COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Try Hockey For Free Day is set to take place Saturday (Nov. 2) as part of the third annual Come Play Hockey Month. Nearly 500 rinks spread across 48 states will welcome boys and girls, ages 4 to 9, to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey free of charge.
More than 10,000 kids took to the ice for the first time as part of USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day last November. A total of 454 rinks, representing 47 states, held events.
"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. For those interested in registering for the event, full details and local participating ice rinks can be found at TryHockeyForFree.com.
Notes: Try Hockey For Free Day is part of Come Play Hockey Month. Come Play Hockey Month is a component of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) program, which provides children of all backgrounds 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 Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports are the official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Day ... Join the conversation on social media by using hashtag #TryHockey4Free.