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Article By: Mike Peck

12/22/2010 8:00 AM - IceHogs winger organizes incentive program to promote reading

Rockford, Ill.- Rockford IceHogs winger Kyle Hagel is organizing a reading program with Kishwaukee Elementary School in Rockford.  “Stick to Reading” will kick off following the school’s holiday break on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Hagel, a member of Hockey Players For Kids (HP4K), reached out to Kishwaukee Elementary School to start the program. The program is a competition will include incentives for the students including tickets to an IceHogs game, a chance to meet IceHogs players and an opportunity to participate in a floor hockey game with other members of the IceHogs at the conclusion of the program.

“Myself and the other guys on the team are really looking forward to “Stick to Reading”, said Hagel.  “The kids and the teachers are pumped up for it too.  It's going to be a lot of fun and hopefully everybody learns something in the process.”

“Stick To Reading” will kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 4 with an assembly that will include Hagel and all participating students at Kishwaukee Elementary. Hagel, along with other members of the IceHogs, will make visits to the school to encourage the students throughout the event.

The program will end on Tuesday, Feb. 15 with a floor hockey game at Kishwaukee Elementary.

HP4K is a non-profit organization founded by professional hockey player Dustin Sproat. The organization consists of nearly 40 professional hockey players in the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, ECHL, Central Hockey and more.

For more information regarding HP4K, visit

Next Home Game: Sunday, Dec. 26 vs. the Milwaukee Admirals.  Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m.  It’s bring your own giveaway night.  Fans can exchange an unwanted Christmas gift for one brought by another fan at a table in the concourse.