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Hockey team needs help

A group of women seek funding to help keep their hockey addiction affordable. A women’s hockey team that previously went by the name of Park City Predators, is looking for sponsors, and a new name.

The team is comprised of a variety of women from the Park City area. On their website, they describe themselves as, "a combination of students, mothers, wives, artists, pilots, firefighters, doctors, administrators, and business professionals." Beth McNichol said the team has a wide variety of ages and skill levels, but they all come together for a fun time, and peace of mind. According to McNichol, the team ranges in age from 14 to over 50.

Stephanie Bass said that the team is looking for a title sponsor whose name they can use on their jersey. They’re willing to change the name of the team from the Predators to use their new sponsor’s name, depending on the nature of the sponsor and their relationship.

McNichol, who serves as the team treasurer, said their biggest expense is paying the rink for practice time. They pay almost $260 for each hour and a half training session, according to Bass. McNichol said that they end up paying about $7,000 each season for ice time alone, and it’s getting too expensive for some of the members. Bass said that the team is looking for one, title sponsor or a number of small sponsors to help cover their costs.

The team practices every Sunday evening at the Park City ice arena. Bass said that they compete against teams from Northern Utah and they’ve been trying to travel once or twice a year outside the state to tournaments in Jackson Hole, Las Vegas, or Boise.

The team is just 3 years old. McNichol said that it has been great to see the improvement of the women who started without any experience just a few years ago. When they started paying, the team was all beginners, but a few players with college experience have joined, and the team, she says, has shown great improvement.

McNichol explained that Bass, a figure skating coach, is a valuable asset to the team because she’s been able to help teach power skating techniques to the other skaters. McNichol also said that she’s happy to see a figure skater with a hockey stick in her hand.

According to McNichol, this year started with a lower number of participants, but they’ve been adding new members almost every week. More information and player bios can be found on the team’s Web site, parkcitywomenshockey.com.


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