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Thunderbirds standout, Centennial native Raftery makes plans for ’21-22, tenders with NAHL’s Wilderness

April 29th, 2021
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Patrick Raftery is playing with his Colorado Thunderbirds’ 16U AAA team at the USA Hockey National Tournament this week, that event serving as his priority at the moment. Two weeks back, though, the Centennial native solidified his 2021-22 season by signing an NAHL tender agreement with the Minnesota Wilderness. Wilderness assistant coach Brendan Phelps has…

RoughRiders’ DenHartog earns AJHL opportunity after two stellar hockey seasons in Colorado

April 22nd, 2021
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Coming from Iowa, Breckin DenHartog was very familiar with higher levels of hockey after the youth game. Now, after two seasons with the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders, the 6-foot-3 defenseman has earned the opportunity to play junior hockey next season in Canada. The Whitecourt Wolverines of the Alberta Junior Hockey League announced last week that the…

Parker native, two-year Tigers’ 18U youth standout Ring earns NAHL tender with Ice Wolves

March 26th, 2021
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Brayden Ring has spent the last two seasons honing his game with the Colorado Springs Tigers and has seen his efforts result in a junior hockey opportunity. Last week, Ring signed an NAHL tender agreement with the New Mexico Ice Wolves. “I am extremely excited to join the team and I believe the Ice Wolves…

RoughRiders’ big-time player Cox-Smith heading home with Minot tender for ’21-22 season

March 19th, 2021
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Liam Cox-Smith grew up in Minot, N.D., and came to the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders prior to his 15U season three years ago to fast-track his development in the game of hockey. And NAHL teams have noticed Cox-Smith’s skill. Last summer, the Minnesota Wilderness selected Cox-Smith in the first round (14th overall) of the NAHL Entry…

Season with RoughRiders sees Georgia native Davis earn NAHL tender with powerhouse Aberdeen

March 11th, 2021
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Joining the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders’ 18U AAA team in November may have given Chase Davis a late start to the team’s season, but he quickly found his role and made his mark on the team. And the NAHL took notice, too. Earlier this week, the Aberdeen Wings announced they signed Davis to a tender for…

Westminster native, longtime Thunderbirds star Valdez has ‘dream come true’ with CC commitment

February 9th, 2021
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Michael Valdez is playing 16U hockey this season, but already has junior hockey plans and an NCAA commitment to Colorado College in the bag. Needless to say, the Westminster native is seeing his hard work pay off exponentially. “I have been talking to CC for a while and developing a relationship with them,” said Valdez,…

Tigers graduate, NA3HL standout Reed commits to NCAA D-III Saint John’s for current season

January 21st, 2021
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Jaeger Reed spent his last season of junior hockey eligibility with the NA3HL’s Texas RoadRunners during the 2019-20 season. And while the 1999 birth year hasn’t played this season, he’ll soon get a shot as the Colorado Springs Tigers graduate recently committed to NCAA Division III Saint John’s University. Saint John’s plays in the MIAC…

Thunderbirds standout, Denver native Valis makes plans for future, signs with WHL’s Pats

January 13th, 2021
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Borya Valis was born in Los Angeles but has developed his hockey skills in Colorado with the Littleton Hawks and Colorado Thunderbirds. Last February, the 2004 birth year was listed by the WHL’s Regina Pats and this past week, signed with Regina for the 2021-22 season. “Regina saw me at the end of 2019 playing…

Grand Junction’s Cloutier finding second life with Thunderbirds, signs NAHL tender with Springfield

January 13th, 2021
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Carter Cloutier began the 2020-21 season with the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild, but the Wild withdrew from playing the season when government travel restrictions to Canada took hold. Cloutier decided to head back to Colorado and rejoin the Colorado Thunderbirds’ 18U team with an eye on seeing what other opportunities may come up for next season….

Harvard commitment secured, Parker native Hejduk plans for ’21-22, signs with BCHL’s Wild

December 30th, 2020
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David Hejduk is on a roll. Over the summer, the 2004-born Parker native committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Harvard University. He has followed that up with a solid first half of the 2020-21 season on the blue line with the Colorado Thunderbirds’ 16U AAA team. And just last week, Hejduk signed with…


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