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A chance to get on the ice: Try Hockey for Free event set for Saturday

Anyone who has wanted to try hockey should head out to the Washington Park Ice Arena on Saturday morning.

Anyone who has wanted to try hockey should head out to the Washington Park Ice Arena on Saturday morning.

Hosted by the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, Try Hockey for Free is offering a chance to try the sport out on the ice at no cost. Basic skating instructions and equipment for each participant will be provided. Though the program is designed for children ages 5-17, Chad Brown, hockey director, said anyone is welcome to come out.

"Try all the gear on, get out there and give it a shot," Brown said.

The hope is that some of the participants will become interested in the available hockey programs, though Brown said he's happy if anyone comes out of this with a higher interest in hockey, even if it's just getting together with a few other people for a scrimmage now and then.

Hockey is unlike some other sports, Brown said, as you need some equipment and place to be able to practice — it's not as simple as grabbing a ball and finding a net. This event is designed to help overcome some of those challenges so anyone can have the opportunity to try the sport out.

"It's a community event," Brown said. "Just come out, come skate."

Those who want to participate will need to wear socks, athletic shorts and a comfortable shirt.

The event is set for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the ice arena, 711 Kansas St. Participants should arrive by 9:30 a.m. to get sized for the necessary gear.