Pee Wee Hockey tourney plays out over weekend

The Pee Wee Tier III Alaska State Hockey Tournament starts Friday at Kevin Bell Arena, hosted by the Homer Hockey Association. The following weekend of March 25 will bring the Ash Cup, a men’s hockey tournament, to the rink.

The Pee Wee teams will play 25 games over the course of four days, with the first game on Friday, March 18 at 11:45 a.m. and the final championship game on Monday, March 21 at 10 a.m. There will be no skills competition as the ice will be monopolized to hold all the games since Homer’s single rink means only game can be played at a time, said event organizer Derotha Ferraro. 

The 12 Pee Wee hockey teams competition for the state title are comprised of 11- and 12-year-old players, Ferraro said. Homer’s Pee Wee team is the reigning state champion with a current season record of 28-2-2. Though this is their second year at the Pee Wee level, this team is no stranger to winning championships. 

“Because the kids are in the level for two years, they were champions last year and the same group of kids were champs the year before (in the Squirt division). So this is this group of kid’s third year of competing for the championship,” Ferraro said.

Homer’s team will play their first game on Friday at 2:15 p.m. The community is encouraged to come watch the games, which are free to attend, Ferraro said. There will also be a split-the-pot raffle for $1 per ticket where the raffle winner receives half of the amount from purchased tickets and the other half benefits HHA.

Community members who would like to support HHA by volunteering at the tournament can contact Ferraro at 907-399-6212. The tournament is in need of baked goods and snacks for the hospitality room and volunteers to work at the concessions stand.

Anna Frost can be reached at anna.frost@homernews.com.

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