Former Colorado Avalanche players coming to Casper (PHOTOS)

“SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 26: Milan Hejduk #23 of the Colorado Avalanche skates with control of the puck against the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion on January 26, 2013 in San Jose, California. The Sharks defeated the Avalanche 4-0.” (Photo by Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

CASPER, Wyo. — Former Colorado Avalanche hockey players John-Michael Liles and Milan Hejduk are coming to the Casper Ice Arena.

The former National Hockey League players are coming to town for a Saturday, Sept. 21 10:30 am session of the Avalanche’s “Mile High Mites Learn-to-Play” hockey program for youth.

“VANCOUVER, CANADA – OCTOBER 26: John-Michael Liles #4 of the Colorado Avalanche skates up ice with the puck during their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on October 26, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 4-3 in overtime.” (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

“[T]hese NHL all-stars will be on the ice coaching and entertaining first-time players as well as greeting fans during the practice,” Casper’s Parks & Recreation Department announced.

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Liles has been in Casper before, speaking at a Casper Hockey charity event in the spring.

“’We are excited and grateful to have the Colorado Avalanche’s support growing ice hockey in Casper,'” said Ice Arena Supervisor Blu McGrath. “‘We are big fans of the NHL and Liles’s character on and off the ice.’” 

Participants in the Avalanche’s “Mile High Mites” program will receive a full set of youth hockey gear. They’ll also be able to participate in “six weeks of one-hour sessions at the Casper Ice Arena.”

“DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 28: Milan Hejduk #23 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center on February 28, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 5-4.” (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

“Each practice utilizes USA Hockey approved station-based skill development which includes skating, shooting, stick-handling, and passing,” the announcement adds.

First time skaters 4-8 years old can join the program.

“The Casper Skating School provides a year-round Learn-To-Play Hockey program for continued development each Saturday at noon,” the announcement continues. “Players must be able to skate forward and rental hockey equipment is available for new hockey families.”

People interested in the program can register online or at the Casper Ice Arena, located at 1801 East 4th Street.

“VANCOUVER, CANADA – NOVEMBER 24: John-Michael Liles #4 of the Colorado Avalanche skates up ice with the puck during their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on November 24, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.” (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)