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Cherry Creek 2016-2017 Varsity Prep/CHSAA Midget Evaluation ID Camp

Cherry Creek Varsity Prep/CHSAA Pre Tryout Evaluation Camp

Players who have interest in playing for Cherry Creek in the 2016-2017 Season

Varsity Prep  Varsity CHSAA  JV Prep  JV CHSAA

July 14th 3:10pm- 4:10pm Family Sports Center

July 15th 7:20pm-8:20pm Family Sports Center

July 16th 3:00pm-4:00pm Family Sports Center

July 16th 5:00pm CHSAA and Fall Prep Parent/Player Informational Meeting Family Sports Center Banquet Room.

Register Information and Cheddar Tab Payment 

All players Must register with USA Hockey and include confirmation number for the 2016-2017 season.

Email Coach Mel at Redwing707@aol.com for additional information.

 

2015 Cherry Creek Bantam Tryout Results

Varsity V1 Team

Jesse Belley 
Skyler Budman 
Brandon Cyrus 
Garret Glaspy 
Jacob Harding 
Conor Heathershaw 
Ryan Heck 
Noah Hibbs 
Peter Hunt 
Charles Kiefer 
Ethan Lone 
Joseph Losasso 
Brady Mielnicki 
Kody Poon 
Scout Stalcup 
Austen Strauss 
Rafe White 
Ryan Worley 
Jacob Yoho

2015 Cherry Creek Bantam Tryout Results

Congratulations and welcome to the Cherry Creek Royal Bantam A Team.

 If your number is listed below your 1st practice is Sunday 9:40am at the Ice Ranch. A parent meeting will be held upstairs at 9:15am. At least 1 parent should attend. 

 W3 W4 W5  W6 W8 W10 W12 W13 W14 W19 W31

B5 B6 B7 B8 B10 B13 B30 

Any questions please contact

Charlie Kiefer Head Coach

303-548-3333

Charliekiefer@comcast.net

Thank you,

Coach Mel

720-436-3298

Redwing707@aol.com

2016 Cherry Creek Bantam AA Tryout Results

Congratulations and welcome to the Cherry Creek Bantam AA Team.

 If your number is listed below your 1st practice is Sunday 9:40am at the Ice Ranch. A parent meeting will be held upstairs at 9:15am. At least 1 parent should attend. 

 W3 W4 W5  W6 W8 W10 W12 W13 W14 W19 W31

B5 B6 B7 B8 B10 B13 B30 

Any questions please contact

TBD Head Coach

 

TBD@comcast.net

Thank you,

Coach Mel

720-436-3298

Redwing707@aol.com

2015 Varsity V2 Team

Jenna Abeyta 
Joe Arnold 
Liberty Atencio 
Ryan Bevan 
Jonathan Didas 
Kyle Englert 
Andrew Greco 
Colton Holub 
Terrell Hood 
Julien Lavandier 
Chad Lewis 
Tristan Martinez 
Tyler Perry 
Callum Robinson 
Cole Teuber 
Matthew Townsend
Zach Walters 
Sandy Wierzba

2015 Junior Varisty Team

Jake Barker 
Christopher Colwell 
Quinn Cox 
Marshal Dziurgot 
Eric Fedorco 
Alec Gray 
Sean Hice 
Brett Kaplan 
Adam Lynch 
Jake Norrison 
Noah Ryno 
Benjamin Skoretz 
Paul Smith 
Kyle Tatlock 
Andrew Tuitele 
Zachary Wallis 
Cole Wathen

Cherry Creek Varsity Prep JV Prep Tryout Results

Varsity Prep Final Results. 1st Practice Monday August 17th 5:00pm at Ice Ranch. Player meeting to follow.

Parent Meeting Sunday August 16th 11:15am Ice Ranch Upstairs.

W3 W4 W5 W6 W13 W17 W48 W21 W23 W33

B5 B10 B22 B15 B4 B6 B24 B27 B33 

Junior Varsity Prep Final Results.

JV 1st Practice Sunday August 16th 10:50am Ice Ranch.

Players arrive by 10:00am.

Parent Meeting Sunday August 16th 10:15am Ice Ranch.

W15 W14 W11 W12 W16 W18 W50 W25 W24 W29 W31 

B20 B7 B19 B13 B17 B9 B14 B21 B25 B23 B30 B1 B28

There is a possibility in having a Combo JV2 Team. Please send me a email if you are interested from the player numbers below. I will have more information early next week. 

W46 W47 W28 W40 W30 B44 B16 B53 

Thank you

Coach Mel Redwing707@aol.com

 

2016 Cherry Creek Varsity Prep JV Prep Tryout Selections.

Varsity Prep Final Selections. 1st Practice Monday August 17th 5:00pm at Ice Ranch. Player meeting to follow.

Parent Meeting Sunday August 16th 11:15am Ice Ranch Upstairs.

W3 W4 W5 W6 W13 W17 W48 W21 W23 W33

B5 B10 B22 B15 B4 B6 B24 B27 B33 

Junior Varsity Prep Final Selections.

JV 1st Practice Sunday August 16th 10:50am Ice Ranch.

Players arrive by 10:00am.

Parent Meeting Sunday August 16th 10:15am Ice Ranch.

W15 W14 W11 W12 W16 W18 W50 W25 W24 W29 W31 

B20 B7 B19 B13 B17 B9 B14 B21 B25 B23 B30 B1 B28

Thank you

Coach Mel 

Redwing707@aol.com

 

Alec Mielnicki

Bantam A Assistant Coach

Alec Mielnicki will be a Assistant Coach on the Bantam A team and is a graduate of  Regis University. A baseball player at Regis and Texas Tech. Alec has coached at the Freshman-JV level with Cherry Creek High School Summer Baseball. Alec was a travel player at Littleton and Arapahoe.

Chris Bergeon

Bantam B Head Coach

Chris Bergeon will be our Bantam B Head Coach. Chris has been coaching at Arapahoe for the last 8 years and has built a solid reputation for being organized and prepared. Chris played at DU back in the Ralph Backstrom days and we welcome him to our team.

Cherry Creek Varsity/JV Prep/CHSAA Pre Tryout Midget Evaluation ID Camp

Cherry Creek Hockey Varsity/JV Prep/CHSAA Pre Tryout Evaluation ID Camp will be held at Family Sports Center on the following dates. 

Players that have interest in playing for Cherry Creek in the 2016-2017 Season should Register below.

You will need a 2016-2017 USA Hockey Confirmation Number to complete the Registration.

All Camp Skates will be held at Family Sports Center

July 14th 5:00pm-6:00pm

July 15th 7:20pm-8:20pm

July 16th 3:00pm-4:00pm

** July 16th 5:00pm Parent/Player Meeting Family Sports Center Banquet Room.

Information regarding the Varsity / JV Prep Fall CPHL and CHSAA Season will be provided.

 Email Coach Mel at Redwing707@aol.com for additional information.

​Register below for the Camp.

Home of Creek Hockey 2015 CHSAA State Champions and USA Hockey High School National Champions!

Tryout Schedule

November 9th. CHSAA Player Meeting 6:00pm Cherry Creek High School Team Room W88

Tryout Schedule

November 11th …6:50-7:50pm Family Sports Center Pre-Tryout Skate
November 12th… 4:00-5:00pm Family Sports Center CHSAA Tryout
November 13th …4:00-5:00pm Family Sports Center CHSAA Tryout
November 14th…11:00am-12:00pm Player Meeting Family Sports Center 
November 14th…12:35-2:05pm 1st Practice Varsity or TBD Final CHSAA Tryout FSC 
November 14th….2:30pm Parent Meeting Varsity Family Sports Center                      

November 14th....3:15pm Parent Meeting Junior Varsity Family Sports Center

Tryouts are open to all prospective CCSD athletes who have filled out the following information below.  Any student who played on the CC Fall Team must complete the registration process as the CHSAA Team is a separate tryout and team.

