Girl Power! Dallas Stars Elite U16 Girls Win CCM World Invite
DALLAS, Texas - With the rise in popularity of girls/women’s hockey in the United States, it may be surprising to some that the one of the best teams in the country lies deep in the heart of Dallas, Texas.
With wins over teams from hockey-rich areas like Canada, Michigan, and Illinois, the Dallas Stars Elite Girls U16 Tier 1 team advanced to the finals and won the CCM World Invite hockey tournament in Detroit, Michigan, from November 10-12. The tournament featured the top teams from across the United States and Canada.
The Stars Elite U16 girls’ team upset the #5 team in the Nation, Little Caesars, in the Championship Game, 3-2. The game was also the featured broadcasted game of the week on myhockeyrankings.com (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eYkTSFrWfc&sns=em)
During the round-robin portion of the tournament, the Stars Elite U16 girls team posted a 4-1 record. Their only loss was against Little Caesars, whom they later avenged loss against in the Championship Game. They beat the Waterloo Ravens from Canada, 3-1, the Chicago Fury, 5-0, and Team Illinois, 3-0 in the round-robin. Later, they would shutout the St. Louis Blues, 1-0 in the Semi-Finals.
Two weeks prior to the CCM World Invite, the Stars Elite U16 girls team placed 2nd out of 28 top North American teams in the Two Nations tournament, also held in Detroit, further reinforcing that Dallas Stars Elite Girls have great success against the top teams in the nation.
Girls and women’s hockey is one of the fastest growing sports in North America. USA Hockey has seen a 32 percent growth in girl’s and women’s hockey over the past decade. The emergence of the Dallas Stars Elite girls program as not only contributed greatly to that growth, but also has created a National power house in what was once considered a non-hockey area of the country.
“The CCM World Invite Championship and Two Nations 2nd place finish was a complete team effort with all 19 girls contributing the success. The girls have worked hard since the start of the season in August, battling through adversity and buying into the team process. It was nice to see them get rewarded for their hard work and sacrifice,” said DSE Girls Hockey Director, Mike Salekin. “I have been hearing from several NCAA coaches and opposing coaches that our team plays fast and are tough to keep up with. This is a great compliment to the girls and organization considering we put so much emphasis on skating development.”
The success Dallas Stars Elite Girls extends past just the U16 Tier 1 team. All five DSE Girls teams are having strong starts to the season including the U14 Tier 2, U14 Tier 1, U16 Tier 2, and U19 Tier 1.
“Lead by the Dallas Stars, the hockey community in Texas, including TAHA and the DSTHL have gone above and beyond in supporting the female hockey growth in the state. It all starts with the leadership the Dallas Stars have provided the female hockey player living in Texas. At a young level, the Stars provide a variety of female specific learn-to-play programs. At the DSE Girls level the ice-time and player development environment we are providing the Dallas Stars Elite Girls program is now as good as anyone in North America. The Stars local hockey league have provided the opportunity for all the Elite girls to play against predominantly male teams which has been great for the girls’ development,” said Salekin.
The Dallas Stars Elite Girls currently have two girls committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Brown and Yale. The organization expects many more to come with the strong support of the Stars and the current Stars Elite player development rate
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