Midget (1999-1996) Thursday, April 17th at 7:15 p.m.
Session is free and will feature some drills and scrimmaging. Please show up 20 minutes early to register. Full hockey equipment is required.
2013-14 was an outstanding season for the McKinney Lightning. The Lightning was one of only two of the DSTHL’s 17 clubs to have every team advance to the semi-final round of the playoffs. The Lightning had three teams in the Championship Series, with the Lightning squirts winning the White Division and going 24-1-1 in league play. The club also had two teams win the regular season titles for their divisions.
Building off of this success, the club has attracted some outstanding new coaches to grow our club, to build strong teams in 2014-15, and provide greater opportunities for our players. These coaches bring years of professional playing experience and youth hockey coaching experience to the Lightning and provide new resources to our players for private and group lessons at the McKinney rink. At the same time, our club has retained outstanding coaches that have been a major part of the club’s success.
Our head coaches for 2014-15 are as follows:
U18 Midget Major – Ryan McLean (Head Coach DSTHL 2013-14 Midget Minor Green Champion)
U16 Midget Minor – Cary Archibald (Head Coach DSTHL 2013-14 Midget Minor Green Semi-Finalist)
U14 Bantam Major – Ryan McLean (Head Coach DSTHL 2013-14 Bantam Green Semi-Finalist)
Bantam Minor – Kyle Lapane (Assistant Coach DSTHL 2013-14 Pee Wee White Runner-Up)
Pee Wee Major – Michael Burkhart (Head Coach DSTHL 2013-14 Pee Wee Silver Runner-Up)
Pee Wee Minor – Joe Blaznek (Head Coach DSTHL 2013-14 Squirt Green Champion)
Squirt Major – Joe Blaznek (Head Coach DSTHL 2013-14 Squirt Green Champion)
Squirt Minor – Aaron Ciak (Head Coach DSTHL 2013-14 Squirt White Champion)
Click on the coach’s name for more detailed information about the coach and for contact information.
Although we are still finalizing assistant coaches, Maciej Michalik will return as an assistant coach with multiple teams.
We encourage all individuals interested in playing travel hockey in 2014-15 to reach out to our coaches prior to tryouts. The McKinney Lightning Spring Development Camp is an affordable way to meet the coaches and to provide the coaches with an opportunity to meet your players. Meet the Coach skates will also be held to provide additional opportunity for interaction with the coaches.
If you have any questions about our coaches, please email
As of now, tryouts are expected to be on the following dates:
Bantam - June 14th (morning and afternoon)
Pee Wee and Squirt - June 15th (morning and early afternoon)
Midgets - June 21st (morning and afternoon)
Unbelieveable Growth for McKinney's Spring Development Camp
After the first camp session, it appears that we can accommodate one or two more squirt skaters. If interested, please email
The Lightning went out on a limb this year and purchased twice as much ice for its camp compared to past year. Although it certainly caused some moments of worry for some of our officers, apparently that voice in their heads saying "build it and they will come" was onto something. All session of the camp are full and registrations were up 225% over last year.
If you were unable to register, we apologize. Some additional opportunities to come out to a session and meet our coaches may become available after the first week of camp. Please reach out to the relevant coach if interested.
We do still have one squirt goalie slot if interested. The form is available on the left vertical menu.
The camp schedule is below.
Squirts - 2005 and 2004 - April 8 through May 31.
Tuesday 6:00-7:15 p.m. (except May 13 and 27 when it will be 6:45-8 p.m.)
Saturday 4:45-6:00 p.m. (except April 12th when it will be 3:30-4:45 p.m.)
Pee Wee - 2003 and 2002 - April 8 through May 31 Tuesday 7:30-8:45 p.m. (except May 13 and 27 when it will be 8:15-9:30 p.m.) Saturday 6:15-7:30 p.m. (except April 12th when it will be 5:00-6:15 p.m.)
Bantam - 2001 and 2000 - April 9 through May 31
Wednesday 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Saturday 5:45-7:00 p.m. (except April 12th when it will be 4:30-5:45 p.m.)
