Hockey isn’t generally associated with warm summer days in Southern California, but the Anaheim Ducks are trying to change that.
On Saturday May 17, fourth graders from nine different area schools arrived at Honda Center with their game faces on. They arrived ready to participate in the inaugural Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Street Hockey tournament.
The double elimination tournament consisted of street hockey mini-games, concessions and music and lasted for four hours.
The idea of the tournament was to have the fourth graders put everything they had learned in their two-week S.C.OR.E. street hockey course and challenge other schools in the program to see where they stood.
Each team was guaranteed to play a minimum of two games, and all students received an award for their efforts and sportsmanship. Even a replica Stanley Cup was involved for the winners.
With families, friends, and classmates among the more than 400 people in attendance, the street hockey team from Friend Christian located in Yorba Linda claimed victory at the tournament.
The win gave the kids a chance to follow in the steps of their Ducks from 2007 and lift the mini-Stanley Cup, literally. Much like the Cup the replica is modeled after, Friends Christian will have its school name engraved into the trophy and it will be displayed at the school until next year’s event.
Along with all the other fun activities, Ducks assistant coach Newell Brown, Ducks TV host Kent French and Wild Wing were all on hand to present awards to the first, second and third place schools. Friend Christian will also receive a banner for winning the tournament.
With the immense success of the first S.C.O.R.E tournament, the field for next season’s Street Hockey Shootout will be looking to expand from nine to 16 teams. Hopefully the success of such an event will catch on, and promote the growth of the worlds greatest game in Southern California.
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Source and Image: Both Courtesy of Anaheim Ducks website