Congratulations to the Colorado Select U14AA team on a great and successful season. The team defeated the MSGHL Rockstars to earn a trip to the 2013 USA Hockey National Championship Tournament as the Rocky Mountain District representative. They were one of only two Colorado Select teams, and of only three teams from all of Colorado, to earn their trip to Nationals.
At Nationals the team went 1-2 in pool play and earned a place to the quarterfinals. Though they lost the quarterfinal game, they finished tied for 5th in the country! Two of their three losses in the tournament were to Frozen Four teams and one of the losses was to the eventual National Champions.
For some it was their first trip to the National Tournament and for others it was their second or even third trip. However, for everyone on the team it was a great journey and a successful season. For such a diverse group of young ladies they accomplished a great deal and have much to be proud of!
If you see one of these young ladies or their coaches around the rink in this off season, be sure to congratulate them on their success!
2012-2013 Colorado Select U14AA Team - State Champions!!!! Heading to San Jose for Nationals!
U14AAs State Champions!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.730.7700.
After defeating the MSGHL Rockstars in a best of three series (2-5, 3-1, and 3-0) the 14AA team will be heading to San Jose for the second time this year. The Teir II National tournament takes place April 3-7 in San Jose. The team will spend the month of March practicing and scrimmaging in preparation for the tournament.
Congrats to the team and good luck!!!
Congratulations to our 14AA team! They are the U14 Colorado Tier II State Champions! They will be advancing to the USA Hockey Tier II National Chsmpionships this April!! Way to go girls!! We are so proud of you!!
The 14AA team is having their last couple of practices and scrimmages before they head to Fort Collins to meet the Rockstars team for the State Playoff. The team could become the second team in Select history to play themselves in to a National Championship (the 12AAs did this for the first time last year) if they can beat the Rockstars in a best of three series that starts on Friday afternoon at 4:15PM. Game two is scheduled for 12:00 PM and then if necissary game three is on Sunday at 7:45 AM.
The season series with the Rockstars has been almost even, with a split of games at the Silver Sticks Tournament, and at the Thanksgiving Invitational hosted by the Rockstars. Because of that the team expects the series to be close and hard fought! So come cheer them on, even if it is a little bit of a drive.
All games at EPIC in Ft. Collins (http://www.arenamaps.com/arenas/651.htm).
On Friday January 4th the 14AA team visited the Sox Place homeless shelter for teens and youth. The shelter provides meals, socks, clothing bank, personal hygiene supplies, Internet access, intentional mentoring and guidance, crisis intervention, and referrals to other services. The 14AA team was successful in collecting and delivering donations of over 300 socks, 50 pizzas, 15 gallons of milk and 50 dozen cookies to the shelter.
The team would like to thank all of those that donated socks to this project at the rink. They would also like to thank those who donated the food for the team to give to the shelter and those parents who provided transportation to get all of this stuff and the players downtown to the shelter!
Congratulations to these young ladies for a successful project and for working to make a difference in our community!! For more information about support Sox Place you can visit their website at http://soxplace.com/.
More pictures of the event are available on the team's photo page.
The tournament schedule for San Jose has been release. Below are game times and opponents.
Sat 1/19 6:30am CO Select vs Abbotsford - North Rink
Sat 1/19 4:30pm CO Select @ Vancouver Angels - Fremont Rink
Sun 1/20 8:15am CO Select vs Surrey Falcons - Center Rink
Sun 1/20 3:45pm CO Select @ San Jose Sharks - East Rink
Mon 1/21 8:30am Championship game - North rink
This weekend the 14AAs will be involved in two different scrimmages. The first is on Saturday morning at 7:15 AM during their normal practice time at the Edge. They will be scrimmaging the Foothills PeeWee House team.
The second scrimmage will be with the RockStars at Old Foothills on Sunday. The scrimmage will be at 12:15 PM.
Come cheer the girls on, and if you are coming to the Sunday scrimmage dress warm for the coldest rink in the metro area!
The Select 14AA team is currently collecting warm socks to be donated to a local shelter. The shelter, called Sox Place, is a daytime drop-in center for street youth. These range in ages from 12 to 30 and belong to the youth sub-culture known as “street kids.” Many have been abandoned by parents/guardians, some are victims of the foster care system, and most have been tossed aside by society. Most are just trying to survive! A hot meal and a safe place is provided Tuesday through Saturday. There are activities such as movies, video games, foosball, pool and ping pong to entertain the youth during their time at Sox Place. Staff and volunteers spend their time interacting with the youth and building friendships in order to provide healthy and constructive relationships.
Doyle Robinson started connecting with the youth who were hanging out on the 16th St. Mall in Downtown Denver in 1999. Discovering their need for clean, dry socks, Doyle used this very basic need to reach the street youth gathered on 16th Mall, eventually earning him the street name, ‘Sox.’ Following God’s leading, Sox Place was opened by Doyle and is son Jordan in May of 2002. It was established out of a desire to provide a safe place for street youth to go during the day where they could truly be accepted and loved. There was no other organization or ministry filling this need during the day. Sox Place continues today with the same heart, reaching more than 80 youth a day with dedicated staff and volunteers.
There are "Sox Boxes" located at the Edge Ice Arena for the donation of warm socks. These socks will be given to Sox Place to distribute to the youth that are served by Sox Place. If you would like more information or would like to learn how you can get involved with Sox Place you can visit their website at soxplace.com.
The MSGHL Rockstars arranged a three team round robin "tournament" for the region's U14AA teams over Thanksgiving weekend. The teams included the Rockstars, Team Wyoming and our Select 14AAs.
The weekend started a little slow for the Select as they dropped the first two games of the weekend losing to Wyoming 3-0 and then the Rockstars 3-1 on Saturday. Then Saturday nigth the turkey wore off the girls as they put up six goals against Wyoming and then held on for at 6-3 win. Sunday morning they took on the Rockstars again and played a close game with them that the Select won 2-1.
They finished the weekend 2-2 and it appears that the race to nationals at the local level is going to continue to be close all season long.