Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex invites boys and girls to Try Hockey for Free Day on Saturday, March 3, for a free clinic as part of Hockey Week Across America.
Starting at 4 p.m., first time players ages 4 to 9, are encouraged to experience ice hockey and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment. Participants do not need any previous skating or hockey experience, and there will be a limited amount of equipment available to borrow. Body Zone’s top coaches, all USA Hockey certified, will provide the instruction.
This is Body Zone’s second year hosting a Try Hockey for Free Day. The event has opened the eyes of many young potential players, many of which returned after the event to sign up for Body Zone’s Learn to Play Hockey program.
“I’m looking forward to meeting and introducing new players to the great game of hockey. The biggest thrill for me will be watching those kids take their first step on the ice,” said Terry Denike, Body Zone’s Director of Learn to Play Hockey. “There is something special about that first day, getting out there and trying to figure out the difference in balance, having a stick, and trying to score their first goal like their favorite NHL player.”
Denike’s hope is that every child experiences a great day of hockey and makes memories that inspires them to want to play more. To accomplish this, he and his coaches will run a version of Body Zone’s Learn to Play Hockey Program. Players will have the opportunity to work in small groups and participate in multiple hockey skill stations. After stations, players will be divided into teams based on age, size and skill level and play cross ice hockey games.
“I’m amazed at how many people are curious about hockey, but don’t want the financial burden of the sport,” Denike said. “This event takes the expense out of the way, and allows parents to see that this amazing sport can be very affordable.”
About USA Hockey
USA Hockey provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders, even Olympic heroes; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport.
About Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex:
Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex is the hub for active and healthy lifestyles. It’s award-winning and state-of-the-art wellness and aquatics centers, Body Zone Physical Therapy, suspended running track, two NHL-size ice rinks, two Sprinturf synthetic grass sports fields and a basketball/volleyball court make up its 160,000 square foot facility.
For more information: bodyzonesports.com/tryhockey