Colorado Rubber

Colorado’s and Utah’s Authoritative Voice of Ice and Inline Hockey

Category Archives: Youth

Mustangs, Ice Wizards welcome developmentally-disabled athletes

February 20th, 2017

There’s a new hockey team in Colorado for people with developmental disabilities. The Denver Mustangs held their first practice Nov. 19, only a few weeks after the team’s formation, and played in an American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) tournament in California in January. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Team organizers want to get the word out…

From youth player to coach: Ayers comes full-circle with Tigers

February 19th, 2017

All it took was a phone call with the lone promise of a cup of coffee. Last summer when Kevin Holmstrom was named the head coach of the Colorado Springs Tigers’ 18U AAA team, he knew who he wanted behind the bench with him: Cody Ayers. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “I received a message during…

Mainland Tournament features unique Canada-USA Showcase

February 10th, 2017

The concept went over so well last year that tournament organizers couldn’t possibly not bring it back, and they decided to one-up themselves in 2017 by expanding it to a second division this year. The Canada vs. USA Showcase was the highlight of last year’s Mainland Tournament, and it is expected to be even more…

Setting goals, setting expectations: What’s the difference?

February 9th, 2017

In the early 1970’s while dreaming of playing for the Finnish team Jokerit, Jari Kurri was collecting NHL cards with dreams of stardom. Over a decade later, my best friend and I regularly teamed up in his cul-de-sac as the most dynamic duo in NHL history – he was No. 99 (Wayne Gretzky) and I…

RoughRiders taste home cooking as 13Us take NAHL FPT crown

February 3rd, 2017

There was no place like home for the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders’ 13U AAA team during the North American Hockey League’s Future Prospects Tournament (FPT) from Jan. 13-16. Playing most of their games at the Sport Stable in Superior, the 13Us ran the table, going 6-0 over the weekend. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “This is really…

Tigers’ sled hockey program shares important life lessons

January 31st, 2017

The Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association is unique. As the only association in Colorado to provide all levels of hockey, including adaptive hockey, the Tigers youth (above) and adult (below) sled hockey teams have practice every weekend and a game every fourth weekend at Sertich Ice Rink. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Most Saturday afternoons, you…

CAHA taking every precaution to keep youth hockey safe

January 24th, 2017

The Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) is doing everything it can to keep people who shouldn’t be around children away from rinks and locker rooms filled with young hockey players. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Coaches and team managers listed on rosters must undergo a free background screening and complete SafeSport training produced by the United…

Current Tigers Knutson, O’Hearn make plans with NAHL clubs

January 6th, 2017

When next season rolls around, two Colorado Springs Tigers AAA players will have junior hockey opportunities staring them down. Last month, 18U forward Zaccheaus Knutson (Minnesota Wilderness, pictured) and 16U forward Collin O’Hearn (Odessa Jackalopes) signed tender agreements with North American Hockey League (NAHL) teams for the 2017-18 season. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “I am…

AJH elated to join Finland’s “Players Decide” initiative

January 5th, 2017

With the recent partnership forged with the Finnish Ice Hockey Association (FIHA), Aspen Junior Hockey (AJH) is aligning its program with the world leaders in long-term athletic development. With the goal to create and implement a detailed annual plan for each age level (the first of its kind in the U.S.), AJH is intent to…

Youth coaches, on-ice refs finding more ways to work together

December 27th, 2016

It’s a scene that repeats itself in rinks throughout Colorado and across the country. A call is made — or not made — during a youth hockey game. The coach of the team on the receiving end of the call or non-call screams his disapproval, which often encourages the team’s parents and fans to join…