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Thanks from the Puckers

Dear Editor:On April 13-15, the Aspen Mother Puckers A and B2 teams hosted the Women’s Association of Colorado Hockey State tournament in Aspen for the first time since 1990. Fifteen teams from all over the state came to participate in what has been viewed as one of the best state tournaments the teams had attended. Our goal with this event was to create an exemplary tournament and show other teams what they have been missing. Judging by the compliments we received, it looks like we succeeded!The tournament would not have nearly as successful without the help of a large number of organizations, sponsors, volunteers and fans. Our deepest gratitude goes to the city of Aspen for their kind support, especially Mayor Helen Klanderud and Paul Menter, who gave us invaluable financial advice. Thank you to the ARC Advisory Committee for their enthusiastic support and to Junior Hockey for their encouragement and advice. The efforts of Tim Anderson were greatly appreciated; he worked very hard and coordinated with us to help us make our tournament a success. A huge thanks to Rob Hinch for printing our T-shirts and to Replay Sports for donating the championship jerseys.The staff at both the Lewis Arena and the Aspen Ice Garden worked diligently to make sure the facilities were in top shape. The painting of the Stella Cup in center ice at the Lewis was a great touch, and for that we’d like to thank Dan Berry (aka “Ice Man”). We had great volunteers: ex-Mother Puckers, family and friends, U14s, and U19s. Thanks to all of you for running the clocks, scoring the games, and sitting for hours in a cold rink.We would like to thank the following contributors for great concessions and goodie bags for the teams: Fiji Water, Flying Dog Brewery, Bishop Plumbing, Aspen Mulling Spices, Luna Bar, Lårabar, Paradise Bakery and Saxy’s Café, to name a few. We would also like to thank the many local businesses that contributed goods, volunteered their facilities or bought an ad in our program (or even all three) especially Bruno’s Pizza, Zane’s Tavern, the Double Dog Pub, and the Sky Bar who all participated in our progressive party, after which we think Zane’s needed to buy more martini glasses.The tournament was a great achievement for our team and put on by all volunteer effort. However, our entire organization would not work without our coaches. They spent countless hours planning for practices, on the ice teaching us how to excel at ice hockey, traveling to away games, freezing in the Ice Garden during home games, and just listening. Our season lasts six months, and these guys have spent nearly every Thursday evening from 7 until almost 10 p.m. at the Ice Garden with a bunch of sweaty women. How they got over 30 women on two teams in sync we’ll never know, but our most sincere thanks go to Steve Costalas, Don Whitlock and Drew Sparlin. We owe you guys!Suzy TheriotMargo CuttittaTournament chairwomenAspen

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