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U16AA Boys on to Districts-come and cheer them on@IcePlex!!
The Carolina Lightning U16AA Boys team will play in the Southeastern Districts Championships at the Raleigh IcePlex. Come to the rink with your Black and Gold and cheer on our boys! (This is the best hockey you will see in our area this year...just saying....) .
CLH vs. East Coast Eagles @ 5 pm Friday evening (huge game - these two teams have played six times this year. CLH holds edge with 4-1-1 record but the games are very tight with GF/GA of 14-12.)
CLH vs. Charlotte Checkers @ 9 am Saturday morning
CLH vs. RYHA @ 5 pm Saturday evening
Finals are Sunday @ 9 am.
Below is a picture of most of team and a number of Lightning Coaches from last weekend's Squirt CHL Tournament Skills competition:
Carolina Lightning U18 Player Matthew Filer was a Carolina Hurricanes game starter on February 20 and was profiled on the USA Hockey website for another skating acumen: referee. See the full article by clicking on image below.
Congratulations Matthew, we know the game is in good hands!
(Updated 2/26/15 with boys' championship photo. In addition, both banner photographs have been added to the Wall of Champions. Congratulations again to the players, coaches and parents.)
Huge congratulations to both of the U14 teams who played this weekend: the Bantam A boys and U14 Girls teams each prevailed as their Tournament Champions this weekend.
The U14 Girls shutout Navy in the semi-finals 10-0 and then repeated that with a dominating 4-0 win over Frederick. The girls finished the season with a Chesapeake Bay Hockey League season record of 20-1-0 and regular season GF/GA ratio of 117-13. Girl Power!!
The Bantam A Boys went undefeated in their tournament beating two Charlotte Checkers team and cross-town rivals Carolina Hurricanes. The championship game was a furious battle with the Lightning boys behind 2-3 with 2.5 minutes left and pulling ahead and winning 5-3!! Special shout out to Bantam A Head Coach Jon Miles whose teams have won three Ryan Sobiech Memorial Championship (CHL) Tournaments in a row: 2013, 2014 and 2105 (check out the Wall of Champions to see what Jon looks like clean shaven!).
(Email sent to current Lightning girls families on 2/10/15)
I hope you are all doing well.
I wanted to announce that Carolina Lightning Hockey will be having a 1-U10, 1-U12, 1-U14 and 1-U16 (most likely national-bound) for the upcoming 2015-16 ice hockey season.
We are finalizing the details as we speak and we will be announcing the programs and opening up the registration process in the coming days.
I know that there has been a lot of "talk" and "chatter" going on, but I did want to confirm with all of our Lightning ladies, that we will have 4 girls teams next season with outstanding coaches.
If you know of any girl hockey players that are currently not playing with the Lightning but would like to next season, please pass along my contact information, and if you have any questions, please fee free to contact myself, Cindy Murphy and/or Marc Genest.
Summer Camp Olympic Skills with Megan Bozek is open
Just wanted to let you all know that registration for summer camp Olympic Skills with Megan Bozek is live. To my understanding there are limited spots available so first come first serve. This is not just for Lightning ladies but for all girls who are interested so make sure parents know that it will fill up rather quick.
Camp will run Aug 3-7 2015 at RCI. There is a full day and a half day option (although it looks like there is a typo on the half day option. I believe half day campers check out at 12:30.) There will also be a goalie camp as well.
Last year the Carolina Lightning family collected a huge truckload (literally) of used hockey gear and donated it to military families at Ft Bragg.
This year we would like to continue this tradition with a win-win-win twist.
Win#1: We are collecting equipment for the “Try Hockey for Free” event on November 8th. Most critical need for this event are sticks and gloves. RCI will be providing skates. See the Try Hockey for Free bulletin for details on this event.
Win#2: the gear will then be used for the seven week Learn2Play program to help keep introductory costs down. See the Learn2Playbulletin for details on this program.