ALBUQUERQUE ― New Mexico Ice Wolves youth ice hockey will send three teams to Canada to compete at the International Silver Stick Finals Tournament in January 2017 after all three won Regional Silver Stick championships over Thanksgiving weekend.
The Squirt C NM Ice Wolves team (10 years old and under) advanced to play in the Pelham, Ontario Recreational Finals tournament running Jan. 5-8, 2017.
The Midget Minor A NM Ice Wolves team (16 years old and under) advanced to play in the Newmarket, Ontario Finals tournament running Jan. 12-15, 2017. Finally, the Midget Major A NM Ice Wolves team (18 years old and under) advanced to the Sarnia, Ontario Finals tournament running Jan. 13-15, 2017.
The three NM Ice Wolves youth ice hockey teams are among a small and elite group of teams representing America at the 54th annual International Silver Stick Finals in Canada. The Silver Stick Tournament starts with more than 65,000 players and coaches every year competing in regional playoff tournaments across North America and the three NM Ice Wolves teams, represent roughly 50 players and coaches from Albuquerque, are headed to the finals.
“Youth ice hockey is alive and flourishing in New Mexico,” Jeff Thompson, President of NM Ice said. “We’re extremely proud of our players for making it to the international finals and will be cheering them on as they represent the growing hockey community in New Mexico.”
Added Thompson, “We want people to know that these players all practice and play right here in Albuquerque at the Outpost Ice Arena and that kids and families of all ages and skill levels can find the perfect hockey opportunity at NM Ice.”
For anyone interested in playing a part in the NM Ice Wolves’ journey to Canada the teams are accepting contributions to defer travel costs. Checks can be sent to The New Mexico Ice Hockey Foundation at the Outpost Ice Arena located at 9530 Tramway Blvd. NE with checks marked for Silver Stick Travel Expenses. Donations can also be made online at ICE WOLVES TRAVEL FUNDRAISER.
The NM Ice Wolves teams practice and play at the Outpost Ice Arena in Albuquerque. Hockey in New Mexico, and particularly in Albuquerque, has been growing at a rapid pace for both boys and girls. Team sign up and learn to skate information is available at https://nmice.sportngin.com/.
The brainchild of Jack Kinsella, International Silver Stick Hockey began in 1956 as a way for young players to develop “citizenship and international goodwill through hockey”. The tournament has since grown exponentially to host 18 American Regional Qualifying Tournaments, 26 Canadian Qualifying Tournaments as well as International Finals Tournaments. The Silver Stick name originates from the first trophy awarded—a regulation-sized hockey stick kiln dried, wrapped in copper and dipped in sterling silver. The original silver stick trophy resides in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
The New Mexico Ice Hockey Foundation (NMICE) is a non-profit youth hockey organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors. NM ICE offers youth hockey for a variety of age groups ranging from Mites (8 and under) up through and including High School. There is also a travel team program for more competitive youth hockey players in the Midget U16 & 18, Bantam U14, Pee Wee U12 and Squirt U10 divisions (try-outs required).
NM ICE operates in accordance with USA Hockey guidelines, is part of the Land Of Enchantment (LOE) Amateur Hockey Association and regularly offers opportunities for kids to try hockey for free. The NM ICE office is located in the Outpost Ice Arena at 9530 Tramway Blvd Northeast in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Outpost Ice Arena is open year round and offers regular public skating sessions, with skate rental available. Private instruction is available for skating, hockey and figure skating. 9530 Tramway Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. 505.856.7595