Our very own Jake White from the Bantam A Jr. Hurricanes team attended the Presidential Inauguration. Students from across the country gathered in Washington DC for the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit.
Below is the press release on this once in a lifetime event.
After shutting out the Carolina Eagles in the Semi-final game at the Hemby Cup tournament in Charlotte last weekend, the Jr. Hurricanes Bantam A team went into the Championship Game. It was a tough fought battle with 2 players leaving the bench due to injuries, but the team managed to persevere and hold an undefeated team to only scoring 3 goals. It was an amazing weekend of great hockey and the boys along with their parents are very proud of their accomplishment!
Squirt A Finalists in Palmetto State Golden Puck Tourney
Squirt A Enjoys Some Downtime on the Beach
The Junior Hurricanes Squirt A team continued to rack up the hardware this past weekend as finalists of the Palmetto State Golden Puck, held at the Ice Palace in Charleston, South Carolina. Pool play opened with a 6-4 victory over a scrappy Atlanta Fire team, followed by a tough 5-3 loss to the host team Jr. Stingrays, in what would be a preview of the tournament championship. Squirt A stormed out of the gate on the final day with a dominating 8-0 victory over Atlanta Ice Bandits, setting up a rematch in the final.
After a nine hour layover, the team found themselves in a 4-0 hole, before finally breaking through late in the second period and staging a furious comeback. Squirt A managed to cut the deficit to one goal at 5-4, but the Jr. Stingrays added a late tally and the visitors eventually fell 6-4 for a silver medal finish. The boys had a fun weekend off the ice as well, which included an afternoon at the beach on the Isle of Palms.
Our Squirt A team now holds a record of 9-2-1 in tournament games (26-7-4 overall), as they return to regular season play next weekend.
The boys did not have any games since before Christmas but they needed to come out strong since we were playing Montgomery Blue first on Saturday morning at 7am! They were still shaking off some holiday rust and we tied 4-4. Next up on Sunday were 2 New York teams: the PAL Sound Tigers and the Long Island Ice Cats. The boys were ready on Sunday and won 5-0 and 12-1 respectively. With a tie and 2 wins, this tied us in the standings with Montgomery but on Sunday night, Montgomery lost to the New Jersey Freeze. The Freeze is the team we were going to face on Monday morning for our 4th game. A win or tie with the Freeze would send us to the championship game, a loss would mean we would have to go into all kinds of math for the tiebreaker. After a GREAT effort by both teams, we lost to the Freeze 3-4. So starts the math….and the math went our way so off to the Championship game we went! The boys came out fast and never looked back, they won 4-1 over the Freeze. The team effort was there from all 17 players as well as our awesome coaches and it showed! Everyone contributed and the smiles on their faces as they did their victory lap with the banner said it all!
The Squirt Major AA team rolled into Pittsburgh for the Three Rivers Cup riding an 11 game win streak. They came away with the Gold Medal and their win streak intact, now standing at 16 games. Firing on all cylinders, they started with a bang on Saturday against Team Compuware posting a 5-0 win. After a 6AMSunday morning warm-up in sub-freezing temperatures and a quick jog to the rink, the Jr Hurricanes jumped out to an early 3-0 first period lead against the Kensington Valley Renegades. They only scored 1 more the rest of the way but that was enough for the 4-2 victory. That evening, the goals kept coming against the Pittsburgh Predators for another 5-0 win. That win clinched the #1 seed and a spot in the semifinals where they would face the Charlotte Jr. Checkers for the 5th time this season. Their previous meetings may have been close, but that wasn’t to be in this one as the Jr. Canes secured a spot in the final with a spirited 7-2 win. The final was a rematch against Team Compuware. Again, the Jr Hurricanes jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Compuware fought back in the 3rd with 2 goals late but that wasn't enough to overcome the great defensive play by the entire team and 4-2 was the final. The Jr. Hurricanes had 8 different goal scorers for their 25 goals and only allowed 6 goals against, including 2 shutouts. This was a championship earned by the skill, dedication and heart of every forward, defenseman and goalie on the team.
Jr Hurricanes make 2017 NHL Prospect Draft Rankings
RYHA and the Jr Hurricanes are proud and excited to announce that the 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings will include three former Jr Hurricane Players:
Josh Wilkins – Josh played most of his youth hockey within the Jr Hurricane organization (mite through Bantam ) and is listed as the 160th ranked North American skater. Josh has steadily worked up the hockey ranks, starting with the Austin Bruins in NAHL, moved on to the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL the following season, and is now playing NCAA Division I College hockey for Providence. Josh is currently their second leading scorer.
Nolan Moyle – Nolan developed and played in the RYHA organization through his first year of PW. Nolan relocated to the NY area and is now playing for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL. Nolan is ranked as the 201st North American skater.
Skyler Brind’Amour – Skyler enjoyed a successful Jr Hurricane career from mite through Minor Midget. Skyler was part of one of the most successful Jr Hurricane teams, being ranked in the top 20 teams for the last 4 years. Skyler is listed as the 202nd ranked North American skater and is currently playing for the 18U Selects in the USMAAAE league while attending South Kent Prep School.
RYHA and the Jr Hurricanes wish these players the best of luck in the draft!
Noah Hanifin Surprises 10U Jr Canes at Garner Practice
On Wednesday, January 18th, the 10U AA Major Jr Canes received quite a surprise at their practice. While attending the Bauer World invite back in early November, a team mom submitted a picture of the team to Bauer as an entry to win free sticks for each player on the team.
Unknown to the team, the picture was one of 7 selected, and Noah Hanifin, in conjunction with Bauer Hockey, showed up at practice and presented each of the players with their new sticks. Not only did Noah present the sticks, but the event was covered by local Eyewitness News 11.
Complete details can be found on the Eyewitness News 11 link below: