hit the ice against the Steamboat Sailors.
Depending on wins and losses the teams will play on Saturday and maybe in Sunday’s championship game.
“The quality of hockey is very good and it is very exciting to watch,” Trotter said. “Rarely are the playoffs in the Vail Valley.”
The Vail Eagle Hockey Association works with both the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District and the Vail Recreation District to put together its program and schedule ice time.
“Hockey is a wonderful sport for all ages,” Trotter said. “Over the last 30 years our boys and girls have had a great time and made friends for life.”