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Young Siouxland skaters get opportunity to try hockey for free

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80 children attended the free hockey clinic in 2012, with nearly a quarter joining a league after. 80 children attended the free hockey clinic in 2012, with nearly a quarter joining a league after.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Young skaters will get a chance to try out hockey this weekend for free. Sioux City's IBP Ice Center will host an open clinic on Saturday, February 16, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The clinic teaches kids 4 to 9 years old about hockey, and gives them a chance to try their hand the sport.

It's the 6th year for the event. About 80 children came out last year. The clinic is part of USA Hockey's Hockey Weekend Across America celebration, which runs from February 15th through the 17th.

"Our biggest thing is to build awareness and have children involvement. Along with soccer, football, basketball, there is hockey in Sioux City and we just want people to be aware that it's out there. Come out and try it for free, and see if you like it," said Todd Lien, coordinator for the IBP Ice Center.

About 15 of the kids who went to the clinic last year ended up playing in the youth league in the fall. Officials say a lot of the children will qualify for free gear, if they sign up and play for the league. If you'd like more information about the league, here's the link to try Hockey for Free.

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