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2016 Summit Hockey Classic brings coaches, parents and 14 former pros to Breck April 1-2

2016 Summit Hockey Classic

What: The 9th edition of an annual hockey tournament and fundraiser featuring teams of Summit Hockey Club coaches, parents and alumni, plus 14 celebrity players from NCAA and NHL clubs

When: Friday and Saturday, April 1-2

Where: Stephen C. West Ice Arena

Cost: $5 for spectators

Tickets are available at the door, beginning shortly before game time on Friday at 6 p.m. and game time on Saturday at 5 p.m. The club will also host a silent auction on Friday and Saturday, along with intermission entertainment and games. For more info, see http://www.summithockey.org.

Fast-flying, hard-hitting hockey action returns to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday for the annual Summit Hockey Classic.

For the ninth year running, the games combine the local talent of Summit Youth Hockey coaches, parents and alumni with 14 celebrity guests, including former NHL, semi-pro and Division-I NCAA players. This year, retired NHL players Rick Berry, Phil Crowe, Aaron MacKenzie and Duvie Westcott will join semi-pro and Division-I alumni as the celebrity skaters. George Gwozdecky, a former University of Denver head coach, joins the bench as a celebrity coach for the event.

“The combination of the celebrities and the local hockey coaches and alumni really makes for exciting hockey,” said Dick Carleton, president of Summit Youth Hockey, in a release from the club. “We really have a great group of coaches, and many of them are Summit Youth Hockey alumni who have dedicated their time to our kids this season.”

The action kicks off on Friday with two games. The first at 6 p.m. pits the Vail-Summit Orthopaedics team against Beaver Run Resort, followed at 8 p.m. by the Peak One Surgery Center vs. Copper Mountain Resort matchup. Both games are open to the public for $5 at the door.

On Saturday evening, the consolation and championship games will be held at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. The club will also host a silent auction on both nights with items from local individuals and businesses. The celebrities come out in force for the celebrity shootout, held at 7 p.m. between the consolation and championship game. It’s when the former pros get to show off a little and is always a fan favorite, according to the release.

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Hockey for a cause

The weekend is a fundraiser for Summit Youth Hockey, a nonprofit organization that offers boys and girls the opportunity to learn and compete in hockey programs at all levels in a safe environment. The club strives to foster teamwork, sportsmanship and respect in youth athletes.

“Summit Youth Hockey provided skating opportunities to 180 skaters on 10 teams ranging in ages from 6 to 18 years old (this season),” Carleton said.

The Classic originated with The Summit Foundation in 1998, and in 2008 the event transferred to Summit Youth Hockey. Since then, it has been the largest fundraiser each year for the organization.

“Fundraising is a key ingredient to the success of Summit Youth Hockey,” Carleton said. “Last year we raised over $26,000 from this event alone, which allows us to keep registration fees affordable for all families in addition to providing scholarship opportunities for families in need. We want hockey to be available to anyone who wants to play.”

In addition, funds raised from the Classic are essential to providing support for program growth and coach development.

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