TRY HOCKEY DAY
The Colorado Rampage, a USA Hockey Model Association, led the nation in Try Hockey For Free participants, welcoming 304 children over three sessions. The Boulder Hockey Club (Boulder, Colorado), with 178 participants; the Spokane Jr. Chiefs (Spokane, Washington), with 167 participants; the Cedar Rapids Hockey Association (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), with 117 participants and Charlotte Metro Hockey Association (Charlotte, N.C.), with 115 participants, rounded out the top five. On a state-by-state basis, Michigan led the way with 959 participants, followed by Pennsylvania (915), Wisconsin (893), Colorado (866) and Washington (720). In total, the top 10 host sites represented a collective seven different states, including Colorado (two sites), Iowa (two sites), Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Washington (two sites) and Wisconsin. Including USA Hockey’s Try Hockey for Free Day last November, a total of 24,679 new players were part of USA Hockey’s two national Try Hockey For Free Days this season.
OFFICIALS IN ACTION
During the week, 37 young officials had the chance to meet and learn from current NHL officials in conjunction with 19 NHL games in American markets over the course of the event. Additionally, the women’s game at Little Caesars Arena between the United States and Canada included two young female officials having the opportunity to meet the game’s officials prior to the game. For more information on USA Hockey’s Meet the Officials program, click here.