Julie Strahan has seen the women's hockey program in Craig grow since she started playing when she was 7. Now as a senior at Moffat County High School she will get to play in the program's first tournament in Craig.
"It shows that things are growing in women's hockey," she said. "It is exciting for us because we have enough for two teams to play."
The Puck Ewes will host other teams from Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs and Telluride for the tournament, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena. The tournament's champonship game will be Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
"It was hard to get teams here," said Charlene Abdella, treasurer of Craig Women's Hockey. "It was bad timing for some teams, but it will be a good start."
Abdella and Strahan said they hope the tournament will help increase interest in the team, especially from the younger crowds.
"It would be nice to have some more high school age players," Strahan said. "It's only me and one other high schooler on the team. Steamboat has a complete 18 and under team and that would be cool."
The tournament has been in the works since October and the "Mardi Gras on Ice" is advertising fun for all.
"We're hoping to make it fun for the teams and fans," Abdella said. "It will be a learning experience for us as tournament organizers."
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