Two storied girls’ hockey associations in Colorado are teaming up to grow the game in the Centennial State.
Colorado Selects Girls Hockey Association and Littleton Hawks Youth Hockey Association announced the collaboration in creating the Colorado Fourteeners girls’ hockey program — devoted to increasing the level of competition and development for girls’ hockey players in Denver and surrounding areas.
Littleton Hawks Executive Director of Operations Brian TenEyck noticed the pull for players between the two programs that left many floating between the two teams.
“It felt like Littleton Hawks and Colorado Selects were fighting each other for the same players. We had OK teams and were competing in a small pond,” TenEyck said. “To do what we felt was right for girls' hockey in the Denver metro area and the mountains — all surrounding areas — we wanted to provide the best possible opportunity for these girls to develop.”
“To do what we felt was right for girls hockey in the Denver metro area and the mountains — all surrounding areas — we wanted to provide the best possible opportunity for these girls to develop.”
— Brian TenEyck,
Executive Director of Operations,
on the need for a partnership
Director of Hockey Operations Hannah Westbrook, a former NCAA Division I player and coach of Colorado Selects, returned to the Centennial State after managing and coaching the Los Angeles Kings’ AAA development program in Beijing.
She recognized the growth girls’ hockey has seen over the past five years and envisioned a more competitive tryout with the Fourteeners to keep players engaged with the program and allow growth beyond the top teams.
Westbrook lauded the coaching staff the Colorado Fourteeners has assembled, boasting a wealth of experience in former Division I and Division III players and diversity in a strong showing of women coaches.
“The female game is different and having that first-hand experience is valuable,” Westbrook said. “It’s not something common in Colorado and being able to showcase female coaching is huge.”
Colorado Fourteeners plans to offer both Tier II and recreational clubs and has camps available this summer.
“No matter the division, it’s going to be a program where all girls can play. It’s not just about tiered hockey and nationals. It’s the experience these girls get by playing together and its lifelong friendships,” TenEyck said.
For more information, visit Colorado Fourteeners’ website here.
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