Aspen Mother Puckers celebrate 40 years
The Aspen Mother Puckers celebrated their 40th Anniversary two weeks ago with a number of events both on and off the ice. The celebration began Friday night with a banquet attended by alumni skaters as well as current players. The ladies shared poems, songs and photos throughout the evening, relived past memories and made some new ones, as well.
Saturday was a day of hockey for past, present and future Mother Puckers at the Aspen Ice Garden. The U12, U14, and U19 girls all played games in the morning and then were honored for their State Championship wins last year. A quick photo with past, present and future Mother Puckers was followed by a game between the Mother Pucker Toos and the Glenwood Ice Queens. After a well fought game, the MPToos triumphed with a 3-2 win. Lots of fun was had during the Alumni game, which pitted past and present Mother Puckers against each other. Finally, the Mother Pucker “A” team beat the Denver Roughriders, 3-2, making for an exciting Saturday night headliner. They played them again Saturday morning and enjoyed a 3-1 victory.
The Aspen Mother Puckers were started in 1974 when a group of women decided that playing hockey was a lot more fun than sitting in the stands. With the help of John McBride and few other resourceful gentlemen, the Mother Puckers took to the ice at the “new” Aspen Ice Garden and never looked back. There are now two teams wearing the signature Pucker lips on their sweaters, an A and a B team that play games as part of the WACH hockey league. These teams continue the tradition of women’s hockey in the area as well as providing some great entertainment at their home games. It’s not quite the Pepsi Center, but the seats are close to the ice and absolutely free!
The Mother Pucker A team plays their next home game Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ice Garden.
The Mother Pucker B team play their next home game Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Ice Garden.
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