Around 300 kids lace up their hockey skates for ‘Mite Jamboree’

The Mite Jamboree at the Green Island Ice Arena in La Crosse allowed some of the areas youngest hockey players to play together Saturday afternoon.

About 300 kids under the age of ten from area teams faced off, but it’s just for fun and nobody bothers to keep score.

This year featured the debut of the Lady Flames, the first all-girls team from La Crosse to play at the Mite Jamboree.

River City Youth Hockey president Ryan Sauter said that, even though the games are scoreless, the event still brings out the kids’ competitive side.

“There’s just something different about playing against somebody in a different colored shirt from a different town. It just lets the kids step it up a little bit. You know, they play a little bit harder when they’re playing for their town,” said Sauter.

Sauter said sales of baked goods and raffles at the event help keep the ‘mite’ program as close to free as possible.

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