Local rivals take to the ice in charity contest

Geezers and Chicks face off at 2 p.m. today

Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2005

While it may not rank among sports' all-time rivalries like the Celtics and Lakers in the 1980s, Juneau does have a heated competition of its own.

The 2nd annual Geezers In Breezers versus Chicks With Sticks hockey game will take place at 2 p.m. today at Treadwell Ice Arena.

This annual hockey game benefits the Culture Club Hockey Program. The club benefits local children who may not have the finances or experience in the sport, but would like to get involved in hockey.

"That is the one thing I got going to make sure people who grew up with families that didn't know about hockey can try it if they want to," Geezers member and game founder Bill Spear said.

The 62-year-old Spear will be skating with the Geezers team as they take on a team of female Juneau ice hockey players.

The game will be three 20-minute periods and will also feature extra-curricular events during the day.

Following the first period, there will be an extra attraction as a group of Ultrageezers takes on the Chickadees for five minutes. The Ultrageezers are made up of men in their late 50s and 60s while the Chickadees feature the youngest and best girls' ice hockey players.

"Five minutes doesn't seem like a lot but on a hockey rink it's a long time," Spear said. "That's causing a lot of speculation. ... It'll be interesting because the guys have to really conserve their energy. It's going to be a crowd pleaser, but we may just have to huddle in the net."

While there is no admission fee to the game, donations will be accepted.

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



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