A week of snowy weather is perfect for the Portland Winterhawk’s visit to the Pavilion Ice Rink in Bend this weekend.
“The Winterhawks will be in town,” said Pavilion Center Supervisor Claire Gordon. “They’re bringing their figure skating program this year. Their men’s hockey program will be at a prior engagement on Friday night. The figure skaters will be doing a practice here. And on Sunday morning, the Winter Hawks coaching staff will be running a free hockey event for kids.”
While the hockey team is playing in the WHL playoffs, the figure skating team will take the ice.
“It’s pretty neat,” Gordan said. “They are year-round figure skaters who skate at a really competitive level, and if you’ve ever been interested in seeing competitive figure skating live, it’s a great opportunity.”
Sunday morning, 9:30 to 10:30 A.M., is a hockey clinic run by the Winterhawks for children ages five to ten.
Kids like Joel and Locklin on the eight and under Bend Rapids hockey team.
“I like the Winterhawks, and I like the color of their jerseys,” the two boys said. “It’s pretty cool.”
Don’t worry about gear. The Winterhawks supply everything you need.
“It’s a great outreach program to help kids, you know, come to the rink, check it out,” said 8U Bend Rapids hockey coach John Kromm. “Obviously, we’ve got the power of the winter hawks behind us. So it’s really awesome to have their help bring in more players to check it out and see what it’s all about. Try on the gear. Get out there and skate a little bit.”
All events are free to the public, and all you have to do is register.