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Shawano Hockey League gets tourism grant

Money will be used to replace ice rink dasher boards
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Leader Staff


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Posing with a large check representing a $60,000 grant from the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce tourism development fund are, from left, top row, Jeff Huntington, Shawano Hockey League president, Ron Schumacher, tourism development fund committee member, Monique Knope, Shawano Hockey League board member, and John Miesbauer, Shawano Hockey League vice president; standing, Ed Whealon, tourism development fund committee member, Sally Jo Stevens, chairwoman of the tourism development fund committee, and Patti Peterson, Shawano Country tourism manager.

The Shawano Hockey League has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce’s tourism development fund.

The money will be used to replace 38-year-old dasher boards at the Crawford Center skating rink.

The league was given the grant based on the rink’s draw as a tourist feature.

According to John Miesbauer, Shawano Hockey League vice president, an estimated 125 to 160 room nights are generated per hockey tournament. In 2019, four regular tournaments plus the Bantam State Tournament were held at the Crawford Center from January through March.

“We are pleased to assist the Shawano Hockey League with the purchase of new dasher boards and believe the improvement to the facility will generate more opportunities to expand the number of tournaments,” said Sally Jo Stevens, chairwoman of the Tourism Development Fund Committee. “The Crawford Center is a tremendous asset to Shawano County and the outlying communities.”

SHL is an independent nonprofit organization created to promote youth hockey in the Shawano County region.

The league is governed by the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) and USA Hockey. They are classified as a Division 4 level club playing in WAHA Region 3. All SHL Teams (Squirt level and higher) are entered in regional playoffs to qualify for WAHA State Tournaments held in March.

The volunteer-run league serves children ages 4 to 14.