Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Suns, Silver Kings debut ski resort rivalry

32nd Suns home season opens Friday, raffle drawing

Vilnis Nikolaisons, alternate captain

Jackson Hole (Wyo.) and McCall have been two of the Sun Valley Suns' best ice hockey rivals in recent years.

Now the ski resort rivalry has been extended to Park City, Utah with the prospect of an Intermountain league in store.

The Suns (2-0) continue their 32nd season of competition Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16 with a two-game home weekend series against the Park City Silver Kings at Sun Valley Skating Center. Opening faceoffs are 7 p.m. each night.

It's the home debut of the Suns' 18-game home schedule through March. The 2006-07 Suns have 24 games including trips to Jackson Hole and Park City. Two weeks ago Sun Valley swept the host McCall Mountaineers 3-1 and 3-1.

Friday's Opening Night will feature a raffle drawing between the second and third periods. Buy tickets for $10 apiece from your favorite Suns player and you'll have a chance for Sun Valley Alpine and Nordic ski passes, a Sun Valley 20/20 ski pass and four Suns season tickets with swag bags.

Suns head coach Chris Benson said that the money raised will help the team's operating fund so the Suns can give more money back to youth organizations in the Wood River Valley.

The drawing will be held between the second and third periods Friday night. The new Suns magazine is also scheduled to be available. Saturday's game is a benefit for Hailey Ice.

Check Friday's Express for a Suns season preview.

McCall visits Sun Valley Dec. 29-30 for a big New Year's weekend series. Then the Suns have three home weekends of games in January 2007 interrupted by a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyo. for a rematch with the Moose Jan. 12-13.

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