COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey will lead the nation in the seventh annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM, Feb. 28-March 2.
"Hockey Weekend Across America is one of the marquee events on the calendar each year," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "This year will be unique as we'll celebrate Hockey Weekend Across America the weekend immediately following the conclusion of the Olympic Winter Games."
Each of the three days of Hockey Weekend Across America features a special theme.
"Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day" on Friday, Feb. 28, is the day for fans to show off their hockey pride by wearing their prized hockey jerseys. USA Hockey's Facebook and Twitter pages will accept photos from families, friends, and colleagues in search of the most passionate hockey fans.
On Saturday, March 1, as part of Try Hockey Day, sponsored by the NHL, hundreds of rinks nationwide will host "Try Hockey for Free" clinics, sponsored by Liberty Mutual and Total Hockey, allowing thousands of children to experience hockey for the first time. Arenas interested in hosting an event and players wishing to take part should visit HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com for more details.
To cap off the weekend, "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes" day on Sunday, March 2, encourages hockey programs nationwide to develop ways to honor their local hockey heroes. USA Hockey invites all to post pictures and stories on its Facebook and Twitter pages. The day also includes NBC's Hockey Day in America coverage.
Fans 13 years of age and older can begin registering for the Hockey Weekend Across America "Great Day for Hockey" Sweepstakes tomorrow (Jan. 1) at HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com. Three grand prize packages will be awarded, each including hockey skates, hockey stick, helmet/facemask combo and hockey gloves, courtesy of CCM. Second and third prizes will also be awarded with the drawing taking place.
At each of 15 NHL games in American cities during Hockey Weekend Across America, two young officials will have a chance to meet the NHL officials working the particular contest prior to the game and then stay to watch those NHL officials in action.
For full information surrounding the weekend, visit HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com. Visitors can seek out activities around their community or across the country, participate in exciting giveaways and download promotional materials. Associations and teams celebrating Hockey Weekend Across America are encouraged to submit their event plans to USA Hockey on this site.
Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Five hockey associations will receive Reebok Hockey gear as part of the Reebok Hockey "Try Hockey for Free Incentive Program." The program awarded associations or rinks that attracted the most hockey newcomers ages 4-9 to Try Hockey for Free clinics held on Feb. 19 as part of Hockey Weekend Across America.
The gear was donated by Reebok Hockey in conjunction with USA Hockey to encourage hockey associations to get more kids playing the game. The equipment is intended to be used for future Try Hockey clinics and Learn-to-Play programs.
The Omaha Hockey Club was awarded the top prize - 40 sets of Reebok Hockey gloves and helmets - after attracting over 200 first-time hockey players to the Moylan Ice Plex in Omaha, Neb.
The runners-up, who each received 20 sets of Reebok Hockey gloves and helmets, included the Suger Land Ice & Sports Center (Sugar Land, Texas); the York Ice Hockey Club (York, Pa.); Siouxland Youth Hockey (Sioux City, Iowa); Western Connecticut Youth Hockey (Danbury, Ct.).
Overall, 182 rinks in 48 states across the nation hosted Try Hockey for Free events, with over 6,000 kids participating. A map of clinics held across the country can be found here.
NOTES: The fourth annual Hockey Weekend Across America , presented by Reebok, took place Feb. 18-20. It was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences.