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Nearly 120 U.S. Locations To Celebrate 2013 IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend

10/10/2013, 4:00pm EDT
By USAHockey.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nearly 120 locations across the United States will help celebrate the third annual International Ice Hockey Federation World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 12-13). As part of the festivities, the U.S. Women's National Team will take part in a youth hockey clinic, on Sunday (Oct. 13) at 11:40 a.m. ET at Cairns Arena, in South Burlington, Vt. USA Hockey will donate 12 sets of OneGoal starter equipment to the local association of choice of each member of the U.S. Women's National Team.

The IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate female participation in the sport. The goal of the event is to grow the game through a variety of events that aim to introduce beginners to basic skills in a positive, fun, and safe environment; provide more opportunities to play ice hockey; teach fair play, sportsmanship, and teamwork; create new friendships; and develop a lifelong love of the sport.

"USA Hockey is proud to be a leader in the continued advancement of girls' and women's hockey," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "It's terrific to see all the activity happening around the country this weekend and we're most grateful to all the volunteers who are dedicated to helping grow the game."

Events being hosted include youth hockey clinics featuring the America Development Model, hockey jamborees, Try Hockey for Free opportunities, female-only tournaments, introductory informational sessions about the sport, and numerous other hockey-themed gatherings.

Those taking part in the festivities this weekend are encouraged to share their experiences by posting photos and stories on USA Hockey's Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #girlshockey.

Some 30 states are hosting activities as part of the third annual IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend. To inquire about an event occurring in your area, contact Shannon Webster at shannonw@usahockey.org. For more information on the IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend, click here.

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