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5 Reasons to Try Hockey For Free

By USA Hockey, 10/28/15, 3:30PM MDT


Participate in this year's November 7th event at one of the hundreds of locations

In the five seasons since USA Hockey introduced its Try Hockey For Free Days, presented by Kraft Heinz, more than 90,000 participants have taken their first strides into the game, setting the foundation for a lifelong love of hockey.

The next chance to #TryHockey comes Nov. 7, 2015, as part of Come Play Hockey Month. Nearly 500 sites throughout the United States will host a Try Hockey For Free event. Neither experience nor equipment is necessary, as gear will be available to borrow at the rink.

There’s no easier way to discover youth hockey.

Reason 1: It’s fun.

Try Hockey For Free events are filled with engaging stations that teach new skills in a fun environment. Participants enjoy camaraderie and teamwork with new friends, most playing hockey for the very first time. It’s a festive, unique and inviting way to experience the game and feel the thrill of skating, shooting and scoring.

“Seeing all the smiles when kids play for the first time – that’s always a highlight and it’s part of why we host Try Hockey each year,” said Stephanie Dukesherer, communications director for the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association. “Our program, coaches and volunteers take pride in making sure kids have fun on the ice, whether it’s their first time or hundredth time.”

Reason 2: Certified coaches are there to help.

USA Hockey-certified coaches guide players during Try Hockey For Free Days, providing support and encouragement along the way.

Reason 3: It’s great exercise.

Hockey develops skills, endurance, balance and strength. The game is constant motion and constant action, with everyone contributing regardless of size or skill.

Reason 4: It’s free.

At Try Hockey For Free events, the ice time, instruction and equipment are all free-of-charge. It’s a great way to try the game.

Reason 5: Girls play hockey.

One out of every five Try Hockey participants is a girl and there are nearly 70,000 girls and women playing hockey in the U.S. today. Try Hockey For Free Days are great for introducing all kids to the game.

Bonus Reason: Adults can #TryHockey, too.

Mom and Dad: There’s an opportunity for you to play hockey, too. Some states are hosting adult Try Hockey events. Click here to learn more. Try hockey and find out why it’s one of the fastest-growing adult sports in America.

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