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Broomball season is upon us

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Broomball can be thought of as gentlemanly hockey. It's played on an ice rink by two teams of six players whose objective is to score more goals than the other team. Instead of a puck, players bat a smallish ball around the rink with a broom-like stick. Since broomballers wear sneakers rather than skates, the game moves at a decidedly slower pace than hockey, and kicking the ball to teammates is allowed. Rough play is strictly forbidden and, as should be expected, penalties are assessed for "throwing the broom."

If you and five friends think you've got what it takes to sweep the competition under the rug, the Webster Groves-Kirkwood Broomball League is accepting coed team registrations for the 2004 season. The cost to register a team is $225.00 (for a five-game session), and players must provide their own helmets, brooms and shoes. Games are played on Tuesday evenings at the Kirkwood Ice Rink (111 South Geyer Road) beginning March 16. For more information, call 314-963-5699. -- John Goddard

Steam Heat

Why isn't professional soccer as popular in America as in the rest of the world? Well, for one, the rest of the world insists on playing soccer outdoors. Enjoy the excitement -- and the central-heated warmth -- of indoor soccer when our St. Louis Steamers host the Major Indoor Soccer League All-Star Weekend Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, February 29, at the Family Arena in St. Charles (2002 Arena Parkway; 636-896-4200). The All-Star Game begins at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday and pits U.S. MISL stars against international MISL stars. This will be followed by the Legends Game between all-time greats of the MISL and the St. Louis Steamers (including Slobo!). Tickets for Sunday's events are $18 to $35. Events on Saturday include a youth skills competition, a skills competition for MISL players, open practices for the All-Star and Legend teams and an autograph signing. Tickets are $10 or $5 with purchase of a ticket to Sunday's events. -- Ian Froeb

Drop the Puck
St. Louis hosts two cup games

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While in theory Don Cherry is correct about hockey needing to maintain the hard checks and fighting, the truth is, sometimes you want to watch a game where passing, speed and a little guy with soft hands dictate play more than a cement head does. The 33rd annual Mid-States High School Hockey Challenge Cup game at Savvis Center (14th and Clark streets, 314-241-1888) offers two chances to see young players flash their skills on the breakaway. The Doug Wickenheiser Cup is contested at 5:30 p.m., and the Blues Challenge Cup is fought for at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 or $10 in advance for both games. -- Paul Friswold

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