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Coach Mel's 2020-2021 Season Update

  2020 has been Historic by any measure as the world just seemed to stop. I am so proud of our students and teachers who found a way to educate and bring our schools together while we waited for the pandemic to run it's course and solutions could be engaged. Spring sports were closed for the season and our hearts share the tragedy of a season lost for all of our seniors. We were fortunate that our season was completed and the memories were not lost. 

The 2019-2020 CHSSA Season was very exciting as our group of Bruins battled deep into Double Overtime before falling 2-1 to State Championship Runner-up Ft. Collins. Cherry Creek powered 57 shots that night against the eventual Player Of The Year Goaltender Sam Simon.

 2020-2021 should be exciting as a solid returning group along with new additions will be counted on to make their mark as CC graduated our top 2 100 point scorers in Gavin Berkey and Hunter Fieweger and top goaltender Lucas Banks. The Bruins return Team Colorado Forward Riley Hunt Bahn who will lead this new group.

 Our tough Fall Season schedule beginning in St. Louis vs CSDHL teams and Mission Arizona will begin the journey. CPHL League games and Cherry Creek's acceptance in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) will highlight a difficult schedule to showcase their resilience. We will work hard to help our veterans lead and to develop our young players with meaningful competition. Our goal is to be ready for the CHSAA season in late November.

I am proud of our players who are continuing to follow the NCAA path. We are extremely proud of former Bruins Captain Alumni Defenseman Jackson Ross  who is currently a Junior at Colorado College. In addition, Alumni Goaltender David Fessenden who is a Sophomore at Arizona State University this Season. Several Bruins are making their mark in Junior Hockey and I anticipate more NCAA commitments in the future. 

 I wish them the best and look forward to following their careers!

I will be doing my part as well as the Midwest Head Scout with the Boston Junior Rangers with a goal of helping more Bruins and other Colorado High School Players follow their path to NCAA Hockey. A second chance without a pandemic Coaching Team Colorado NIT that will compete in Minnesota in late April 2021 will also help our player's move forward in reaching their NCAA goals.

 I take pride in hearing from other Coaches and Administrators on how far our CC Hockey program has evolved. The work ethic and compete level that started the 1st day I took over the program is what I admire most from our players. The results are always special but the road to get there is where a program comes together.

The theme here is we are competing every season to the end and each team is leaving their mark in Cherry Creek Ice Hockey History. 

I am excited to begin the 2020-2021 season. Several of our young players will step forward to drive our next group of Bruins to reach their potential. I know all of our Coaches are ready to help them achieve that goal!

Jeff Mielnicki
Coach Mel