The increasing level of talent developing in Colorado's youth hockey ranks has resulted in an opportunity limited to a select group of teams. In late April, a squad of Colorado's top 20 boys high school players get to showcase their talent against teams from some of the country's most hockey-rich states at the CCM National Invitational Tournament in Minnesota. It's the second time a team representing the Centennial State was been included in the tournament. However, this spring is the first chance Team Colorado has take the ice at this premier and heavily scouted showcase that features teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Michigan. Last year's event was canceled after health officials halted youth sports to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This season's Team Colorado roster consists of players from 10 different high school programs sanctioned by Colorado High School Activities Association, and the team is ready to make to take the national hockey stage at the CCM NIT on April 22-25.
"It's going to be a pretty big challenge for little ol' Colorado but we’re excited about that,” Team Colorado coach George Gwozdecky said. "Unlike other states we'll be competing against, there’s still a debate among many good, young players whether they should play high school hockey or club hockey in terms of developing their career. This is going to be a great gauge for high school hockey in our state and give these kids the kind of exposure very few club hockey programs get because of the high level of play."
The team features 11 juniors and nine seniors.
Scroll below to view the entire 2021 Team Colorado roster.
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