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Staying home: Greenwood Village native Rakowski signs NAHL tender with first-year Grit organization

May 27th, 2023

As the NAHL’s Colorado Grit continues to shape its roster for the 2023-24 season, the team has been adding Colorado natives to the lineup. The latest tender signing was Greenwood Village’s Ben Rakowski, who signed earlier this month. “I think this opportunity came to a tender because of all the hard work I have put…

Avalanche optimistic for ’23-24 despite losing Landeskog for entire season after knee surgery

May 27th, 2023

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog missed the entire 2022-23 season with a knee injury. Now, the 30-year-old is out for the 2023-24 campaign after having successful knee surgery back on May 10. “Gabe Landeskog is a really special player in the NHL and for our team, his importance transcends to the ice,” said Avalanche GM…

From the Trainer’s Room: Recovering faster for the next game

May 25th, 2023

As the summer tournament season begins to heat up, the frequency of games in a short period of time can become a concern. Athletes may play multiple games on the same day or weekend, which can take a toll on a player’s body, causing fatigue and soreness, leading to decreased performance and increased injury risk….

Valor grad, Centennial native Alfieri excited to take jump to NCDC’s Jr. Bruins in ’23-24

May 25th, 2023

After capping his high school career at Valor Christian with a 2023 state championship, Alec Alfieri is moving on to a higher level of the game. Alfieri, a Centennial native, recently signed an NCDC tender with the Boston Jr. Bruins for the upcoming 2023-24 USPHL season. “At nationals, the Jr. Bruins coach, Nick Cammarata, first…

Lakewood native Friedrichs finds balanced fit for hockey, academics with NCAA D-III Anna Maria commitment

May 23rd, 2023

Mason Friedrichs played for six junior hockey teams over his three-year career, but the Lakewood native saw that as a positive to his development. Next season, Friedrichs will head to college after his recent commitment to NCAA Division III Anna Maria College, a school in Paxton, Mass. “Right before Christmas, I reached out and expressed…

From the Trainer’s Room: Choosing the best strength training plan for you

May 18th, 2023

Summer is here, and focus should be shifting to preparing for the next season, addressing any aches and pains, shoring up weaknesses, and bolstering strengths. A big part of that process includes a proper strength training program. There are many different theories on strength training, but one key is knowing why you are lifting weights….

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Castle Pines native, incoming Grit goalie Lacroix realizes ‘dream come true’ with NCAA D-I BU commitment

May 11th, 2023

Playing prep school hockey for The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass., has opened doors for Castle Pines native Max Lacroix. One of those doors was to Boston University, an NCAA Division I school that made the Frozen Four this past season, and a school that Lacroix recently committed to once his junior hockey career comes…

Tigers grad French makes last junior season count, tabbed NA3HL Goaltender of Year

May 11th, 2023

The NA3HL has announced that Helena Bighorns netminder Keaton French has been named the True Hockey Goaltender of the Year for the 2022-23 season. French, 21, began the season with the Minnesota Loons and was traded to Helena in late January. The Alaska native ended up with a 13-13-0 record in 27 games played during…

From the Trainer’s Room: Rotational power, how it applies to hockey

May 9th, 2023

The ability to produce rotational power is critical in nearly all sports, including ice hockey. You need rotational power to shoot, take faceoffs, change direction, and manage body contact of all types. There are many modalities that can be used to train “core” strength such as cables and bands. One of my favorite methods is…

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