The Let’s Play Hockey Used Equipment Drive begins today at locations around the metro area. This annual event has provided more than 13,000 pieces of equipment to hockey families across the state over the past four years.
Each season many families enter the hockey season in need of certain pieces of equipment while other players are holding onto quality pieces of equipment that they have outgrown. The Let’s Play Hockey Equipment Drive collects the pieces that are no longer being used and redistributes them to people who will use them with the help of Minnesota Hockey, the Minnesota Wild and Berger Transfer.
In past seasons, families have traveled from towns as far away as Wadena, Litchfield, Duluth and Windom to have the opportunity to pick up free equipment.
This year the equipment drive begins Monday, August 25th as Berger Transfer will place drop off boxes at select arenas and hockey shops throughout the Twin Cities. Families will have until Monday, September 29th to drop off their used equipment at the locations listed below. Then, the gear will be sorted and moved to the Xcel Energy Center where it will be distributed to families on Saturday, Oct. 4th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Drop off locations this year include: Apple Valley Sports Arena, Bielenberg Sports Center (Woodbury), Bloomington Ice Garden, Braemar Arena (Edina), Burnsville Ice Center, Delano Sports Arena, Eagan Civic Arena, Hastings Civic Arena, Lakeville Ames Arena, Maple Grove Community Center, Minnetonka Ice Arena, New Hope Ice Arena, Plymouth Ice Center, Polar Arena (North St. Paul), Rogers Activity Center, Schwan Super Rink (Blaine), St. Croix Valley Recreation Center (Stillwater), St. Louis Park Recreation Center, Tartan Arena (Oakdale), Waconia Ice Arena and White Bear Lake Sports Center. Total Hockey in Burnsville, Edina, Maplewood and Minnetonka, One Ten Cycles in Mendota Heights and Westwood Sports in Apple Valley are also drop-off locations.
The equipment drive is organized by Let’s Play Hockey, Minnesota Hockey, the Minnesota Wild and Berger Transfer. Additional partners and sponsors of this program include Boehm’s, FOX Sports North, Herb Brooks Foundation, Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Association, Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association, Total Hockey, Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League and Westwood Sports.