COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Hockey Week Across America begins Sunday (Feb. 16) and runs through Feb. 23. This year’s week-long celebration includes a special theme for each day, including the fan-favorite Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day on Feb. 21, to highlight and salute all areas of the sport.
On Feb. 22, as part of Try Hockey for Free Day presented by SportsEngine, USA Hockey will stage its second national Try Hockey for Free Day of the season, providing kids who have never had a chance to try the sport to do so without cost. Families can find a location hosting a Try Hockey for Free event near them by visiting TryHockeyForFree.com.
Started in 2008 by USA Hockey, Hockey Week Across America is an effort to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels, while introducing the sport to new audiences.
NBC Sports kicks off Hockey Week Across America on Sunday (Feb. 16) with its Hockey Day in America coverage that includes nine-plus hours of hockey coverage on NBC and NBC Sports Network.
Hockey Week Across America Daily Themes:
Sun., Feb. 16 – Hockey Day in America on NBC Sports, #HDIA
Mon., Feb. 17 – Salute to Players, #SaluteToPlayers
Tues., Feb. 18 – Salute to Coaches, #SaluteToCoaches
Wed., Feb. 19 – Salute to Officials, #SaluteToOfficials
Thur., Feb. 20 – Salute to Local Rinks, #SaluteToLocalRinks
Fri., Feb. 21 – Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day, #HockeyJerseyDay
Sat., Feb. 22 – Try Hockey for Free Day presented by SportsEngine, #TryHockey
Sun., Feb. 23 – Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day, #HockeyHeroes
Throughout the week, USA Hockey will collaborate with American-based NHL clubs to host “Meet the NHL Officials” program. A total of 40 young officials will attend 20 NHL games and have the opportunity.