It is that time of year as the folks at USA Hockey do their best to help grow hockey here in the United States. Hockey Weekend Across America is entering it's 3rd year and like the sport itself; the event is growing and we want to do our part by telling you what is going on.
We will start with the website being run for the event by USA Hockey right here. The site is full of information regarding the event as well as what kinds of prizes someone can win during the weekend.
Here is the press release from the folks at USA Hockey:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The third annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, begins Friday (Jan. 29) and runs through Sunday (Jan. 31).
Hockey Weekend Across America was started by USA Hockey in 2008 to provide a framework for the hockey community to celebrate the game at all levels, while also exposing the sport to new audiences.
"There are tremendous things happening in our sport in all parts of the nation," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, "and it's only appropriate that we utilize Hockey Weekend Across America to celebrate those accomplishments."Each of the three days of Hockey Weekend Across America has a theme, including:
Friday (Jan. 29)– Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey, sponsored by ShopUSAHockey.com
Saturday (Jan. 30)– Bring a Friend to the Rink, sponsored by the NHL
Sunday (Jan. 31)– Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes, sponsored by the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program
For the past two months, USA Hockey and Reebok have conducted a "Why Hockey Rocks" video contest as part of Hockey Weekend Across America. Fans were asked to submit one-minute videos explaining why hockey is the best sport in the world.
Following a voting process that began on Jan. 1, a total of 16 winners received a voucher for $300 worth of Reebok Hockey gear and had their videos entered into a tournament-style competition for the chance to win up to $2,500 in Reebok Hockey merchandise. The final round of voting is currently taking place at HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com, and the winner will be announced Sunday (Jan. 31).
USA Hockey is also conducting a best Hockey Weekend Across America programming contest for its local associations across the country, with the grand-prize winner receiving a voucher for $5,000 of Reebok Hockey gear. Additionally, five runners-up will receive $1,000 of Reebok Hockey goods. The entry form can be obtained at HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com.
Ranger Prospect Action
Just one Ranger prospect played on Tuesday night as Tomas Kundratek (2008 3rd) and his Medicine Hat Tigers took to the road to play the Prince George Cougars. This one was a mismatch from the very start as Medicine Hat is at the top of the WHL standings while Prince George has the worse record in the WHL if not the entire CHL.
The Tigers jumped all over the Cougars scoring 5 goals in the first period enroute to a 9-3 win. To be fair to the Cougars they have to be the team with the worst luck as in the time we have been doing this we have not seen a team at any level suffer as many injuries as they have.
The Cougars have had to use 6 different goalies due to injuries and have barely had the services of Brent Connolly who is one of the top prospects for the 2010 NHL draft. Still the game still had to be played and the Cougars tried what they could.
The win moved the Tigers into first place in the WHL's Central Division by a point over the Calgary Hitmen but the Tigers have also played 4 more games than Calgary.
As for Kundratek, he had an interesting night as he appeared to be willing to fight the Cougar's Parker Stanfield but they got stopped and took a double minor just 2:19 into the game. When playing Kundratek did not score but was a +2 for the evening.
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