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Hockey Fox 24 Sun, 17 Dec 2017 03:41:20 +0000 Hockey Fox 24 Hockey Fox 24 KFTA across northwest arkansas are coming together playing your a-not-so- typical sport here in the south. welcome back to fox 24 news at 9. i'm alex caprariello. fox 24's charity chambers -- live in studio -- to show us why kids in our area are choosing hockey as their favorite sport. ((charity)) students from bentonville, rogers, farmington, and other bordering cities, make up the team that is the northwest arkansas ice hogs. today... they faced off against the kansas city stars in their third home game of the season. mike parker, head coach northwest arkansas ice hogs "there's no game that is as fast and as fun as the game of hockey." ((charity)) it's a sport that's most popular in the northern states. but that's not stopping kids in northwest arkansas from lacing up their skates and grabbing their hockey sticks. tyler roepke assistant captain of northwest arkansas ice hogs "my dad started playing hockey when he was about 25ish so just watching him play hockey i just wanted to play." nicholas valentini, captain of northwest arkansas ice hogs "coming from canada, there were a lot of people who played hockey before me and they pushed me into playing and got me started." ((charity)) nicholas valentini is the varsity captain of the northwest arkansas ice hogs. a team that's been up and running for more than two decades. mike parker, head coach northwest arkansas ice hogs "a lot of these kids have been playing since they were four or 5 years old and it's fun to watch them gel together and compete with each other." ((charity)) the ice hogs are a part of the northwest arkansas hockey association.... where kids ranging from 6 to 18 are participating. john nettles, with the n-a-h-a says the demand for hockey in the area became clear with the recent population boom. john nettle, head of coaches for northwest arkansas hockey association "really with walmart and other companies here, the influx of suppliers and people from different communities especially those places up north really drives a lot of involvement." ((charity)) most of the players do have ties to northern states. but nettle says there's been more involvement from kids who grew up here. players and coaches are calling it one of the best kept secrets here in n-w- a. mike parker, head coach northwest arkansas ice hogs "skating is fun enough but when you put it out there moving the puck and being on a team it's like soccer going really fast." "it's the greatest... it's the most fun sport to play." ### ((charity)) according to nettle, they have over 100 kids participating in the league... but of course he says the more kids involved the better. live in studio, charity chambers, fox 24 news. ### ((alex))

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