A TOTAL OF 14 TEAMS played in the first annual Clearwater Boot Hockey Tournament at Lions Park last Saturday. It was part of Winter Activity Day, organized by the Clearwater Fire Dept, Fire Auxiliary and the Public Service Activities Board. Above, future hockey stars had a great time trying to score a goal. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Winter fun for everyone

Staff Writer
Ken Francis
The first annual Clearwater Boot Hockey Tournament/Winter Fun Day was a success.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, dozens of people of all ages arrived at the hockey rink in Lions Park to take part in winter activities - or cheer on their team.
The event was a collaboration between the Clearwater Fire Department, Fire Auxiliary and Clearwater Public Service Activities (PSA) Board.
The entire event was funded in part by the Initiative Foundation, a regional foundation with the purpose of engaging the youth and adults in the community.
Kids who didn’t participate in the hockey games spent their time sliding on the smaller skating rink or just climbing the 10-foot high snow mountains in the park. 
The three-on-three boot hockey tournament drew eight adult teams and six  youth teams. And the teams kept themselves and their fans entertained for more than four hours. 
There were lots of goals scored and more than a few Boot 
falls on the ice. But everyone walked away happy.
The winning adult team was “team awesome” with Steve Rowland, Kevin Sommers, Wade Moravec, Allen Imholte and Pete Edmonson.
Proceeds from the adult entry fee went to support the fire department.
The Lions Club and the  Fire Auxiliary prepared and served the food and the PSA Board administered community surveys to adults and youth regarding their current community center uses in other communities. They also kicked off the winter medallion hunt.
Thanks to Tri-County Lumber, Clearwater Holiday, Flinstones Lounge, the American Legion, D&L Taco Gringo, Coborns, Dairy Queen, & Clearwater Corners for their donations.


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