Midget - 1999 through 1996 - April 9 through May 31 Wednesday 8:00-9:15 p.m. (except May 14, when session will be held on May 13 from 8:15-9:30 p.m.) Saturday 4:15-5:30 p.m. (except April 12th when it will be 3:00-4:15 p.m.)
Due to scheduled ice maintenance at the McKinney rink, no camp sessions will be held on May 20th, 21st and 24th.
Lightning Players Play in Stars Alumni Charity Game
Josh and Jack with their Game Jerseys Autographed
Three McKinney Lightning players were selected to play in the 1st Dallas Stars Alumni Community Chest Charity Game. Josh Ray and Isaac Wieland played strong D, only allowing 1 of the 6 goals scored against their team, while their teammate Jack Eaton scored a goal against Marty Turco, and had many other chances. Modano threw his stick at Jack when Jack was coming in for a penalty short--players from Michigan. The Lightning player's team, the Fiddlers, won 8 to 6.
The three players were selected to play in the game because of their support of the Stars Alumni's charity fundraising program, which raised funds for the Stryker family and local youth hockey. Other Lightning players also raised funds, with over a $1,000 be raised by Lightning players.
It was truly an amazing event, with two 30 minute halves. The players were on a team with alumni, including Stu Barnes, Ed Belfour, Joe Niewendyk, and Bassen, as well as Tyler Seguin, and played against Mike Modano, Craig Ludwig, Brent Severyn, Jere Lehtinen, Marty Turco, and Jamie Benn.
After the game, the players were able to get their pictures taken with the NHL greats and had their alumni game jerseys signed by most of the players.
The McKinney Lightning thanks all of its members who helped raise funds for the Stryker family and Stars Alumni fund. We look forward to participating again next year and raising even more money for worthy causes.
Tryouts for the McKinney high schools summer hockey Varsity and Junior Varsity teams will be held at the McKinney StarCenter on April 27th from 2 to 3 p.m. Anyone attending McKinney ISD schools or residing in the MISD who is either home schooled or attends a school that does not have a high school team are eligible. The minimum grade level for each team is 2014-15 8th graders for the JV team and 9th graders for the Varsity team.
The season will include 10 Regular Season Games. The top 8 teams will make the playoffs.
Varsity games will be played in McKinney on Thursday evenings starting May 8th and concluding July 17th. Playoffs start July 24th.
Junior Varsity games will be played in McKinney Sunday afternoon and evening beginning May 4th and concluding July 13th. Playoffs start July 20th.
The cost for the summer varsity team is $260. The cost for the summer junior varsity team is $230.
Registration for the tryouts by clicking here. Please send any questions to
Congratulations to the McKinney Lightning Squirt Team for winning the DSTHL Squirt White Division. The team defeated Team Houston twice on Saturday to capture the Championship. In the first game, the team went down 1 nothing, but Hunter Brown and Peyton Yoder scored to secure the 2 to 1 win. Landon Freeman got the win. The second game was a high scoring affair, with the teams trading goals in the first with Peyton Yoder and Chase Weber scoring for the Lightning. Houston went up 3 to 2 in the second, but Hunter Brown scored two and Peyton Yoder scored one to start the third. Houston pulled within one with 7 minutes left and had some good chances, but Peyton Yoder scored a long distance empty net goal as the clock ran out. Bryson Frazee got the win. Video of the end of the game and trophy ceremony can be viewed below.
The squirt team, which only had one player who had previously played travel hockey, went 24-1-1 in all league games. This is the second year in a row that the Lightning squirt team has won its season championship with mostly first year players under the leadership of Head Coach Aaron Ciak.
