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NHL Legends to Support AJH

By Shaun Hathaway, 02/09/17, 11:30PM MST


Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Ed Belfour in Aspen to Support the Leafs

On Saturday night (7:00) at Lewis Arena, the RMJHL is back in action in the AJH Hall of Fame Game featuring the Aspen Leafs against the Colorado Rampage.  During the contest, NHL legends Bobby Hull and Ed Belfour are available to meet fans and sign autographs.  Don't miss the action!

NHL Legends Supporting Aspen Leafs Hockey

Aspen Junior hockey was founded by John McBride, a Princeton University standout (1960), a member of the USA Hockey World Championship team (1961), and a star for the Aspen Leafs semi-pro team (late sixties – early seventies).  When his kids were old enough to play, he transitioned from player to coach, and founded the Aspen Leafs youth program.  For many years he taught hundreds of kids the skills and character needed to succeed in hockey and life.  Growing up in Chicago, McBride developed a strong passion for hockey, and eventually changed the lives of numerous boys and girls in Aspen by selflessly passing on his love for the game.

Aspen Junior Hockey continues to operate with the same passion and dedication to advancing hockey for all children in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Today the Leafs provide a highly structured program (6U-20U) featuring world-class training for boys and girls.  Staying true to its roots, program costs are kept low to encourage all children to participate.  To continue to keep hockey affordable and accessible, as much as 60-70% of AJH costs are subsidized through sponsorships and donations.

This weekend, AJH is hosting its second annual Hall of Fame fundraising event to celebrate its accomplishments, and prepare for the future.  To help promote the Leafs program, NHL legends Bobby Hull and Ed Belfour are featured guests in Aspen Friday through Sunday (February 10-12).  Both will speak about hockey in a way that will quickly reveal the passion that drove their impressive careers as world-class athletes. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983, Bobby Hull is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He revolutionized the game with his incredible speed and powerful shot.  Goaltender Ed Belfour ranks third all time with a staggering 484 NHL wins.  He is only one of two players in history to have won a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, and NCAA championship.  Belfour was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.  As the founder of AJH, it’s fitting for McBride to witness two former Chicago legends in Aspen supporting the club he started.