Northstars find positives at all levels, both on and off the ice
The Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association’s (FYHA) 2017-18 season mimics the topography of the town with some massive peaks and difficult valleys.
For example, the 14U team’s record was 14-0 and scored 82 goals with only 15 goals against in league play.
The FYHA 16U Tier II team had a difficult league season, ending up sixth in their division. However, many of these skaters have been together since they were playing 8U and all have shown great tenacity and work ethic. This team is finishing strong with a recent win over the No. 1 seed in their division, and a 2-1 shootout loss in the championship game in Colorado.
This is the first year FYHA had enough interest to form two travel teams at the 12U and 10U levels. The 12U Major team is in second place in their division and also made it to the semifinal game in a Utah tournament. The 10U Major team, having finished first in their division with an 11-1 record, went to compete in the Squirt International Tournament in Fargo, N.D., playing in the Elite bracket and took sixth place out of 80 teams. Both the 12U Minor and 10U Minor teams had tough seasons, but the association is proud of these players for working hard and improving their skills.
Anyone walking by the locker room or the hotel pool where these kids are hanging out would quickly learn that these players are having a ton of fun. The Northstars also hosted the final Mite Jamboree this month where their 8U select teams showcased their skills.
While they love when their teams do well, FYHA believes youth hockey is about learning teamwork, sportsmanship, and having fun. The FYHA BOD, coaches and parents are proud of each of these players and wish them the best for the rest of their seasons.
— Emily Mokelke
(March 29, 2018)