I’m taking some time to add some personal content to this blog over the next few days. Today I am in Woodridge, Illinois for the 18AAA National Championship Tournament. We are here with the Jr. Flyers as they attempt to win their first National title. The club has been to this tournament 15 times under the leadership of head coach Bud Dombroski and we hope this time is the charm. There are 12 teams from all over the country competing for this coveted title. The Flyers will play against a team from Alaska as well as the Colorado Thunderbirds and Russell Stover. There are two six team divisions and the top four in each division after the first three games will qualify for the play-offs on Saturday. Anyone interested in following along can click HERE to go to the USA Hockey site.
There are a number of very good teams in this tournament and I am going to try and catch a game between Shattuck St. Mary’s and Mid-Fairfield Blues. These are two of the best 18AAA teams in the country. Other top teams in the tournament are Detroit’s Belle Tire who were the top team in the National 18AAA Elite league this season. The Chicago Mission and Russell Stover will be quality teams as well. Some of the best young talent in the nation will be on display at this tournament and there will be scouts from all the Junior programs and some of the DIII college programs. Normally the DI college scouts are here as well but this year the NCAA black-out rule applies because the Frozen Four is going on at the same time.
For those of you who are in the Chicago area this week you should take the time to come out and watch some top level hockey if you have a chance. The games are being played at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Illinois.