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Promise of Fun

The thrill of carrying the puck up the ice, the exhilaration of scoring their first goal or the camaraderie of skating with friends is possible due to the fun and encouraging environment youth hockey provides to try new things and grow as a person.

Promise of guidance

Youth hockey is unique because a new player must start from the very basics of essentially learning to walk again. Your local youth hockey program has instructors that are able to teach the sometimes challenging skills of ice hockey in a fun, engaging manner.

Promise of achievement

You will be amazed at the progress your child will make in a short amount of time. Both you and your child will walk away from the rink each day, excited about all the new things that your young hockey player has started to learn on the ice.

Skate Sharpening

A few supporters of youth hockey who have the necessary equipment to sharpen skates offer their services at competitive rates. Their information is below. They prefer to communicate over text messaging as they have full-time jobs outside of sharpening skates.

Peck’s Skate Shop
Jason Peck
former Tri-City Storm Equipment Manager

Instructions: Leave money, name, and phone number inside the skates. Text Jason for his address and availability.

Location: Northwest Kearney

Phone: (308) 224-7552


  • Sharpening (new or previously sharpened): $5
  • Punch Card: $20 (one free sharpening, 5 total)
  • Blade Straightening: $3
  • Replacement Steel Rivets: $3
  • Replacement Copper Rivets: $5
  • Tape: $3
  • Laces: $5
  • Wax: $3
Kurt Schmidt
Former Tri-City Junior Storm Coach

Instructions: Leave money, name, and phone number inside the skates. Drop off box is on the steps by the front door. Text Kurt for his address and availability.

Location: Northeast Kearney

Phone: (308) 224-7024


  • Sharpening (new skates): $10
  • Sharpening (previously sharpened): $7
Brad Lewis
Former Tri-City Junior Storm Coach

Instructions: Leave money, name, and phone number inside the skates. Drop off box is on the steps by the garage door. Text Brad for his address and availability.

Location: Northwest Kearney

Phone: (308) 440-9191


  • Sharpening (new skates): $10
  • Sharpening (previously sharpened): $7
USA Hockey Parents Code of Conduct Expand

Do not force your children to participate in sports, but support their desires to play their chosen sports. Children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment. Make it fun.

  • Encourage your child to play by the rules. Remember, children learn best by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams.
  • Do not embarrass your child by yelling at players, coaches or officials. By showing a positive attitude toward the game and all of its participants, your child will benefit.
  • Emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit your young athlete. De-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
  • Know and study the rules of the game and support the officials on and off the ice. This approach will help in the development and support of the game. Any criticism of the officials only hurts the game.
  • Applaud a good effort in both victory and defeat, and enforce the positive points of the game. Never yell or physically abuse your child after a game or practice – it is destructive. Work toward removing the physical and verbal abuse in youth sports.
  • Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They are important to the development of your child and the sport.
  • Communicate with them and support them.
  • If you enjoy the game, learn all you can about hockey – and volunteer.
Player Safety Expand

Proper equipment and wearing the equipment is important. Watching for injuries such as concussions is also incredibly important.

Teach your player the phrase: “Head Up, Don’t Duck”

Hit the boards or goal posts with an arm, a leg or anything but your head first.
Skate into the boards on an angle to dig out the puck.
Taking a check: Keep your head out of it. Skates parallel to the boards, knees bent, low center of gravity. Skate through the check and get away quickly.
No checking from behind. It’s illegal, dangerous and bad hockey.
Wear a snug-fitting, HECC-certified helmet in good shape, plus full facial protection.
Use a mouth guard every time you’re on the ice.
When you hit the ice this season, remember Heads Up, Don’t Duck and you can help make hockey a safer game to play. video1 Preview modal-

Heads Up, Don’t Duck Safety Video

A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell run”, or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.

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