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Category Archives: Youth

Colorado Springs native, Tigers product Miltko adjusting to junior hockey with USPHL’s Blades

October 7th, 2021

Jake Miltko is a rookie this season with the USPHL’s Steele County Blades, making the jump to junior hockey after several seasons of youth hockey in Colorado. A Colorado Springs native, Miltko spent the 2020-21 season with the Colorado Springs Tigers’ 18U AAA team, finishing first in their division in NAPHL play and having “a…

After not playing in ’20-21, Thunderbirds alum Levy looking to make impact in ’21-22 for BCHL’s Wild

September 30th, 2021

Hank Levy sat out the 2020-21 season due to not be able to cross the Canadian border, but that won’t be the case this season after the 2002-born goaltender signed earlier this month with the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild. Levy last played for the Colorado Thunderbirds’ 18U AAA team in 2019-20 and posted an 8-2-0 record…

Advancing game to USPHL’s Mullets ‘a perfect fit’ for Colorado youth hockey grad Szmul

September 29th, 2021

Jackson Szmul was born in Dallas and moved to Castle Rock when he was seven years old. Once he arrived in Colorado, Szmul’s involvement and development with hockey took off. This season, he’s enjoying his inaugural season of junior hockey with the USPHL’s Minnesota Mullets. “My (Mullets) coach Chris Walby sent me a text and…

Colorado youngster Grasso bringing right skill set, attitude to USPHL’s Jets for ’21-22 season

September 8th, 2021

Robert Grasso will be one of the youngest players with the USPHL’s Metro Jets next season, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make an impact. A native of Broomfield, Grasso is a 2004 birth year who spent the 2020-21 season playing 16U AAA for the USPHL’s Northern Cyclones organization. He came to the USPHL Detroit…

Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association welcomes Dessart as new executive director

September 8th, 2021

Kevin Dessart has been named the new executive director for the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association. As a former coach for the Colorado Springs Lady Tigers, Dessart has come home to lead CSAHA in its mission to provide outstanding youth hockey programs. Dessart has been playing, coaching, and working in hockey for over 35 years….

Colorado youth hockey success story Conn advances to play with NAHL’s Wilderness in ’21-22

September 2nd, 2021

After skating the 2020-21 season for the Colorado Thunderbirds’ 16U AAA team, Reid Conn entered the offseason with no concrete plans for the 2021-22 season. That’s when a Colorado connection from Minnesota stepped up to the plate. “(Minnesota Wilderness assistant coach) Brendan Phelps reached out to me in the summer asking what my plans were,”…

Rampage alum Adler decides on ’21-22 team, inks tender with new NAHL franchise in Amarillo

August 17th, 2021

After time with the Colorado Rampage program, Shane Adler is heading home for junior hockey. Adler, a native of the Dallas suburb of Wylie, Tex., recently signed an NAHL tender to play for the new Amarillo Wranglers franchise for the upcoming 2021-22 season. “Once I found out about the new team coming to Amarillo, I…

After cracking USHL roster for ’21-22, Centennial’s Raftery commits to NCAA Division I Maine

August 13th, 2021

It’s been quite the summer for Patrick Raftery. First, the 2004-born forward earned a spot with the USHL’s Lincoln Stars for the upcoming 2021-22 season. For an encore, the Centennial native committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Maine, aiming to begin his freshman year in the fall of 2023. “Maine…

Young Carbondale blueliner Scott off to NAHL with Colorado College commitment in tow

August 4th, 2021

This past spring, Fisher Scott signed to play with the returning Springfield Jr. Blues in the North American Hockey League. Then once summer arrived, the 2004-born defenseman from Carbondale committed to play NCAA Division I hockey back in his home state for Colorado College. Needless to say, the past few months have been a whirlwind…

Broomfield native, Hyland Hills product Haake advances game for ’21-22, inks with EHL’s Eclipse

July 29th, 2021

Next season will be different on a number of levels for Connor Haake. For starters, he’ll be leaving Colorado for the first time after a complete youth hockey career with the Hyland Hills Jaguars to play junior hockey with the Eastern Hockey League’s Maine Eclipse. In signing with the Eclipse, it was actually a situation…

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