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Hunter Beckett, 10, stands Jan. 20 outside his classroom at Sandrock Elementary School. Hunter received an official Colorado Avalanche hockey puck and will get an Avalanche jersey with his name on the back when he skates with the team March 24 at the Pepsi Center.

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Craig youth hockey player Hunter Beckett selected to skate with Colorado Avalanche

At 5, Hunter Beckett had to decide which sport to pursue — hockey or wrestling. Hunter had been competing for the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program, but said he wanted to try something new. Hunter’s parents, Matt and Stephanie Beckett, had been playing hockey as he was growing up, and ultimately Hunter decided to follow his parents. Now, five years later, Hunter’s decision and hard work has paid off. The Moffat County Commission chose him to skate with the Colorado Avalanche during the team’s warm-up before a March 24 game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Center.

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