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Six Tier 1 players to watch as the 2020 CPHL season gets underway

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 09/08/20, 3:45PM MDT

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Hub exclusive: The Colorado Prep Hockey League's new season is just getting started. The Colorado Hockey Hub has identified a handful of standout players to keep an eye on.

Valor Christian senior defenseman Jameson Charles was part of a team that allowed 1.21 goals per game last season. Charles has been identified as a top returner to watch this year. Photo submitted by Valor Christian

Valor Christian senior defenseman Jameson Charles was part of a team that allowed 1.21 goals per game last season. Charles has been identified as a top returner to watch this year. Photo submitted by Valor Christian

Start the Zambonis!

A bevy of talented Tier 1 players are stretched out for the 2020 Colorado Prep Hockey League (CPHL) season and there's ice to tend to.

To help track all the action, the Colorado Hockey Hub has assembled a list of top returners. Selections are based on player performance from a year ago, in addition to conversations with coaches and league organizers.

A list of five other noteworthy players to keep an eye on is also available below.

Riley Hunt-Bahn

School: Cherry Creek
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Multiple coaches across the league mentioned Hunt-Bahn as a player to watch and for good reason. The Bruin tallied 16 goals and 26 assists a season ago, and he was particularly dangerous on the power play, notching five goals to go along with eight assists.

Connor Hasse

School: Denver East
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

Hasse is the lone junior to make this list but he's got no problem competing against his older counterparts. As a sophomore he tallied 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) while playing on an Angels team that had plenty of success scoring.


Lathan Olson

School: Castle View
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

The Saber Cats will likely be happy if Olson repeats his production from a season ago. In 12 regular-season games, he recorded 12 goals and a dozen assists.


Jameson Charles

School: Valor Christian
Position: Defense
Year: Senior

The Eagles went unbeaten in 13 regular-season games a year ago. Much of Valor Christian's success in 2019 can be attributed to its blue line which included Charles, who was part of a defensive group that gave up the fewest amount of goals (1.21 goals allowed per game) in league play. Charles and his teammates look to build on that success after allowing seven total goals in five games at the annual Twisted Wrister tournament this past weekend.


Jake McCall

School: Valor Christian
Position: Defense
Year: Senior

Though all of Valor Christian's returning defensemen deserve credit for their team's recent success, we're keeping special attention on the team's senior blueliners — a group which includes McCall. With his experience, McCall will likely eat a lot of minutes trying to help the Eagles match their 2019 defensive numbers.


Gage Bussey

School: Regis Jesuit
Position: Goaltender
Year: Senior

Sam Simon, who capped the 2019-20 CHSAA season with a highlight-reel performance which included tying a national record with 84 saves for Fort Collins in the state final game, is an obvious choice to insert here but the Colorado Hockey Hub staff is also feeling bullish for Bussey's senior campaign. A year ago, Bussey posted an 8-3-2 record, with a 1.69 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. He looks to build on those numbers this year.


Five other players to watch

Evan Pahos, Forward, Valor Christian
Jackson Mundell, Forward, Chaparral
Sam Simon, Goalie, Fort Collins
Sergio Padilla, Defenseman, Regis Jesuit
Joseph Capra, Defenseman, Denver East

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