JANESVILLE, WI – This Saturday, February 2nd, the Jets host Janesville Youth Hockey Night, an event celebrating the Janesville hockey community and the game at large.
Janesville Youth Hockey hosts their “Hockey Rocks” tournament all weekend, a rock-and-roll-themed U-8 Mites tournament drawing 24 teams from around the area.
“This tournament is special for the community,” said Lindsey Lentz, Chair Marketing & Fundraising for JYH. “It’s very easy to get people to come. It’s so fun for the kids, and it’s an opportunity to bring more awareness to the Janesville Youth Hockey Community.”
The Hockey Rocks Tournament is just another example of the thriving hockey community in Janesville. USA Hockey’s Try Hockey for Free Days are nationwide events which encourage parents to bring their kids ages 4 to 9 to community rinks and, true to the name, try hockey for free. Janesville’s Try Hockey for Free Days are excelling, even boasting some of the highest numbers in the state, Lentz said.
The Jets’ Janesville Youth Hockey Night is sponsored by the Janesville Gazette, and will feature a moment to remember the late John McPoland, a sports reporter for the Gazette and hockey superfan who helped welcome the Jets to Janesville in 2009.
“John was a tremendous voice for hockey in our community,” said Bill McCoshen, Jets President. “What better way to honor him than with a good old-fashioned hometown hockey day?”
The Jets’ starters Saturday night will be welcomed to the ice alongside skaters from Janesville’s Mites teams. Players from JYH and other participating teams in the Hockey Rocks Tournament will showcase their skills on the ice between periods.
Following the game, Mercyhealth is sponsoring the Jets’ second of two annual Skate with the Jets promotions. Fans young and old can rent skates free of charge to take a lap with their favorite Jets players. The post-game Skate with the Jets is closed as a separate event, available only for fans who attended the Jets game.
Tickets to Janesville Youth Hockey Night are still available online and at any Lions Quick Mart location.
The Hockey Rocks Tournament is free-to-attend.