The Presidents’ Weekend holiday is nearly upon us, and for many lucky families, the whole of Presidents’ week as well. In Sun Valley, this means non-stop activities for the whole family, from the slopes to sleigh rides.
Of course, most people come to Sun Valley for the weekend and for ski week to ski or ride and this season conditions simply couldn’t be better. Winter storm after winter storm blanketed Baldy and Dollar in deep snow, allowing people to explore
Sun Valley is known worldwide for our incomparable alpine skiing and riding; as Nordic Town USA; as mountain bike single track Nirvana. But did you know the Wood River Valley is also a hockey town?
The Sun Valley Suns are a valley institution, drawing large crowds to the Sun Valley indoor ice rink throughout the winter months. Culling local talent as well as players from college and the minors, the Suns play teams from Boston, Utah, Wyoming, Michigan, New York and elsewhere in front of hundreds of enthusiastic and loyal fans.
A Suns game is a great, affordable, family-friendly way to spend a Friday or Saturday winter's night
This January 1 and 2, the Suns will play a huge rematch against the Jackson Hole Moose and there is probably no more entertaining way for the whole family to kick off 2015. Head Coach and General Manager John "Cub" Burke said if you only make it to one hockey game this year, make it to one of these.
"Jackson hole is our biggest rival and has been for 20 years now," Burke explained. "The games are always intense. Their team is big and physical while we are a little more of a skill team so it's always fun to watch."
The rivalry is even more intense right now because in late December, the Suns traveled to Jackson and secured two exciting wins at the Snow King Center, taking the weekend 4-3 and 7-3. This was the first sweep the Suns have enjoyed in Wyoming since 2007. By all accounts, it was an action-packed Friday night game with never more than one goal separating the two talented squads. The score tied. The Suns scored. The crowd went wild (but not really in a good way as Jackson fans are famously loyal to their team!). On Saturday, it was 2-2 after one period and 3-3 halfway through the second period when a Moose player scored, tipping things in the home team's favor. But the Suns who are in great shape, disciplined and motivated this year, came on strong closing the night with an additional four unanswered goals.
Coach John Burke is leading a skilled and motivated team this year. Expect some great hockey
"Fans can expect to see 100 percent intensity on January 2 and 3," Burke said. "It will definitely be a high energy game with the recent Moose loss and the fact that we are battling for first placed in the league right now. It is going to be really good hockey."
The Suns are also known for their charitable mission and each night a portion of the gate is donated to a local non-profit. The Moose games will benefit Hailey Ice. Both games begin at 7 p.m. and the cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 11 - 17 and free for children under ten with an adult ticket.
Tonight, the Suns face off against the Future Suns - players in the highly popular Sun Valley Youth Hockey program. This annual fundraising exhibition for the Brett Sammis Scholarship Fund of Sun Valley Youth Hockey sees the Suns senior men will face off against the rising Suns younger starts. Again, the cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children and 10-and-under are free with an adult ticket. The puck drops at 7 pm and this is always a great night. All Suns games are an exciting, affordable way for the whole family to spend a Friday or Saturday night.
Welcome in 2015 with Suns players and fans at what promises to be a game to remember
This season marks the Suns' 40th as a franchise and the first for the team as members of the Black Diamond Hockey League. The Suns' season runs through March 14 with the final home games being played March 6 -7.
For the full Suns schedule and more on the team's history, please click HERE.
Be sure to come out and cheer on the Suns for what will be a memorable New Year's weekend and beyond. It’s fast, it’s furious, it’s up close and personal! Don’t miss a minute!
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