The Ducks and Honda Center will host 22 local area schools as part of the S.C.O.R.E. Street Hockey Shootout this Saturday, May 8, from 8: 30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..
The teams, made up of 15 players each from local elementary schools around Anaheim, have been playing street hockey all year long in their gym classes as part of the S.C.O.R.E. program.
S.C.O.R.E. is a free program offered to both private and public schools for fourth graders. It is geared towards promoting math, science, reading and recreation through hockey.
Each team in the tournament is guaranteed four games, with some teams playing up to eight. There is a consolation bracket as well, to give teams who don’t make it into the winner’s bracket a few extra games to work on their skills and have fun playing street hockey.
The winners of the S.C.O.R.E. Shootout will receive the Holy Grail of the fourth grade -- a two-foot tall replica of the Stanley Cup. In the past two tournaments, the winning team has taken turns hoisting the Cup above their heads and running laps around the rink. Every year, the Cup is engraved with each player on the winning team’s name, just like the real Stanley Cup. Every player on the winning team will also get to spend a day with the Cup, just like the NHL players do when they win the Stanley Cup. The winning team will be brought out to a Ducks home game next season where they will wear their jerseys and be honored in an on-ice ceremony before the start of the game.
Friends Christian School in Yorba Linda has won the Shootout the last two years, putting together very skilled and talented fourth grade teams both years. Last year’s winning team, coached by Jan Downs, Greg O’Bryan and Jeff York, was made up of Sydnee Boley, Jacob Clark, Nolan Cork, Bowen Frabotta, Hunter Green, Cole Hambright, Kendall Kohlenberger, Connor Leech, Jessica Matson, Elijah Mercado, Kaylie Milton, Grady O’Bryan, Erich Stahmer, Jesse Wilch and Nathan Wilch.
Ducks fans, members of the local community, and friends and family of the participants are welcome to come out to Honda Center on May 8 and show their support. There will be food, a silent auction with autographed Ducks items benefiting the S.C.O.R.E. program and appearances by Ducks players, Wild Wing and other special Ducks guests.
“We look forward to a highly competitive tournament on Saturday as teams have been preparing throughout the year,” said Ducks Director of Fan Development, Matt Savant. “Our goal for the tournament each year is to provide school children with an entertaining brand of physical fitness.”
For more information on the Ducks S.C.O.R.E. program and the third annual S.C.O.R.E. Street Hockey Shootout, please visit www.ducksscore.com