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Altoona Trackers


Nickname: Trackers
Colors: teal/black

Founded: 2000


Galactic Ice Rink
  750 Park Avenue
  Altoona, PA  16602

The Altoona Area Youth Ice Hockey Association was founded in 2000 and skate out of the Galactic Ice Rink.

The Trackers nickname is in tribute to the Pennsylvania Railroad, the construction of which contributed to the origin and growth of the community that became the city of Altoona.  Altoona is located near the famous Horseshoe Curve, which was completed in the mid-1800s to provide a westward passage of the Pennsylvania Railroad and is still in use today.

Hollidaysburg native Sam Lafferty began his hockey career at age 6 with the Altoona Trackers, getting the inspiration to do so when Mario Lemieux came out of retirement in 2001.  Lafferty ultimately advanced to the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, and Toronto Maple Leafs.