The Lilac City will be represented on the National stage!
The 14-and-under Spokane Jr. Chiefs finished up its last practice at Eagles Ice Arena, Thursday night, in preparation for the Youth Tier II National competition in Amherst, New York.
This team was assembled in July of last year with the goal of competing for a National championship and when you put in the long hours--the hard work pays off as these kids will earn that opportunity.
It's not often Spokane gets represented on a stage like this and the team is looking to bring home its second-ever National Championship. The first and only title was won back in 1988.
The coaches and players know it won't be easy heading out east, but they're staying confident after winning the Washington State tourney earlier this month.
"This was their goal from day one," co-head coach Tyler Peltram said. "We sat (the kids) down and asked 'what do you want to do?' They said 'Not only do we want to go to Nationals, but we want to win Nationals.' I'm more than positive these kids are going to compete to win a National Championship."
Chiefs defenseman Darren Morris said, "It's super exciting. Not a lot of kids get to do this and it's a once-in-a-lifetime oppurtunity."
Chiefs forward Kolby Hennessy added, "It's the coolest thing I've ever done in my life. I've never gotten to represent my city--my state across the country. It's pretty cool. We're going to win Nationals, that's what we're going to do."
Action begins next Thursday (April 5) as the kids will play teams from St. Louis, Southern Maine and Rhode Island to start off competition.