People might be surprised to learn that Sun Valley’s home team, the Sun Valley Suns, brings collegiate talent, players from the minors and from all over the world to the Resort’s indoor rink for a season that runs from December to March. Hundreds of fans come out for home games on Friday and Saturday nights to watch the action against opponents from Boston, Utah, Wyoming, Michigan, New York and elsewhere.
The Suns home season begins when the puck drops on December 20. Games follow over the holidays on the 23rd, 27th and 28th at 7 p.m. For the full Suns schedule, please click HERE. It’s an exciting, affordable way for the whole family to spend a Friday or Saturday night.
But the Suns aren’t only good at stick handling and putting the puck in the net, they are also amazingly community-minded for a group of young bucks. One example of their collective civic-mindedness was on display at the rink this week as the Suns hosted a pre-season camp for local Sun Valley Youth Hockey players, ages five to 13. For three days, players of all abilities got a jump on the start on their season during afternoons focused on drills, strategy and fun.
During camp, the young players get to spend time with some of the athletes they most respect, and for the Suns, camp is a great way to get to know the local kids. Suns forward Bryan O’Connell said in a recent interview, “It’s really important to connect with the young players in a town where there’s a lot of youth hockey. We really enjoy working with the kids and inspiring them.” Suns players work with the community in other ways, as well. At each home game, the not-for-profit Suns Foundation partners with a local charitable organization that benefits financially from that night’s door as well as merchandise sales. As many as 11 local organizations are supported by the Suns in this way every year.
Hockey is incredibly popular around here, with hundreds of children coming out to build skills and enjoy the fast-paced game. The littlest enthusiasts take their first laps on the ice under the trained eyes of Sun Valley Youth Hockey’s excellent coaches, most of whom play in the area’s very popular men’s, women’s and coed leagues, and progress to the high school level where local teams have had great success in Idaho and the Northwest in recent years.
Be sure to come out and cheer on the Suns for their 38th year. Bring on hockey season!