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Sioux Falls Lady Flyers Hockey Team Announces “Stick It to Cancer” Breast Cancer Awareness Night!

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 5:30pm Game Versus the Oahe Lady Capitals Sioux Falls, SD, January 27, 2015: The Sioux Falls Lady Flyers have teamed up with Susan G. Komen SD

“Skate for Nate” benefit February 12th

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By Sioux Falls Youth Hockey Association Join us for a great day as the FLYER family supports the Wick family! Updates on Nate’s progress are being posted regularly on the

One More “Learn to Curl”; Spring 2015 Curling Season Set to Launch

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Story & Images Courtesy of Morgan Andenas, President of Sioux Falls Curling Hello Curlers! We had an amazingly successful Learn to Curl to kick off the new year.  Our last public Learn

Differing styles promise eventful weekend clash of top girls’ hockey teams.

Brookings Lady Rangers Varsity host Aberdeen Lady Cougars Varsity

The Larson Ice Center in Brookings will be hopping this weekend as the two top girls’ varsity sides collide in a two-game battle for the top team seed – and

Hunter Meyers joins Mr. Hockey & Carol on “This Week On The Ice”

January 18, 2015 at the SCHEELS IcePlex in Sioux Falls, SD – It’s time for THIS WEEK ON THE ICE with your hosts, Mr. Hockey, Randy Preston and Carol McKee.

Sioux Falls Lady Flyers Hockey Team Announces “Stick It to Cancer” Breast Cancer Awareness Night!

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 5:30pm Game Versus the Oahe Lady Capitals

Sioux Falls, SD, January 27, 2015: The Sioux Falls Lady Flyers have teamed up with Susan G. Komen SD to help fight breast cancer in our state. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. It’s a big problem, but the Lady Flyers are committed to raising awareness and helping Komen South Dakota continue to provide life-saving breast health services in our community. Of the funds raised for Komen SD, 75% remains in South Dakota to fund local breast cancer education, screening, treatment, and survivorship programs. The remaining 25% are invested in groundbreaking research at the national level to one day find the cures.

The Lady Flyers will be hosting the following activities at the event: » Read more..

“Skate for Nate” benefit February 12th

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By Sioux Falls Youth Hockey Association

Join us for a great day as the FLYER family supports the Wick family!

Updates on Nate’s progress are being posted regularly on the GoFundMe page “Nate’s Heart.” The site can be found at: http://www.gofundme.com/NateWick

Hockey helmet stickers for “Nate’s Heart” are available at the Scheels IcePlex for $1. All proceeds are going to the Wick Family to help with expenses.

11:15 – 12 pm – Watch the Sioux Falls Stampede practice on the Furniture Mart Feature rink

12:15–1 pm – Sioux Falls Stampede Players will be available for pictures, autographs & on ice drills.

11-1 pm – Culver’s Family Open Skate on the Stampede Rink

1:30–3 pm – Hockey Headquarters Stick-n-Puck on the Furniture Mart Feature Rink

3–4 pm “Open Skate For Nate”- This is a special open skate time that will benefit the Nate Wick Family

5:30–8 pm  “Skate for Nate” Benefit

The SCHEELS Iceplex along with the Sioux Falls Hockey Community will be hosting a benefit to “Heal the Heart” and help the Wick family with medical expenses.

  • Hot dog/BBQ Dinner
  • Silent Auction
  • Bake sale sponsored by Nate’s classmates at Patrick Henry Middle School
  • For sale will be “Skate for Nate” t-shirts and silicone bracelets
  • Off ice Challenges in the mezzanine

6:45 pm  On-ice skills competition

8:15 pm   SF Varsity Orange vs. SF Varsity Blue in the Furniture Mart Feature Rink

One More “Learn to Curl”; Spring 2015 Curling Season Set to Launch

Sioux Falls Curling Spring League
Story & Images Courtesy of Morgan Andenas, President of Sioux Falls Curling

Hello Curlers!

We had an amazingly successful Learn to Curl to kick off the new year.  Our last public Learn to Curl of this winter is coming up this Saturday January 31st at 5pm.  We would love to see you there!

We are also excited to announce our upcoming Spring 2015 curling league on Monday and Thursday nights starting March 9th and 12th at the new Scheels IcePlex on the north side of Sioux Falls.  We are very excited to be in this new facility, and we can’t wait to have everyone out for that first night of curling!  The Spring League is comprised of four leagues of 8 teams each, two leagues on each day.  Each of these league include 7 weeks of round-robin play and 3 weeks of playoffs. The top 8 teams from playoffs will advance to a one-day Spring League Grand Championship Tournament.  All four leagues are considered open, so teams can be comprised of any gender or age combination. » Read more..

