Grizzlies midget hockey program very optimistic |

Grizzlies midget hockey program very optimistic

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” With the season off to a promising start, optimism is high for the Glenwood Grizzlies midget program.

Its highest level squad, the major A team, went 2-2 at last weekend’s Thanksgiving Memorial Classic in Eagle and hung with one of the area’s better teams, Vail Eagle, in its two losses.

All that without their starting goaltender, Michael Brunk, who was tied up with Glenwood Springs High School’s football playoff run.

“Our Thanksgiving tournament was a great success,” said first-year midget coach Jon Thompson, whose club squad draws players from throughout the valley. “This is a great group of kids.”

Thompson’s top skaters include Daniel Abshire, who lit up the rink at Eagle, Tony Bosco and Peter Freyschlag.

“That was obviously our power line (at Eagle),” Thompson said, “our go-to line. We had a lot of success with that lineup.”

Other big contributors include the likes of Ryan Young, Dylan Cook, Tanner Wood and Grant Wood.

Thompson said his midget program is running with about 17 players in 2008-09, a good number.

“That’s perfect for a midget squad,” he said. “That works out to be full three lines plus one.”

The midget program, as a whole, consists of minor A and major A teams. Midget major teams carry players 18 and under and midget minor teams are comprised of players 16 and under. Most of the minors will play up with the major team.

Abshire, a junior at Bridges High School, likes the Grizzlies’ chances this season. It’s a group, he says, that works together well.

“We’re not the best skating team, but we can work together,” he explained.

“We definitely make plays off each other,” added teammate Grant Wood, a junior at Roaring Fork High School.

Abshire, Wood and the Grizzly major A team resume their season today at home against the Renegades. The puck drops at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink at 4:15 p.m.

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