Colorado Springs AAA the next stop for Warriors standout Terrel
The goal of the New Mexico Warriors association has always been to develop elite, competitive hockey players who can compete at the highest levels possible.
Kieran Terrel is the latest example of that as he’ll skate for the Colorado Springs Tigers’ 15U AAA National team for the 2018-19 season.
“I heard about the program from Matt Orlando and Nick Weaver who played here in New Mexico for the Warriors and played last season for the Tigers,” said Terrel. “They loved the program and recommended that I try out. I knew from the moment that I attended the ID camp that I wanted to play in Colorado Springs and was excited when they selected me for the team.”
Terrel added that being comfortable in new surroundings will be a major help.
“I really like the training facilities and the coaching staff,” Terrel said. “Everyone has been friendly and supportive and that has made the transition smooth. It will be tough to leave home because my friends, teammates, and family are all in New Mexico. The support I have received at home from coaches, parents, and the organization has been unbelievable. I am very fortunate to have played for such great people.”
The son of the Warriors goalie coach Tom Terrel, the younger Terrel grew up playing for NMAHA and the Warriors.
“The coaches that stand out the most have been Vladimir Hartinger and Brian Barnes with the Warriors,” Terrel said. “They both worked with me on skills and pushed me to better myself. Because of them, I understand the game and am now able to compete at a much higher level. I also appreciate the support of my family. My mom (Taryn) and dad sacrifice a lot so my brothers Sean and Eion and I can all play. I also appreciate my sister Daniela‘s support.
“Playing for the Warriors prepared me by creating a competitive atmosphere to develop. I have played with the same group of players for many years and that taught me the importance of teamwork. That has helped me prepare for playing at the AAA level.”
— Matt Mackinder
(Sept. 27, 2018)