Saturday is ‘Try Hockey for Free’ day

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by Graham Kendrick

February 25, 2014, Portland (ISN) – Saturday is Try Hockey For Free Day throughout the United States. As part of Hockey Weekend Across America, USA Hockey has partnered with local programs across the country to encourage kids ages 4 to 9 to try youth hockey at no cost.

Local kids looking to take their first shot at playing hockey can take the ice on Saturday at the Winterhawks Skating Center from 4:10 – 5:10 p.m. to learn the basics of the game. Equipment will be provided, and families will want to arrive early to allow time for registration and equipment fitting. There will also be a session at Mountain View Ice Arena in Vancouver from 8:30 – 9:30 am.

Spots in the Try Hockey For Free session are filling up fast, to pre-register, or for more information, visit

“Try Hockey For Free Day is a great opportunity for kids to be introduced to this great sport,” said Portland Winterhawks President Doug Piper. “We would love nothing more than for kids to get on the ice this weekend and fall in love with the sport, and stay with it through the Junior Hawks program.”

Families can also sign their kids up for the Winterhawks Hockey School this summer, set for July 28 – August 1. Spots fill quickly and the team encourages families to sign up as soon as possible to reserve their spot. Visit to register.

As Portland celebrates the 100th anniversary of hockey in the city, the Winterhawks have a proud history of supporting youth hockey in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Junior Hawks program continues to grow every year, and in 2012 the Hawks launched the Les Schwab Varsity Hockey League for high school players to continue their careers.

In 2009, the Winterhawks launched the Winterhawks Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA), a registered 501(c)(3) program designed to encourage the growth of amateur hockey throughout the community.

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