14 Illinois Host Sites Introduce Over 500 Kids to Hockey on Try Hockey For Free Day

By Jim Clare, AHAI Vice President of Membership

Five hundred plus new skaters hit the ice on Saturday, November 12th for USA Hockey’s Try Hockey for Free Day in Illinois. Fourteen host sites across the state had 510 kids on the ice learning about our great game. Leading the way was Firewagon Hockey in Crystal Lake with 67 skaters, followed by the Admirals with 65, and Hoffman Estates with 46. The remaining sites included Leafs Hockey Club (45), Evanston Youth Hockey (44), Northbrook Hockey (44), Pekin Amateur Hockey (40), Mount Prospect Ice Arena (39), Rolling Meadows Renegades (36), Sabre Girls Hockey (28), Franklin Park Ice Arena (26), Cyclones Amateur Hockey (16), Glacier Ice House (8), and Decatur Youth Hockey (6). AHAI would like to thank all our host sites for the tremendous effort in growing the great game of hockey.

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Nationally, 13,582 children were introduced to the sport at 439 facilities in 47 states across the country. Wisconsin topped all with 1,663 participants, followed by New York with 1,119. USA Hockey, which conducts two national Try Hockey For Free Days each season, will conduct its second Try Hockey Day of the 2016-17 campaign Feb. 25, 2017, as part of Hockey Week Across America. Interested rinks and youth hockey associations can visit USAHockeyProgramServices.com to register as a host site.

USA Hockey’s Try Hockey For Free Days are designed to provide a national platform for introducing children to the sport, free of charge. Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual Insurance are official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Day.

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