Registration Process

  1. On-Line Registration and Payment. District Registration. Physical Clearance.
    1. Cherry Creek High School (CCHS) has a new athletic registration process for 2015-16.
    2. To complete the process you need to visit the CCHS ice hockey page and complete on-line registration and physical clearance form.
    3. CCHS on-line registration can be completed by clicking here
    4. The new CCHS physical clearance form can be downloaded for completion by clicking here.
  2. Player Registration with Creek Hockey
    1. All players are required to register with Creek Hockey, even if player has played for a Creek Hockey team in fall or last season.
    2. Registration link is provided to the bottom right.
    3. Player will need to complete USA Hockey registration and have USA Hockey Number when registering.
    4. Registration is available on-line and will require the creation of a SportNgin user account. (see directions to the right)
  3. Pay CHSAA Tryout Fee $75.00. 
    1. Payment can be made on-line using the link to the right.

CC Fall Team Players will need to complete registration steps and pay tryout fee. 

Deadline for Registration November 11th. If student has not registered or paid fee they will not be allowed on the ice for tryouts. 

Please continue to visit the Creek Hockey website or like us on Facebook for more information regarding tryouts. You can also subscribe to the the Calendar on the www.creekhockey.info/. Practice times, game times and off ice training times are being scheduled and will be available on the website calendar. 

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Cherry Creek Hockey Association Registration

Registration must be completed by the following dates:

Varsity Prep Midget Major AA: August 8, 2016

Junior Varsity Prep Midget Major A: August 8, 2016

Bantam AA: August 8, 2016

Tryout Schedule

Cherry Creek Hockey Association 
Tryouts 2016-2017 Season
August 9th – 18th, 2016  --  The Ice Ranch

Players are required to register and complete all tryout information and payment requirements with Cherry Creek and register with USA Hockey before tryouts.

Tuesday, August 9th  Varsity Prep Midget Major 18UAA / JV Prep 18UA
4:45pm  5:45pm
 

 

Wednesday, August 10th Varsity Prep Midget Major 18UAA / JV Prep 18UA
4:45pm  5:45pm
 

 

Thursday, August 11th  Varsity Prep Midget Major AA / JV Prep 18UA Final
4:45pm  5:45pm
 

 

Tuesday, August 16th  Bantam 14UAA
4:45pm   5:45pm
 
 
Wednesday, August 17th  Bantam 14UAA Final
4:45pm   5:45pm
 
 
Thursday, August 18th  Bantam 14UAA TBD 
4:45pm  5:45pm
 
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Tryouts are open to all prospective student athletes who have filled out the following information below.  Any student who played on the CC CHSAA Team must complete the registration process as the CHSAA Team is a separate tryout and team.  

 

Registration Process

  1. Player Registration with Creek Hockey
    1. All players are required to register with Creek Hockey, even if player has played for a Cherry Creek Hockey team last season.
    2. Registration link is provided to the right.
    3. Player will need to complete USA Hockey registration and have a valid 2016-17 USA Hockey Number when registering.
    4. Tryout Fee $100.00. 
    5. Registration is available on-line and will require the creation of a SportNgin user account. (see directions below)
    6. Registration will include a $500.00 deposit fee for both returning and new players. Players that do not make a team and are released will have their deposit's returned.
  2. Registration with the CCSD is not required for the Fall Prep or Club teams.
  3. Team Registration. Payment must be made after a player is selected to a team. Log into your SportNgin account and register your player to their appropriate team. You will have the option to pay the remaining balance in full or choose the scheduled payment installment plan for your team. A player will NOT be rostered on a team until this Step has been completed.
  4. 2016-2017 Team Fees.
    Varsity Prep Midget Major AA $1850.00
    Junior Varsity Prep Midget Major A $1800.00
    Bantam AA $1800.00
    Additional Team information will be provided in the Registration Link.

Please continue to re-visit the Creek Hockey website or like us on Facebook for more information and updates regarding tryouts.  Practice times, game times and off ice training times are being scheduled and will be available on the website calendar. 

2016-2017 Varsity Prep AA Team

Congratulations to the players listed below that have made the Varsity Prep Team.
Your first practice will be Friday August 12, 2016 at 4:45pm at the Ice Ranch.
Your Primary # is listed below.

A Parent Meeting for the Varsity Prep Team is Friday August 12th at 5:45pm at the Ice Ranch. 1 Parent must attend.

Head Coach Jeff Mielnicki

1036  3468

2662  8473

4510  7403

6591  1051

6909  9615

3946  8265

5017  4777

2180  4926

7619  7727  

7792  9117

0572
 

 

Jon Denkin

Varsity Prep AC

M2 Fundraising is proud to present an amazing auction for a once in a lifetime vacation at a 3rdHome.com Luxury Home Property to benefit Cherry Creek Athletes!

 

You can choose to stay in a 2key Home or Villa anywhere throughout the world from 3rdHome International Luxury Home Exchange Program.

(subject to availability of your selected property should your bid be chosen)

 

To view this amazing opportunity and details, please view the attached flyer and make an offer today!  

This auction benefits Cherry Creek athletes so please forward to all your friends, family, work associates, and groups.

 

Good Luck!

 

Jackie Mielnicki and Gaye Martin, M2 Fundraising

Jeff Mielnicki, Cherry Creek Hockey

Steve Van Diest, Cherry Creek Football

 

M2 Fundraising is proud to present our 2nd Auction to benefit Cherry Creek Hockey.

The Auction begins July 17th at Midnight and closes on July 31st. 

Please view the attached flyer and make an offer today!  

This Auction benefits Cherry Creek athletes so please forward to all your friends, family, work associates, and groups.

Bid Early and Bid Often!

 

Good Luck!

 

Jackie Mielnicki and Gaye Martin, M2 Fundraising

Jeff Mielnicki, Cherry Creek Hockey

 

 

Coach Mel's Update September 20th

09/20/2013, 6:15pm MDT
By Jeff Mielnicki


I will try to share a few thoughts over the Fall Season on what the players are accomplishing and learning. I will try to send out something every month as we work toward the CHSAA tryouts and Winter Season.
 
 Having been a part of Cherry Creek Baseball for so many years I wanted to share with the players what tradition of excellence and pride of work means to our hockey program. Success never comes without dedication and hard work. It requires repetition and paying attention to detail. It says that 100% effort and focus are what we provide everyday. It’s having the ability to look at failure as just one more way we improve to reach our goal. We compete as a player and a group every minute of every game. We challenge our opponent and respect them win or lose.  As a player I am willing to put in the time needed to reach our team goals including, excelling in the classroom. As I said on Day 1 being organized will help you be successful. Without it you will be behind both on and off the ice.
 
The players have accomplished a great deal so far with tryouts and the beginning of the season and 1st Tournament. I wanted to see as many players as possible during the fall to allow opportunity other than a 3 day tryout. I made the right decision. The players have gotten to know me and understand my expectations. I think what they like most is having someone who is willing to get in the trenches and work as hard or harder than them.  We have started POMR and the results and attendance have been spectacular.  The players already know POMR is much more than conditioning. It is team and success of all not one. It requires leaders to emerge to make the sessions a success. It also builds accountability to self and team. 
 
