Hockey teams host tourney

Rocky Mountain Rumble kicks off today

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The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association kicks off its busy home tournament schedule with this weekend's Rocky Mountain Rumble.

Howelsen Ice Arena and the association welcome nine teams from out of town and out of state for the B league tournament in the squirt, peewee and bantam divisions.

Steamboat will have one team in each division.

"For some of them, it's their first tournament," Rocky Mountain Rumble director Sheila Curry said.

The three-day tournament begins at 1:45 p.m. today and runs through 3 p.m. Sunday. The youth players will be on the ice from 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, making for some very long days of playing for the athletes and parents.

The Rocky Mountain Rumble is a fundraiser for the association, so organizers will be selling concessions and T-shirts. There also will be a spectator competition called puck toss.

Spectators can buy a puck for a buck, and between select periods, they will throw those pucks onto the ice. Whoever comes closest to center ice will win half the money raised during the puck sale.

Representing the squirt division -- ages 8 and 9 -- are Steamboat, Littleton, Boulder and Fort Collins.

Representing the peewee division -- ages 10 and 11 -- are Steamboat, Boulder, a Front Range combined team and Colorado Springs.

Representing the bantam division -- ages 12 and 13 -- are Steamboat, Cheyenne (Wyo.), Littleton and Boulder.

The tournament starts with the Steamboat and Cheyenne bantam teams playing at 1:45 p.m. today.

The Steamboat squirts play Littleton at 3 p.m., and the Steamboat peewee team plays at 9 p.m.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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