14 Locations to Try Hockey For Free in Illinois during Hockey Week Across America (Feb. 17-24)

USA Hockey will lead the nation in its yearly nationwide initiative Hockey Week Across America, Feb. 17-24. The week-long event is now in its 12th year and includes a special theme for each day.

“This week provides an opportunity to celebrate all the players, coaches, officials and volunteers who make hockey so special,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “It’s also an opportunity to introduce new families to our game. We’re particularly excited this year as we begin the celebration with our U.S. Women’s National Team facing off against Canada in Detroit on NHL Network and with NBC’s incredible Hockey Day in America coverage of our sport.”

Each day of Hockey Week Across America will include a theme, including individual days to salute players (Monday), coaches (Tuesday), officials (Wednesday) and local rinks (Thursday), as well as the traditional themes of Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day (Friday), Try Hockey Day (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day (Sunday). Kicking off the week-long celebration will be the third and final game of the 2019 Rivalry Series between the women’s national teams from the United States and Canada as well as NBC’s Hockey Day in America. See below for a list of HWAA Daily Themes and click here for complete HWAA details.

2019 HWAA Daily Themes

Sun., Feb. 17- Hockey Day in America (NBC)
Mon., Feb. 18 – Salute to Players
Tues., Feb. 19 – Salute to Coaches
Wed., Feb. 20 – Salute to Officials
Thurs., Feb. 21 – Salute to Local Rinks
Fri., Feb. 22 – Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day
Sat., Feb. 23 – Try Hockey Day*
Sun., Feb. 24 – Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day

Illinois Try Hockey For Free Locations

On Saturday, Feb. 23, as part of Try Hockey Day more than 350 rinks in 46 states will host Try Hockey For Free events, presented by SportsEngine and official event sponsors, Chipotle and Pure Hockey. The events provide kids that have never played before a chance to try the sport for free. A year ago, a combined 13,504 children were introduced to the sport across 379 host arenas in 46 states nationwide during HWAA while last November saw a combined 12,564 children try the sport for the first time across 451 host arenas in 48 states. To date, USA Hockey’s national Try Hockey program has introduced more than 178,000 children to the sport. To find a participating rink near you and register, visit TryHockeyForFree.com.

Sabre Hockey Association
All Seasons Ice Rinks – Naperville
11:10 am to 11:50 pm
Phone: (630) 217-0503
Email: chelios23@me.com

Cyclones Amateur Hockey Association
Fox Valley Ice Arena – Geneva
12:00 pm to 12:50pm
Phone: (630) 262-0690
Email: nick@fvia.us

Admirals Hockey Club
Carol Stream Ice Arena
3:00 pm to 4:30pm
Phone: (801) 631-3515
Email: communications@admiralshockeyclub.com

Hoffman Estates Park District
Triphahn Ice Arena – Hoffman Estates
2:00 pm to 3:00pm
Phone: (847) 285-5501
Email: rjordan@heparks.org

Leafs West Dundee Hockey Club
Leafs Ice Centre – West Dundee
12:10 pm to 1:10 pm
Phone: (630) 631-8307
Email: sergei@fairviewmgmtllc.com

Chicago Bruins Hockey Club
Addison Ice Arena – Addison
9:10 am to 10:10 am
Phone: (630) 570-1295
Email: president@chicagobruinshockey.com

Chicago Hawks Hockey Club
Darien Sportsplex – Darien
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Phone: (630) 677-0403
Email: msurrette@hotmail.com

Firewagon Hockey (Yellowjackets)
Crystal Ice House – Crystal Lake
11:30 am to 12:40pm
Phone: (815) 356-8500
Email: patrick.rainey@firewagonhockey.com

Park District of Franklin Park
Franklin Park Ice Arena – Franklin Park
3:40 pm to 4:40 pm
Phone: (847) 671-4268
Email: cdeak@fpparks.org

MB Ice Arena
MB Ice Arena – Chicago
10:00 am to 10:50 am
Phone: (312) 455-7607
Email: mdebartolo@chicagoblackhawks.com

Evanston Youth Hockey Association
Robert Crown Center – Evanston
Starts at 12:55 pm

Pekin Amateur Hockey Association
Pekin Memorial Ice Arena – Pekin
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Phone: (309) 264-7738
Email: dragonhockey01@gmail.com

ICE Program
Glacier Ice Arena – Vernon Hills
Starts at 10:50 am

Kankakee Youth Hockey
Ice Valley Centre – Kankakee
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Phone: (815) 939-1946
Email: atousignant@kvpd.com

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