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After stellar junior career, Falcon native, Tigers alum Buchholz off to NCAA D-III Buffalo State

June 23rd, 2022

Eric Buchholz joined the NA3HL’s Helena Bighorns this year to finish out his junior hockey career with a slew of his former Colorado Springs Tigers teammates. After helping the Bighorns to the Fraser Cup national tournament, the Falcon native used his strong 2021-22 season to advance his game to the college level, recently committing to…

Avalanche blueliner Makar named Norris Trophy winner for 2021-22 season

June 22nd, 2022

Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche is the 2021-22 recipient of the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Makar is the first Norris Trophy winner in franchise history, following top-three finishes by Rob Blake (3rd in 2001-02), Ray Bourque (2nd…

From the Trainer’s Room: Availability – the best attribute for an athlete

June 22nd, 2022

When we look at what makes an athlete superior, we look at speed, strength, and power. Some will look at how the athlete performs under pressure like scoring an overtime goal or striking out a batter with the bases loaded. Others may look at winning such as an elite player who makes teammates better around…

Fresh off national championship, Denver East captain Hasse moving on to USPHL’s Kernels

June 15th, 2022

Connor Hasse had the season many hockey players dream about in 2021-22. Wearing the ‘C’ for Denver East High School, Hasse and his teammates won both a state championship and a national championship this past year, capping an incredible run for the team. Recently, the Denver native earned an opportunity to advance his career by…

From the Trainer’s Room: Getting stronger, not bigger

June 13th, 2022

All the hype on social media today stresses how cool it is to be huge and lift heavy weights. You can’t look at Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok without seeing some pro athlete or someone trying to be a pro athlete lifting an outrageous amount of weight one time and showing how big or “jacked” they…

Colorado players, connections selected during 2022 NCDC Entry Draft

June 9th, 2022

The USPHL held its annual NCDC Entry Draft last month as member teams selected players from the 2005 and 2006 birth years. Several Colorado players and those with ties to the state were taken by NCDC clubs. 4th round – Quinn Metzger (Lone Tree), F, Northern Cyclones 19th round – Kolby Gapter (Arvada), D, Rockets…

Colorado players selected in two-phase USHL draft process during 2022 event

June 9th, 2022

The USHL held its two-day draft in early May, having its teams select 2006 birth years in Phase I and all other eligible birth years (2002-2006) in Phase II. Many Colorado players and those with ties to the state were taken by USHL clubs. PHASE I 2nd round, 20th overall – Grant Young (Boulder), F,…

Colorado quartet taken in 2022 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft

June 9th, 2022

Last month, the WHL held its two-day draft, starting with the 2022 U.S. Prospects Draft and wrapping with the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft. Four Colorado natives were selected by WHL teams in the U.S. draft. 1st round, 4th overall – Harrison Boettiger (Wheatridge), G, Lethbridge Hurricanes 1st round, 14th overall – Jeremiah Roberts (Monument), D,…

Denver native, Denver East product Miller uses NA3HL as springboard to NCAA Division III Chatham commitment

June 6th, 2022

After three seasons of junior hockey, Denver native Sam Miller will ply his trade in the college ranks next season. Miller, who played for the NA3HL’s Willmar WarHawks in 2021-22, has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Chatham University. Chatham is a UCHC school located in Pittsburgh. “Sam was pursued via trade for…

Colorado native Tracy recognized with USA Hockey Adult Player of the Year honor

June 6th, 2022

USA Hockey has announced that Jen Tracy has been named the organization’s Adult Player of the Year. Tracy’s path to hockey began at 37, when she first began playing adult hockey in her home state of Colorado. She was drawn to hockey not only because of the excitement of the game, but also because of…

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