HURON — The Huron All-Stars will open the 2012-13 hockey season during the 2012 Rooster Cup, which begins Friday at Bergman Arena.
Ten teams are slated for the ninth annual event, which pits South Dakota hockey teams against teams from outside of the state and Canada.
“It’s a good chance for teams to play different teams that see all the time,” said Mike Wever, who is the vice president of the Huron Hockey Association.
Teams from Watertown, Brookings, Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Pierre and Huron will comprise Team South Dakota for the event. Grand Forks, N.D., Team Wyoming and a pair of Canadian teams — College Jeanne-Sauve and Gabriel-Roy — will make up Team North America.
In addition to the five games scheduled Friday at Bergman Arena, Rooster Cup games will also be played in Watertown and Brookings.
Huron will open the event at 7:15 p.m. on Friday against Team Wyoming.
A total of seven games will be held Saturday in Huron, with the final one being the annual Teddy Bear Toss game featuring the All-Stars against College Jeanne-Sauve at 9 p.m. Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears and other stuffed animals to be tossed onto the ice following the first goal of the game. The stuffed toys will be cleared from the ice and donated to the local Salvation Army for use in its Angel Tree program.
Students will be admitted free for Saturday’s game.
The event will conclude on Sunday with four games being played at four different locations.
The All-Stars will face Grand Forks at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Bergman Arena.
Teams are awarded points based out the outcome of each game. Accumulated points for Team South Dakota and Team North Dakota will determine the 2012 Rooster Cup winner.
“I’m not sure the players are too concerned with the outcome,” Wever said of the race for Rooster Cup title. “They just want to win.”
In addition to getting ice time for their teams, coaches from each of the teams are provided an opportunity to pheasant hunt in the Huron area during their stay.
Fans will also have the opportunity to partake in the pheasant theme, as a variety of pheasant soups will be offered as part of a meal deal being sponsored by Jack Link’s.
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