Hockey Weekend Across America turns five years old this year when the sport is celebrated Feb. 17-19, 2012 in all corners of the United States.
Friday: Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day
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Saturday: Try Hockey Day
Presented by the NHL
Sunday: Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day
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Try Hockey For Free
On February 18, 2012, USA Hockey will again work with our local associations to allow kids to come to the rink and try youth hockey as part of Hockey Weekend Across America.
If you are a parent looking to find a location for your child to try hockey for free, please check back to this site in late January when we will open the registration process.
If you are a local association or rink that would like to partner with USA Hockey and host a Try Hockey for Free event, please click here.
“Hockey Weekend Across America has been a success because of the vast participation of the hockey community — from those in our grassroots programs across the country to the National Hockey League and its teams,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We encourage everyone to get engaged in the celebration in some fashion and share with us what you’re doing through the Hockey Weekend Across America website.”
HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com is the information hub for the event, with highlights of activities planned in conjunction with Hockey Weekend Across America from around the country, giveaway contests and downloadable promotional materials available. Associations or fans celebrating Hockey Weekend Across America are encouraged to submit their event plans to USA Hockey at the site.
On Friday, Feb. 17, USA Hockey will direct fans to its Facebook page to submit photos of themselves, their friends and colleagues donning their favorite team's jersey at work or at school during "Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey" day.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, more than 200 rinks across the nation will host Try Hockey for Free Clinics, exposing more than 4,000 young kids to hockey for the very first time. A list of currently scheduled clinics as well as information on how local associations or rinks can host their own event can be found here.
In honor of "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes" day on Sunday, Feb. 19, USA Hockey is asking its fans to post stories, photos or videos of their hockey heroes to USA Hockey's Facebook wall to share with the world. Also, on Sunday, fans can look forward to NBC's Hockey Day in America coverage.
Finally, USA Hockey and Reebok Hockey are teaming up to provide free head-to-toe equipment packages to three lucky winners with the Hockey Weekend Across America "Get Your Gear On Sweepstakes." For official rules and to enter, click here.