Casper Ice Arena and Colorado Avalanche team up

The Casper Ice Arena has partnered with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche’s Mile High Mites program to introduce kids to hockey every year since 2017, and they are doing it again in the spring of 2021.
Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 5:59 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper Ice Arena has partnered with the NHL and the Colorado Avalanche for another year of its learn-to-play hockey program. This is the fourth time they’ve done the Mile High Mites Program.

The program will meet every Saturday morning from March 6 to April 10 at the Casper Ice Arena.

“It’s been a great relationship for kids under the age of 10 to come out and try hockey,” said Casper Ice Arena Ice Rink Manager Chad Green. It’s also a great opportunity for kids to receive a full set of gear and get on the ice.

Green said it takes the “guesswork out of deciding what gear to get” for parents. “Kids get full hear to toe gear, including skates, stick, gloves, helmet, shin pads, you name, they got it,” said Green. “Including a hockey bag to put all that stuff in.”

For first-time players, this is a great opportunity to learn the sport from qualified Casper hockey coaches using USA Hockey’s approved station-based skill development which includes skating, shooting, stick-handling, and passing.

“Hockey’s just one of those sports where you create long lasting friendships,” said Green. “You’re able to play the game for beyond high school and into your senior years. We know guys that have played hockey for 40 plus years, and they say ‘It’s the best sport in the world.’”

The Casper Ice Arena strongly encourages taking a learn-to-skate class or practicing forward skating on your own before showing up for the Mile High Mites Program.

Registration is now open through the Colorado Avalanche’s youth hockey webpage here and accessible through the Casper Ice Arena here.

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