Hockey Guild Presents Quest for the Crown

quest_hockey_guild_postThe Hockey Guild is proud to present their second-annual "Quest for the Crown" charity hockey festival from April 30 - May 3 at Big Bear Ice Arena. There's something for everyone in the hockey family at this four-day hockey event, including ice and table hockey tournaments, sled and street hockey events, a silent auction, great food, great drinks, NHL Playoffs on HDTV's and much more. Just visit for all of the details.

Colorado Girls One Goal Program – Was It Worth It?

one_goal_logo_postThe Colorado Girls One Goal program ended last Saturday with some very happy little faces. The program registered 85 girls from ages 4-11. Out of the 85 we were able to accommodate 60 players on the ice for six weeks. Out of the 60 players we were aware of only 3 girls that didn’t want to return. That is a huge success as it proves to me that these girls had fun and enjoyed being out of the ice.

Was it worth it?

We received many great comments about how well organized and fun the program was for these girls.  I received a comment from a mom that stated “We would never have tried hockey if it wasn’t for the One Goal program." Another comment we received was “My daughter is enjoying this because she is playing with other girls her age." And one parent stated, “My daughter loves it because you have older girls helping her from the time she walked into the door to the time she leaves. The organization is amazing."

Below is an email I received from another family who had 2 girls attend the program.

“Thanks for an amazing first experience with girls hockey!  The girls learned so much and had fun at the same time!  The support of the older girls was outstanding. We appreciate this opportunity and will speak highly of Colorado Girls One Goal often. Our sincere appreciation." From - John and Christine Cullen

The success of this program could not have possible without the huge dedication and commitment of our volunteers. It was a collaboration of players, coaches and associations from around the metro area that made this program happen. I want to recognize those who helped make this program as great as it was.

  • Arvada Girls Hockey Program and specifically Jennifer Tatnall and Hillary McNeish who coordinated the Arvada girls in helping us almost every weekend.

  • Denver University Jr. Pioneers players- Julia Lisella Remi Maryin and Taylor Kreiling and others from DU.

  • Logan Smith and Dominic Granato from the Colorado Thunderbirds Midget Major AAA Team. Logan attended almost every session.

  • Paul Davern from USA Hockey- Chief in Coach- Rocky Mountain District

  • Mary Davern from CAHA who helped organize the website and online registration

  • Colorado Select Hockey Association players, coaches and parents for hosting and running this wonderful event.  The commitment was enormous and we had participation from just about every team specially the U19 A team, U12 AAA team and U12 A team.

  • Ken Gleason and Michael Jennings from Colorado Select U8 program for their huge commitment to attending almost every weekend.

  • Special thanks needs to go to Stephanie Hodge, John Dohner and Will and Heather Williams from the Colorado Select for their incredible commitment and donation of time to this program. They were invaluable to this process and this program would not have been as successful as it was without their devotion.

  • Thank you to Colorado Amateur Hockey Association and Aquafina for their sponsorship in making this program a reality.

As a Director for Colorado Amateur it’s my responsibility to help grow and retain youth hockey players in the state of Colorado. This program was a success because of all the volunteers that gave their valuable time and commitment in helping...not because they had to but because they want to see hockey grow. Should these girls who participated in this program continue with hockey, it’s a result of the incredible efforts of all these individuals above.

I can't thank you all enough!


Rich Smith
Director at Large

Help a Local Hockey Player in Need

help_icon_postOn Christmas day Andrew “Cookie” Pfankuck, a defenseman on the Arvada Midget Major A team was diagnosed with Acute T-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  The Arvada Hockey community is working in conjunction with the Colorado Avalanche to support Andrew in his fight against cancer.  You can make a difference in helping us raise funds to support Andrew and his family offset the high medical costs it will take for his treatment.  These treatments will help save Andrews life.

On March 25th the Colorado Avalanche have set up a fundraiser with the purchase of tickets to the game that day.  A portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to Andrew.  All tickets must be purchased through the link below. Andrew will be at the game and even gets to go on the ice with the AVS before the puck drops, what an amazing experience that will be! Please join us at the game. Thank you for helping to make a difference in a very special young man’s life!  To read more, please click here.

Hyland Hills Bantam AA Wins Silver Sticks

hyland_hills_hockey_logoCongratulation to the Hyland Hills Bantam AA team for winning at Silver Sticks!  The Jaguars claimed the Silver Stick trophy January 11 by winning the championship game 1-0 deep into an overtime period after battling one of Canada's top youth hockey teams through three scoreless regulation periods.

The Jaguars are the first Bantam AA team west of the Mississippi to win the tournament and the only team from Colorado. It is one of just 16 U.S. Bantam AA teams to claim the top prize in an event that attracts more than 65,000 players from America and Canada who compete in qualifying regional tournaments every fall hoping to attend the finals in Port Huron, Mich. To read the complete article, please click here (pdf).

The Hockey Guild Host Team From Australia!

On January 8th The Hockey Guild is hosting a VERY cool "After-Hours" game with an adult team all the way from Australia, the Sydney Pirates!!! Click here for more information or view details below!

The Hockey Guild vs. Sydney Pirates

January 8th, 2008 at 7pm

Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Ticket options: (no additional taxes or fees)

ADT Club Level                 $55 (usually $112)

Upper Level                       $27

To support Adult Hockey in Colorado, the Colorado Avalanche will donate $5 per ticket.

For more information, click here.

Big Bear Classic for Adult Teams!

With league playoffs already in full swing, more than 50 adult hockey teams in the Big Bear Adult Hockey League have started down the road to the Big Bear Classic! Eight divisions are hosting their own battles to see which two teams in each division will advance to the League Championships, which are held under the bright lights of Pepsi Center. Be sure to check here daily for updates on the playoff race as well as updates on the Big Bear Classic, which is held on Sunday, December 28!


Launch of The Avalanche Guild

The Hockey Guild is proud to announce the launch of The Avalanche Guild ( their new website totally dedicated to bringing hockey fans one step closer to the Colorado  Avalanche experience.

This site is home for all of their exclusive on-ice events at Pepsi Center, including Avalanche After-Hours games, Battle for the Banner and their new championship events with Big Bear Ice Arena and the C-470 youth hockey league! Check out everything The Avalanche Guild has to offer today by clicking here!

A Special Message from CAHA President

I would like to also welcome you to the 1st edition of the Colorado Avalanche Cares newsletter. This newsletter is a partnership between Colorado Amateur Hockey Association and the Colorado Avalanche. It's our goal with this program to provide you the resources and tools to ensure your family and team have a successful season. Please take the time to read through each newsletter and let's ensure that fun stays in the game for the children.

I would like to wish each of you a successful and injury free season as you enjoy what the great game of hockey has to offer.  I would also like to remind each of you to respect the game and others that participate in it, regardless of a call on the ice, final game result, or poor behavior by others who don't share your knowledge or respect of the game.

So for the 2008 - 2009 season let's all remember to "relax, it is just a game". And in the end I honestly believe that perspective will help parents create the bonds for a lifetime that the great game of hockey can provide for a family. Have a great, fun and relaxing season. I look forward to seeing you at the rink!

Should anyone have any questions or need help, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Good luck this season!


Phil Paolilli
Colorado Amateur Hockey Association

New Girls Ice Hockey Program in Denver

The Colorado Jr. Eagles (located in Lakewood CO) are excited to announce that they will be fielding girls teams in the upcoming 2008/2009 season. With the incredible growth of girls ice hockey, the Jr. Eagles look to fill the gap allowing more girls to get involved in youth ice hockey. The Colorado Jr. Eagles girls teams will compete in the Mountain States Girls Hockey League ( and their home rink will be the Foothills Ice Arena located at 2250 S. Old Kipling St. in Lakewood Colorado.

The Jr. Eagles are holding open tryouts in late August and are looking for young athletes to field their teams for this upcoming season. If you are interested in joining the new Jr. Eagles girls ice hockey program please visit their website at: or send them an email at

The Colorado Jr. Eagles Youth Program is based on improving every players' individual hockey skills as well as helping all players develop as people. The Jr. Eagles coaching staff is highly qualified and is determined to give every player the needed attention for improvement.

The Goal of the Jr. Eagles Girls Program are; to provide a fun and challenging environment for all the members, an affordable ice hockey experience while maintaining the maximum ice time needed for improvement, and finally a competitive atmosphere for all the players in the program. All players will be treated as if they are the only player in the program. We strive to not allow any players whether AA, A, or B to be "lost in the shuffle" any player wearing a Jr. Eagles uniform is important to us and will be treated that way.

The Jr. Eagles Goal: Offering a fun, affordable, challenging, and competitive alternative for girls who wish to play ice hockey.

Please contact the Eagles staff at for more details.

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