Differing styles promise eventful weekend clash of top girls’ hockey teams.

Brookings Lady Rangers Varsity host Aberdeen Lady Cougars Varsity

The Larson Ice Center in Brookings will be hopping this weekend as the two top girls’ varsity sides collide in a two-game battle for the top team seed – and bragging rights. It’s always exciting to see the clash between two undefeated teams, and Hockey605 will be bringing the Saturday JV and Varsity games to you LIVE on the Hockey605 website!

Both teams are undefeated, but different team attributes have gotten them where they are at this point in the season. Let’s take a look and compare the two. » Read more..

Hunter Meyers joins Mr. Hockey & Carol on “This Week On The Ice”

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Hunter Meyers joins Mr. Hockey and Carol on this week’s episode of “This Week On The Ice”!

January 18, 2015 at the SCHEELS IcePlex in Sioux Falls, SD – It’s time for THIS WEEK ON THE ICE with your hosts, Mr. Hockey, Randy Preston and Carol McKee. We are joined by a special guest, Hunter Meyers of Sioux Falls (54:25) who was our production assistant during livestreaming of the Sioux Falls Youth Hockey #IceBreaker PeeWee A tournament. And during the show, we discover Hunter has some additional skills and knowledge that he brings to the show! Watch this week’s show – and Hunter! – on This Week On The Ice!

Learn to Curl with Sioux Falls Curling

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Hello to all of our curling friends, new and old!  We look forward to the end of 2014, only because it means we are closer to the great curling events we will be hosting in 2015.  Please take a minute to look at what we have to offer in the first quarter of 2015, and add these exciting events to your calendars:First, Sioux Falls Curling will host two learn to curl events for anyone interested in learning the basics of curling!  These events will be held on Saturday January 3rd and 31st starting at 5 pm at the Scheels Iceplex (4300 N. Bobhalla Drive Sioux Falls, SD 57107).  There is no registration.  During the event instructors will teach the basics of curling like sweeping, sliding, and strategy. This event is open to all ages; $10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 12 years of age. Please dress in flexible, weather appropriate clothing; it can get cold out there! Please also carry in clean tennis shoes to wear on the ice.  Bring your friends, coworkers, and neighbors to experience the fastest growing sport in the United States!

 

The Learn to Curl events are approximately 1.5 hours long and will teach a person everything needed to get out on the ice and having fun. This is a great introduction for those interested in joining a curling league this spring!  Curling is a sport for all ages and abilities.  It can be adapted for those with physical limitations, and will challenge even seasoned athletes.  The beauty of curling is that it is a challenging, strategic game that anyone can play, and it appeals to people at all levels of competition from the novice beginner, to the recreational player and the national competitor.

During the Learn to Curl events we will also have a sheet of ice open for novice curlers looking for some advice on their delivery and sweeping skills to improve their game.  We would love to have some novice and experienced curlers there on January 3rd and 31st!

Second, on January 10th from 4-5pm, Sioux Falls Curling will be at Memorial Park for the Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Frosty Frolics.  We will be demonstrating how to curl on an outdoor rink and will be giving mini-learn to curls for those willing to brave the cold!  This event is free for the public.  Put on some long johns and come visit us!

Lastly, we are preparing for a full spring league starting Tuesday and Thursday nights in March.  We are excited to bring you more leagues from competitive to novice, but we are even more excited for our new home at the Scheel’s IcePlex!  This is a great facility that will give our curlers a place to meet up before or after league. Did you know that it is customary for two competing teams to sit down together after a “draw” (curling speak for game) and share a drink?  This tradition is called “broomstacking” and it is now available at the IcePlex.  Memberships and spots for Spring League will be announced in the coming months, with a special bonus to the first people to sign up for a membership.  Stay tuned for details!

For more information about these events or Sioux Falls Curling in general, please email us here at [email protected] Please “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/sfcurling, and follow us on Twitter @SiouxFallsCurl.  We also post upcoming events and league information on our new website at www.sfcurling.com.  We have photos from Fall League 2014, as well as photos from throughout the year throughout the website.

We look forward to all that 2015 has in store for Sioux Falls Curling, and we can’t wait to share our sport with you.  Until next time, keep your broom on the ice!

Morgan Andenas
President, Sioux Falls Curling

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Announcing the 2014/15 Hockey605 PHOTO OF THE YEAR Contest!

"Mini But MIghty" one of the many entries in the 2014 Photo of the Year Contest. Photograph of Oahe Capitals Mini Mites Gold vs Black by Darin Bergquist of Pierre.

