Youth flooded the big ice at the Sullivan Arena Jan. 7 for the annual Skills Competition hosted by the UAA Hockey Alumni Association.
For a $10 registration fee, children ages 6-12 received a Seawolves t-shirt, a ticket for the Seawolves hockey game after the event and a chance to show off some skills.
“We had 90 kids participate in the event,” said UHAA vice president Chriss Homan.
Homan said the event is a fundraiser for UHAA and all proceeds are used to support Seawolf hockey.
The boys were divided into Mites, Squirts, and PeeWees sections, while the girls were divided into U8, U10 and U12 sections. The top two competitors from each division were awarded trophies at the Seawolves game between the first and second periods.
The event started with speed skating and then moved into skill stations. Six Seawolves hockey players were on the ice to help monitor the skills stations.
Yellow Seawolves sweaters dotted the sea of red and blue jerseys worn by the Alaska All-Stars, who showed up in force at all age levels for the competition. Skill stations measured skating agility, shot speed, shot accuracy and shootout skills. The shot-speed station was a hit with the kids, and featured a screen that displayed the speed registered on each shot.
“My highest was 28 (mph),” said David Nashalook Jr., 7, who competed in the Mite division.