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Free hockey event gives kids a slice of the ice

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Kids at the IBP Ice Center learning how to hit a hockey puck around the ice. Kids at the IBP Ice Center learning how to hit a hockey puck around the ice.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Scott Clemmensen is a goalie in the NHL, he's originally from Iowa.  And, the Siouxland Youth Hockey Association said a lot more kids could become future hockey stars like Clemmensen, but first they have to learn to play the game.

That's why the association held an event Saturday at the IBP Ice Center to teach kids how to play.

It's part of a joint effort between USA Hockey, and the NHL to get kids to participate in the sport.

This is the event's 6th year.

Dave Archer said it's a fun sport for kids any age, but recommends kids to learn early.

"Hockey is something that you need to be groomed at from a very young age. It's something that you don't see in other sports both with eye hand [coordination], with the physical abilities, and it just takes a lot out of kids," Dave Archer Siouxland Youth Hockey Board Director said.

About 80 kids from all over Siouxland came out.  Skates, and gear were loaned out for free. To learn more about free hockey opportunities click here.

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