Courtesy of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League
The Colorado Rampage and Colorado Thunderbirds hockey programs are primed for another go as the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) is scheduled to launch it’s 2020-2021 season on Oct. 9. The league recently released its schedule for this season, which offers four events and a playoff weekend for its 18U and 16U teams.
It’ll be a busy travel season for 18U programs. They're slated to meet in Chicago from Oct. 9-11 for opening weekend, then they’ll head to Dallas on Nov. 20 for an optional three-day event. The weekend before Christmas, squads will journey to the desert to play in Phoenix from Dec. 18-21, followed by a five-day commitment starting Jan. 15 in Detroit.
The Rampage and Thunderbirds 16U squads will compete on the same dates as the 18U teams. However, the first event for 16U teams, held from Oct. 9-11 in St. Louis, is optional. Their first required function will be from Nov. 20-22 in Chicago.
The 18U and 16U teams will head to Blaine, Minnesota, for the championship weekend Feb. 12-15.
T1EHL organizations are based throughout the country. The 2020-21 season is scheduled to start in October. Courtesy of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League
The Monument-based Rampage and Denver-based Thunderbirds hope to recreate some of the success their 18U teams had in the 2019-2020 season. The Rampage came in second place behind the St. Louis AAA Blues, who won the league title with 57 points. The Rampage finished last season with a 16-8 record, tallying 48 points. The Thunderbirds weren't far behind, finishing third with a 14-6 record and 42 points.
As for Colorado’s 16U teams, the Thunderbirds had a fourth-place finish a season ago with a 15-8-1 record and 46 points. The Rampage’s 16U team, meanwhile, stumbled to a 3-20 finish. The announcement of the team's new Tier 1 and Tier 2 summer coach, Mario Puskarich, should help revitalize the program. Puskarich has played at various levels over the course of his career. With the Manchester Storm of the Elite Ice Hockey League a season ago, he tallied 13 goals and 17 assists in 46 games.
More information on schedules, including for 14U and 9U clubs, are posted on the T1EHL website.
The league consists of 23 organizations from across the country, bringing together many of the nation’s premier amatuer hockey players, giving developing skaters more exposure to college recruiters and potentially some professional and semi-professional teams.
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