The Steamboat Hockey Classic will once again bring NHL greats to town to raise money for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association on March 24 and 25, and the game pits NHL All-Stars against Team USA and Team Canada. Festivities also include a special appearance and skate by the Hanson Brothers of “Slap Shot” fame.
“This year’s event promises to be the best yet as we welcome hockey greats representing Team USA and Team Canada,” said co-organizer Kerry Shea, whose event has raised more than $100,000 for expanding local youth hockey efforts. “We’re honored to have some the NHL’s best players as well as hockey icons the Hanson Brothers on the 40th anniversary of hockey’s greatest movies of all time.”
The weekend schedule includes a NHL-led youth on-ice camp and VIP Old Time Hockey Auction Party on March 24, and NHL Alumni player meet-and-greet and Team USA/Team Canada Charity Hockey Game on March 25.
All contributions support Steamboat Youth Hockey, which includes expanding the very successful Free Intro to Hockey program for boys and girls in the Steamboat Springs community.
The 2017 Steamboat Hockey Classic roster will include José Charbonneau, Jiri Fischer, Dani Rylan, Joe Kocur, Lorne Knauft, Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson, David Hanson, Kevin Miller, Eddie Mio, Bernie Nicholls, Jason Woolley, Brian Noonan, Jack O’Callahan and Wayne Presley.
“Having these NHL greats lead an on-ice youth camp is a very special part of this year event, something the kids will cherish for a lifetime,” said co-organizer Chris Campanelli in a news release. “It’s an amazing opportunity to have these legendary talents instill their experiences onto our local kids as they carry the torch into the future.”
For more information and tickets, visit steamboathockeyclassic.org.
Routt County Riders raise money for winter bike trails
Routt County Riders report that with the help of a matching donation from Yampa Valley Bank, they have raised more than $4,200 to underwrite winter grooming of bike trails on Emerald Mountain.
The organization reports the money will help replace an outdated snowmobile currently being used to pull the grooming attachment with a more recent model. The funds will also be used to purchase gasoline and to make improvements to the groomer as well.
Routt County Riders announced its plans to groom challenging single-track trails, such as NPR and Prayer Flag Road for fat tire bikes in a Feb. 10 letter to the editor in Steamboat Today. The organization emphasized that the groomed trails are for visiting cyclists as well as locals.
Extension offers training for producers of cottage foods
The Routt County CSU Extension office is offering a Food Safety for Cottage Foods Producers training that will teach entrepreneur cooks about rules governing food they produce in their home kitchens. The training will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Library Hall in Steamboat Springs.
Attendees will learn which foods are permissible in the Cottage Food Act and learn food safety considerations in setting up home kitchens for a food business. Successful completion of this training will fulfill the food safety training requirements for the Colorado Cottage Food Act.
The cost of the certification training is $25. Call Routt County Extension at 970-879-0825 to register.
Preschool developmental screenings offered
The Steamboat Springs School District will offer free preschool developmental screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7 and 8, at the Steamboat Springs School District administration building, 325 Seventh St.
Screenings will cover vision, hearing, concepts, social skills, motor skills and speech and language. Staff from Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services and certified teachers will be on site to assess children and determine any developmental areas in which a child might need support during the 2017-18 school year.
The free screenings are open to children who will be 3 years old by Oct. 1. Information and applications from the Colorado Preschool Program will be available.
Screenings are by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 970-871-3198.