Vision – To provide local Steamboat youth hockey players unique hockey experiences at little to no cost at a quality and standard typical of NCAA or elite programs.
Purpose – To teach, uphold, and enforce the character qualities and values necessary when facing adversity through the game of hockey as represented by “The First Viking”.
THE FIRST VIKING
The Steamboat Vikings play in honor of Drew Rushton, “The First Viking”. Drew Rushton set the example for great courage, grit, toughness, determination, and a “no-quit” attitude during his battle with Aplastic Anemia and associated diseases. He faced adversity head-on and gave his all until his passing in December 2018. The Vikings embrace the warrior mentality Drew exhibited and strive to live and play the same way. His example is the foundation for the philosophies and values of the Viking Hockey program.
Mission – To structure training, team, and tournament opportunities for local Steamboat hockey players to develop and grow through the Viking Hockey philosophies and values.
Strategy – To fill the void left by a limited CHSAA hockey schedule through a structured fall and spring program for local Steamboat U18 hockey players.
VIKINGS HOCKEY IS…
The Vikings will serve to fill the void for high school players participating in the CHSAA season that desire a longer, more traditional hockey season.
There will be one U18 fall high school team registered under USA Hockey within the structure of SSYHA
The team will play in one fall tournament, approximately 10 league games in the CPHL, and in the fall playoff when that spot is earned
U18 hockey players that will participate in high school hockey and desire to commit to a fall hockey program
Players must be enrolled in high school, academically eligible by SSYHA standards, with no behavioral issues
Players that are bantam-aged who intend on playing SSYHA bantam hockey are not eligible for the team as the bantam program will start mid-September
Bantam hockey will start in mid-September and SSYHA offers an excellent program for development through practices and consistent competition in league and tournament play. The Mountain Militia are also offering Bantam AA and A level teams this season for more play.
Players participating in a fall sport are not eligible for the team
We encourage multi-sport athletes and know there will be many playing football, golf, cross-country, soccer, etc. We hope these athletes excel in their fall sport and are excited to hit the ice when the CHSAA season starts in November
Practices will be open to ALL athletes desiring to skate and can fit it around their sports schedule. So, training is available to all.
Players must be capable of competing at the Tier 2, high school level
Viking Program Director and Head Coach – Yancey Rushton
Viking Hockey Assistant Coach – Nick Carelli
Viking Program Coordinator and Assistant Coach – Brian Ripley
Viking Team Manager – Jenni McPeek
The season will begin with practice on August 20, 2019.
On-ice practices will be
Tuesdays at 7pm and Thursdays at 5:15pm
Starting October 7: Monday at 8pm Tuesday 7:30pm
Team workouts will be mandatory on Mondays at 5:15pm Wednesdays at 5:15pm at the ice rink.
Labor Day Weekend is the fall tourney – “Twisted Wrister” at the Ice Ranch
The season will end with playoffs before the CHSAA season starts
November 18 is the first tryout/practice for CHSAA hockey
The cost per player is over $1,700. However, the fee to participate is $550!
Travel (bus and hotel) and some expenses will be coordinated through and subsidized by the Vikings.
Informational Parent Meeting: Monday August 19th 5:15 pm at the rink
$550 per player
Opens Online - Thursday, July 11th
Deadline to Register - Sunday, August 11th
Must register with USA Hockey for the new 2019-2020 hockey season
*NEW - Players born in 2001or 2002 on a USA Hockey U18 or High School roster must complete the online SafeSport training before being eligible to play (before being added to a roster).
Each player will be provided workout wear, game uniforms, and practice uniforms. (Workout wear to keep; uniform items to be returned)