Applications Being Accepted for Starter Hockey Equipment Grant

Minnesota_Wild_Logo_PostOnce again, hockey associations throughout Minnesota will have the opportunity to receive a grant for starter hockey equipment through the “Xcel Energy/Minnesota Wild Play Our Game Affordable Equipment Program.” The program grants sets of starter hockey equipment to deserving associations through an application process each spring. The goal of the program is to continue to grow the game at the grassroots level by making entry into hockey as affordable as possible.

Seven associations were granted equipment last season: Bagley Youth Hockey Association, City of Lakes (NE Minneapolis) Youth Hockey Association, Hopkins Youth Hockey Association, Owatonna Youth Hockey Association, Osseo Youth Hockey Association, Proctor Amateur Hockey Association and Sartell Youth Hockey Association.

As one of the seven grant recipients last year, the Proctor Amateur Hockey Association was granted 20 sets of new starter hockey equipment for the 2009-10 season. Proctor is using the equipment to offer hockey gear free of charge for kids who would like to try hockey for the first time. “For the past few years, in an effort to recruit more kids to the game of hockey, our association has been offering free registration to all first year players,” said Kris Bryant, President of the Proctor Amateur Hockey association. “We are very excited to receive this equipment from the Xcel Energy/Minnesota Wild Play Our Game Affordable Equipment Program so we can cover registration fees and provide equipment free of charge to kids who want to try hockey. This year we are up 50% in new player registrations, which is a direct result of the low entry cost.”

Recently, representatives from the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Hockey attended an open house skating party in Proctor held to celebrate the new equipment. “It is exciting to see what the community hockey associations throughout Minnesota, including Proctor, are doing to ensure that boys and girls have the opportunity play hockey,” said Mike Snee, Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey. “Their efforts, combined with support from the Minnesota Wild and Xcel Energy, is one of the many examples of why Minnesota truly is The State of Hockey.”

See the open house skating party in the below video (or click here):

For more information and a grant application form, please visit www.minnesotahockey.org. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2010.

To download an application, please click here (pdf).

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