On the ice we are moving ahead with a large mixture of youth and experience.  We are learning how to compete in the short term while keeping in mind what our goals are for the long term. Even with a variety of line-ups the players have adjusted and worked with the group of the day. The younger players have been improving and several returners have started to make an impression on myself and our other coaches. 
 
I will back in October to share more ……
 
Regards
 
Coach Mel
Cherry Creek Hockey

2016-2017 Varsity Prep T2 Team

Congratulations to the players listed below that have made the Varsity Prep T 2 Team.
Your first practice will be Friday August 12, 2016 at 4:45pm at the Ice Ranch.
Your Primary # is listed below.

A Parent meeting for the Varsity Prep II Team is Friday August 12th at 6:30pm at the Ice Ranch. 1 Parent must attend.

Head Coach Jim Berman

6235  0089

3900  0928

2576  9094

3468  0879

8742  6328

8253  1254

8097  9471

7644  7313

1217  1101

4828  3421

3264  2456

5701  2380

6635

 

 

 

Recent CSHAA Varsity News

Cherry Creek Hockey All-State Honors

03/17/2015, 7:15pm MDT
By Creek Hockey

All-State Hockey Team for 2014-2015 Season

All-state hockey team for 2014-15 season

By CHSAA Mar 17, 2015, 1:59 pm
in ALL-STATEFEATUREDICE HOCKEY0

 
Air Academy Denver East hockey

Air Academy's Travis Work (center) is this season's hockey player of the year. (Matt Minton)

The 2014-15 all-state hockey team is presented by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.

These teams were created following a vote of coaches. The player and coach of the year was a separate vote.

 
 

Player of the year: Travis Work, Air Academy

Coach of the year: Jeff Mielnicki, Cherry Creek

FIRST TEAM
NAME SCHOOL YEAR POS.
Blake Bride Monarch Junior F
Brady Mielnicki Cherry Creek Senior G
Tony Salazar Ralston Valley Junior F
Sam Thrutchley Air Academy Senior D
John Tower Resurrection Christian Senior D
Travis Work Air Academy Senior F
SECOND TEAM
NAME SCHOOL YEAR POS.
Thomas Jahde Regis Jesuit Senior D
Zach Lish Resurrection Christian Senior F
Chris Nitchen Cherry Creek Senior F
Joey Owston Dakota Ridge Senior G
Zach Ross Dakota Ridge Junior D
Jonathan Valtin Air Academy Senior F
 
 

Honorable mention

Connor Brennan, Regis Jesuit, Senior; Nick Chavez, Cherry Creek, Senior; Garrett Devine, Resurrection Christian, Junior; Sam Gartner, Regis Jesuit, Junior; Bryan Hancock, Mountain Vista, Senior; Jeff Moffat, Ralston Valley, Senior; Evan Morris, Aspen, Senior; Dmitri Smith, Lewis-Palmer, Senior; Zach Williams, Dakota Ridge, Senior

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Cherry Creek hockey outlasts Dakota Ridge in six overtimes to move to title game

HOME | FEATURED | CHERRY CREEK HOCKEY OUTLASTS DAKOTA RIDGE IN SIX OVERTIMES TO MOVE TO TITLE GAME

Cherry Creek hockey outlasts Dakota Ridge in six overtimes to move to title game

By Zach Fogg Mar 5, 2015, 10:19 pm
in FEATUREDICE HOCKEY0

 
Cherry Creek Dakota Ridge hockey

Cherry Creek players celebrate the winning goal against Dakota Ridge after the sixth overtime. More photos. (Matt Mathewes/MVPSportsPics.com)

LOVELAND — After their respective performances in the quarterfinals, the stakes were high for goaltenders Brady Mielnicki and Joey Owston. Neither would disappoint.

The two combined for 69 saves in a back-and-forth battle that saw Cherry Creek (18-4 overall) finally defeat Dakota Ridge (18-4) by a final of 3-2 in the unprecedented sixth five-minute overtime period on Chris Nitchen's game-winning goal. The win means Cherry Creek advances to the state championship game.

The six overtimes make the game the longest in state history.

Following his spectacular 41-save performance against defending champion Ralston Valley, Mielnicki’s night was no easier against the Eagles, who peppered the Bruins’ netminder with 32 shots.

“He’s had outstanding focus,” Cherry Creek head coach Jeff Mielnicki said of his goaltender. “You know he worked really hard this summer, knowing what the opportunity could be and he didn’t play baseball and instead was on the ice six days a week, working to be where he is now.”

He was matched on the other end by Owston, who made 39 saves of his own in a losing effort.

Cherry Creek Dakota Ridge hockey

Chris Nitchen celebrates his winning goal. More photos. (Jack Eberhard/JacksActionShots.com)

Despite Owston’s success, it would be Creek that opened up the scoring in a very physical first period, when Bruins’ defenseman James Shelton unleashed a high blast from the point that snuck past the screened Eagles goalie on the short side.

Dakota Ridge would waste little time answering though, as Zach Ross would bury a nice centering pass from teammate Zach Williams behind the net to tie the game at one with just over five minutes remaining in the first period.

And the Eagles weren’t done in the opening frame either. Just a few minutes later, a slapshot by Ross glanced off of a partially screened Mielnicki (who finished with a whopping 30 saves of his own), leaving a fat rebound that was slammed home by Eagles forward Graehm Konsella.

As the second period began, a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play put the Bruins right back in the driver seat. Although they didn’t score during the advantage, Cherry Creek brought their shot total from three to 13 in under seven minutes as a result of their newfound momentum and would carry it through the end of the period.

Ironically, the Bruins’ best chance to score during their dominant second period had very little to do with their overall play. During a race for a dumped puck that didn’t quite make it to an icing call, Sam Harris leaned in to swat the puck towards Owston and away from his defensive counterpart. The bizarre nature of the play may have surprised the Dakota Ridge netminder, but luckily the puck fluttered harmlessly high.

The third period saw the two teams return to equal footing, as the penalties slowed and Dakota Ridge regained their composure at even strength. While the two teams went blow for blow though, the overall atmosphere of the third period was fairly cautious.

Then, with less than seven minutes remaining in the regulation, a flurry in front of the Dakota Ridge net turned into a tie game as Max Tennant slipped the puck past Owston.

It was only fitting that these two teams would end it in overtime. But then a first overtime turned into a second, where early on a hand pass waived off a would-be game-winner by Dakota Ridge. Then a second overtime turned into a third, then a fourth where Nick Chavez of Cherry Creek took a breakaway left to right in front of Owston, who just got a pad on the puck to make the save.

The teams weren’t finished either, and would ultimately play into the sixth overtime before Nitchen of Cherry Creek managed to turn a routine breakout into a partial breakaway with a burst of speed, then fired the puck over a sprawling Owston into the top left corner to seal the win for Cherry Creek.

“I remember that (Nitchen) was in a little video we did,” coach Mielnicki said, “and all he said was, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to win the state championship game?' And he put us there.”

Cherry Creek Dakota Ridge hockey

More photos. (Matt Mathewes/MVPSportsPics.com)

For the Bruins, their return to the championship  marks the school’s first trip since 1981, a 3-1 loss to Arapahoe. Cherry Creek’s hockey program was shut down shortly later and just started up again two seasons ago.

