On Friday night, January 24, 150 female players skated in a series of 3 vs 3 and 5 vs 5 competitive drills. The the top 12 & 13 year old players were vying to represent Connecticut at the USA Hockey's New England District Futures camp in March. The event featured a fast-paced set of competitive situations.
In its second year, the Futures tryout continues to attract players of every skill level, which is exactly what the Grow the Game mentality is looking for. "We are lucky to have a deep pool of talent in our state," said Graham Gill, Women's Director for the CT Hockey Conference. "The evaluators are looking for raw hockey talent, not just who can hog the puck and monopolize the time on ice. Passing and body language away from the puck are key. The kids who asked really smart questions on the benches or on the ice showed us they are trying to develop."
State results have been passed along to the District, and those who made the Camp will be notified directly. Current and future participants are encouraged to visit the Futures Info/Tryout page to learn firsthand about next season's opportunities: