Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association (CSGHA) reestablished itself as the dominant force in elite girl’s hockey in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region during this year’s playoff season. Over the past month CSGHA has brought home a C470 League Championship at the 12U level, a State Championship at the 14U Tier II level, a second place finish in the elect Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) at the 16U Tier I level, and three Rocky Mountain District Championships at the 14U Tier II, 16U Tier I and 19U Tier I levels.
The three District Championship teams all played a three game series against the Dallas Stars Elite hockey club from Dallas, TX during the second weekend of March. The 14U Tier II team (pictured above top), coming off a State Championship win the previous weekend, lost their first game to Dallas. The team came back in the next two games and defeated Dallas 5-0 and 5-1 to take the District series two games to one. They will be representing CSGHA and the Rocky Mountain District at the USA Hockey National Championship Tournament in Burlington, VT.
Meanwhile the 16U Tier I team (pictured above middle) had returned from Buffalo, NY with a second place finish in the JWHL League Playoffs also lost their first game to Dallas. As the 14U Tier II team did the 16U Tier I team dominated the next two games in 5-0 and 7-1 wins and ended the weekend making plans to attend “Nationals” in Minneapolis, MN.
The 19U Tier I team (pictured above bottom) had the shortest weekend of the three USA Hockey National Championship bound teams. Closing out Dallas in just two games, with scores of 4-2 and 5-1, earning their trip to “Nationals” in Minnesota. The team hoisted their banner on Saturday and then spent the rest of the weekend supporting and cheering on the other CSGHA teams still competing.
The success of CSGHA at the State, Regional and National levels comes on the heels of exciting announcements about the association’s Tier I hockey program for the 2016-17 season. The association has announced the return of Tier I head coaches Karen Rickard (19U Tier I) and Eric Mayhew (16U Tier I). They have also recently announced a revamped 19U Tier I program focused on positioning the association’s flagship team on a path to tremendous success.
The entire Colorado Select family wish all three of these Nationals-bound teams success!!!!