The Colorado Select Board of Directors is pleased to announce that our new Director of Hockey Operations and Player Development is Jesse Davis. Jesse brings a diverse portfolio of hockey experience to the association, including over 19 seasons of high-level coaching and hockey operations success. He has experience in junior hockey, coaching the Fargo Force USHL, Motor City Machine, & Texas Tornado NAHL. He also has years of experience in youth hockey, working at all levels from beginners to high school/prep school hockey, and both boys and girls AA/AAA hockey in Detroit, Chicago, and Colorado, He has coached over 30 NHL draft picks, along with over 120 men’s and women’s DI college commitments.
Over the past several seasons Jesse has worked with the Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association. (CSGHA) in many capacities; serving as a skating and skills instructor, helping run the Select Futures and Try Hockey for Free events, and as one of the head coaches for the Spring Development Program since its inception. He is very excited to expand his role with the association and take over as Director, saying “The Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association has a long-standing history of success developing female athletes that have gone on to college hockey and Olympic Gold. I am truly honored to be a part of such a reputable program. We look to continue that success year after year, at all levels, for every player involved.”.
Originally from Detroit MI, Jesse started playing hockey at the age of 3 and would go on to play two years of junior hockey in the NAHL and six years of professional hockey in the CoHL, UHL, ECHL, and ACHL. After his playing career ended, he moved into coaching youth hockey in the Chicago and Detroit areas. He worked with boys and girls teams at both the AA and AAA levels for organizations such as the Chicago Fury, Detroit Compuware, Detroit Little Caesar’s, and St Clair Shores Saints.
In 2014 Jesse moved to Colorado where he took on the position of Head Coach and General Manager of the Breckenridge Bucks junior hockey team. He quickly fell in love with Colorado and since moving on from Junior hockey, he has been focused on youth hockey. He has worked with several Colorado youth hockey associations including, the Summit Youth Hockey program, Foothills Flyers Hockey Association (FHA), Team Colorado, and of course Colorado Select. Jesse is also the Director and Head Instructor for Rocky Mountain Hockey School (RMHS) where he has had a chance to work with hundreds of youth players of all different levels and ages from the US, Canada, and Europe.
Jesse owns Hockey Smart LLC, a company formed in 2006, which provides consulting, training, coaching, and mentorship to hockey players.
Other hockey related activities he is involved in include:
The Board is very excited to have Jesse moving into the Director role and we know that with his experience and familiarity with Select he will continue the growth of the association and the development of our athletes. Please take a chance when you see him at the rink to congratulate him and welcome him as the new Director. We will be hosting a meet and greet in conjunction with our annual membership meeting on Saturday, May 4th. The meeting will be from 5:00pm - 6:30pm in the Eagle Mountain room at the Ridge, with the meet and greet following immediately after in the Penalty Box at the Edge until 8:00pm. The annual meeting is a great way to hear about our plans for next year, so please join us.
Jesse can be reached at email@example.com or 248.730.7700.
As the season begins to wind down that means playoff fever is in the air! This past weekend the 10U CRHL, 12U CCYHL and the 12U MSGHL teams competed in their respective league playoffs. All three teams had outstanding seasons. The 10U CRHL and 12U CCYHL teams culminated their seasons by competing in the league championship games.
The 10U CRHL team defeated both the LHA Squirt White and LHA Squirt Red teams to advance to the Championship game. In the Championship game, the girls played the AYHL Squirt Maize team and not for a lack of effort were not able to overcome the AYHL team. Coach Lukasezck's comment on the girls' effort was "The effort they put in does not go unrecognized." as he shared several positive comments from the parents from the teams the girls played to highlight this fact. He added on the girls playing in the boys league this season, "we are closing the gap and proving we can compete and be successful. This is a lesson which the girls will carry a long time!" The 10U CRHL team will now head on to the CAHA State Playoffs this coming weekend.
Meanwhile, the 10U team was not the only team making noise in the world of Colorado boy's hockey this past weekend. The 12U CCYHL team competed in the CCYHL PeeWee league playoffs this past weekend. They defeated the Jr. Buffs PeeWee B team on Saturday morning and then followed that up with an afternoon win against the BHC PeeWee B Black team to advance to the Championship game on Sunday. The effort all weekend was outstanding by the 12U team, but in the championship game, they were not able to prevail against the NCYH PeeWee B Blue team. The 12U CCYHL team will also be playing the CAHA State Championship Tournament this weekend.
Finally, the 12U MSGHL team qualified for and participated in the MSGHL playoffs this past weekend as well. The team finished ranked 5th in the 12 team league with a strong effort all season and was the only one of the three CSGHA teams to advance to the MSGHL playoffs this season. Though they worked hard they were not able to advance in the playoffs. They will play their final season tournament in Monument the weekend of March 17th.
Congratulations to three teams and good luck to both the 10U CRHL and 12U CCYHL teams on their participation in the CAHA State Championship Tournament this weekend!
CSGHA has been named as the host for the 2017 CAHA State Playoffs for the Girls 19U and 16U Tier I and 19U Tier II Divisions. Playoff dates are March 3-5, and all games will be played at the Select's home ice at the Edge Ice Arena in Littleton, Colorado.
The three divisions will feature the following match-ups:
CSGHA 19U AAA vs Lady RoughRiders 19U AAA
CSGHA 16U AAA vs Lady RoughRiders 16U AAA
CSGHA 19U AA vs CSAHA Tigers 19U AA
All three CSGHA teams will be playing for an opportunity to advance to the USA Hockey National Championship Tournament.
We will be sharing more information in the next few days and we are currently asking for volunteers to work on the committee to plan the event. Contact Bryan Smith if you are interested. We will also be asked to fill 54 volunteer positions to run operations during all nine scheduled games that weekend!
Stay tuned for more!!