Hockey: Stirling Cup returns for 16th year
Organized by Aspen Junior Hockey as a fundraiser for the AJH scholarship fund, the 16th annual Stirling Cup NHL All-Star Weekend is scheduled to get underway Saturday in Aspen.
For the third consecutive season, the Colorado Avalanche Alumni Association will bring its talents to Lewis Ice Arena. This year, the Avs will face the Dallas Stars alumni in Saturday’s 5 p.m. game. Two years ago, the Avs alumni beat the Detroit Red Wings alumni in Aspen, and last year the Avs alumni lost to the Boston Bruins alumni.
Highlighting the Avs alumni roster in 2016 are future hall-of-famers Pierre Turgeon (2005 to 2007) and Milan Hejduk (1998 to 2008). When Turgeon retired, he ranked 32nd in most points in NHL history. Hejduk is a Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist.
The centerpiece of the Dallas Stars alumni team will be former goaltender Ed Belfour, a 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. Belfour is one of only two players to have won an NCAA championship, Olympic gold medal and Stanley Cup.
The teams will play three 15-minute periods and the game will be broadcast live online by GrassRoots TV.
Earlier Saturday, the NHL alumni and current AJH league players will put on a skills clinic for kids ages 8 to 15. The clinic starts at 10 a.m. with the 8 to 11 age group and goes from 11 to 11:45 a.m. with the 12 to 15 age group.
The Stirling Cup concludes Sunday with a golf tournament at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club.
As of Thursday, tickets still remained for the alumni game. Prices start at $20 for adults and $10 for children 14 and younger. For more information, visit http://www.aspenjuniorhockey.com/stirlingcup.
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