Rush Kids Game sparks next generation of hockey fans

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It was a special morning for local fourth and fifth graders who got to experience the excitement of a Rapid City Rush hockey game on Thursday.

Kids were bussed from their schools to The Monument Ice Arena, where the Rush played the Wichita Thunder. Besides the usual hockey fun, kids were given special workbooks and educational lessons, like how to play hockey and facts about Canada.

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The Rapid City Rush play the Wichita Thunder with fourth and fifth graders from local schools in attendance (February 10, 2022)

The superintendents of the Douglas and Rapid City Area Schools had the honor of dropping the ceremonial puck ahead of the match.

“Just talking to a lot of our teachers and they shared that this is the first time in maybe two years some of our kids have actually been out on a field trip so what a cool way to spend the day,” said Kevin Case, the superintendent of Douglas Schools.

Thursday’s match went into overtime, but the Rush lost to the Thunder, three-to-two.

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