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01/04/2011 2:09 PM

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Program involves Kishwaukee Elementary School

Rockford, Ill.- Rockford IceHogs winger Kyle Hagel has organized a reading program with the fourth and fifth grade classes at  Kishwaukee Elementary School in Rockford.  “Stick to Reading” kicked off today with a visit from Hagel, and fellow IceHogs Simon Danis-Pepin, Peter LeBlanc, Alec Richards and Ben Smith.

Hagel, a member of Hockey Players For Kids (HP4K), reached out to Kishwaukee Elementary School to start the program. “Stick to Reading” is a competition that 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.”

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: Friday, Jan. 7 vs. the Toronto Marlies.  Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m.  Rockford returns home for the first time in 2011 for their annual home tilt against Toronto. The game is the first of two on the campaign with the Marlies.