The Great Skate – New Prague Area Hockey Association

The Great Skate – New Prague Area Hockey Association

New Prague Area Hockey Association (NPAHA) has been running an event each fall called “The Great Skate” in an effort to encourage more girls to play hockey.  In 2014 the event organizers, Joe Moravchik and Jason Bentson, decided to implement a new idea. They decided to involve their current youth and high school players more so than they ever had before.

“We sat down with each group of girls in the program,” said Moravchik, who with Bentson is a Co-Director for Girls’ Hockey Development in New Prague. “The 8U, 10U, 12U and Varstiy/JV teams were all given input into the event. They got to make a lot of the decisions for the event ranging from the design and color of our t-shirts to the music and on-ice games that we had.”

Credit Moravchik and Bentson for initiating the plan to involve the girls in decision making. After promoting the event through various open houses, parades, flyers at local schools, local media, and of course the association’s current players, the event had by far the best turn out ever with over 90 girls participating.


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