Jacksonville Ice is joining ice rinks across the country to celebrate Hockey Week Across America from February 17-24. The week-long celebration was created by USA Hockey to engage the hockey community in celebrating hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences.
As Northeast Florida’s only ice rink to offer year-round skating opportunities, it is always hockey season at Jacksonville Ice! During Hockey Week Across America, there will be plenty of opportunities for Floridians to lace up a pair of skates and head out onto the ice or spectate from the stands.
Sun. Feb 17 – Hockey Day in America: Score free tickets to the Jax Icemen by entering Jacksonville Ice’s Facebook giveaway.
Mon. Feb 18 – Salute to Players: Most kids are out of school, so rally up the team and enjoy extended ice-skating hours on President’s Day from 10 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The regular $6 discounted admission price for Jax Ice’s youth and adult hockey players will still be honored.
Fri. Feb 22 – Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day: Throw on your favorite hockey jersey and receive $2 off admission.
Sat. Feb 23 – Try Hockey Day: This event is designed to provide kids, between the ages of 4 to 9, a completely free experience to try youth hockey. “Our top coaches will be on the ice to assist your child in learning the basics,” said Jeff Bloomer, Director of Operations for Jacksonville Ice. “Your son or daughter does not need any previous skating or hockey experience.” A limited amount of equipment, helmets and sticks, are available to borrow. Please bring a helmet (bike, skateboard, etc.) and gloves – hockey, winter, or mittens. Skates will be provided, if needed.
Brian Ferlin, a former Boston Bruins NHL player who used to play at Jax Ice as a child, will also be making an appearance! Registration is required online. We can’t wait to meet the future of this amazing sport!
“Two years ago, we commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America with a week-long format that was received extremely well and having an entire week provides further opportunity to do some fun and creative things to celebrate and advance the sport,” says Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey.