The McKinney North Stars will hold tryouts for the 2016-17 season on the following dates:
Bantam AA, Pee Wee AA, and Squirt AA Tryouts
Bantam AA - Saturday June 11th at 8:00 a.m. and, if necessary, 4:30 p.m.
Pee Wee AA - Saturday June 11th at 9:15 a.m. and, if necessary, 5:45 p.m.
Squirt AA - Saturday June 11th at 6:45 a.m. and, if necessary, 3:15 p.m.
To register for the Squirt AA, Pee Wee AA, or Bantam AA tryouts, please click here. The cost is $40.00. Please note that the A team registration is below and has a separate $40 fee. If your child is not selected for the AA team and desires to also tryout for the A team, you will have to also pay the $40 registration fee for the A team tryout.
Midget Major AA Tryouts
Midget Major AA - June 18 at 9:15 a.m. and, if necessary, 3:15 p.m. To register for the Midget Major AA tryout, please click here. There is no tryout fee for this team.
Midget Minor AA Tryouts
Midget Minor AA - June 18 at 8:00 a.m. and, if necessary, 5:45 p.m. To register for the Midget Minor AA tryouts, please click here.
Bantam A, Pee Wee A and Squirt A Tryouts
Bantam A - June 18 at 7:15 a.m. and, if necessary, 12:45 a.m.
Pee Wee A - June 18 at 6:45 a.m. and, if necessary, 4:30 p.m.
Squirt A - June 18 at 6:00 a.m. and, if necessary, 2:00 p.m.
To Register for the Bantam A, Pee Wee A or Squirt A tryouts, please click here. The cost to participate in the A team tryouts is $40. Please note that the tryout for the AA teams is separate and payment of that fee does not satisfy the payment requirement for the A tryouts. If your child is trying out for the AA team, please wait to register for the A tryout until you know if he or she has been selected for the AA team because no refunds will be issued.
Midget Minor A Tryout
Midget Minor A - June 19 at 8:30 a.m. and, if necessary, 1:30 p.m. (if necessary). To register for the Midget Minor A tryout, please click here. The cost to participate in this team's tryout is $40. Please note that the tryout for the AA team is separate and payment of that fee does not satisfy the payment requirement for the A team tryout. If your child is tryout out for the AA team, please wait to register for the A tryout until you know if he or she has been selected for the AA team because no refunds will be issued.
Financial Need Scholarships: A limited amount in scholarships may be available based upon financial need. Such scholarships are awarded based upon the Club's scholarship policy and in compliance with DSTHL policies. For information regarding eligibility and to complete an application, please click here. A complete application with all required supporting information must be submitted prior to tryouts in order for a player to
We are excited to provide detailed information regarding the McKinney North Stars 2016-17 training program so that individuals looking to play select/travel hockey may make an informed decision regarding the program that is best for their child and family.
For those who have played for the club in the past, there are some significant changes. First and foremost, we are offering MORE ON ICE TRAININGand MORE OFF ICE TRAINING while maintaining one of the lowest fee structures in the Metroplex. In fact, the fees for some of our teams have even decreased from last year.
In addition to providing more hours of ice and off-ice training, the Club is changing its practice structure to more closely follow USA Hockey's practice recommendations in order to provide the type of training that USA Hockey studies show is best for the development of players. In other words, we don't intend to simply provide more training; we intend to provide the best training possible by using an age based training method recommended and supported by USA Hockey, the National Hockey League and the American Hockey Coaches Association.
Squirt and Pee Wee players (both AA and A) will receive 110 hours of practice ice, as well as additional ice for all league games played on home ice (total of 122.5 hours of ice provided by the Club). Last year our AA players received 90 hours of practice ice and A players received 75 hours of practice ice, so this is a significant increase in the amount of practice ice.
Bantam and Midget Minor players (both AA and A) will receive 100 hours of practice ice, as well as additional ice for all league games played on home ice (total of 115 hours of ice provided by the Club). Last year our AA players received 90 hours of practice ice and A players received 75 hours of practice ice, so this is a significant increase in the amount of practice ice.
Midget Major players will receive 70 hours of practice ice, as well as additional ice for all league games played on home ice (total of 85 hours of ice provided by the Club). Last year our midget major players received 55 hours of practice ice, so this also a significant increase in the amount of practice ice this team will receive.
On Ice Schedule and Practice Structure
Practices for all teams will start the week of August 15th and continue until early March. Below we list the ice we have scheduled with the rink so that you may confirm the schedule works for your family. Some variations may occur based upon game schedules, tournaments and any unforeseen problems arising at the rink.
