Hockey legends show their support for Aspen juniors |

Hockey legends show their support for Aspen juniors

Former NHL player Rick Berry helps instruct during Saturday's skills clinic at Lewis Ice Arena in Aspen.
Austin Colbert |

Hockey players will be hockey players, even if their playing days are behind them. Ed Belfour, a 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee who won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars, said they’d scrap it out Saturday night at Lewis Ice Arena in Aspen if it came down to it.

Of course, he said this with a laugh in a way only a Canadian hockey legend could.

“If somebody drops the gloves, we’ll have to take care of them,” Belfour said. “It will all be in fun. I’m sure it will be exciting for the fans and we’ll have a good time out there.”

Belfour was referring to the 16th annual Stirling Cup NHL All-Star Weekend in Aspen, organized by Aspen Junior Hockey as a fundraiser for the AJH scholarship fund. The highlight of the event was Saturday’s game between the Colorado Avalanche alumni and the Dallas Stars alumni, which was one of the National Hockey League’s best rivalries when a lot of these players were still playing.

“It’s just a fun thing to do. And it gets to be a little competitive,” said Pierre Turgeon, one of the NHL’s all-time points scorers who played for both the Avs and the Stars toward the end of his career. “It’s always about giving back and it’s a great charity. We just love to be a part of it.”

The day began before lunch when the NHL alumni gathered for a kids’ skills clinic, where youngsters from 8 to 15 were able to get ice time with the hockey legends.

“It’s always nice to get out with the young kids and see their enthusiasm and love for the game,” Belfour said. “And it’s nice for us to give back a little bit. There are a couple of good little players out there, too, so that’s nice to see. It’s fun.”

The Stirling Cup will conclude today with its annual golf tournament at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club.

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