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Submit your story to be featured on the Colorado Hockey Hub

By Kassondra Burtis, SportsEngine, 10/19/22, 9:00AM MDT

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HUB EXCLUSIVE: CAHA and the Colorado Avalanche will choose from submitted stories to share with the Colorado hockey community and on an upcoming Altitude broadcast.

Anyone who has been involved with hockey at any level knows it’s more than just a game. This is especially apparent at youth levels where the game teaches formative lessons and life skills that go beyond the rink, establishes close bonds between friends, and creates lasting memories.

If you’ve been around the game, you likely know of at least one story or memory you’ll hold on to. Ben Stelter, an Edmonton Oilers fan with terminal cancer, was hosted by the Oilers for a pregame skate, locker room visit, and postgame press conference last season. It was an experience that led to Ben being recognized league-wide as the Oilers’ biggest fan — and temporary good luck charm, until they were eliminated in the 2022 Western Conference Final by the Colorado Avalanche. When Ben passed away this August, the whole hockey community seemed to grieve with his family and the Oilers.

While Ben’s story was seen and felt by NHL fans on a widespread level, an experience doesn’t have to be that big to be worth sharing. 

Randy Kanai, president of the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA), has his own story to share. A family friend of Kanai recently happened to be celebrating a special occasion, and happened to be doing so at the same location as the Stanley Cup, and happened to have the chance to spend a few minutes with the Cup — and decided to eat ice cream straight out of Lord Stanley’s coveted trophy.

A dream scenario for most hockey fans, to be sure, but another once-in-a-lifetime, right-place-right-time situation. 

But it’s not always the big stories or the league-wide headlines that are needed to draw interest in a story or experience. That’s where we’re asking you, in the Colorado hockey community, to be a key contributor. The Colorado Hockey Hub, in partnership with the Avalanche and CAHA, want to hear your stories and share them with the wider Colorado hockey audience. 

“We want to highlight youth hockey players, accomplishments, and associations. It can be a human interest story, youth hockey related, or really hockey related at any level.”

— Randy Kanai
on the types of stories
readers can submit

Everyone in the Colorado hockey community is invited to submit their hockey story. Share your story idea — including what club, team, or age division it features — add a photo that helps bring the story to life, and give a description of what happened. Our team will follow up on any submissions that we want to feature and we’ll help share your story. 

Do you know of a player who reached a career milestone or earned some recognition? Did your team win a tournament banner? Has your organization hired new coaches? These are just a few of the types of stories or experiences we’re looking to feature.

“It’s really about Colorado youth hockey community engagement by the greater hockey community and the adult hockey community,” Kanai said. “Something happens in a game, in a locker room, or at a team function; we know that cool things happen out there or people know about it where it turns into a really cool story. The whole goal is to know and share about what’s happening in those experiences.” 

Teams whose stories we choose to feature could be recognized on the Avalanche’s social media accounts and considered for selection as the Toyota Team of the Game, which highlights the team's accomplishments during the Altitude Sports broadcast of an Avalanche game. 

Taylor Patrick, a coordinator with the Av’s Amateur Hockey Development team, is responsible for selecting submitted stories to the Altitude Sports broadcast team. 

“We love to highlight recent accomplishments, if a team won a tournament, if they jumped to first in their rankings — anything like that,” Patrick said. “We then send the team name, team photo, and the highlights of the story to the broadcast team and they feature it during an Avalanche game.”

“A cool event happens on a team and parents are taking pictures and getting involved,” Kanai said. “Wouldn’t it be cool for them to see their kid’s name and picture on the Colorado Hockey Hub website?”

We want to hear about your special hockey moments to help document and share them further. Do you want your experience to be featured? Send us your story

Below are five examples of the stories we wrote from submitted content and ideas.

2022 CAHA State Tournament Winners and Photos

By SportsEngine Staff 03/21/2022, 9:45am MDT

Members Only: Click to see the winners from in each age division.

Colorado native Grace Lee blazes trail from Boulder to PyeongChang and back again

By Wilson Moore, SportsEngine 06/05/2021, 12:00pm MDT

Hub exclusive: Lee learned how different hockey can be across the USA and across the world on a unique journey in pursuit of the puck.

Lady RoughRiders 16U team takes familiar drive to first USA Hockey national championship

By Thaddeus Carroll, SportsEngine 05/07/2021, 11:45am MDT

Hub exclusive: The Lady RoughRiders 16Us stayed in Colorado and won the Chipotle-USA Hockey Girls Tier II 1A National Championship at the Edge Ice Arena on May 3.

Former Av Kyle Quincey, wife find support and inspiration from sport of hockey

By John Wagner, SportsEngine 10/24/2020, 3:00pm MDT

Hub exclusive: With help from the local community and a grind-it-out mentality, Kyle and Rachel turned their 1-year-old son's cancer diagnosis into a mission, forming Team Ax to increase awareness of pediatric cancer and raise money to help research treatments for the disease.

A 77-year-old Arvada resident overcomes COVID-19 with help from hockey community

By Carter Jones, SportsEngine 06/11/2020, 12:00pm MDT

Hub exclusive: Michael "Sully" Sullivan spent 10 days in the ICU on the brink of death, but messages of hope kept him alive.

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