ALERTS:
Search:
Skip Navigation LinksCherry Creek School District > District News > High school hockey players help youngsters learn the game
Print this page

High school hockey players help youngsters learn the game

Members of the Cherry Creek High School hockey team are sharing their love of the sport with youngsters who are new to the game. For six Saturdays in August and September, you’ll find 46 varsity and junior varsity athletes on the ice at Family Sports Center, teaching basic skills to 62 kids between the ages of 4 and 8 years old.

“It’s fun working with them,” said defenseman Adam Frances. “Just seeing them laughing and having fun, then seeing them around the rink afterward and saying ‘Hey, how are you?’”

“It’s the feeling of happiness that you get knowing you’re helping train the next generation of athletes in Colorado for the sport that you love so much and put so much time into,” said defenseman Joe Caputo.

It’s all part of the Mile High Mites Learn to Play Program, sponsored by the Colorado Avalanche and the National Hockey League. For a fee of $160, the youngsters get a full set of hockey gear, including skates, pads, jersey and even a bag in which to carry all that equipment. They also get six weeks of lessons with local coaches and high school players.

“The excitement of getting on the ice for the first time to learn the game is something all players remember,” said Jeff Mielnicki, CCHS head coach. “For our student athletes to be part of a child's introduction to the game, that’s something they’ll never forget. They gain valuable experience teaching and learning at the same time.”

CCHS hockey help 7.jpgHigh school hockey in the Cherry Creek School District was reestablished in 2012 after a 24-year hiatus.  The CCHS team is a combined team. Members come from all six traditional high schools in the Cherry Creek School District: Cherokee Trail, Cherry Creek, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill. They train and play together as the CCHS team, competing in a USA Hockey league in the fall and the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) season from mid-November through early March. In the past five years, the team has made three Frozen Four appearances and won one Colorado State Championship. But along with competing at the highest levels, the team is also focused on making a difference in the sport and in the community.

“I want our high school student athletes to give back to our wonderful game by working with the young players,” said head coach Jeff Mielnicki. “It has been an outstanding success as parents, players and the community see our students teaching and also learning the gift of giving time to help others.”

Posted 8/28/2017 1:03 PM
Copyright © Cherry Creek School District #5, 4700 S. Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 | 303-773-1184
Cherry Creek School District No. 5 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. The Cherry Creek School District No. 5 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance officer: District Compliance Officer or directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, Federal Office Building 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite #310, Denver, CO 80204.

You are now leaving the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) portal. Please note that CCSD does not control nor can it guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, completeness, or appropriateness of any content contained on web sites and/or pages outside of the official CCSD portal. The information or opinions contained on these web sites and/or pages do not necessarily represent the views of the CCSD.

With access to the internet comes the availability of material that may not be of educational value or appropriate for students. While at school, CCSD has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate or harmful web sites. However, on the internet it is impossible to control all materials and limit all access to information that has no educational value. CCSD firmly believes that the valuable information and the interaction available on the internet far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of CCSD.