Youth hockey fires up in Aspen | AspenTimes.com

Youth hockey fires up in Aspen

Joel StoningtonAspen, CO Colorado

Jordan Curet/The Aspen Times Weekly

ASPEN Cheering fans have jammed the Aspen Recreation Center ice rink for the second weekend in a row, and the 14th annual Fall Face Off Hockey Tournament still has one more to go. “The best part is just getting to play hockey,” said Dylan Faraoni, 11, from Aspen. “It’s fun.”The tournament plays hosts to teams as far afield as New Mexico, though most are from Colorado.The teams were wrapping up another weekend Sunday afternoon with the Pee Wee B championships. It was a close game, and the parents in the stands were on the edges of their seats.”It’s a great time,” said Bill Steves, a parent who drove out from the Fort Collins area with his son, who plays on the Junior Eagles team. “We were up here last year, too.”The fall faceoff is a big fundraiser for the Aspen Junior Hockey Association, mostly through entrance fees. While it brings in the cash, it’s also a huge time commitment for parent volunteers. Jackie Ayers, the administrative assistant for the hockey association, said parent volunteers staff the penalty box and hospitality table, timing and scoring each game for the 20 or so games each weekend. “The stands have been packed all weekend,” Ayers said. “Friday was crazy.”So far, Aspen has pulled in trophies for the Pee Wee A team (under-10) championship and a second place for the Squirt A team (under-8). Next weekend, there will be tournaments for U12, U14 and U16 girls. There also will be a Midget Major AA tournament, with teens 17 and 18 years old. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address isjstonington@aspentimes.com

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