Congratulations to both Pee Wee teams for coming in second in the DSTHL. Pee Wee Burkhart was close to winning twice. It was up 3 to 0 in the first game off of goals by Jackson Barner and two by Jack Eaton, but saw its opponent tie it up, including with two power play goals. The team lost in a shootout. In a must win second game, Mikey Kennedy started the scoring, but it was tied at one until Carson Loos scored a short handed goal late in the first. Keiran Naphan and Jack Easton scored and the team held onto win 4 to 2. In the final game McKinney went up 3 to 0 again off of goals by Mikey Kennedy, Jack Eaton and Jackson Barner. It was 3 to 1 after a power play goal. The other team was then awarded a penalty shot despite getting a shot off. After scoring on the PK, the Lightning led by one. The game was tied with 4 minutes left. After two 5 minutes overtime, the game went to shootout. Mikey Kennedy scored on the third shot for McKinney, but the other team’s 5th and 6th shots went in causing the Lightning to lose its second shootout of the series. The Lightning won the regular season title.
Pee Wee McBey had a tough opponent in Tulsa. In the first game, the team went behind twice but tied it up each time, the first by Lance Szerement and the final by CJ Bachman with 4 minutes left. The game went to a shootout where Noah Schleicher, CJ and Tucker McDonald scored and Cam stopped all but one. In the second game the team was up 3 to 1 off of three goals by Lance Szeremet, but Tulsa tied it up in the third and then took the lead. With just under two minutes left, Lance got his fourth goal to tie it up. Tulsa scored late in the first overtime to win the game. The Lightning took the lead in the third game off of a Noah Schleicher goal, but could not hang on. Cam Pendleton stopped a bunch of shots in all three games.
Week Nineteen Recap - 4 Lightning Teams With Byes to Semis
Our Lightning teams have finished the regular season. So far, we have had a very successful year. Both the Squirt and Pee Wee Burkhart team finished first in their divisions.
The squirt team has the best record of all Lightning teams, 18-1-1. This past weekend the Squirt team won its last regular season game 1 to 0 and a scrimmage 3 to 1. The Burkhart team had a very rough weekend, losing two, but still won the division by defeating DJHA on the second tiebreaker. The team finished 16-4-0.
Two other Lightning teams finished in the top four in the regular season and earned a bye into the semi-finals. The Midget Minor team made a huge turnaround from last season, finishing in the top four with a 14-6-0 record. The team lost its first four games of the season before going on an eight game win streak. The team needed a big final weekend and got it. In its first game, the team was trailing the number 2 team by 1 in the third period when Garrett Jackson scored at the 5:42 mark. The game went to a shootout where Alex Parisi was the only player to score, giving McKinney the win. Brent McIntyre stopped 43 shots in regulation and 5 in the shootout.
In game two, the Midgets were down 3 to 0 midway through the second period. Travis Walters scored, but the Texas Jr. Stars went back up by three. Miles Allsopp-Shiner scored in the second and Dylan Dennis and Eric Easton scored in the third to tie the game. Garrett Jackson netted the overtime winner. In the final game, the team went up 3 to 0 over the Texas Jr. Stars in the first period off of goals by Dennis, Logan Paris and Jackson. The Jr. Stars scored in the third, but Eric Eaton scored with 4 seconds left in the game for a 4 to 1 win. Evan Farris got the win.
The Pee Wee McBey team had a fairly easy weekend, with 10 to 1 and 9 to 1 victories. Marcus Good, normally a skater, played in net for the team. The team finished in 2nd place in the division with a 16-4-0 record and the second most points of the Lightning teams.
The bantam team had a few more losses, but played the number one team stout on Sunday. The team will battle the Euless Stars and Texas Jr. Stars in the quarterfinals for the final spot in the semis.
On the high school side, the McKinney JV team had a much needed win over Frisco. Kyle Tilley and Ethan McKinley each scored two and Kyle Hogue and Tyler Valdron scored one. Troupe Shelton got the win. The team is currently hanging onto fifth place in JV Gold with the top 6 teams making the playoffs. The team has some big games coming up.
The Varsity team had a really tough loss to Denton County, which makes it tougher to make the playoffs. The team currently still has a spot in the playoffs because it is tied on points, but has played one less game. It has a very tough remaining schedule, so the boys are going to have to dig deep to pull out some wins.