BREWER, Maine — Hockey Weekend Across America takes place this weekend at more than 200 sites across the country, including Penobscot Ice Arena.
As part of the weekend, Brewer Youth Hockey is one of six youth hockey associations in Maine that have set aside ice time for Try Hockey for Free clinics to introduce the sport to newcomers ages 4-9. All six are set for Saturday.
Brewer (www.brewerhockey.org) is hosting its session at PIA from 12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. Presque Isle Youth Hockey (www.piyh.org) will conduct a session starting at 7:50 a.m. at Northern Maine Forum.
The Portland Junior Pirates (jrpirates.pucksystems2.com) will hold two sessions, one at the MHG Ice Centre in Saco and the other at the Colisee in Lewiston, both running from 7:50-8:45 a.m.; the Skating Association of Maine (www.maineskaters.com) will hold one at the Ice Vault in Hallowell from 2-3 p.m.; and Maranacook Area Youth Hockey (www.maranacookyouthhockey.com) will hold its clinic at Bonnefond Ice Arena at Kents Hill School from 2-4 p.m.
For more information, check the individual associations’ websites.
Most sites will have a limited amount of hockey gear available, so arriving early is strongly suggested.
The NHL is a sponsor of Try Hockey for Free clinics as part of the initiative to encourage children to exercise.
Eight teams from four districts around the state will compete in the Tier IV Squirts (ages 9-10) State Tournament at Sawyer Arena in Bangor beginning at 4:10 p.m. Friday. Game time for the championship is 1 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge for any of the Tier IV games.
The Tier II and Tier III Squirts state tourneys are also this weekend, with Tier II hosted by Casco Bay Youth Hockey, which has access to three arenas, and Tier III at Biddeford Ice Arena.
The Girls 14-Under state tourney is Feb. 22-24 and the Girls 12-Under is Feb. 24, both at the Ice Vault.
The Peewees are Feb. 22-24 with Tier IV at Alfond Arena, hosted by the Penobscot Valley Hockey Conference; Tier III at Ingersol Arena in Auburn, and Tier II at the Ice Vault.
The Girls 19-Under tourney is March 1-3 at the MHG Ice Centre, and the Bantams are the same weekend. Tier IV is at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport, Tier III is hosted by Casco Bay and Tier II is at Biddeford Ice Arena.
Bangor offering Friendship
Bangor Youth Hockey is hosting its annual series of Friendship Tournaments starting Feb. 22 with the Mites weekend.
The Squirts tournament is set for March 1-3, followed by the Bantams on March 8-10 and the Peewees on March 15-17.
All games will be played at Sawyer Arena, and there is no admission fee to any of the games.
Youth soccer clinic set
Seacoast United Blackbear Soccer will conduct the Darling’s Community Outreach Clinic on Feb. 22 at Fields4Kids behind Beal College on Farm Road in Bangor.
The clinic, which is run in partnership with Darling’s Auto Group, gives boys and girls ages 7-14 an opportunity to work with the Seacoast United Blackbear staff to learn new skills in a fun setting.
In conjunction with the clinic, the event will also be a nonperishable food drive. As a special bonus, Seacoast United Blackbear will raffle off one free admittance to a summer soccer camp for each age group. One raffle ticket will be given for every five items donated.
The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to noon, split into two sessions. Children ages 7-10 will go from 9-10:30 a.m., and those 11-14 will go from 10:30 a.m.-noon.
The cost is $20 or $10 plus five donated nonperishable food items.
Registration can be done online at Seacoastunitedblackbear.com and click on News.
For more info or to ask questions, get in touch with Ryan Pelletier at 207-320-5867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.