Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs is home to plenty of athletes who dream big and dedicate themselves to their sports. And, it’s about to become home to at least 25 more.
The city was recently approved for a new tier 3 junior hockey team, and the Steamboat squad will begin play in October in the USA Hockey-affiliated Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League.
“I really believe our community will fully embrace junior hockey,” said Corey Allen, who was instrumental in bringing the team to Steamboat.
Currently the director of the Steamboat Youth Hockey Club, Allen will step down this summer to serve as a managing partner and coach for the new team.
The team — set to acquire an actual name by way of a public contest — will play about 40 games per year in a regular season, which runs from October to February. Home games will be at Howelsen Ice Arena in downtown Steamboat.
Teams consist of 25 players between the age of 17 and 20, with athletes mostly hoping to catch on in collegiate hockey. Allen said the club will try to serve as an option for up-and-coming Steamboat Springs High School players but will be open to athletes from across the country and, in a few cases each year, the world.
An experienced team has been tapped to help lead the squad.
Troy Mick will serve as president and managing partner. He’s coached at half a dozen different levels of hockey and currently serves as the president and managing partner of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
Misko Antisin will be the team’s general manager and head coach, taking the position after serving the past two years as an assistant in Salmon Arm.
“I played for Troy before he moved to Salmon, and I know what it’s like to have a properly-operated junior team in your community and the positives it can have,” Allen said. “Those junior hockey players will be out on the ice practicing with kids and offering those players their vision.
“It just grows the game, when you have dreams and that vision,” Allen added.
As for the name, the team is looking and asking for submissions through the Steamboat Springs Junior Hockey Club’s Facebook page. Name ideas can also be submitted to acsteam
email@example.com before the May 15 deadline. The winner will be recognized at center ice before the season’s first game and will receive season tickets and an autographed jersey.
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