But although the night belonged to the Bruins, few could argue that it was Owston’s outstanding play in net that stole the show. Asked after the game what the future might hold for the senior netminder, Owston seemed content to take it one day at a time.

“We’ll just see what comes next,” Owston said. “I’ve really enjoyed competitive hockey but I don’t know yet if it’s something I want to do in college. Maybe club.”

The guess here is that the kid will find a place to play if he wants it.

As for Cherry Creek, they will face the winner of the second semifinal game between Regis and Monarch. For the Bruins though, it’s all just gravy after the support the hockey team has been shown by the school.

“Our district head, our principals, our assistant principles, our ADs, you know these people are supporting hockey,” Mielnicki said of the support. “We’re going to continue to grow because of that.”

That may be true, but on Saturday, Cherry Creek will play for the state championship, and that has to feel even better.

 

Cherry Creek Wins State Championship in 3 OT'S

03/16/2015, 8:45am MDT
By Creek Hockey

Cherry Creek Wins State Championship in 3 OT'S

LOVELAND — It’s not often you get a championship that was 25 years in the making.

But after their hockey program was disbanded in 1987, not to be restarted until 2012, that is exactly what happened on Saturday. The Cherry Creek Bruins (19-4 overall) defeated the Monarch Coyotes (17-4-1) by a final of 3-2 in the state hockey championship on Saturday.

After so much time, what’s three overtimes to get it done, right?

In just their third season back as a program, head coach Jeff Mielnicki said he took extra measures to make sure that this team was ready for the season.

“Let’s put it this way,” Mielnicki said after the game, “we graduated basically a whole team last season. So before the winter, I took a bunch of the younger guys up to Chicago and played some of the best prep teams in the country. After that, I knew it would be a good year.”

Cherry Creek's trip to the championship game was their first in 34 years. In 1981, the Bruins dropped a 3-1 championship to Arapahoe and six years later, the program was done. Their last championship came in 1979.

For Monarch, meanwhile, 17 of the players on their own roster were not on the team during last season’s run to the championship game.

Despite the Coyotes' talent advantage up front that had been on display previously in the playoffs, the Bruins took it Monarch from the opening puck drop. Within the first 10 minutes, Creek had had a breakaway and two near misses in 10 shots against goaltender Hampus Akesson, who made 26 saves.

After a Blake Bride holding penalty gave the Bruins a productive power play, Monarch appeared to weather the storm. Shots, once 10-2 in favor of Cherry Creek, ended up a much more even 10-8 by the finish of the first period.

It was then that the self-professed “second period team” turned up the heat.

After killing part of an early penalty, Monarch caught a break as Cherry Creek’s Sean DeKramer took a five minute checking-from-behind major that carried with it a 10 minute misconduct. After a routine tripping call a few minutes later, Monarch used the full two-minute 5-on-3 to regain some of the momentum.

Despite their work, the Coyotes were uncharacteristically undisciplined in the second, getting whistled for three penalties in the frame and suffering from a general lack of communication that created scoring chances for the Bruins.

The final chance of the second came in one such situation, when a delayed call on Monarch led to Cherry Creek’s Chris Nitchen streaking down the left side of the ice and firing the puck low short side to beat Akesson for the first goal of the game with 40 second remaining in the period.

Both teams turned up the physical play in the third period, as two early hits by Bruins forwards put their Monarch counterparts on the ice, and the Coyotes responded in kind. Then with just over 11 minutes to go, Cherry Creek put home a second goal when a bad-angle shot by Nitchen careened off of Akesson and into the slot. There, Sean DeKramer buried it over the shoulder of the Monarch netminder for the 2-0 lead.

Monarch finally answered though, scoring two goals in 17 seconds in the final three minutes of regulation.

The first came when defenseman Mattjis Ossorio snuck down the slot and buried a stray puck in front; the second on an excellent effort by the team’s two leading scorers, Andrew Pickner and Blake Bride, with the latter getting the tally on a pretty pass from his linemate.

Both goals were scored with Akesson pulled for an extra attacker.

After Thursday’s six overtime affair between Creek and Dakota Ridge, it was only fitting that the championship would go to overtime as well.

(Ray Chen/ArrayPhoto.com)

More photos. (Ray Chen/ArrayPhoto.com)

The first five minute stanza was very equally matched, but by the second overtime, the ice had started to tilt towards the Coyotes. Shots were 36-26 in favor of Monarch and the play was becoming one-sided.

But the zamboni break was all Creek would need. In the third overtime, a Chris Nitchen shot again created a juicy rebound, and Nick Chavez sealed it for the Bruins.

“I don’t even play on a line with Chris,” Chavez said after the game. “He was amazing tonight and I just happened to be out there with him and when he took that shot, I knew I just had to clean it up.”

In trips to the state championship game in 2013 and 2014, the Coyotes ran into the buzz saw that is Ralston Valley and fell 5-1 and 4-1 respectively. On Saturday they fell short again, but it was a lot closer than their previous two trips.

“I’m so proud of these guys,” Monarch coach Jimmy Dexter said. “At the beginning of the season, with just four seniors and 17 kids gone from last year, I didn’t think we’d be here.

“They never quit. Obviously we want to be on the other side of (the scoreboard), but these kids will be back.”

This season however, belonged to Cherry Creek. Goaltender Brady Mielnicki made 34 saves in the game, boosting the team as he had all playoffs long. And once it got to overtime, the Bruins knew it was all over.

“We thought if we got it to overtime we would win. It’s as simple as that,” Mielnicki said matter-of-factly. “We knew there were ebbs and flows. But we stayed disciplined, the kids were resilient, and in the end it was rewarded.”

Cherry Creek Bantam AA Team

Cherry Creek announces Bantam AA Team for the 2016-2017 Season. 

The Independent Team will be led by veteran Head Coach Sean Hinchliffe.

Registration for the August 16th AA Tryout is Open.

Jon Denkin comes to Cherry Creek after coaching at Littleton. Jon was the Midget Minor A Head Coach. He has also coached at the Midget Major AA level with Arapahoe and was a Head Coach for Rock Canyon in the High Plains League. This Spring Jon was a Varsity Assistant on the Cherry Creek High Plains team.

Recent Fall Prep U18 News

Cherry Creek Hockey All-State Honors

03/17/2015, 7:15pm MDT
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All-State Hockey Team for 2014-2015 Season

All-state hockey team for 2014-15 season

By CHSAA Mar 17, 2015, 1:59 pm
in ALL-STATEFEATUREDICE HOCKEY0

 
Air Academy Denver East hockey

Air Academy's Travis Work (center) is this season's hockey player of the year. (Matt Minton)

The 2014-15 all-state hockey team is presented by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.

These teams were created following a vote of coaches. The player and coach of the year was a separate vote.

