It’s a mid-June afternoon, and the hockey hive officially known as the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center is buzzing with activity. Out on the center’s rink, figure skaters and their coaches go over intricate routines on the freshly resurfaced ice. Outside the locker rooms, preteen hockey players reminisce about their just-finished workout. And in a back office cluttered with stick blades, pucks and hockey gloves, the son of the Eagle River facility’s namesake tries to keep things organized while keeping up with a steady stream of requests for punch cards and skate sharpening from members of the skating public.
After suffering a rainout in their scheduled home opener on Tuesday, June 12, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks will begin their tenure at Loretta French Park with a clash against the Mat-Su Miners at 7 p.m. Opening ceremonies for the historic game begin at 6:30 p.m.
Chugiak was just three innings away from playing for a state title, but fell short in the semifinals and finished third at the Large Schools ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Softball State Championships at Cartee Fields in Anchorage on June 2.
Gregg Frost couldn’t ask for a better bunch of ball players.
Manager Bill Lierman is happy to have Cameron Fritz back on Chugiak Post 33.
Shannon Donley is back on top of the Eagle River Triathlon.
After a winter’s worth of waiting, the Chinooks have returned to Chugiak-Eagle River.
Chugiak plays Juneau on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Large Schools ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Softball State Championships on Saturday at Cartee Fields in Anchorage.