TRY SKATING FOR FREE at Princeton Ice Arena Nov. 2, put on by the Becker Big Lake Youth Hockey Association. (Submitted photo from a previous Try Skating event).

Free ice skating for kids

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards


Children aged four to nine have an opportunity to try playing hockey for free Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Princeton Ice Arena, says Becker Big Lake Youth Hockey Association’s Heather Kossila.
“This is our fifth event and our third year of doing it,” Kossila said. “Children get an hour of free ice time and they don’t need to know how to skate.”
Parents should sign their children up for the free session by logging on to The hockey association will have, skates, sticks, helmets and jerseys for the children to use.
“At the end of the hour, the children get to keep the hockey stick and the jersey,” Kossila said. “We just want them to have a chance to try it out and see if it is something they are interested in.”
The Becker Big Lake Eagles varsity hockey team plays at the Princeton Arena and competes in the Two Rivers Conference with teams from Pine City-Rush City, Legacy Christian Academy, Mora-Milaca-Hinckley-Finlayson, Moose Lake Area and the Minneapolis Novas. 
Their coach is Doug Friedrichs. Assistant coaches are Kevin Jeffers, Scott Barta and Tim Houghton. The Eagles’ first game is Nov. 30 versus the Northern Lakes Lightning.
There is also a girls varsity hockey team, the Predators, which is a co-operative with Becker, Big Lake and Princeton. The girls are coached by Paul McElhone. Assistant coaches are Curt Wilson, Dale Pelzer and Marco Voce.
The girls compete in the Mississippi 8 Conference against teams from Rogers, Chisago Lakes Area, Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City, St. Francis North Branch, the Buffalo Bison and the North Wright County River Hawks. Their first game is Nov. 8 versus Pequot Lakes.
Founded in 1993, the Becker Big Lake Youth Hockey Association is an organization dedicated to promoting ice sports in the area. They are working closely with the Becker Big Lake Ice Association to develop, finance and eventually construct a community ice arena.
For more information on skating programs and local youth hockey for boys and girls, see their website at


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