Young hockey players hit the ice in AK Girls Frozen Cup tournament
It's not unusual to see teams on the ice at the Subway Sports Center is nothing new. But a closer look shows what is different about these games.
Young girls make up the players. They include 9-year-old Isabel Dupree
"I love that my team is great, it's exciting, and I like scoring goals," Dupree said during a break between games.
Teammate Renee Doyle has played hockey since the age of three.
"I like giving pucks to the little girls that haven't scored and getting goals, and helping other kids with hockey," Doyle said.
They and other players get to show off their skills in a new way. They are among those who take part in the inaugural Alaska Girls Frozen Cup tournament. It's open to 10U and 12U teams across Alaska.
The South Anchorage Hockey Association created the event.
"Usually a lot of our girls play with boys on co-ed teams, so I think it's just important for them to come together," said the Association's Vice-President Rebecca Doyle.
It's an opportunity for the players to skate and learn how to improve their game, sometimes with a little help from their friends.
"It'd be fun with all the of the girls helping them learn to skate and helping them get goals," said Doyle.
Even though there can only be one winner on the ice, it seems like young female hockey players also won -- as they now have a tournament to call their own.
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