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After five seasons in Colorado, Wyoming native Salmans heading home to play for NCDC’s Warbirds

June 8th, 2024

Joey Salmans started playing hockey in Wyoming before leaving for Colorado prior to the 2019-20 season. Earlier this offseason, Salmans decided to head back home, signing to play for the NCDC’s Casper Warbirds near his hometown of Laramie. “The coach (Jacob Smulevitch) watched me play throughout last season and has been interested in having me…

Junior hockey across the border in KIJHL just the ticket for Broomfield native, Jaguars, T-Birds alum Sellers

June 1st, 2024

Deegan Sellers has been enamored with the Canadian style of the game of hockey and next season, the Broomfield native will get to experience the junior hockey side of the game with the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs. The KIJHL is a league based in Western Canada, and Sellers is excited to get started with Nelson. “A…

Rampage standout Polumbus advances to junior hockey, signs with BCHL’s Oilers for ’24-25

May 24th, 2024

Cody Polumbus was born in Montana and found his hockey development take a huge upturn when he ventured to Colorado to play for the Colorado Rampage. Next season, Polumbus will begin his junior hockey career in the BCHL with the Okotoks Oilers. “During a trip in Canada, I reached out to Colorado Rampage coach Cody…

Rampage alum Pai advances to junior hockey, signs with BCHL’s Bulldogs for 2024-25 season

May 12th, 2024

Nayan Pai was born in California and made the move to AAA hockey in 2020-21, leaving home to play for the Colorado Rampage. Pai spent the 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2023-24 seasons with the Rampage and is set to play junior hockey next season with the BCHL’s Blackfalds Bulldogs. “The opportunity came up when the Bulldogs…

Lafayette native, Colorado youth hockey alum Simpson gets best of both worlds with NCAA D-I Lindenwood commitment

April 7th, 2024

For Gabriel Simpson, committing to play NCAA Division I hockey for Lindenwood checked all boxes he was looking for. Lindenwood, located just outside St. Louis, just finished its second season at the NCAA D-I level after finding major success at the ACHA level. “My commitment to Lindenwood started at the 2023 Rocky Mountain District Player…

Colorado Springs product, Tigers, Rampage alum Lindsey takes next step, tenders with NA3HL’s Bighorns

March 30th, 2024

Garrett Lindsey grew up playing for the Colorado Springs Tigers and Colorado Rampage and will soon take a familiar path to junior hockey. Recently, the Colorado Springs native signed an NA3HL tender with the Helena Bighorns, a common destination for Colorado-born hockey players. “I was lucky enough to be connected with Mike Greene and after…

Quebec-born Rioux developing game with Thunderbirds, getting junior time with NAHL’s Grit

February 14th, 2024

Playing this season with the Colorado Thunderbirds’ 16U AAA team, Sheldon Rioux impressed enough to earn a call-up earlier in the season from the NAHL’s Colorado Grit. He impressed there, too, and recently signed a tender with the Grit for the 2024-25 season. “It goes back to last spring when we heard of the Colorado…

Colorado Springs native, Tigers lifer Turner looking ahead to juniors after inking tender with NAHL’s Grit

December 22nd, 2023

Charlie Turner has played for the Colorado Springs Tigers from Mites through 18U, having success at each level. Now, the Colorado Springs native has the opportunity to stay in Colorado for junior hockey after recently signing a tender agreement with the NAHL’s Colorado Grit, a first-year team playing out of the Greeley Ice Haus. “I…

Littleton native, LHA grad Nuanes off to Cincinnati for junior hockey with USPHL’s Jr. Cyclones

September 27th, 2023

Dominic Nuanes played the 2022-23 season with the Littleton Hockey Association’s 18U team, his second season with the Hawks. That season earned him notice from junior hockey teams, and the Littleton native will play the 2023-24 season with the USPHL’s Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones. “An old coach reached out who is now with the Cincinnati Cyclones’…

Durango product, Tigers grad Houle excited for time between pipes with NA3HL’s RoadRunners

September 18th, 2023

Hunter Houle is a new member of the NA3HL’s Texas RoadRunners for the 2023-24 season, but the Durango native and Colorado Springs Tigers graduate is a familiar face to RoadRunners head coach Mike Beavis. Houle is coming off a very good season in goal with the Tigers’ 18U AAA team. “Hunter played for me in…

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