Been craving some good, old-fashioned competition or some bodies slamming against the boards? Fear not, the Sun Valley Suns’ hockey season is upon us.
The Sun Valley Suns Men’s Hockey team kicks off their 35th season this weekend at Sun Valley’s indoor hockey rink against the visiting Park City All Stars. The local team, who went 23-1 two seasons ago, is back on the rink to keep up the bashing, rowdy, and fun tradition of hockey in the valley. This season is bound to be another one full of competitive games with visiting opponents from Boston, Canada, Utah, California, Idaho, and Montana. Watch out for games against Jackson Hole; a devoted fan spends the season collecting duck heads and when the Suns score their first goal of the second period against the Jackson Hole Moose, the entirety of the rowdy section throws the duck heads onto the ice. Why duck heads? Because moose heads are too big to throw.
The team is made up of 25 local heartthrobs, some rookies and some who have been playing for the Suns for over a decade, with ages ranging from 19 to 50. Every season the team, a long-standing community institution, donates a portion of their door proceeds to local charities, usually around $15,000, and this season won’t be any different. The Suns provide not only a raucous good time on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the winter but they also regularly volunteer throughout the valley in the off-season.
Games are known to be a boisterous time with fans suffering from frozen toes and cold fingers, so dress warmly, enjoy some beer, hot chocolate, and snacks and head to the rink. The action starts tonight, Friday December 11th at 7pm and continues Saturday night. If you can’t make it this weekend, there are more home games next weekend, and more throughout the winter, or check out the website for more info, www.sunvalleysuns.com.