Hockey in Texas is growing and so is the awareness of the great things happening at Chaparral Ice. Last season the University of Texas Longhorns Men’s Hockey team won the conference title and Chaparral hosted the Texas Collegiate Hockey Association state playoffs. This year UT returns to defend title and was featured on ESPN Top 10 highlights!
Congratulations to Angie Vaught on being named the Texas Amateur Hockey Association's Girls'/Women's Section Representative. Angie will organize two to three Female Development weekends in Texas as well as helping to organize the annual Texas Affiliate Camp for girls wanting to advance to the Regional and National Camps for USA Hockey.
Angie is excited to share her passion for hockey with all of the young ladies in our affiliate and to help show them the pathway to play at whatever level they choose.
The Steele County Blades are proud to announce that [former Austin Hockey player] Justin Movalli has committed to play NCAA hockey at the Framingham State University in the fall. Justin has played defense for two seasons for the Blades
The Gloucester, MA native played in 74 total games for the Blades over the last two seasons. He scored 2 goals and assisted on 21 others for a total of 23 points from the blue line.
Chaparral Ice sent seven teams to the Silver Sticks, and all seven made it to semifinals, with four advancing to finals. Two teams, specifically Chaparral Ice’s 12U B team and 16U A team, won it all in their divisions and are headed to Ontario in January to compete against the best teams in their division from Canada.
This is huge for the hockey community in Austin, especially considering how small they are compared to teams in other parts of the country where there are more resources and people interested in the sport. Right now, they’re fundraising to get travel costs covered before 2018 – The 12U B and 16U A teams, coached by Dan Sutterman and CJ Demmons.
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Deep in the heart of football-crazy central Texas, a seed was planted eight years ago. When the Texas Stars landed in Cedar Park in 2009, they sparked a renewed interest in youth hockey that has become a symbiotic relationship between the AHL club and the local youth leagues. In a state where football is a way of life, youth hockey participation in Austin has grown 42% since the Stars arrived.
No one has a better view of the success of youth hockey in Austin than Angie Vaught, the general manager of the local Chaparral Ice rink and hockey director for the Austin Metro Hockey League. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vaught grew up playing hockey in Canada and later moved to the United States and competed with the Americans in the 2002 Ringette World Championships, a sport similar to hockey.
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