 
 

Player of the year: Travis Work, Air Academy

Coach of the year: Jeff Mielnicki, Cherry Creek

FIRST TEAM
NAME SCHOOL YEAR POS.
Blake Bride Monarch Junior F
Brady Mielnicki Cherry Creek Senior G
Tony Salazar Ralston Valley Junior F
Sam Thrutchley Air Academy Senior D
John Tower Resurrection Christian Senior D
Travis Work Air Academy Senior F
SECOND TEAM
NAME SCHOOL YEAR POS.
Thomas Jahde Regis Jesuit Senior D
Zach Lish Resurrection Christian Senior F
Chris Nitchen Cherry Creek Senior F
Joey Owston Dakota Ridge Senior G
Zach Ross Dakota Ridge Junior D
Jonathan Valtin Air Academy Senior F
 
 

Honorable mention

Connor Brennan, Regis Jesuit, Senior; Nick Chavez, Cherry Creek, Senior; Garrett Devine, Resurrection Christian, Junior; Sam Gartner, Regis Jesuit, Junior; Bryan Hancock, Mountain Vista, Senior; Jeff Moffat, Ralston Valley, Senior; Evan Morris, Aspen, Senior; Dmitri Smith, Lewis-Palmer, Senior; Zach Williams, Dakota Ridge, Senior

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Cherry Creek hockey outlasts Dakota Ridge in six overtimes to move to title game

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Cherry Creek hockey outlasts Dakota Ridge in six overtimes to move to title game

By Zach Fogg Mar 5, 2015, 10:19 pm
in FEATUREDICE HOCKEY0

 
Cherry Creek Dakota Ridge hockey

Cherry Creek players celebrate the winning goal against Dakota Ridge after the sixth overtime. More photos. (Matt Mathewes/MVPSportsPics.com)

LOVELAND — After their respective performances in the quarterfinals, the stakes were high for goaltenders Brady Mielnicki and Joey Owston. Neither would disappoint.

The two combined for 69 saves in a back-and-forth battle that saw Cherry Creek (18-4 overall) finally defeat Dakota Ridge (18-4) by a final of 3-2 in the unprecedented sixth five-minute overtime period on Chris Nitchen's game-winning goal. The win means Cherry Creek advances to the state championship game.

The six overtimes make the game the longest in state history.

Following his spectacular 41-save performance against defending champion Ralston Valley, Mielnicki’s night was no easier against the Eagles, who peppered the Bruins’ netminder with 32 shots.

“He’s had outstanding focus,” Cherry Creek head coach Jeff Mielnicki said of his goaltender. “You know he worked really hard this summer, knowing what the opportunity could be and he didn’t play baseball and instead was on the ice six days a week, working to be where he is now.”

He was matched on the other end by Owston, who made 39 saves of his own in a losing effort.

Cherry Creek Dakota Ridge hockey

Chris Nitchen celebrates his winning goal. More photos. (Jack Eberhard/JacksActionShots.com)

Despite Owston’s success, it would be Creek that opened up the scoring in a very physical first period, when Bruins’ defenseman James Shelton unleashed a high blast from the point that snuck past the screened Eagles goalie on the short side.

Dakota Ridge would waste little time answering though, as Zach Ross would bury a nice centering pass from teammate Zach Williams behind the net to tie the game at one with just over five minutes remaining in the first period.

And the Eagles weren’t done in the opening frame either. Just a few minutes later, a slapshot by Ross glanced off of a partially screened Mielnicki (who finished with a whopping 30 saves of his own), leaving a fat rebound that was slammed home by Eagles forward Graehm Konsella.

As the second period began, a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play put the Bruins right back in the driver seat. Although they didn’t score during the advantage, Cherry Creek brought their shot total from three to 13 in under seven minutes as a result of their newfound momentum and would carry it through the end of the period.

Ironically, the Bruins’ best chance to score during their dominant second period had very little to do with their overall play. During a race for a dumped puck that didn’t quite make it to an icing call, Sam Harris leaned in to swat the puck towards Owston and away from his defensive counterpart. The bizarre nature of the play may have surprised the Dakota Ridge netminder, but luckily the puck fluttered harmlessly high.

The third period saw the two teams return to equal footing, as the penalties slowed and Dakota Ridge regained their composure at even strength. While the two teams went blow for blow though, the overall atmosphere of the third period was fairly cautious.

Then, with less than seven minutes remaining in the regulation, a flurry in front of the Dakota Ridge net turned into a tie game as Max Tennant slipped the puck past Owston.

It was only fitting that these two teams would end it in overtime. But then a first overtime turned into a second, where early on a hand pass waived off a would-be game-winner by Dakota Ridge. Then a second overtime turned into a third, then a fourth where Nick Chavez of Cherry Creek took a breakaway left to right in front of Owston, who just got a pad on the puck to make the save.

The teams weren’t finished either, and would ultimately play into the sixth overtime before Nitchen of Cherry Creek managed to turn a routine breakout into a partial breakaway with a burst of speed, then fired the puck over a sprawling Owston into the top left corner to seal the win for Cherry Creek.

“I remember that (Nitchen) was in a little video we did,” coach Mielnicki said, “and all he said was, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to win the state championship game?' And he put us there.”

Cherry Creek Dakota Ridge hockey

More photos. (Matt Mathewes/MVPSportsPics.com)

For the Bruins, their return to the championship  marks the school’s first trip since 1981, a 3-1 loss to Arapahoe. Cherry Creek’s hockey program was shut down shortly later and just started up again two seasons ago.

But although the night belonged to the Bruins, few could argue that it was Owston’s outstanding play in net that stole the show. Asked after the game what the future might hold for the senior netminder, Owston seemed content to take it one day at a time.

“We’ll just see what comes next,” Owston said. “I’ve really enjoyed competitive hockey but I don’t know yet if it’s something I want to do in college. Maybe club.”

The guess here is that the kid will find a place to play if he wants it.

As for Cherry Creek, they will face the winner of the second semifinal game between Regis and Monarch. For the Bruins though, it’s all just gravy after the support the hockey team has been shown by the school.

“Our district head, our principals, our assistant principles, our ADs, you know these people are supporting hockey,” Mielnicki said of the support. “We’re going to continue to grow because of that.”

That may be true, but on Saturday, Cherry Creek will play for the state championship, and that has to feel even better.

 

Cherry Creek Wins State Championship in 3 OT'S

03/16/2015, 8:45am MDT
By Creek Hockey

Cherry Creek Wins State Championship in 3 OT'S

LOVELAND — It’s not often you get a championship that was 25 years in the making.

But after their hockey program was disbanded in 1987, not to be restarted until 2012, that is exactly what happened on Saturday. The Cherry Creek Bruins (19-4 overall) defeated the Monarch Coyotes (17-4-1) by a final of 3-2 in the state hockey championship on Saturday.

After so much time, what’s three overtimes to get it done, right?

In just their third season back as a program, head coach Jeff Mielnicki said he took extra measures to make sure that this team was ready for the season.

“Let’s put it this way,” Mielnicki said after the game, “we graduated basically a whole team last season. So before the winter, I took a bunch of the younger guys up to Chicago and played some of the best prep teams in the country. After that, I knew it would be a good year.”

Cherry Creek's trip to the championship game was their first in 34 years. In 1981, the Bruins dropped a 3-1 championship to Arapahoe and six years later, the program was done. Their last championship came in 1979.

For Monarch, meanwhile, 17 of the players on their own roster were not on the team during last season’s run to the championship game.

Despite the Coyotes' talent advantage up front that had been on display previously in the playoffs, the Bruins took it Monarch from the opening puck drop. Within the first 10 minutes, Creek had had a breakaway and two near misses in 10 shots against goaltender Hampus Akesson, who made 26 saves.

After a Blake Bride holding penalty gave the Bruins a productive power play, Monarch appeared to weather the storm. Shots, once 10-2 in favor of Cherry Creek, ended up a much more even 10-8 by the finish of the first period.

It was then that the self-professed “second period team” turned up the heat.

After killing part of an early penalty, Monarch caught a break as Cherry Creek’s Sean DeKramer took a five minute checking-from-behind major that carried with it a 10 minute misconduct. After a routine tripping call a few minutes later, Monarch used the full two-minute 5-on-3 to regain some of the momentum.

