BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL — The annual Davis Clipper All-Star Hockey Game, being held next Wednesday at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful, has always drawn the biggest hockey crowds of the season.
As local players prepare to lace up the skates and represent their clubs one last time, Ron Jorgensen, who has put together the games since its inception, said there’s always some extra excitement built in by the players, coaches and fans of the games.
“We’ve typically filled or nearly filled the stands every year, and there’s a lot of excitement particularly for the players,” he said. “Last year’s game turned into an unexpected duel between two star players, Dexter Ranck (of Viewmont) and Andrew Bergquist (a Bountiful native). It was a great game.”
As the annual event has grown over the years, so has the support, said Jorgensen. The recreation center, which has hosted the All-Star game since it opened, has been more than willing to donate ice time to the players, who in turn have given fans a great game over the years.
“The staff there has been fantastic over the years in helping us schedule ice time and pull off successful games and tournaments,” said Jorgensen. “We’re very fortunate to have such a well-run facility in our community, and credit should go to the community leaders in the south end of the county for the facility.”
This year’s version of the All-Star Games will include a “Futures” game, pitting underclassmen against each other, as well as the senior All-Star game. Viewmont will pair with players from Davis County Independent, and Davis and Northridge will be paired together for the second team.
Jorgensen said the separation of Viewmont and Davis will create an opportunity for the rival schools to be pitted against each other one last time.
“We’ve put together a varying combination of teams over the years; we’ve even had Viewmont and Davis together on the same team before,” he said. “We haven’t done this pairing before, so we thought it was time to give it a try. Plus, Davis and Viewmont are strong rivals, so they preferred to play against each other.”
Once again the entry fee for watching the pair of games will be either $2 or a donated canned food item. Donations from the games have gone to the Bountiful Food Pantry, and that will not change this year either.
In the past few years, the food bank has received some generous donations from the event, including approximately $100 and more than 200 canned food items last year.
“It’s been a fun event over the years, and we’ve now figured out that we can leverage that fun for a good cause,” said Jorgensen. “The long-standing support of the Clipper has been great for the local community.”
The varsity game will have former Viewmont coach Brian Acord and DCI coach Clay Hobbs on one side, and Northridge’s Patrick Cosgriff and Davis’ Frank Barker on the other side.
The Futures game will start at 8 p.m. and the varsity game will follow afterward.