Squirt and Pee Wee Teams
Squirt and Pee Wee teams will practice three times during the work week and will have one sheet of ice available to them on the weekend, with the following ice schedule (please note the off-ice training schedule below as well):
The work week ice will be shared ice for the squirt or pee wee age groups with age based practices for that age group. Each squirt or pee wee team will also receive a 75 minute sheet of ice for games or practices on either Saturday or Sunday.
Bantam and Midget Minor Teams
Bantam and Midget Minor teams will usually practice three times during the work week and will have one sheet of ice available to them on the weekends. The ice schedule is as follows:
The Tuesday and Wednesday sessions will be age group based shared ice with coordinated practices for that age group. The Friday session will be shared ice for most weeks, but will also include some single team sheets and some off nights depending on the schedule. Each team will also receive a 90-minute ice session on either Saturday or Sunday for games or practices. Some additional practice sheets may also be added throughout the season to meet the 100 hours of practice ice minimum.
Midget Major Team
The Midget Major team will practice Tuesday from 9:00-10:30 p.m. The team will also receive a 90-minute sheet of ice on either Saturday or Sunday for a games or practices. Additional ice sheets will also be obtained throughout the year for this team to ensure the team receives 70 hours of practice ice.
Off Ice Training
Squirt Teams - Each team will receive a 30 minute off-ice training session with an instructor from Clarke Athletics following its Wednesday and Thursday practices. Both dryland sessions will be from 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Pee Wee Teams - Each team will receive a 45 minute off-ice training session with an instructor from Clarke Athletics before its Wednesday and Thursday practices. Wednesday's session will be 5:45-6:30 p.m. and Thursday's session will be 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Bantam Teams - Each team will receive a 60 minute off-ice training session with an instructor from Clarke Athletics before its Tuesday and Wednesday practices. Tuesday's sessions will be from 6:45-7:45 p.m. and Wednesday's session will be 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Midget Minor Teams - Each team will receive a 60 minute off-ice training session with an instructor from Clarke Athletics before its Tuesday and Wednesday practices. Sessions on both days will be 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Midget Major - The team will receive a 60 minute off-ice training session with an instructor from Clarke Athletics on Monday (most likely 7:30-8:30 p.m.)
The Club's goalie coach--Thomas Speer--will work with goalies for all teams, except Midget Major, during a portion of their Wednesday practice. We are still finalizing the goalie instruction for the Midget Major goalies.
The Club's skating coach--Luke Chilcott--will work with every team at their Tuesday practices.
Each team will also receive video/off ice instruction.
The cost for the 2016-17 season is $3,600 for the Midget Major team and $3,950 for all other teams.
This fee includes:
Promised Amount of Practice Ice
Cost of All Regular Season Games in DSTHL
Cost of Playoff Games for All Teams Advancing to Playoffs
Tournament Fee for the Labor Day Leveling Tournament
Tier II State Tournament Fee for all Tier II Teams (18U AA, 16U AA & 14U AA)
Club Off-Ice Training Program
Practice Jersey and Helmet Stickers
Concussion Baseline Testing for Pee Wee through Midget Major Players
Additional Items Not Covered By The Fee
All Hockey Equipment, Including a Black Helmet and Black Gloves
Uniform, Warm Up Jacket and Any Other Item Required by Coach (information and cost will be provided prior to tryouts). Returning players will generally not be required to purchase new uniforms or warm up jackets if they still fit and are in good condition, although a returning player may be required to purchase new jerseys if more than one returning player with the same jersey number is on the same team.
USA Hockey Membership
Additional Tournament Entry Fees and Coach Tournament Travel Expenses (Tournament expectations vary by team, generally with older teams participating in more tournaments, including more out-of-town tournaments.)
Below are dates and times for pre-tryout skates for the McKinney North Stars teams. These skates are an opportunity for the coaches of the teams to see players who are interested in playing on their teams and for those individuals to learn more about the McKinney North Stars. There is no cost for the tryouts but there is a limit on the number of players who may participate. To ensure that the experience is a beneficial one for the coaches and players, the coaches may limit the number of players who may participate and, primarily for the AA teams, may also select who can participate from the list of people applying to participate.
Midget Major AA
Midget Major AA
Bantam AA (new time)
Pee Wee AA (new time)
Midget Minor A
Pee Wee A (new time)
To express your desire to participate, please use the appropriate link below.
For the Bantam AA, Pee Wee AA, or Squirt AA Pre-Tryout Skates, please click here. An email will be sent out no later than 3 days before the skate to confirm if you may participate.
