Women's hockey prepares for Juneau Jamboree

Tournament takes place Nov. 4-6

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2005

It went so well the first time, Juneau's women's hockey players decided to do it again.

The second Juneau Jamboree women's hockey tournament will take place Nov. 4-6 at Treadwell Ice Arena in Douglas.

"We were amazed at how even the teams were able to come out," hockey player Carrie McMullen said of last year's tournament. "We're trying to pair people up to have equivalent teams talent wise."

McMullen said about 75 players from Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage, Wasilla and the Yukon Territory have signed up to play.

Players can register to play until the puck drops Friday. No prior hockey experience is necessary.

All players will be divided into teams and play in a round-robin tournament for the weekend. The tournament will also feature an All-Star competition on Saturday.

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Women's hockey has enjoyed increased participation and popularity, especially this year.

The Juneau Adult Hockey Association recently split its women's hockey league into two tiers due to the number of participants. McMullen estimates about 100 women are playing in the league.

"The tier is split this year so now there are upper and lower divisions," McMullen said. "It's a really good spot for people who aren't experienced skaters, they can join the lower division and learn how to play. There's room for any ability level now."

Anyone interested in playing can contact McMullen at 957-1833. There is a $50 fee for players, $25 for goaltenders. Equipment isn't provided to players, but McMullen said if someone wants to play and doesn't have gear other players can share equipment.

"Last year we had one gal who never played before come out," McMullen said. "She got some gear and had a great time."

All of the games are open to the public and admission is free.

"There's no charge to watch and we'll be running the concession stands," McMullen said. "What we're looking for is getting the word out and having people come down and watch hockey."

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com

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