ANNOUNCING:The Texas Aces Hockey Club and The McKinney Ice Hockey Club (Mckinney Lightning) have combined resources to create a brand new program for travel hockey players and their families in the Northeast quadrant of DFW.
WELCOME TO THE McKINNEY NORTH STARS
Q. What is the objective of this new effort?
A. The Texas Aces and McKinney Lightning recognized an opportunity to improve the opportunities for hockey families in the northeast portion of the Metroplex by combining to form a stronger single organization. Not only does this benefit the players and families we serve, but we believe it is also good for the over-all North Texas hockey community.
Q. When will this change take place?
A. The change is effective immediately. The first on-ice activities under the new club will begin at our spring camp.
Q. What are the spring camp details?
A. The McKinney North Stars will host a 6 week Spring Training Program that will commence on Saturday April 18th.
Q. Who will coach the new teams?
A. The McKinney North Stars coaches will be comprised from both the Aces and the Lightning and will be announced no Later than April 1st.
Q. Who is the leadership for the new organization?
A. The McKinney North Stars Board of Directors will be comprised of board members from both the Aces and the Lightning. Brian McLain will serve as President in our inaugural season of 2015/16. Lucas Reid (Director of Coaching) and Dave Mills (VP of Hockey Operations) will oversee all aspects related to the hockey program.
Q. Will the North Stars practice at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in McKinney?
A. Yes. The McKinney North Stars will operate exclusively out of the Dr Pepper StarCenter in McKinney.
Q. How many teams will McKinney North Stars field?
A. The McKinney North Stars anticipate fielding 9 travel teams in the 2015/16 season.
Q. What about the McKinney High School Program?
A. The McKinney High School teams are not affected by this change. They will be governed under the same board of directors as the North Stars but will go unchanged, including name and uniforms.
Signups are now available for the summer high school league. McKinney will have one JV team and two Varsity teams.
The Varsity season will consist of 10 regular season games and one practice. Games will be played Thursday nights mainly in McKinney, but other rinks on the east or central part of town could also be used. The regular season starts May 7th and ends July 17th. The top four teams will make the playoffs, which will start July 23rd.
The JV season will consist of 10 games, with most games played in McKinney. All games will be played on Sunday afternoon or evening. The regular season starts on May 3rd and ends on July 12th. Playoffs will start on July 19th.
Players entering 9-12th grades in 2015-16 are eligible to play JV or Varsity. Players entering 8th grade or 2002 birthyears entering the 7th Grade are eligible to play JV (although some limitations may be placed on 7th graders).
To be eligible to play for a McKinney team, you must either attend a McKinney ISD school, be zoned for a McKinney ISD school and be either home schooled or attend a school that does not have a hockey team, or have previously been assigned to the McKinney team by the league.
Tryouts will be April 15th at 8:15 p.m. at the McKinney StarCenter. We know that sometimes things come up to prevent participation on weeknights. Although we strongly encourage everyone to be at tryouts, we also don't want to deny kids an opportunity to play summer high school hockey. If you have a conflict that can't be changed, please contact and make arrangements with Lucas Reid at 214-929-3683 or
The fee for Varsity will be $295, which will include game jerseys (practice jersey type) for those individuals without a jersey. We ask returning players to continue to wear their regular game jerseys so that we may keep the costs down.
The cost for JV will be $275 for JV, which will include game jerseys (practice jersey type) for those individuals without a jersey. We ask returning players to continue to wear their regular game jersey so that we may keep the costs down.
These prices are slightly higher than last year. This is because of an increase in the amount we must pay in league fees and the desire to have three teams, which likely means smaller rosters. As in the past, goalies may play for free.
The McKinney Ice Hockey Club will hold its year end banquet for the McKinney Lightning and McKinney high school teams on April 12, 2015 at the Eldorado Country Club, 2604 Country Club Drive, McKinney. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the banquet will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity for the players to get back together after the break following the season and to be recognized for their efforts during the season. It is also an opportunity for the club to celebrate its many successes this past season.
The banquet, which includes dinner, is free for all players and all coaches. The cost is $30.00 for all others. To register click here. The deadline for registering is April 5th.
Congratulations to the McKinney Lightning Squirt and Midget Minor teams for winning their respective DSTHL Divisions this past weekend.
The Squirt team defeated the Dallas Oilers in two games to win the DSTHL Green Division. In the first game, the team came out hot, winning 7 nothing. Joshua Shelton had four goals, Maddox Mannka had two and Ian Change had one. Jacob Smith got the win in net. In the second game, the team came out hot again, with Evan Raines scoring seven seconds into the game and Carson Spear and Maxwell Brooks adding first period goals. Luke Yeary scored in the third and the team went on to win 4 to 1. Both goalies played in the game, with Ryan Foto getting the win. The team finished 20-4-2 in on DSTHL games this year.