For Midget Major AA, please click here. You will be eligible to participate in both skates.
Looking for more hockey in McKinney? McKinney North Stars coach Ryan McLean offers a summer full day hockey camp in August with some outstanding coaches. This camp is not associated with the McKinney Ice Hockey Club, but is always a great camp if you are looking for more hockey for your son or daughter.
The McKinney North Stars Midget Minor A team, coached by Ryan McLean, won the DSTHL Midget Minor A Division this weekend. The team faced off against DJHA, which finished first during the regular season and only one game during the regular season (to McKinney).
In game one, Brenden Sinclair scored in the first period to give McKinney the lead (Harlin and Lefkof assisting). DJHA scored two goals in the second to take the lead, but Trent Harlin scored two minutes into the third period (Miller and Girardi) to tie the game. The game eventually was decided in a shootout, where Jordan Deskeere was the only shooter out of ten to score. Brydon Gillilan got the win in net.
In game two, Brenden Sinclair (Harlin) started the scoring 46 seconds into the game. Tyler Jensen scored in the second. Kevin Miller (Gurman) and Trent Harlin (Miller) scored in the third to secure the 4 nothing win and championship. Brydon Gillilan was in net for the win.
The Midget Minor AA team finished as runner-up in the DSTHL Midget Minor AA Division, losing 4 to 5 and 2 to 3 in its two games.
McKinney Varsity Wins State Championship For Second Year
Texas State Champions
The McKinney Varsity Ice Hockey Team, which is made up of players attending or zoned to attend the three McKinney ISD high schools, won the Texas Amateur Hockey Association’s Texas High School Hockey State Tournament on February 7, 2016. This is the second time the team has won the State Championship, also winning last year.
The team faced off against three teams in the preliminary rounds on Friday and Saturday. McKinney played Coppell in game one. Coppell scored first, but McKinney High’s Ross Hoppe scored three minutes later to tie the game. The game remained tied until eight minutes into the third period when Zak Albers gave McKinney the lead. That opened the floodgates, with Jim Kavulich of McKinney Boyd scoring a minute later and Zak Albers scoring again with six minutes left. The final score was McKinney 4, Coppell 1.
In game two, Frisco scored in the first period. McKinney High’s Will Anderson scored to tie the game four minutes into the second period. The score remained tied through the remaining thirty minutes of regulation and then five minutes of overtime. McKinney ultimately lost in the seventh round of a shootout, but picked up a point in the standings.
In game three, McKinney Boyd’s Chris Campanini scored in the first period to give McKinney the lead. Zak Albers scored five minutes in the second to put McKinney up two-nothing. Plano West scored three minutes later, but McKinney High’s Garrett Jackson scored seventy seconds after that to put McKinney back up by two. Trevor McLain, a Prosper High student and the only non-McKinney ISD zoned student on the team, scored an empty net goal with three and a half minutes left in the game.
With the game-three win, McKinney secured a spot in the State Championship Game. When Frisco lost in overtime to Coppell, McKinney secured the number one seed based on points.
In the State Championship Game, McKinney got a rematch against Frisco. In that game, Frisco took the lead eight minutes into the first period. McKinney Boyd’s Jim Kavulich scored a power play goal with a minute and thirty-four seconds left in the first period to tie the game. Trevor McLain and McKinney Boyd’s Kyle Hogue assisted on the goal. Frisco dominated play for much of the second period, but only managed to score one goal. During the much needed second intermission break, McKinney was able to regroup and take over in the third period. Jim Kavulich scored his second goal of the game two minutes into the third period to tie the game. McKinney North’s Ethan McKinley assisted on the goal.
The Championship Game remained tied after 51 minutes of regulation play, causing the game to be decided in overtime. During overtime, McKinney Boyd’s Landon Brower turned away many Frisco shots. Four minutes into overtime, the puck travelled along the boards behind the net to Zak Albers. Albers passed the puck back to McKinney Boyd’s Jacob Reynolds who was skating behind Frisco’s net. Reynolds quickly passed the puck to McKinney North’s Will Anderson, who was above the goal crease. Anderson’s one-timer beat the goalie and caused a McKinney celebration to erupt on the ice and in the stands.
Landon Brower, a junior at McKinney Boyd, led all goalies in the tournament, earning three wins and only allowing five goals to be scored. He had the lowest goals against average (1.20) among all goalies in the tournament.
The McKinney Varsity team will now represent Texas in the USA Hockey High School Hockey National Tournament in Reston, Virginia, March 17-21, 2016.