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Hussey and Burling to skate for All-Colorado team

Gray Hussey

For the first time in team history, Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey players will be on the All-Colorado team as Midgets Gray Hussey and Colby Burling have been selected to skate for the squad.”We’ve sent guys (to tryouts) for the past three or four years, but this is the first time we’ve had guys make it,” said Glenwood head coach Tim Cota. “It is great for the organization. They will represent Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey in fine form. I am very proud of these two guys.”

Hussey and Burling will practice with the All-Colorado team in Denver before traveling to the Chicago Showcase April 19-23 to compete against 24 different teams from around the country. Team Colorado’s first game will be against Northern New England on April 19, and it will play at least two more games. If it wins its games, the team will advance further and play more games.Hussey, a senior who is also one of Glenwood’s captains, will be playing defense for the All-Colorado team.

“Gray has been hurt by injuries the past two years, and this was the first year he’s been able to stay healthy and stay on the ice. He’s solid on defense,” Cota said. “He demonstrates leadership on the ice, and is just a sound defenseman who adds offense for our team.”Junior forward Burling will look to add offense for Colorado.

“He is one of those kids who is good because he is such a hard worker,” Cota said of Burling. “He has a great work ethic and is just a blue-collar hockey player.”GSYH has set up a fundraiser to try and help Hussey and Burling offset the traveling and tournament costs they must pay to play on the team. Dan Roper, the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink coordinator, has set aside rink time on Friday nights from 8-10 p.m. for adult drop-in hockey and all the proceeds will go to Hussey and Burling. The cost is $7 for GSCC members, $8 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. Donations are also being accepted.

“This is great for Glenwood Springs as a whole,” Cota said of his players traveling to a national competition. “They will go and represent Glenwood. It’s good for the boys, the club and the community.”Hussey and Burling making the All-Colorado team is a nice ending to a successful season, Cota said. The Grizzlies finished with a 26-14-2 record and took fifth place in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League. Although Glenwood won 40 games and the league last year, Cota said this year’s squad was better, but it faced stiffer competition.”This is the best team we’ve had in the past three years. Our record might not indicate that, but it is just because teams are more competitive,” Cota said. “It was our most competitive season yet. There was never a game when there was a complete blow out. The competition was very good this year.”

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