Despite their work, the Coyotes were uncharacteristically undisciplined in the second, getting whistled for three penalties in the frame and suffering from a general lack of communication that created scoring chances for the Bruins.

The final chance of the second came in one such situation, when a delayed call on Monarch led to Cherry Creek’s Chris Nitchen streaking down the left side of the ice and firing the puck low short side to beat Akesson for the first goal of the game with 40 second remaining in the period.

Both teams turned up the physical play in the third period, as two early hits by Bruins forwards put their Monarch counterparts on the ice, and the Coyotes responded in kind. Then with just over 11 minutes to go, Cherry Creek put home a second goal when a bad-angle shot by Nitchen careened off of Akesson and into the slot. There, Sean DeKramer buried it over the shoulder of the Monarch netminder for the 2-0 lead.

Monarch finally answered though, scoring two goals in 17 seconds in the final three minutes of regulation.

The first came when defenseman Mattjis Ossorio snuck down the slot and buried a stray puck in front; the second on an excellent effort by the team’s two leading scorers, Andrew Pickner and Blake Bride, with the latter getting the tally on a pretty pass from his linemate.

Both goals were scored with Akesson pulled for an extra attacker.

After Thursday’s six overtime affair between Creek and Dakota Ridge, it was only fitting that the championship would go to overtime as well.

(Ray Chen/ArrayPhoto.com)

More photos. (Ray Chen/ArrayPhoto.com)

The first five minute stanza was very equally matched, but by the second overtime, the ice had started to tilt towards the Coyotes. Shots were 36-26 in favor of Monarch and the play was becoming one-sided.

But the zamboni break was all Creek would need. In the third overtime, a Chris Nitchen shot again created a juicy rebound, and Nick Chavez sealed it for the Bruins.

“I don’t even play on a line with Chris,” Chavez said after the game. “He was amazing tonight and I just happened to be out there with him and when he took that shot, I knew I just had to clean it up.”

In trips to the state championship game in 2013 and 2014, the Coyotes ran into the buzz saw that is Ralston Valley and fell 5-1 and 4-1 respectively. On Saturday they fell short again, but it was a lot closer than their previous two trips.

“I’m so proud of these guys,” Monarch coach Jimmy Dexter said. “At the beginning of the season, with just four seniors and 17 kids gone from last year, I didn’t think we’d be here.

“They never quit. Obviously we want to be on the other side of (the scoreboard), but these kids will be back.”

This season however, belonged to Cherry Creek. Goaltender Brady Mielnicki made 34 saves in the game, boosting the team as he had all playoffs long. And once it got to overtime, the Bruins knew it was all over.

“We thought if we got it to overtime we would win. It’s as simple as that,” Mielnicki said matter-of-factly. “We knew there were ebbs and flows. But we stayed disciplined, the kids were resilient, and in the end it was rewarded.”

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Cherry Creek hockey outlasts Dakota Ridge in six overtimes to move to title game

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Cherry Creek hockey outlasts Dakota Ridge in six overtimes to move to title game

By Zach Fogg Mar 5, 2015, 10:19 pm
in FEATUREDICE HOCKEY0

 
Cherry Creek Dakota Ridge hockey

Cherry Creek players celebrate the winning goal against Dakota Ridge after the sixth overtime. More photos. (Matt Mathewes/MVPSportsPics.com)

LOVELAND — After their respective performances in the quarterfinals, the stakes were high for goaltenders Brady Mielnicki and Joey Owston. Neither would disappoint.

The two combined for 69 saves in a back-and-forth battle that saw Cherry Creek (18-4 overall) finally defeat Dakota Ridge (18-4) by a final of 3-2 in the unprecedented sixth five-minute overtime period on Chris Nitchen's game-winning goal. The win means Cherry Creek advances to the state championship game.

The six overtimes make the game the longest in state history.

Following his spectacular 41-save performance against defending champion Ralston Valley, Mielnicki’s night was no easier against the Eagles, who peppered the Bruins’ netminder with 32 shots.

“He’s had outstanding focus,” Cherry Creek head coach Jeff Mielnicki said of his goaltender. “You know he worked really hard this summer, knowing what the opportunity could be and he didn’t play baseball and instead was on the ice six days a week, working to be where he is now.”

He was matched on the other end by Owston, who made 39 saves of his own in a losing effort.

Cherry Creek Dakota Ridge hockey

Chris Nitchen celebrates his winning goal. More photos. (Jack Eberhard/JacksActionShots.com)

Despite Owston’s success, it would be Creek that opened up the scoring in a very physical first period, when Bruins’ defenseman James Shelton unleashed a high blast from the point that snuck past the screened Eagles goalie on the short side.

Dakota Ridge would waste little time answering though, as Zach Ross would bury a nice centering pass from teammate Zach Williams behind the net to tie the game at one with just over five minutes remaining in the first period.

And the Eagles weren’t done in the opening frame either. Just a few minutes later, a slapshot by Ross glanced off of a partially screened Mielnicki (who finished with a whopping 30 saves of his own), leaving a fat rebound that was slammed home by Eagles forward Graehm Konsella.

As the second period began, a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play put the Bruins right back in the driver seat. Although they didn’t score during the advantage, Cherry Creek brought their shot total from three to 13 in under seven minutes as a result of their newfound momentum and would carry it through the end of the period.

Ironically, the Bruins’ best chance to score during their dominant second period had very little to do with their overall play. During a race for a dumped puck that didn’t quite make it to an icing call, Sam Harris leaned in to swat the puck towards Owston and away from his defensive counterpart. The bizarre nature of the play may have surprised the Dakota Ridge netminder, but luckily the puck fluttered harmlessly high.

The third period saw the two teams return to equal footing, as the penalties slowed and Dakota Ridge regained their composure at even strength. While the two teams went blow for blow though, the overall atmosphere of the third period was fairly cautious.

Then, with less than seven minutes remaining in the regulation, a flurry in front of the Dakota Ridge net turned into a tie game as Max Tennant slipped the puck past Owston.

It was only fitting that these two teams would end it in overtime. But then a first overtime turned into a second, where early on a hand pass waived off a would-be game-winner by Dakota Ridge. Then a second overtime turned into a third, then a fourth where Nick Chavez of Cherry Creek took a breakaway left to right in front of Owston, who just got a pad on the puck to make the save.

The teams weren’t finished either, and would ultimately play into the sixth overtime before Nitchen of Cherry Creek managed to turn a routine breakout into a partial breakaway with a burst of speed, then fired the puck over a sprawling Owston into the top left corner to seal the win for Cherry Creek.

“I remember that (Nitchen) was in a little video we did,” coach Mielnicki said, “and all he said was, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to win the state championship game?' And he put us there.”

Cherry Creek Dakota Ridge hockey

More photos. (Matt Mathewes/MVPSportsPics.com)

For the Bruins, their return to the championship  marks the school’s first trip since 1981, a 3-1 loss to Arapahoe. Cherry Creek’s hockey program was shut down shortly later and just started up again two seasons ago.

But although the night belonged to the Bruins, few could argue that it was Owston’s outstanding play in net that stole the show. Asked after the game what the future might hold for the senior netminder, Owston seemed content to take it one day at a time.

“We’ll just see what comes next,” Owston said. “I’ve really enjoyed competitive hockey but I don’t know yet if it’s something I want to do in college. Maybe club.”

The guess here is that the kid will find a place to play if he wants it.

