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OUTDOORS 32 // APRIL/MAY 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM Steve Thompson "That's what we wanted to do, just inspire kids to fall in love with goaltending and see it as the coolest position in the game." AND OUTSIDE THE BOX By Jeff Carpenter Alaska Clinic Gives Prospective Goalies A Different Look At The Position T HE GOAL OF TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE is to expose youngsters to the speed, fun and friendships associated with playing the fastest game on ice. And, with any luck, set them on a path to a lifetime love affair with the sport. Sometimes that means thinking outside of t he box . Or i n Steve T hompson's c a se, out side t he r i n k . W it h t he help of fel low native A laska n, Wylie Rogers, Thompson had a group of youngsters step outside their comfort zone during a special clinic in the most unlikely of places. Located just north of Alaska's capital of Juneau, the 13-mile long Mendenhall Glacier is often the site of family-friendly activities, from cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing to hiking and fishing. For one perfect February day, it was the site of a clin- ic, hosted by Thompson, the Pacific District

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