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SEAAHA Provides Place For People To Keep Playing Hockey

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For many hockey players the time to hang up the skates comes far too soon, but for 13 years the Sioux Empire Adult Amateur Hockey Association has been providing a place for players to keep playing. They're always looking for more players too.

It's maybe the purest form of the sport. Guys suiting up for teams sponsored by liquor stores and furniture outlets, not for fame or fortune, but for love of the game. Old warriors, just trying recapture a little bit of their youth. This is what the Sioux Empire Adult Amateur Hockey Association is all about.

"At first it was a group of guys that got together," Goaltender Brandon Locke says, "And they threw their sticks in the middle and separated them or grabbed a dark or a light jersey."

And now?

"We have 12 teams at this point," SEAAHA Vice President Jorge Vicuna says, "Seven in our 'B' division and five in our 'A' division with anywhere from 15 to about 20 players on each team."

The growth isn't a shock to the people who started it though.

"I knew there were guys and girls out there that wanted to play," SEAAHA Director Roger Kasa says, "But they didn't have a place to play."

So a few people decided to give them a place to play by creating the league. The participants couldn't be happier.

"I grew up playing it," Locke says, "And it's tough to give up something you love."

And officials are hoping the SEAAHA isn't done growing. One of the main reasons the league hopes to expand is so they can create a female division. Some teams already have women on them, but they don't really want to beat up on the guys anymore.

"They hold their own," Kasa says, "And it's fun to watch, they won't take any guff per se. And they mix it up with the guys, they score goals and they do very well out here."

Regardless of the gender, the SEAAHA's main goal is just to give more people a chance to enjoy the sport.

"The biggest thing for us is that this is a fun, great opprotunity for people to come out." Vicuna says, "If you've played before, we've got that skill set and level and if you are just a beginner and you want to get into it, we can accommodate that skill set too and we'd love to have people come out and play because all we really want is hockey to expand."

If you would like to get involved with the SEAAHA you can check out their facebook page.

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