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After 40 years, CSAHA continuing its culture with a development-first philosophy

December 26th, 2016

For the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association (CSAHA), change is definitely a positive, good thing. Branded as the Pikes Peak Miners for many years, the program adopted the Tigers AAA Hockey moniker for the 2016-17 season after joining forces with CSAHA. The Miners had a long history as the Tier I affiliate of CSAHA and…

Pair of RoughRiders 18U standouts pick up monthly NAPHL awards

December 22nd, 2016

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced its Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performers for the month of December and a pair of Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 18U AAA players picked up honors. The players were selected based upon their performance at the fourth NAPHL event of the season, which took place in Blaine,…

‘All about the kids:’ Foothills captures 18U Tier II states

December 21st, 2016

For the past six years, the Littleton Hawks claimed the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association’s 18U Tier II state championship. The Foothills Flyers started a new streak with a convincing 3-1 win over the Denver Jr. Pioneers on Dec. 11 at the South Suburban Ice Arena in Littleton to win the 2016 crown. Max Engle scored…

Making history: Foothills’ Pee Wee AA squad off to Quebec

December 19th, 2016

When the Foothills Flyers’ Pee Wee AA team defeated the Littleton Hawks Pee Wee AA squad at the Pepsi Center on Nov. 21, it not only entitled the Flyers to take a February road trip to Quebec, but it made history as well. After the Flyers downed the Hawks 2-1 at the home of the…

Salt Lake City native, Pikes Peak product Solomon commits to NCAA D-I Northeastern

December 19th, 2016

The Aston Rebels have announced that defenseman Ryan Solomon has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Northeastern University (Hockey East). Northeastern is located in Boston and the Huskies enter the holiday break with a 6-7-4 mark. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Solomon, 20, is tied for first in the North American Hockey League’s plus-minus…

Avalanche stepping up with officiating mentoring program

December 7th, 2016

Attracting, training and retaining officials for youth hockey games is a problem throughout the country. How bad of a problem? An estimated 40 percent of youth hockey officials quit each year, most after only a season or two. Colorado isn’t immune to the dropout rate. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE But Ron Groothedde thinks a large…

Tigers alum Swayman lands USHL roster spot, NCAA commitment

December 6th, 2016

Jeremy Swayman came from Alaska to join the Pikes Peak Miners’ (now Colorado Springs Tigers) 18U AAA team prior to last season and made an immediate impact between the pipes. This season, he’s doing the same with the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Sioux Falls Stampede and recently secured an NCAA Division I commitment with…

Slew of RoughRiders standouts making plans for WHL, NAHL hockey

December 6th, 2016

The junior hockey world is taking note of the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders’ course of development. Since mid-October, four RoughRiders players signed tenders with North American Hockey League (NAHL) teams and a fifth, Midget 16U AAA forward Nikita Krivokrasov, signed a Western Hockey League (WHL) standard player agreement with the Prince Albert Raiders. “All of these…

For 53 years, Littleton Hawks have developed players for junior, NCAA, pro hockey

December 3rd, 2016

When Grant Arnold was a young hockey player growing up in the Littleton Hockey Association (LHA), it’s unlikely anyone foresaw him helping the University of Denver to a Frozen Four. Or developing into one of just three two-time captains in the program’s nearly 70-year history. Arnold, who began his pro career this fall playing for…

For Doremus family, Aspen Junior Hockey helped open doors

November 15th, 2016

Sometimes in life, all that’s needed is one opportunity, that one break to make everything come to fruition. Andrew and Jeanne Doremus and their five sons – Ryan, Tyler, Daniel, Jack and Willy – call Aspen home and each boy developed with Aspen Junior Hockey (AJH) in their youth days. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Andrew…