St. Paul, MN – November 4, 2014 – For the fourth consecutive year, Minnesota Hockey will be participating in USA Hockey’s Try Hockey For Free Day with 70 events scheduled at rinks around the state on Saturday, November 8. The events are designed to welcome boys and girls, ages 4 to 9, to come to a local rink and try youth hockey free of charge.
On November 2, 2013, 74 Minnesota sites hosted a Try Hockey For Free Day event and a total of 1,863 participants were reported. Both of those numbers were not only records for Minnesota, but set the bar for the entire country. Minnesota Hockey saw a 13% spike in new players at the 8 & Under level.
“Youth hockey has seen tremendous growth in recent years by introducing new kids to the game,” said Pat Kelleher, assistant executive director of development for USA Hockey. “Thanks to the support of the NHL and the outstanding work of local volunteers, thousands of families will enjoy their first youth hockey experience during Try Hockey For Free events on Saturday.”
Equipment will be provided for children attending Try Hockey For Free Day and no experience is required to participate. Nordy, the Minnesota Wild mascot, will be dropping into St. Croix Recreation Center to say hello to future members of the Stillwater and Mahtomedi Youth Hockey Associations. For a complete map and listing of Minnesota host locations or to register for a specific location, go to http://www.minnesotahockey.org/tryhockeyforfree.
Notes: Try Hockey For Free Day is part of Come Play Hockey Month, which provides children the opportunity to play hockey. USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day, with the support of the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport. Total Hockey and Kraft Foods are the official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Day ... Join the conversation on social media by using hashtag #TryHockey4Free.
Media outlets wishing to cover a particular event should contact Minnesota Hockey Executive Director, Glen Andresen at 651-253-9229.
Minnesota Hockey, a USA Hockey affiliate, is the governing body of youth hockey in Minnesota. With over 67,000 registered players and coaches, it is the largest state governing body for hockey in the United States.