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Kremmling Cattle Kings celebrate end of season, look forward to roof overhead

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

The Kremmling Cattle Kings Youth Hockey Club is celebrating the end of another successful season of competition and looking forward to getting their “Roof the Rink” project completed this year.

The club hosted its annual banquet at the CSU Extension Hall at the fairgrounds in Kremmling on Sunday, May 4. The Cattle Kings celebrated the accomplishments of their Midgets, Squirts and Mites teams.

The banquet was also a time to thank all those who supported the local youth hockey program during the season.

“It is definitely a community effort to make the hockey rink and season successful,” said Carol Culbreath, the Cattle Kings secretary. “We just want to give a large thank you to all those who help out during the year.”

During the banquet, the club recognized several individuals and businesses that really stepped forward to assist the program.

“Even though there were many individuals that were helping hands for the hockey club this year, we honored Blue Valley Ranch as the business of the year for the use of their Zambonie when we go into a bind,” Culbreath said.

“We also honored Matt Robinson as the volunteer of the year,” she said. “He was constantly at the rink trying to get the Zams up and running again. He also helped throughout the year plowing and shoveling when needed. Todd Wilson was also mentioned as a community member who gave of his time this year to help coach some of the kids.”

With the end of the club’s competitive season, the Cattle Kings are hoping to start their long-awaited “Roof the Rink” project. Its goal is to build a protective roof over the town of Kremmling’s hockey/ice skating rink at the Red Mountain Sports Complex.

The project, whose estimated price tag is $554,000, has already secured more than half a million dollars in grants, donations and other funds. Since the start of 2008, it has received $70,000 in donations.

However, before the roof’s materials can be ordered and construction begins this summer, about $30,000 is still needed.

“We just need that one other person or business to donate the remaining funds to put us over the top to get this project completed,” Culbreath said.

Getting those remaining funds in the next few weeks is critical because the project is under a time deadline. A key factor in the project’s finances is the $200,000 grant that has been promised from GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado). However, the “catch” to that state-funded grant is that the construction of the “Roof the Rink” project must be completed by the end of 2008 for it to be awarded.

The Cattle Kings Youth Hockey Association has been working on the “Roof the Rink” project for the past four years. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization has sought out and applied for most of the grants and donations that have been obtained for the project.

The purpose of building a roof over the skating/hockey rink at the Red Mountain Sport Complex is to help preserve its skating surface. The rink’s unshaded ice easily melts under direct sunlight, even on cold winter days.

Because the rink is uncovered, the Cattle Kings were unable to begin practice on its home rink this season until the first week of January. Because of ice conditions, it was no longer usable by the end of February.

A roofed rink at the Red Mountain Sports Complex will not only improve the ice skating and hockey, it will also provide a facility for year-round use. Basketball and other recreational activities could be held in the covered structure.

Those interested in making donations to the project should contact Culbreath at (970) 724-9768.