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RoughRiders, Thunderbirds alum Hargraves picks up weekly award from NAHL

September 26th, 2022

Fairbanks Ice Dogs goalie Kayden Hargraves has been named the NAHL Midwest Division Star of the Week. The Ice Dogs and Hargraves, 20, spoiled the home-opening weekend of the Wisconsin Windigo with a pair of road wins this past weekend. “It is a well-earned recognition as to who he is and the mental and physical…

From the Trainer’s Room: Returning to play after an injury

September 26th, 2022

Injuries occur in sports. Some require rest, some rehab, and sometimes treatment and modifications to activity are necessary in order to get the athlete back into competition. Every injury and every athlete are different, so there is no black and white answer to how fast or what is needed to return to play. When an…

RoughRiders, Thunderbirds alum Bradshaw cops 2022-23 Week 1 USPHL honors

September 26th, 2022

The USPHL has announced that Northern Colorado Eagles forward Kelton Bradshaw has been named the USPHL Forward of the Week for the Mountain Division for Week 1 of the 2022-23 season. Bradshaw opened his junior hockey career with a bang, scoring four goals as part of the Eagles’ opening defeat of Idaho Falls during their season opener…

Colorado youth hockey, Dakota Ridge standout LaJeunesse taking next step with USPHL’s Cyclones

September 22nd, 2022

It’s onward and upward for Littleton native Sean LaJeunesse. After four seasons playing for Dakota Ridge High School, LaJeunesse is making the move to junior hockey this season after signing with the USPHL’s Northern Cyclones during the offseason. “We were in Chicago for a USPHL showcase and (Cyclones coach) Bill Weiand asked to speak with…

Fresh off 2022 Stanley Cup championship, MacKinnon signs massive extension with Avalanche

September 21st, 2022

After signing a contract that makes him the highest-paid NHL player per year, Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon posted on his Instagram that he is “Avalanche for life.” The Avalanche on Tuesday signed MacKinnon to an eight-year contract extension starting in 2023-24 (runs through 2030-31) with an average annual value of $12.6 million. He has…

Grizzlies name Sandy native, former Outliers assistant Pike to same role with ECHL team

September 21st, 2022

The ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies have announced that Jared Pike has been named the new assistant coach for the 2022-23 season, replacing Teigan Zahn. “I would like to thank Teigan for all his hard work and dedication to the Utah Grizzlies over his time as a coach and player,” said Grizzlies coach-GM Ryan Kinasewich. “Teigan was…

With injury in rearview mirror, Aurora’s Clark banking on bounce-back season with NOJHL’s Eagles

September 15th, 2022

For Kris Clark, his first season of junior hockey didn’t go as planned in 2021-22 with the NOJHL’s Soo Eagles. He’s hoping 2022-23 is a direct 180-degree turn from last season when the pandemic and an injury put a damper on the Eagles’ season, a season that saw Clark play just 15 games during the…

Tigers, Cheyenne Mountain grad, Colorado Springs native Villers kicking off junior hockey career with NA3HL’s Cobras

September 15th, 2022

Weston Villers spent his entire childhood in Colorado Springs skating for the Colorado Springs Tigers and then last season at Cheyenne Mountain High School. This season, he’s on the move for junior hockey, joining the NA3HL’s Butte Cobras, a team coached by Vail native Kirk Golden. “The opportunity to play for Butte came from my…

From the Trainer’s Room: Dealing with hockey injuries

September 12th, 2022

So let’s just say you did everything right in the offseason. You stayed off your skates and recovered from last season’s injuries. You put in good work in the gym and got bigger, faster, and stronger. You felt great getting back on the ice as you practiced for the first tournament to prepare for the…

After successful youth career in Colorado, Aurora’s Fritschler ready to take next step in hockey career

September 9th, 2022

Curtis Fritschler earned plenty of opportunities for himself playing youth and high school hockey in Colorado. Now, the Aurora native is looking at options to continue his career at the junior hockey level. Fritschler said the 2021-22 season with Cherry Creek High School was “a great season.” “I made a lot of friends for life…

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