Annual Hockey Swap is Saturday

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— It's a huge fund-raiser for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association, but making money isn't the main goal.

"Hockey is a really expensive sport," said Diane Anderson, organizer of SSYHA's annual hockey swap, which is scheduled Saturday.

"Players and their parents can save hundreds of dollars by coming to the swap and buying used equipment. We want to help every kid in Steamboat find the equipment they need. "

Anderson said the swap is the perfect place to find skates, pads and sticks at good prices. It is also a good chance for hockey buffs to unload unwanted or outgrown equipment.

"It's a great way to buy or sell used equipment. Eighty percent of the money goes to youth hockey and the other 20 percent goes back to the seller," Anderson said.

Either way, swap participants support Steamboat's youth hockey movement.

Anderson said equipment should be in good condition and clearly marked and tagged. Experts will be on hand to help buyers make sure that skates and pads fit properly and to offer their advice.

The sale is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Olympian Hall. Sellers can drop off equipment at 8:30 a.m. and can pick up unsold merchandise after 1 p.m.

The event also will be the first chance for young hockey players to register for the upcoming season. Anderson said a mail registration campaign will take place later, but anyone interested in playing this season can sign up at the swap.

New players should bring a birth certificate and all players should have health insurance information.

Anderson said the swap has been running for more than 10 years and is normally one of the biggest fund-raisers for the youth hockey association. It also acts as one of the first signs that the hockey season is on the horizon.

Anderson said youth traveling teams will begin play in late September and local house teams will begin in October.

For more information about the swap or registration, call Anderson at 871-0063.

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