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2005.12.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Offers Hockey 101 Again at Qwest Center

Omaha - Are you looking for a great holiday gift? And do you have a girlfriend, mother, or wife who is hard to buy for?  Think hockey!

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Athletics will host its second "Hockey 101 – A Women's Guide to Hockey" Thursday, Feb. 2, at Qwest Center Omaha.  The event, a benefit for the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk and Liz's Legacy, will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

"The women who attended last year had a tremendous time.  The feedback the athletic department received practically demanded that we hold Hockey 101 again," said Deb Denbeck, associate athletic director at UNO.  "With the holidays quickly approaching, it could be the perfect gift for that special someone."

The registration fee is $75 per person, which includes a buffet dinner with the Maverick hockey team and coaches, a long-sleeved "Hockey 101" T-shirt, an informational "Hockey 101" packet, the book Hockey 101 for Dummies by John Davidson and John Steinbreder, free parking and free admission to UNO vs. Lake Superior State hockey game Feb. 3 or 4.

"Participants will get a real behind-the-scenes sense of what it's like to play Maverick hockey at the Qwest," Denbeck said.  "They will be spending time on the ice, trying on the players' equipment and putting it to the test, and getting their photos taken with the players and coaches."

The Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk, now in its 25th year, funds scholarships for female student athletes at UNO.  Liz's Legacy, named after Omaha community leader Liz Karnes, funds the advancement of cancer research and care at the Eppley Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Hockey 101 participants must be at least 16 years of age.  The topics from last year's Hockey 101 have been expanded to include:

·      Special Teams -- power play and penalty kill;

·      Offense and defensive patterns;

·      Officiating and rule knowledge for all levels of hockey and for all knowledge levels;

·      Training and equipment; and

·      Panel discussions on recruiting, life as a UNO hockey student-athlete, strategies and superstitions.

For more information or to register, contact Shirley Fey at (402) 554-3422 or sfey@mail.unomaha.edu.

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