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Former Tigers standout Bland relishing familiar surroundings with NA3HL’s Bighorns

January 21st, 2022

Growing up in Spokane, Wash., Liam Bland took to hockey at an early age, as a fan and as a player. His family had season tickets to Spokane Chiefs (WHL) games and Bland got on the ice for the first time when he was just two years old. As he improved yearly, his travels eventually…

Trio of Colorado youth hockey grads collect weekly USPHL accolades

January 21st, 2022

The USPHL announced this week that three Colorado natives have picked up weekly player honors. Richmond Generals goalie Logan Gorbitz is the Southeast Division Goaltender of the Week, while Elmira Jr. Enforcers netminder Joseph Holguin is the Atlantic West Division Goaltender of the Week, and Northern Cyclones forward Jackson Tillinghast is the New England Division…

Avalanche quartet named to 2022 NHL All-Star Game, Denver native Terry also cracks lineup

January 20th, 2022

Three Colorado Avalanche players and head coach Jared Bednar will represent the team at 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held Feb. 4-5 in Las Vegas. Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon will serve as the Central Division captain, while defenseman Cale Makar was also named to the team and forward Nazem Kadri won the “Last…

Compete Sports Performance & Rehab’s Phillips named figure skating athletic trainer for Czech Republic Olympic Team

January 20th, 2022

Compete Sports Performance and Rehab, a leading sports performance, personal training, and sports injury rehab center in Orange County, has announced that owner Chris Phillips has been named to the Czech Republic Olympic Team as the athletic trainer for figure skaters headed to Beijing. In addition, six of the Compete athletes that have been training at the…

Team Colorado AAA grad, Colorado Springs native Dahl picks up weekly UCHC award

January 17th, 2022

King’s College freshman goaltender Syd Dahl has been named the UCHC Rookie of the Week. Dahl was the difference in goal for the Monarchs on Saturday, making 42 saves on 44 shots in King’s 3-2 victory at Neumann to give head coach Jordan Ott her first career victory. She stopped 10 of 11 shots in…

Castle Rock’s Saenger, Parker’s Herz tabbed weekly USPHL honorees

January 14th, 2022

Two Colorado natives have been recognized with weekly awards from the USPHL. Long Beach Shredders forward Jacob Saenger is the Pacific Division Forward of the Week while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights blueliner Simon Herz is the Atlantic West Division Defenseman of the Week. Making the 3,000-plus mile trek to Marlborough, Mass., for the USPHL Winter Showcase, Saenger, a…

Denver native, former Littleton, Thunderbirds, DU standout Shore named to 2022 U.S. Olympic Team

January 14th, 2022

USA Hockey announced tonight the final roster for its 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, a group that includes a Colorado connection. Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL) forward Nick Shore, a Denver native and Colorado Thunderbirds, Littleton Hawks and University of Denver alum, was named to the team. “We’re excited about the roster we’ve put together,”…

Denver product, Colorado youth hockey grad Stevens making his mark in Lake Tahoe, USPHL

January 13th, 2022

For Luke Stevens, growing up in the Denver area exposed him to great hockey during his youth. Now in his first season of junior hockey with the USPHL’s Lake Tahoe Lakers, Stevens has been on a mission this season on the Lakers’ back end, claiming numerous weekly awards from the league and amassing 31 goals…

From the Trainer’s Room: Using virtual reality as a training platform

January 12th, 2022

As I have watched the game of hockey has evolve over the course of my career, I, too, have had to evolve as well. There are all kinds of new methodologies and platforms to train hockey athletes that were never available just a couple of years ago. NHL franchises have gone out and sought out…

Thunderbirds, Evolution alum Gretz taking game to next level after signing pro deal to play in Germany

January 7th, 2022

After spending his junior hockey days in the Ontario Hockey League, Marcus Gretz is moving overseas to play pro hockey in Germany. Gretz had been with the Flint Firebirds since being selected by the club in the second round (23rd overall) of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. He spent time in Germany last season with…

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