Ski Town, USA, certainly has its ring to it. But anyone in Steamboat’s hockey community knows that it could easily be called Hockey Town, USA, too!
Steamboat’s hockey culture is huge, from its youth programs, to our junior team, to the adult league. In honor of the Steamboat Hockey Classic coming up, here is a list of why Steamboat Hockey is so special.
The Steamboat Stampede boasts both boys and girls hockey programs starting from Intro to Hockey to high school. These programs help boost leadership, teamwork, and hard work among the players. Not to mention that they help introduce players to a great community of coaches, dedicated parents, and happy teams. Growing up in Steamboat playing hockey lets you explore the rest of Colorado as you drive to games across the state. Players also develop a love and passion for playing that continues for the rest of their life.
The Steamboat Wranglers is a Junior League in town that draws in internationally experienced hockey players to compete in a pre-professional league. It also leads to very fun games, where audience members can cheer loudly as they watch a true spectacle that the ice rink performs. There is a light show when the Wranglers get on the ice, fun music to dance to, and $1 beers whenever the Wranglers score. It’s a fun event for everyone!
Throughout my years playing hockey, there is a mantra one develops both in an out of the game. “Well, all roads lead to adult league!” We all knew that no matter what, we would be welcomed to play in adult league. And it looked so cool! Adult league offers a fun chance for coworkers to bond and then compete against each other, all within their own skill level. There is an A, B, and C league where everyone can try out their skills. If you are instead looking for only playing a few games there are fun ABC hockey tournaments around the holidays where you burn off calories and steam playing several games in one day.
Steamboat Hockey Classic
Hockey is well celebrated within Steamboat, as evidenced by the Steamboat Hockey Classic. The Steamboat Hockey Classic is a fundraiser that benefits youth hockey in Steamboat. It is also a celebration of hockey in general as great players throughout the USA arrive to honor hockey’s history. This year the Classic will welcome members from both the NWHL and the NHL, featuring Dani Rylan (founder and current commissioner of the WNHL), and Jack O’Callahan, a member of the infamous USA hockey team that miraculously beat the Soviet Union in 1980, inspiring the movie Miracle. This year the Hockey Classic will be this weekend, starting tomorrow. Get tickets here!
So come check-out hockey in Steamboat, we promise you will have fun!