While the snow may finally be melting away around Juneau, fans still can get their hockey fix this week if they so choose.
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The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team will be hosting a fundraising game at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday as the Hot Shots, a collection of high school players, will take on the Young Guns, a group of top Tier A players from the Juneau Adult Hockey Association.
"(The Young Guns) are having a tournament coming up," said Hot Shots coach Tom Rutecki. "They've got two or three players that recently played in (NCAA) Division I. They wanted to play us as a tuneup for the tournament that starts later in the week."
The King Salmon Hockey Tournament will take place April 27-29 at Treadwell Arena.
While the Young Guns will use Tuesday's game as practice, the contest will help out Juneau's high school team. Admission is $5 while kids 12-and-under are free.
"Anything helps, considering our budget is over $95,000," Rutecki said of the high school program. "Anything we make will really help. The Young Guns were kind enough to donate the ice team. This was at their invitation."
While hockey remains in its relative infancy stages locally, it's quickly becoming a year-long sport.
Some of the high school players participate in off-season camps, while the rink itself will reopen in August, which is about six weeks earlier than last year according to Rutecki.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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