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"HOCKEY WEEKEND ACROSS AMERICA" EVENT SLATED FOR FEB. 13-15

USA Hockey To Celebrate National Event; Fans Have Chance To Win One Of 45 Authentic NHL Jerseys

Hockey Weekend Across America

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The second annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok -- a three-day nationwide celebration of the sport of hockey -- will take place Feb. 13-15, 2009. The announcement was made by USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States.

Each of the three days associated with Hockey Weekend Across America has a theme, including Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey on Friday, Bring a Friend to the Rink on Saturday and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes on Sunday.

Friday, Feb. 13 - Wear Your Jersey Day - Sponsored by ShopUSAHockey.com.
• Show your hockey spirit by wearing your favorite jersey from any level of hockey (youth, high school, college, etc.) to school.

Saturday, Feb. 14 - Bring a Friend to the Rink Day - Sponsored by the National Hockey League (NHL)
• No matter what the event is (an open skate, a youth game or a professional game) do your best to bring a friend to the rink to introduce them to the sport.

Sunday, Feb. 15 - Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day - Sponsored by Liberty Mutual's Responsible Sports
• Honor your favorite coach, timekeeper, official, player, etc., through a special recognition event. Use the day as a fund-raising effort for you association and just plain show the community what hockey has done for them.

“We look to build on the success of last year’s inaugural Hockey Weekend Across America,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It’s important to engage the entire hockey community in this effort and, with the momentum built last year, we believe year two will only be better.”

HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com will serve as the information hub for the event. It features material for download, including the event logo and poster. Additional information will continue to be added, including highlights of activities planned in conjunction with Hockey Weekend Across America from around the country.

“We’re delighted to be involved with Hockey Weekend Across America,” said Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League. “This special initiative helps the hockey community honor local legends, make new friends and enjoy a three-day celebration of the best sport in the world.”

USA Hockey is conducting a contest for best Hockey Weekend Across America programming with the grand-prize winner receiving 25 sets of OneGoal starter equipment ($4,000 value), plus $2,000. Additionally, five runner-up prizes of $1,000 will be awarded. The entry form can be obtained at HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com.

Fans will have a chance to win one of 45 Reebok EDGE authentic National Hockey League jerseys during Hockey Weekend Across America's Great Jersey Giveaway. Fifteen prize winners each day during Hockey Weekend Across America will receive their favorite NHL jersey from Reebok. Entry is open to U.S. citizens ages 13 and older and those eligible may register one time only at HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com, between 12 noon (MT) on Wednesday, Jan. 7, and 11:59 p.m. (MT) on Thursday, Feb. 12. To access a complete list of rules, visit HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com.

Further information and updates will be released in the coming weeks so please visit www.usahockey.com.

The Ferris State University men's ice hockey will be skating against Bowling Green State on Feb. 13-14 during the Hockey Weekend Across America Weekend event in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series in Bowling Green, Ohio. Both games will start at 7:05 p.m. (EST) inside the BGSU Ice Arena. The Saturday (Feb. 14) matchup between the Bulldogs and Falcons will be televised live by Comcast Television (CTV).



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