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Historic Year: Two SKS Hockey Teams Play in Nationals
After a historic season including winning two New England Regional Championships in November of last year, South Kent School traveled to the USA Hockey Tier I National Championships for the first time ever on April 2 - 6, 2014.
“Very few athletes ever participate in a national tournament and your players should justly be proud of their accomplishment in qualifying for such a major youth sporting event,” USA Hockey’s official tournament website stated.
The teams played under the name of the Central Connecticut Capitals and the tournament was in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Selects Academy at South Kent School U16 National and U18 National teams played at Cornerstone Community Ice Center and De Pere Ice Center over the week.
“I am so happy that I got to experience it with this group of guys,” U18 Head Coach Matt Plante said. U16 National Head Coach Devin Rask expressed his sense of pride in both teams with their many 2013-'14 season milestones. “It’s a great accomplishment for the kids. They’ll realize down the road how big this is,” he said. “They stuck to it. They went to Nationals. I’m very proud – that’s an understatement.”
Both coaches recently won Coach of the Year in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). In addition, the Selects Academy at South Kent U16 National and U18 National proved their reputations in early March 2014 when both the teams took home the USPHL regular season titles.
"I remember the first tournament we played together in Boston and it seems like it was just last week," U16 National goalie Zachary Sanchez '15 said. "We worked hard all year and our goal was always a National Championship. I am really glad I had the opportunity to play in this tournament."