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Starter kits and used equipment drive distribution

By MVI Hockey, 10/03/14, 9:00AM CDT

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Minnesota Hockey, Total Hockey and MV-I Provide 20 Sets of EQ to New Hockey

Families Players from twenty new families to MV-I will receive free equipment starter kits. The sets include a helmet, breezers, gloves, elbow pads and shin pads. Minnesota Hockey and Total Hockey provide the equipment to associations that are committed to grow hockey in their communities through a Gear-Up Minnesota grant.

“We are pleased to be the recipient of a Gear-Up Minnesota grant for two seasons in a row,” commented MV recruitment director Jim DeMay. “Parents receive free starter equipment from Total Hockey which reduces the costs of hockey for new families.”

Twenty newly registered families were chosen on October 2 in a random drawing. The lucky families will be notified by October 4 on how to get their free starter equipment.

Free Used Equipment Drive Distribution Set for This Saturday, October 4

The sixth annual Used Equipment Drive, presented by the Minnesota Wild, Let’s Play Hockey and Minnesota Hockey, concludes this Saturday, Oct. 4th with a public distribution taking place from 9 a.m. to noon at Xcel Energy Center.

“[In the past] hockey families come from all over the state to select this free equipment,” said Let’s Play Hockey publisher Doug Johnson. “Each year, every piece of the thousands of pieces of equipment is given away.”

Volunteers have collected the donated equipment, sorted and organized it in preparation for Sunday's distribution. The equipment will be available to individuals and hockey associations at no cost.

“After five years, it is truly amazing how the hockey community continues to rally and donate their used hockey equipment to afford other hockey families the opportunity to start their children in the sport, or continue playing this great game,” Johnson said.

Sponsors and partners for the program, in alphabetical order, include Berger Transfer, FOX Sports North, Herb Brooks Foundation, Let’s Play Hockey, Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Association, Minnesota Hockey, Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association, Minnesota Wild, One Ten Cycles, Total Hockey, Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League and Westwood Sports.

Trever Marshall

Recruitment & Retention - 3 yr term, 2017-2020