As for Cherry Creek, they will face the winner of the second semifinal game between Regis and Monarch. For the Bruins though, it’s all just gravy after the support the hockey team has been shown by the school.

“Our district head, our principals, our assistant principles, our ADs, you know these people are supporting hockey,” Mielnicki said of the support. “We’re going to continue to grow because of that.”

That may be true, but on Saturday, Cherry Creek will play for the state championship, and that has to feel even better.

 

Cherry Creek Wins State Championship in 3 OT'S

03/16/2015, 8:45am MDT
By Creek Hockey

Cherry Creek Wins State Championship in 3 OT'S

LOVELAND — It’s not often you get a championship that was 25 years in the making.

But after their hockey program was disbanded in 1987, not to be restarted until 2012, that is exactly what happened on Saturday. The Cherry Creek Bruins (19-4 overall) defeated the Monarch Coyotes (17-4-1) by a final of 3-2 in the state hockey championship on Saturday.

After so much time, what’s three overtimes to get it done, right?

In just their third season back as a program, head coach Jeff Mielnicki said he took extra measures to make sure that this team was ready for the season.

“Let’s put it this way,” Mielnicki said after the game, “we graduated basically a whole team last season. So before the winter, I took a bunch of the younger guys up to Chicago and played some of the best prep teams in the country. After that, I knew it would be a good year.”

Cherry Creek's trip to the championship game was their first in 34 years. In 1981, the Bruins dropped a 3-1 championship to Arapahoe and six years later, the program was done. Their last championship came in 1979.

For Monarch, meanwhile, 17 of the players on their own roster were not on the team during last season’s run to the championship game.

Despite the Coyotes' talent advantage up front that had been on display previously in the playoffs, the Bruins took it Monarch from the opening puck drop. Within the first 10 minutes, Creek had had a breakaway and two near misses in 10 shots against goaltender Hampus Akesson, who made 26 saves.

After a Blake Bride holding penalty gave the Bruins a productive power play, Monarch appeared to weather the storm. Shots, once 10-2 in favor of Cherry Creek, ended up a much more even 10-8 by the finish of the first period.

It was then that the self-professed “second period team” turned up the heat.

After killing part of an early penalty, Monarch caught a break as Cherry Creek’s Sean DeKramer took a five minute checking-from-behind major that carried with it a 10 minute misconduct. After a routine tripping call a few minutes later, Monarch used the full two-minute 5-on-3 to regain some of the momentum.

Despite their work, the Coyotes were uncharacteristically undisciplined in the second, getting whistled for three penalties in the frame and suffering from a general lack of communication that created scoring chances for the Bruins.

The final chance of the second came in one such situation, when a delayed call on Monarch led to Cherry Creek’s Chris Nitchen streaking down the left side of the ice and firing the puck low short side to beat Akesson for the first goal of the game with 40 second remaining in the period.

Both teams turned up the physical play in the third period, as two early hits by Bruins forwards put their Monarch counterparts on the ice, and the Coyotes responded in kind. Then with just over 11 minutes to go, Cherry Creek put home a second goal when a bad-angle shot by Nitchen careened off of Akesson and into the slot. There, Sean DeKramer buried it over the shoulder of the Monarch netminder for the 2-0 lead.

Monarch finally answered though, scoring two goals in 17 seconds in the final three minutes of regulation.

The first came when defenseman Mattjis Ossorio snuck down the slot and buried a stray puck in front; the second on an excellent effort by the team’s two leading scorers, Andrew Pickner and Blake Bride, with the latter getting the tally on a pretty pass from his linemate.

Both goals were scored with Akesson pulled for an extra attacker.

After Thursday’s six overtime affair between Creek and Dakota Ridge, it was only fitting that the championship would go to overtime as well.

(Ray Chen/ArrayPhoto.com)

More photos. (Ray Chen/ArrayPhoto.com)

The first five minute stanza was very equally matched, but by the second overtime, the ice had started to tilt towards the Coyotes. Shots were 36-26 in favor of Monarch and the play was becoming one-sided.

But the zamboni break was all Creek would need. In the third overtime, a Chris Nitchen shot again created a juicy rebound, and Nick Chavez sealed it for the Bruins.

“I don’t even play on a line with Chris,” Chavez said after the game. “He was amazing tonight and I just happened to be out there with him and when he took that shot, I knew I just had to clean it up.”

In trips to the state championship game in 2013 and 2014, the Coyotes ran into the buzz saw that is Ralston Valley and fell 5-1 and 4-1 respectively. On Saturday they fell short again, but it was a lot closer than their previous two trips.

“I’m so proud of these guys,” Monarch coach Jimmy Dexter said. “At the beginning of the season, with just four seniors and 17 kids gone from last year, I didn’t think we’d be here.

“They never quit. Obviously we want to be on the other side of (the scoreboard), but these kids will be back.”

This season however, belonged to Cherry Creek. Goaltender Brady Mielnicki made 34 saves in the game, boosting the team as he had all playoffs long. And once it got to overtime, the Bruins knew it was all over.

“We thought if we got it to overtime we would win. It’s as simple as that,” Mielnicki said matter-of-factly. “We knew there were ebbs and flows. But we stayed disciplined, the kids were resilient, and in the end it was rewarded.”

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All registrants must have or create an account with the Creek Hockey website before registration will be available.  If you already have a SportNgin account from another association you can use the same account.  

  1. Simply login in using the "Login" link in the upper left corner of this page.  
  2. Once you have logged in click on the link to "Become a member" of our site.  
  3. You can then proceed to the registration link below.

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Head Coach Bantam Royal A

CC Hockey is proud to have Coach Kiefer teaching our Bantam players the game of hockey. Charlie brings a passion and excitement to the game that transfers to all of the players. 

Coach Kiefer is a Level 4 CEP.

 

2016-2017 CCHA Season Payment Registration.

Please click on the link to below to complete your Team Registration and Season Payment options.

 

Registration Process

  1. Player Registration with Creek Hockey
    1. All players are required to register with Creek Hockey, even if player has played for a Creek Hockey team in fall or last season.
    2. Registration link is provided below.
    3. Player will need to complete USA Hockey registration and have a valid 2016-17 USA Hockey Number when registering.
    4. Tryout Fee $100.00. 
    5. Registration is available on-line and will require the creation of a SportNgin user account. (see directions below)
    6. Registration will include a $500.00 deposit fee for both returning and new players. Players that do not make a team and are released will have their deposit's returned.
  2. Registration with the CCSD is not required for the Fall Prep or Club teams.
  3. Team Registration. Payment must be made after a player is selected to a team. Log into your SportNgin account and register your player to their appropriate team. You will have the option to pay the remaining balance in full or choose the scheduled payment installment plan for your team. A player will NOT be rostered on a team until this Step has been completed.
  4. 2016-2017 Team Fees.
    Varsity Prep Midget Major AA $1850.00
    Junior Varsity Prep Midget Major A $1800.00
    Bantam AA $1800.00
    Additional Team information will be provided in the Registration Link.

Please continue to re-visit the Creek Hockey website or like us on Facebook for more information and updates regarding tryouts.  Practice times, game times and off ice training times are being scheduled and will be available on the website calendar. 

Tryout Schedule

Cherry Creek Hockey Association 
Tryouts 2016-2017 Season
August 9th – 11th, 2016  --  The Ice Ranch

Players are required to register and complete all tryout information and payment requirements with Cherry Creek and register with USA Hockey before tryouts.

