Recently, several players helped mentor young girls participating in the "Try Hockey for Free" program. The event proved to be very successful and an opportunity for our girls to act as role models.
The girls hockey program has a new and exciting outlook this season. The returning players bring exceptional
leadership, which complements the hard work and tenacity of the incoming 9th graders. Returning coaches Brooke White-Lancette, Jenna Westerham and Alli Altmann, along with new coaches Randy Westerham, Emily Klatt, and Riley Olson, set out to establish team unity, while fostering a positive culture. The staff aims to help players reach their full potential.
The season got off to a great start with a team-building trip to Alexandria, MN. This was the first overnight road trip for the program, and a great opportunity for the players, coaches, and families to kick-off the season together. All agreed the trip was a great success!
The early season schedule will definitely test the Raiders, with a scrimmage vs. defending Class A State Champions, Breck. Early season games are scheduled against rated Blake (#2) and Edina (#1 and defending Class AA State Champions).
Our depth will be our strength this year. The 12 returning players will provide excellent leadership for our new players. We expect our 9th-grade players to make an impact right out of the gate. Our chemistry, speed, grittiness, and competitive level will result in many entertaining games this season.
Beyond the rink, players continue the tradition of giving back to the community. The first event was November 10, when several players helped mentor young girls participating in the "Try Hockey for Free" program. The event proved to be very successful and an opportunity for our girls to act as role models.