“Mini But Mighty” one of the many fantastic entries in the 2014 Photo of the Year Contest. Photograph of Oahe Capitals Mini Mites Gold vs Black by Darin Bergquist of Pierre.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – HOCKEY season & time to start taking HOCKEY PHOTOS!

Hockey truly is blessed with some talented photographers who follow the game! We received some fantastic photo entries in our inaugural Photo of the Year Contest in 2014 – we’ll be announcing them tonight, during Sunday’s program This Week on the Ice – new show will be up at 8pm. These winners – and all of the entries – were so good, we just have to do this contest again! And we can’t wait to see your photos!

There will again be four categories, based on the status of the photographer (amateur or professional) and on the level of play (youth or junior/professional). The puck drops NOW on the contest, and the final buzzer will be at 6pm Central Time on June 1, 2015.

Since YOU are Hockey605, you will again be the preliminary judges!  All photos will be posted into an appropriate album category on Hockey605 on Facebook and you can vote for your favorites with “Likes” and “Shares” during the preliminary voting period. Final voting will be conducted by Hockey605′s secret celebrity judges. Whether you are a professional or an amateur photographer, the best prize is always the photo itself and the recognition of a job well-done.  But … we are looking for a prize sponsor for the 2014/15 POY winners!

Please read the contest rules on our page 2014/15 Hockey605 Photo of the Year Contest. After reading the rules, start submitting your photos on the Photo of the Year Contest Form.  Good luck!

SCHEELS IcePlex Ribbon-Cutting to Feature Hockey Legends

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SCHEELS IcePlex, Sioux Falls, SD — Two great celebrity names in professional hockey will be in Sioux Falls for the official dedication and ribbon cutting of the SCHEELS IcePlex on Monday, November 17 at 4: 30 pm.

Jeremy Roenick and Jack O’Callahan, both former National Hockey League (NHL) standouts for the Chicago Blackhawks and other professional teams, will be here to talk about the importance of the new ice facility in developing young athletes in our region.

With an18-year NHL career, Jeremy Roenick was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2007, he became the third American-born player to score 500 goals in the NHL. Since retiring in 2009, Roenick has provided color commentary on NBC sports.

Jack O’Callahan is probably best known as a member of the 1980 Winter Olympics United States National team that upset the Soviet Union in the famous “Miracle on Ice” game. After that, O’Callahan turned professional, playing 390 regular season games between 1982-89 for the Chicago Blackhawks and the New Jersey Devils. He was inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999. After retiring in 1989, O’Callahan returned to Chicago to work in the financial services business on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He currently works on behalf of the Blackhawk Alumni Association.

“Bringing these two superstars to Sioux Falls is a fitting way to officially dedicate our new indoor ice facility,” said Ben Graham, Director and co-organizer of Ice Sports Association. “Our efforts to build the SCHEELS IcePlex have always centered on the development of our youth in this region and on leadership. It will be inspiring to hear from two NHL greats that have left their mark on the professional sports world through hard work and perseverance.”

The official ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 4:30 pm on Monday, November 17 at the SCHEELS IcePlex at center ice of the Furniture Mart Feature Rink. Youth figure skaters, hockey players and Stampede players will join officials on the ice. Roenick and O’Callahan will sign autographs for fans at the conclusion of the ceremony. SCHEELS is donating hockey pucks to attendees. The event is free and open to the public.

Yankton Area Ice Association Legend Hockey Goalie Camp

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Yankton Area Ice Association brought Legend Hockey, a goalie and skills development camp, to Yankton November 9th – 11th to help players and coaches get the season off to a great start!

Pictured below are Yankton Hockey Coaches, all of the Yankton goalies for the Mite through Boys JV level, and the Legend Hockey Coach: former University of North Dakota standout and former professional hockey player, Jordan Parise (older brother to Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild). The coaches and players had a great goalie session on Sunday night and are looking forward to the player and coach training on Monday and the Skills Development camp on Tuesday with the Legend Skating coaches!

If you are interested in joining Yankton hockey or would like more information, visit the Yankton Area Ice Association website here.

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When your child gets cut from the team

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With hockey tryouts for many this week, we thought we’d share ideas to help parents help kids in the difficult situation of being cut from the team or not making the A team. This post draws from an article by Janis B. Meredith and other resources, noted at the end.

Hockey moms and dads, you know you get every bit as nervous as your kids do when they are trying out for a team. If they truly love the sport, kids that are on the fence for making the team will likely experience one of two feelings after the end of tryouts: euphoria or devastation. This is especially true with kids that have been playing specific sports their entire lives. Getting cut from a sport you love is a terrible feeling, but usually the feeling is short lived. Like any other obstacle that comes in life, kids will learn to address their shortcomings, and move on. As parents, what can you do to help your child cope with not making the team?  » Read more..