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Ducks G.O.A.L. Mini 1-on-1 Tournament

In case you’re not keeping track, we are just about three weeks into the NHL lockout. The two sides have met, and there’s been a lot of posturing, but there has been zero progress made. And now, the league has canceled regular season games through October 24th.

This is for real.

I initially shared some of my thoughts on the work stoppage and how the bright side of things is that we here at When Girls Love Hockey can shine the spotlight on other great hockey options in SoCal this fall and winter. And last week, I wrote about the Anaheim Ducks booster club, the Die Hards, and how their volunteer efforts and commitment to supporting the community is at full strength.

This week’s topic is for SoCal’s youth hockey players. Even though our NHL Ducks are not on the ice, the Ducks organization is still fully committed to their grassroots hockey programs that help grow awareness and participation in the sport locally.

These programs are promoted in large part through the Anaheim Ducks G.O.A.L. Hockey Program, which stands for Growth, Outreach & Awareness Locally. Reaching out to both kids and adults through programs at local roller and ice hockey rinks (The Rinks), participation in this great sport has steadily increased in SoCal in recent years. And that’s excellent news.

Starting next month is the 3rd Annual Mini 1-on-1 Tournament presented by Hockey Giant, where shooters and goalies at the Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam levels will participate in a shootout competition for some fantastic prizes.

Here’s the schedule of events:

Qualifying Round

Anaheim Ice–Saturday, November 3rd
Squirt – 10:00am-10:40am
Pee Wee – 10:40am-11:20am
Bantam – 11:20am-12:00pm

Aliso Viejo Ice Palace–Sunday, November 11th
Squirt – 3:15pm-3:55pm
Pee Wee – 3:55pm-4:35pm
Bantam – 4:35pm-5:15pm

Escondido Iceoplex–Sunday, November 18th
Squirt – 10:00am-10:40am
Pee Wee – 10:40am-11:20am
Bantam – 11:20am-12:00pm

Yorba Linda Ice–Sunday, November 18th
Squirt – 1:15pm-1:55pm
Pee Wee – 1:55pm-2:30pm
Bantam – 2:30pm-3:00pm


Honda Center–Sunday, December 2nd
Squirt – 9:00am-10:30am
Pee Wee – 11:00am-12:30pm
Bantam – 1:00pm-2:00pm


Honda Center–During Ducks Game 1st Intermission
Squirt – Sunday, December 9th Ducks vs. Minnesota Wild 5:05pm*
Pee Wee – Sunday, January 6th Ducks vs. St. Louis Blues 5:05pm*
Bantam – Sunday, January 13th Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings 5:05pm*
* Games subject to change – if the season is shortened, finals may be held at Anaheim Ice

For signing up, participants will receive a ticket to the Ducks vs. the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, January 6, 2013. They will also receive an Easton moisture-control long-sleeve shirt and a 15% discount coupon for use at Hockey Giant in Anaheim. The winning shooter and goalie in the Pee Wee and Bantam divisions will face-off against the Ducks players in a breakaway contest during a Ducks practice. And the big prize is for the winning shooter and goalie in the Squirt Division, as they will head to “The Big House” at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Winter Classic.

The cost of the tournament per player is $40, but if you register before October 12, you will receive the 25% discounted price of $30. For each youth hockey player you refer to the tournament, you will win an Anaheim Ducks autographed player card. Whoever refers the most youth hockey players to the tournament will win a Ducks team-signed stick and the person referring the second-most players will win a Ducks autographed puck.

You have two options for registration. Either register online by going here, or register in person at Hockey Giant in Anaheim and receive a 20% off coupon good for hockey equipment at the store.

Do you have any youth hockey players in your life? If so, be sure to let them know about this incredible opportunity. And check out the photos and videos from last year’s competition, including the winning duo who attended the 2012 NHL All-Star game in Ottawa, Canada. For the official rules of the tournament and more information on the Ducks G.O.A.L. Program, visit

Good luck to all the participants!

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