Tuesday, August 9th  Varsity Prep Midget Major 18UAA / Varsity Prep T2 18UA
4:45pm  5:45pm
 

 

Wednesday, August 10th Varsity Prep Midget Major 18UAA / Varsity Prep T2 18UA
4:45pm  5:45pm
 

 

Thursday, August 11th  Varsity Prep Midget Major AA / Varsity Prep T2 18UA Final
4:45pm  5:45pm
 

 

Friday, August 12th 5:45pm  Varsity Prep Parent Meeting Ice Ranch

 

Friday, August 12th 6:30pm Varsity Prep T2 Prep Parent Meeting Ice Ranch

 

 
 

 
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Tryouts are open to all prospective student athletes who have filled out the following information below.  Any student who played on the CC CHSAA Team must complete the registration process as the CHSAA Team is a separate tryout and team.  

 

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Cherry Creek Hockey Association Registration

Registration must be completed by the following dates:

Varsity Prep Midget Major AA: August 8, 2016

Varsity Prep Midget Major A: August 8, 2016

 

Registration Process

  1. Player Registration with Creek Hockey
    1. All players are required to register with Creek Hockey, even if player has played for a Cherry Creek Hockey team last season.
    2. Registration link is provided to the right.
    3. Player will need to complete USA Hockey registration and have a valid 2016-2017 USA Hockey Number when registering.
    4. Tryout Fee $100.00. 
    5. Registration is available on-line and will require the creation of a SportNgin user account. (see directions below)
    6. Registration will include a $500.00 deposit fee for both returning and new players. Players that do not make a team and are released will have their deposit's returned.
  2. Registration with the CCSD is not required for the Fall Prep or Club teams.
  3. Team Registration. Payment must be made after a player is selected to a team. Log into your SportNgin account and register your player to their appropriate team. You will have the option to pay the remaining balance in full or choose the scheduled payment installment plan for your team. A player will NOT be rostered on a team until this Step has been completed.
  4. 2016-2017 Team Fees.
    Varsity Prep Midget Major AA $1850.00
    Varsity Prep T2 Midget Major A $1800.00
  5. Additional Team information will be provided in the Registration Link.

Please continue to re-visit the Creek Hockey website or like us on Facebook for more information and updates regarding tryouts.  Practice times, game times and off ice training times are being scheduled and will be available on the website calendar. 

Creating SportNgin Account

All registrants must have or create an account with the Creek Hockey website before registration will be available.  If you already have a SportNgin account from another association you can use the same account.  

  1. Simply login in using the "Login" link in the upper left corner of this page.  
  2. Once you have logged in click on the link to "Become a member" of our site.  
  3. You can then proceed to the registration link below.

If you do not already have a SportNgin account created you can create one by follow the simple steps to create an account provide by SportNgin by clicking here. (Note: link will open in a new window for easy reference.)  Once you account is created you can follow the steps above.

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Cherry Creek Hockey Association Registration

Registration must be completed by the following dates:

Varsity Prep Midget Major AA: August 8, 2016

Junior Varsity Prep Midget Major A: August 8, 2016

Bantam AA: August 8, 2016

2016-2017 Cherry Creek Hockey Registration Now Open!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Tryout Schedule 2016

November 7th. CHSAA Player Meeting 6:00pm Cherry Creek High School Team Room W201

Tryout Schedule

November  9th … 3:30pm-4:30pm Family Sports Center Pre-Tryout Skate
November 10th… 3:30pm-4:30pm Family Sports Center Pre-Tryout Skate
November 11th.... 3:30pm-4:30pm Family Sports Center CHSAA Tryout
November 12th….3:10pm-4:40pm Final CHSAA Tryout Family Sports Center

November 14th….5:15pm Parent Meeting Varsity Family Sports Center                      

November 14th.... 6:15pm Parent Meeting Junior Varsity Family Sports Center

Tryouts are open to all prospective CCSD athletes who have filled out the following information below.  Any student who played on the CC Fall Team must complete the registration process as the CHSAA Team is a separate tryout and team.

Registration Process

  1. On-Line Registration and Payment. District Registration. Physical Clearance.
    1. Cherry Creek High School (CCHS) has a new athletic registration process for 2016-2017.
    2. To complete the process you need to visit the CCHS ice hockey page at http://cherrycreek.ccsdathletics.org  and complete on-line registration and physical clearance form.
    3. Click here: Register: 2016-2017 Ice Hockey Registration.The new CCHS physical clearance form can be downloaded herePhysican Clearance Form.
  2. Player Registration with Creek Hockey
    1. All players are required to register with Creek Hockey, even if player has played for a Creek Hockey team in fall or last season.
    2. Registration link is provided to the bottom right.
    3. Player will need to complete USA Hockey registration and have USA Hockey Number when registering.
    4. Registration is available on-line and will require the creation of a SportNgin user account. (see directions to the right)
  3. Pay CHSAA Tryout Fee $75.00. 
    1. Payment can be made on-line using the link to the right.

CC Fall Team Players will need to complete registration steps and pay tryout fee. 

Deadline for Registration November 10th. If student has not registered or paid fee they will not be allowed on the ice for tryouts. 

Please continue to visit the Creek Hockey website or like us on Facebook for more information regarding tryouts. You can also subscribe to the the Calendar on the www.creekhockey.info/. Practice times, game times and off ice training times are being scheduled and will be available on the website calendar. 

Total Team Apparel is Open until November 22nd

Cherry Creek Hockey Association is pleased to announce that our online store is now open for warm-ups and white helmet orders for families to place their orders. Please click on the link below.

http://totalteamsales.tuosystems.com/stores/cc-hockey-2016

Cherry Creek Online Store is Open 

December 8th - December 20th

Please click on the East Bay Link Below.

http://www.Eastbayteamsales.com/teamstore

Then enter the CC Hockey Code

OFTSCCH4

Cherry Creek Equipment and Merchandise

https://cherry-creek-hockey-equipment-merchandise.cheddarup.com

2016-2017 CCHA Season Payment Registration.

Please click on the link to below to complete your Team Registration and Season Payment options.

 

2016-17 Team Registrations Now Open!!

Click here to register

Cherry Creek Alumni Game Boys!!

Cherry Creek CHSAA Varsity/JV Prep Player / Parent Hockey Meeting

July 16th 5:00pm Family Sports Center

Cherry Creek Hockey Annual Player/Parent CHSAA and Fall Prep Meeting.

The meeting will follow our Cherry Creek Midget ID Camp at Family Sports Center.

Tryout information will be provided on all Fall and CHSAA teams both Varsity and Junior Varsity.

Please add this to your Must Attend list!

Important information on how to Register and complete required items for the CHSAA Tryout will be provided.

For additional questions and information please contact;

Jeff Mielnicki
Cherry Creek Hockey Association
President/Hockey Director
Cherry Creek High School
Varsity Head Coach
H-303-680-6524
C-720-436-3298
Redwing707@aol.com

 

 

Sean Hinchliffe

Varsity Prep Major AA Assistant Coach

Sean Hinchliffe

Sean will return this season to be a Assistant Coach on Varsity Prep. 

Sean brings 18 years of coaching experience at all levels including CHSAA.

Sean is a USA Hockey Level 4 CEP.

Sean is a native of Medford Massachusetts

 

 

Congratulations to Cherry Creek Sniper Sam Harris on being invited back to Main Camp with the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL.

CC Hockey is very Proud of this 3 Year Bruin Letterman! Sam was a outstanding Captain for 2 years and his leadership was instrumental in the success of our program during his tenure. We look forward to following Sam in the 2017-2018 Season.