The Midget Minor team lost its first game 4 nothing, but bounced back to win the next two games against the Allen Americans to secure the Green Division Championship. In the second game, the team was trailing by one going into the third, but scored two goals to win the game 2 to 1. Royce Allred got the win in net. In game three, Eric Eaton scored 22 seconds into the game. The Americans tied it up in the second, but Neil Moisan scored in the third and the team won 2 to 1. Brent McIntyre got the win in net. The team finished 25-3-0 in all DSTHL games this season.
The Bantam Major team finished second in the DSTHL Green Division. It had a hard fought game in game one, with Brenden Sinclair scoring first. DJHA went up 2 to 1, but Tyler Jensen tied it in the second. The teams went through the third period and two overtimes without scoring before DJHA won in a shootout. The team took the lead in game two as well, with Brenden Sinclair scoring first, but DJHA scored three unanswered--the last an empty net goal--to win 3 to 1.
Midget Major also finished second in the DSTHL Green Division. The team won the first game 2 nothing, with Jordan Brown scoring two third period goals. In game two, the team lost 4 to 2 (last an empty net goal) despite outshooting their opponent 42 to 14. Penalty trouble caught up with the team in game three, with them losing 4 to 1.
Congratulations to all the McKinney Lightning teams on a great year.
Four Lightning Teams Win Semis and Advance to Championship Round
Congratulations to the McKinney Lightning Squirt, Bantam Major, Midget Minor and Midget Major teams for finishing first in the semi round of the DSTHL playoffs and advancing to the Championship Round.
The Squirts lost their first semi-final game 4 to 5 to the Dallas Oilers, but bounced back to defeat San Antonio 4 to 2, the Allen Americans 4 to 1, and the Tulsa Oilers 3 to 1 and finished with the most points in the semi-final rounds. The team will play the Dallas Oilers in the best of three Championship Round.
Bantam Major defeated the Texas Jr. Stars 2 to 1 and then lost to the Houston Wild 3 to 1. The next day the team defeated DJHA 2 to 1 and the Allen Americans 1 nothing to secure the most points in the semis and to advance to the Championship Round against DJHA.
Midget Minor won all four games in the semis, defeating San Antonio 5 to 1, Houston Wild 3 to 1, DJHA 3 to 1, and the Allen Americans 4 to 2. The team will play the Americans in the Championship Round.
Midget Major won all three of its games, defeating the Texas Jr. Stars 5 to 3, BAHHA 3 to 2, and the Texas Aces 3 to 2. The team will play the Aces in the Championship Round.
Congratulations to the McKinney Varsity team for winning the Texas High School State Championship for the blended division.
The team started the State Tournament out rough, losing to Frisco 5 to 1. That defeat could easily have upended the boys' dreams of winning states. They bounced back in game two, defeating Grapevine/Colleyville 4 to 1. Frisco lost that morning 3 to 2 to Plano West, which helped the team's chances.
Midway through its final preliminary round game against Plano West, the team learned that Frisco had lost to Grapevine/Colleyville. That loss meant McKinney would advance to the Championship Game with a win or a loss in overtime or a shootout. Plano West did not make it easy, going up 2 nothing on McKinney. Brendon McMahon and Jeff Kavulich scored in the second period to tie it, but Plano West scored a goal with 9:11 left in the third. Just when things looked bleak, Garrett Jackson (with help from Devon Naphan and Kyle Hogue) scored to tie the game with 1:22 left. The boys held on and took the game to overtime and then a shootout. Although they lost in the shootout, it was like a win since it put the team in the Championship Game.
The next day, the team took on Plano West in the Arena at Frisco to the roar of a strong McKinney crowd. The boys fed off of the fans and went up two nothing off of an even strength goal by Brandon Sizemore and a shorthanded goal by Alex Parisi. Plano West scored two powerplay goals to tie the game with 9:31 left in the third. Jim Kavulich scored with 4:48 left in the game to give the team a 3 to 2 lead and the team held on for the win over Plano West, a perennial powerhouse.
The team advances to its first National Tournament, which will be held March 19-23 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Below is video of the final 30 seconds of the Championship Game.
Players on the team playing in the State Championship:
McKinney Boyd Players
McKinney High Players
McKinney North Players
Daniel Mignault - Jack E. Singley Academy (Irving ISD)
Trevor McLain - Prosper
Players on Varsity During Season or Who Played in State Playdown Games
Tyler Valdron - Boyd
Eric Hagood - Boyd
Kyle Tilley - Prosper
The pictures below were taken by the Boyd Spur. The publication can be found at www.boydspur.com and on Twitter at @BoydSpur.