Outdoor hockey night in Utah

MIDWAY — For the first time recent memory, a competitive hockey game will be held outdoors in Utah.

The Park City Jr. Moose hockey team, the City of Midway and Pinnacle Recreation have come together to stage a game — weather permitting — on Friday at 7 p.m. between rival Western State Hockey League clubs Park City and the Ogden Mustangs at the City of Midway Ice Rink.

Aaron Kinslow, the Moose’ general manager and head coach, said he came across the rink this summer as the Moose prepared for their inaugural season. The rink has been refurbished thanks to help from other rinks.

“(The upcoming game) has stirred up a renewed vigor for the growth of hockey again in the Heber/Midway (area),” Kinslow said.

He said efforts are being made for a roof to block out the sun, which will help maintain the ice consistency. But in the meantime, the rink is “NHL size”, has 10 lights, player, penalty and score box benches as well as locker rooms and bleachers.

“This will be an authentic outdoor hockey game,” Kinslow said.

There is seating for 500 and standing room for another 100. Kinslow said there will be tickets available at the rink on the day of the game. For those who can’t make it, the game will be broadcasted on FastHockey.com.

This is the second-to-last game for the Moose (5-36-3) and the final regular-season game for the Mustangs (13-29-3). Ogden leads the season series 4-1, including a 4-0 victory at the Ice Sheet on Feb. 24.

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