For the past five years, the DC area has sent a team to compete in the America’s High School Showcase in Pittsburg, PA. This is an incredible opportunity for hockey players in the area to be scouted by college and junior programs. The Showcase also provides avenues for players to continue to play in college. In the past, players who attended the Showcase have been able to open up doors for themselves to allow more options for themselves to be student athletes in college.
Tri-City Eagles U16AA head coach Rob Trantin, also head coach at Archbishop Spalding, will be coaching this year's Maryland Showcase Team. This Friday at The Gardens Ice House, the Maryland 1st and 2nd Showcase Teams played each other, as Coach Rob watched. The pace was fast and the hockey was great. Congratulations to the Eagles that were selected for both the 1st and 2nd teams and good luck to the team and Coach Rob next weekend at the Showcase.
Helping to instill a love for our game is perhaps the most important goal of the Tri-City Eagles. There is no better way to sample that passion then by watching the Tri-City Mites in action. It's amazing how the determination and joy in a five-year old, who is just starting to play the game, can teach you as much about what it means to be a hockey player as our high flying Midget AA players.
On Friday, Tri-City had the chance to showcase their coaching, philosophy, facilities and programming to area mites and their parents at their Open House Mite Night. Led by Tri-City and Reservoir High School Coach Matty Valvano, these aspiring young hockey players had a good skate and a ton of fun.
It wasn't all about the kids however. Prospective Eagle mite parents were addressed by Tri-City Executive Director, Michael Pacylowski and heard the good news that the Tri-City Eagles will be fielding house and travel teams next year, with the rates set at only $500 and $875 respectively. "We have always felt that we offer the most comprehensive 8U program with the best facilities and coaches in the market. We are very excited to continue to do so, and at an extremely competitive price as well" remarked Michael.
As he filled out written evaluations for each mite in attendance, Eagles Hockey Director, Russell Smith was thrilled by the great turnout and the hard working prospects. "We have programming specific for each age group at Tri-City, but it all starts here at the base of our organization with these hungry young athletes and their passion for the sport," said Coach Russ.
Mite teams will not be formed until mid-August, however there is plenty of activity during the off-season. If you're interested in receiving more information about the Tri-City Eagles Mite program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.