The Apple Puck is back at the Winthrop Rink — with a slightly different look.

This year’s game between college club programs will feature the University of Washington and the Eastern Washington University Eagles taking to the ice on Feb. 17 (Presidents Day weekend). The puck drops at 6 p.m.

The inaugural Apple Puck in 2017 matched teams from the UW and Washington State University, and drew some 350 spectators to the rink. The Huskies won, 8-0.

The event will also feature promotions, raffles, and food and beverages.

Tournament time

If you want to get in practice for watching hockey action, spend some time at the rink this weekend. The rink is hosting the second Great Puckaroo Roundup adult hockey tournament of the season, led by Andy Cole from the Greater Seattle Hockey League. The tournament will feature 14 teams from the Seattle area, with games starting at 7 a.m. on Friday (Jan. 26) and continuing through 2 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 28). Everyone is welcome to watch for free.

You can do it

Don’t be afraid of the ice. The Winthrop Rink is offering a four-week course for beginning ice skaters starting on Feb. 3 and continuing the next three Saturdays (Feb. 10, 17 and 24).

Lessons will last 30 minutes, followed or preceded by 30 minutes of practice time. Basic to intermediate ice skating skills will be taught, depending on experience level.

Cost is $45 plus a $12 USA Figure Skating membership fee.

The registration deadline is Jan. 31. To register, visit winthropicerink.com/lts.

For information, call 996-4199 or email cwalsh@winthroprink.org.