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Hockey club breaks a leg

Dear Editor:

I am the all-time buffoon: On the night of the Aspen Junior Hockey 40th celebration, honoring our family, I break my leg (Friday, April 13).

Although I have played hockey for 65 years, I have been lucky to have had only a few chipped teeth and some stitches. So my timing was remarkably poor.

Nonetheless, I want to thank so many people from the eternal Klaus and Naomi Obermeyer all the way down to Jackson (10) and Porter (8) Holmbeck for the wonderful wishes, cards, calls, drawings and visits.

Forty years ago, when the Aspen Junior Hockey program started, we thought it would be fun to expose a few kids to skating and hockey. We never expected hockey to amount to too much in Aspen, as this is a ski town.

Now, alas, with almost 320 kids in the program (one-third of whom are girls), many state championships and many Aspen Junior Hockey alumni playing in colleges and prep schools, I am amazed.

In response, I can only say thanks to the multitude of coaches, Patrick Keelty and the dedicated board members, the very fine new director, Tanner Williams, the referees, the rink personnel and especially the players and their parents.

You are a wonderful sports family, and you deserve all the credit.

John McBride


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