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Nov 3, 2012 8:18 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Kids hit the ice for "National Try Hockey for Free Day"

It seems like every day is some sort of unofficial national holiday.

Today was no different as it was "National Try Hockey for Free Day."

The World Arena invited kids to come participate who have never played hockey before. Boys and girls ages 4-9 were welcome to join. Equipment was provided as dozens of kids laced up skates and hit the ice.

The purpose of the events is to give kids exposure to the sport at no cost to families. It was all part of the NHL's "Come Play Hockey Month." USA Hockey and more than 400 local programs across the country held events.

Barr Kimnach looked on as his son Jacob bobbled on the ice.

"I played growing up and it's a great sport," Kimnach said.

"I had fun doing it my whole life and he's about ready (to) get him out there and get him going."

Proud parents took photos through the protective glass bordering the rink. Many smiled as their kids took plenty of spills during the hour-long clinic.

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