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2012-13 hockey capsule previews

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By Michael Hicks

CHATFIELD CHARGERS
Head coach: Mark Glombecki
Assistant coaches: Steve McLeod, Shawn Rafferty
Conference: Foothills Conference
2011-12 record: 14-7-1
Players to watch: Logan Turner, Sr., F; Tyler Seltenreich, Jr., F; Aaron Thompson, Sr., F; Greg Harbison, Sr., D; Tyler O’Connor, Sr., D; Brett Thompson, Soph., D; Ryan Seltenreich, Sr., G; Nick Ross, Sr., G
Season opener: Nov. 30, vs. Summit, Edge Ice Arena, 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: Chatfield has a mixture of senior returnees and newcomers on a team that is 32-10-2 the past two seasons, including back-to-back trips to the Final Four.
Quotable: “We are a younger team compared to last year’s team, but have 11 returning players and 13 new players who have set their sights on taking this team back to the Final Four and winning state this year,” Glombecki said.
— Michael Hicks

DAKOTA RIDGE EAGLES
Head coach: Alec Hines
Assistant coach: Mike Pijanowski
Conference: Foothills Conference
2011-12 record: 1-18-0
Players to watch: Kaden Hummell, F; Ben Hoogenboom, F; Joey Dolce, F; Bryce Wilson, D; Sam Burkhalter, D; Jeff Hart, G; Joey Owston, G
Season opener: Nov. 29, at Valor Christian (South Suburban Ice Arena, Centennial), 8 p.m.
Outlook: Last year’s record may not indicate it, but Coach Hines’ expectations, in year two, is to have the Eagles pushing for a playoff spot. After being in rebuild mode last season, Dakota Ridge is hopeful that it has the right combination to succeed in the 2012-13 season.
Quotable: “This year, Dakota Ridge High School’s hockey club will be a young club, but one that is full of character,” Hines said. “These young men are a very hard working group of guys, and we have the right mix of leadership this year which we have missed in the past.“
— Michael Hicks

COLUMBINE REBELS
Head coach: Chris Gassman
Assistant coaches: Brent Bohn, Mike McCuaig, Steve Streeter, Byron Davis
Conference: Foothills Conference
2011-12 record: 2-15-2
Players to watch: Charlie Marchese, Sr., G; Matt Meyer, Jr., D; Andy Wright, Jr., D; Daniel Armstrong, Jr., F; Thomas Caulfield, Sr., F
Season opener: Nov. 30, at Regis Jesuit (Family Sports Center, Centennial), 5:45 p.m.
Outlook: Columbine, with double digits in returning players, brings back a positive group, Gassman said, with a majority of its players being juniors as the Rebels continue their transition from last year to this year.
Quotable: “There’s a lot more passion, a lot more intensity and a focus to win,” Gassman said.
— Michael Hicks