In case you missed it, it’s Hockey Weekend Across America and that means a flood of activities in hockey rinks around the D.C. region.
Launched by USA Hockey in 2008, Hockey Weekend Across America is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels and to expose hockey to new audiences.
Today is Try Hockey for Free Day. Nearly 200 rinks across the country will invite boys and girls ages four to nine years old to clinics aimed at helping kids experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport.
Local rink partners participating in Try Hockey for Free Day include:
- Ice World – Abingdon, Md. – noon
- Talbot County Community Center – Easton, Md. – 5 p.m.
- Skate Frederick – Frederick, Md. – 11:30 a.m.
- Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex – Hagerstown, Md. – 8:30 a.m.
- Piney Orchard – Odenton, Md. – 11:30 a.m.
- Haymarket Iceplex – Haymarket, Va. – 11:30 a.m.
- Lahaye Ice Center – Lynchburg, Va. – 9 a.m.
- Prince William Ice Center – Woodbridge, Va. – 3:30 p.m.
To register for one of the Try Hockey for Free opportunities, visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com.
Sunday is Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day, which encourages hockey programs nationwide to honor their local hockey heroes, and on Monday Capitals forward Joel Ward will visit Fort Dupont Ice Arena in D.C., where he will participate in a practice led by FortDupont hockey director Neal Henderson. Henderson founded the Fort Dupont ice hockey Club in 1978.
In addition, NBC’s Hockey Day in America on Sunday includes triple-header coverage that begins with a 12:30 p.m. matchup between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins at FirstNiagaraCenter in Buffalo; followed by a 3:30 p.m. puck drop between the Los Angeles Kings and the Blackhawks at Chicago’s United Center.
The nine hours of hockey coverage continues at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network when the Rangers host the Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Dave Strader will manage play-by-play duties for the game and Brian Engblom will serve as the “Inside the Glass” analyst.
NBC Sports Group will celebrate Hockey Day in America by inviting viewers to share photos of how they are spending the day in their hometown. Using the hashtag #HockeyDay, fans will be able to share photos, via Twitter, of celebrations at home, ice rinks and at arenas across the country. Select images will be retweeted by NBC Sports’ NHL Twitter account@NHLonNBCSports and shared on-air during NBC and NBC Sports Network’s nine hours of coverage.
Twitter users can also follow an entire collection of NBC Sports and NHL accounts: @NHLonNBCSports,@NBCSports, @NBCSN, @NBCSportsPR, @liam_mchugh,@Jeremy_Roenick, @NHL, @BuffaloSabres, @penguins, @LAKings,@NHLBlackhawks, @washcaps, @NYRangers