Ice arena offering free hockey for kids.

December 23, 2016

Ice arena offering free hockey for kids. 

#WestShoreCommunityCollege #FreeHockey.

VICTORY TOWNSHIP — The West Shore Wolves Amateur Hockey Association (WSWAHA), in collaboration with the West Shore Community Ice Arena and USA Hockey, will be holding a try hockey for free session on Sat. Jan. 14, with check-in beginning at 2 p.m. and the on-ice hour session beginning at 3 p.m.

The try hockey for free session is available to children ages 4-10 years of age. At this event, children will be outfitted with skates, full hockey gear, provided by USA Hockey, including stick, pads, helmet, and gloves to be returned at the end of the session.

USA Hockey and WSWAHA will provide experienced instructors to help the children on the ice and make the experience one they will never forget. In addition, members of the Manistee Chippewa varsity hockey team will be on the ice to help and encourage their team’s future. No prior skating or hockey experience is necessary.

“West Shore Community College is home to an incredible ice arena that provides our surrounding communities affordable ice time. I am very excited to see our ‘learn to skate’ and ‘learn to play’ hockey numbers growing.  It is the goal of the ice arena and the West Shore Wolves Hockey Association to spread the word about all of the exciting events happening at the rink,” said Ted Malt, West Shore Wolves 8-U/mites head coach.

After the free session, all participants will receive a free hockey jersey, a free family pass (limit of five people) to the Manistee Chippewa’s varsity hockey game, and a family pass to the West Shore Community Ice Arena.  The Manistee Chippewas take the ice for a warm-up at 4:30 p.m., with a game at 5 p.m.

Sarah Slater, West Shore Wolves President adds, “It is truly exciting to have the opportunity, thanks to the generosity of USA Hockey and the ice arena, to provide a free event for our future hockey community. It is our goal to answer any questions parents may have about getting their son or daughter involved in our hockey program. I believe this is great first step in introducing this sport to both the parents and the player.”

Parents who are interested in enrolling their child can go to the ice arena website at and click on “try hockey for free registration.” Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

For additional information, email or contact John Slater, Ice Arena Assistant Manager at 231-843-5948.


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