Story last updated at 2:38 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2002

Funds help Homer hockey
The Homer High School hockey team undoubtedly will be skating a little faster after receiving word recently that the Homer Hockey Association Board of Directors voted to donate $2,000 to support the new high school hockey program. The funds are to be used to help defray the high cost of travel for games and practices, which are all conducted out of town until ice becomes available in Homer.

However, the support doesn't stop there. HHA also put $1,000 toward the purchase of new goalkeeper equipment for use by this year's high school team. While HHA will retain ownership of the expensive gear for use by future Midget teams (age 17 and under), they wanted to give a boost to the relatively new high school organization.

As an added bonus, the board also voted to waive the annual $75 registration fee for Midget players this season, since these same players already pay a $100 activity fee to play high school hockey.

HHA president Harry Rasmussen explained that the board took this action to help promote and develop the high school program. When the three donations are added together, the "aid package" totals nearly $4,200. He said their board members can fully appreciate the high costs associated with playing competitive hockey at the high school level, and view this financial support as an investment in the future of ice hockey in Homer.

Just three years ago, before there was a high school program, youth hockey players who had built their skills while playing up through the ranks of HHA teams had no place to advance once they attained high school age. Younger players now have more incentive, knowing they will be able to pursue their sport at the higher levels of high school varsity competition.

On behalf of each player on this year's high school team, Coach Keith Nelson, and the Homer High Booster Club, I would like to extend a very appreciative thank you to the Homer Hockey Association for the first-rate support you have shown the team. We are truly grateful for your generosity. Let's Go Mariners!

Wes Bucher