Slideshow: Young skaters get their first taste of hockey

Over the weekend, the Juneau Douglas Ice Association kicked off its season with a Learn to Play event at Treadwell Ice Arena. Treadwell donated ice time so Juneau’s youth could lace up skates for the first time and enjoy the day with JDIA coaches and advanced players.

Darryl Tseu (right) shares a laugh with Kate Bovitz who participated in JDIA’s Learn to Play event Saturday.

JDIA player Greyson Liebelt demonstrates how to correctly grip a hockey stick during JDIA’s Learn to Play event Saturday at Treadwell Ice Arena.

Kieren Tagsib passes the puck during during JDIA’s Learn to Play event Saturday at Treadwell Ice Arena.

JDIA coach Jim deLaBruere helps Trevor Stephens during JDIA’s Learn to Play event Saturday at Treadwell Ice Arena.

JDIA coach Jim deLaBruere helps Trevor Stephens during JDIA’s Learn to Play event Saturday at Treadwell Ice Arena.

Greyson Liebelt (left) and Bill Wildes welcome a young player a few steps after he steps onto the ice at during JDIA’s Learn to Play event Saturday at Treadwell Arena.

Former Juneau Douglas High standout Tod Baseden spends time with a boy who wants to learn how to play hockey Saturday at Treadwell Ice Arena.

Myrica Wildes pulls Sydney Hood along the ice during JDIA’s Learn to Play event Saturday at Treadwell Ice Arena.

Gabe Miller assists Caleb Friend on the ice during JDIA’s Learn to Play event Saturday at Treadwell Ice Arena. Miller was among many advanced players willing to work with kids skating for the first time.

Morgan Sowa swipes at the puck during during JDIA’s Learn to Play event Saturday at Treadwell Ice Arena.

JDIA coach Jason Kolhase greets a newcomer to the ice at the youth hockey association’s Learn to Play event Saturday.

Myrica Wildes helps Lydia Heidemann find a jersey that fits before Lydia gets on the ice at JDIA’s Learn to Play event Saturday.

All photos by Steve Quinn