By Jim den Hollander
Sauk Prairie Youth Hockey Association (SPYHA) held an equipment pick up at the Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) Tuesday night in preparation of its upcoming hockey season.
The compressors will be turned on Monday, but tonight the arena floor was set up for the youngest players who were trying on equipment and filling their hockey bags.
Association President Dave Jolicoeur (see video interview below) said the Association has an equipment rental available for the younger players that requires just a security deposit at the 6U level and a $40 fee for the 8U skaters. Jolicoeur said any first time player at any level has free registration in their first season.
The numbers are expected to rise enough this season for the organization to once again have two bantam level teams as well as two teams at each age group of the Girls Program — known as the Sauk Monkeys (10U, 12U and 14U) for a total of six teams, compared to four last season.
The organization’s volunteers will begin ice making next week with the first scheduled on-ice sessions beginning Sept. 27.