Tryouts for the McKinney ISD Hockey teams, including the two-time defending State Champion Varsity Gold Team will be held over two nights this year.
The first night of tryouts, which is only open to Varsity eligible players (no 7th or 8th grade students may participate) will be held on Thursday, August 4th, at 7 p.m. The second night of tryouts, which is open to all players not already selected for a Varsity team, will be on Friday, August 5th at 6:15 p.m.
The plan is that all (or at least most) of the Varsity Gold team will be selected on the first night. Most of Varsity Silver will also be selected, although the coach may ask some players to come back on night two to finalize the team. The JV team will be selected on the second night of tryouts.
The club plans to have two Varsity teams this year and one JV team. One Varsity team will be Varsity Gold and the other either Varsity Silver or Bronze, depending upon placement. The team will have one JV team. Please note that the high school league has changed its rules so that no 11th or 12th grade students may play on a JV team.
We are still finalizing the high school program and should have information soon. This year we expect the Varsity Gold team to practice on Monday night. The price should be similar to prior years. We will be returning to having our second and third teams share a sheet of ice for practice on Saturday morning, which will lower the price for players on those teams. Please check back for more information.
Click here to submit a tryout registration form. Tryouts are free.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we report that Ethan May--a North Star Bantam AA player last year--has passed away surrounded by the love, prayer, and support of his family, teammates, and friends.
Ethan collapsed while running Sunday and despite the efforts of his friends, family and medical personnel was not able to ultimately recover. This is a horrible and tragic time for our North Stars family.
Thank you to everyone who has surrounded the May family with love.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with their expenses during this time. If you are able to contribute to help the family, please click here.
Do not judge a biography by it’s length,
Nor by the number of pages in it.
Judge it by the richness of it’s contents
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant
Do not judge a song by it’s duration
Nor by the number of it’s notes
Judge it by the way it touches and lifts the soul
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful
And when something has enriched your life
And when it’s melody lingers on in your heart
Is it unfinished?
Or is it endless?
Our families and our boys have suffered an unimaginable loss. As we get more information about arrangements, we will share.
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 cash/check discounted price for the 2016-17 season is $3,600 for the Midget Major team and $3,950 for all other teams. The regular price (amount charged if paid by credit card) is $3,708 for the Midget Major team and $4,068 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 (see below)
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.)
The club offers three payment options.
The first option is payment in full at the time of signing.
The second option consists of three set payments--the first at signing, the second on August 31, 2016, and the third on October 31, 2016.
The third option (known as the Long Payment Plan) consists of 7 payments from the contract signing until January 15, 2017. The amount due at signing of the extended payment plan for squirt through midget minor teams is $650 if paid by cash or check and $768 if paid by credit card. The amount due for the midget major team at the time of signing is $600 if paid by cash or check and $708 if paid by credit card. Please note that there is a $100 fee for paying via the Long Payment Plan.
For players new to the club, players will be required to purchase a set of jerseys, a set of socks, a breezer shell, and warm ups. The total cost for a player requiring all items is $429.00.
Returning players may be able to avoid some of this cost because the club is using the same style of jersey, which allows returning players to reuse any existing jersey. Some returning players may be required to purchase new jerseys if they are on a team with another returning player who also had the same jersey number last season. If warm ups purchased last year are still in good shape, players may continue to use those even though the club is switching to a new warm up manufacturer. The cost of each item is listed below.
One Jersey (either home or away) - $115 ($230 a set)
One Pair of Socks (either home or away) - $15 ($30 a set)
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.
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.