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. – USA Hockey today announced the winners of the 2009 Hockey Weekend Across America Best Programming Contest. Hyland Hills Hockey Association (Westminster, Colo.) won the Grand Prize, which includes 25 sets of OneGoal starter hockey equipment and $2,000.
The second annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, took place Feb. 13-15, 2009, across the United States. The event, led by USA Hockey, provides a platform to celebrate the game nationwide and also expose the sport to new audiences.
Members of the Hyland Hills Hockey Association created unique ways to celebrate hockey and provided opportunities for those who haven't played the sport to get involved. To start the weekend's festivities, the association organized floor hockey games and question-and-answer sessions at local schools. On Saturday, Feb. 14, the association hosted two OneGoal sessions, providing individuals a free opportunity to experience hockey, including a skate with current collegiate players from around the region. To thank their local hockey heroes on the final day of the celebration, members of the association hosted a hockey scrimmage featuring the police vs. fire departments.
Additionally, five runner-up prizes of $1,000 each have been awarded to: Center State Youth Hockey (Morrisville, N.Y.), Fairbanks (Alaska) Hockey Hall of Fame, Hershey (Pa.) Jr. Bears Girls, Redding (Calif.) Hockey and Siouxland Youth Hockey Association (Sioux City, Iowa).