The USA National Youth Hockey Tournament is being held April 29th through May 3rd in McKinney, Texas.  And a team from right here in Owensboro will be taking the ice.  The Owensboro PuckHogs 14U Youth Hockey Team, who last week claimed the Kentucky State Championship, is headed to Texas to take aim at a national title.

Carrie Thompson, who's the Team Manager for the PuckHogs, says the team has been on the road and on the ice all season long- playing teams from Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, Alabama, South Carolina and Illinois.  They amassed a record of 21-19-7-1.  That record includes a tremendous run to the Kentucky State Championship.  On Friday, March 12th, the PuckHogs took out the Louisville Ice Cardinals 2-1 in a "hard fought game that ended in a shoot out."

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The team, coached by Terry Jones, is now gearing up for their trip to Nationals.

Here's the list of players on the team:

Johnny Dalton
Obie Wedel
Gabe Dugans
Layne Thompson
Nate Crang
Aiden Sheward
Hayden Hill
Max Hamrick
Bryson Oliver
CJ Stranathan
Leland Steinhagen
Charlie Schmidt
Ryder Cunningham
Ethan McPherson
Jake Brackett
Colin  Maher
Kaleb Jones
Hunter Bullington
Sam Holder (not pictured)
In addition to Head Coach Terry Jones, the team is also led by Assistant Coaches Kurt Stranathan and Brian Holder (not pictured).
Also, here at WBKR, we want to give a shout out to another local team.  The Owensboro Rampage, made up of area high school players, is also bound for Nationals.  Earlier this month, they won the Kentucky State High School Championship by beating the Northern Kentucky Norse 4-1.  Now, they're headed to the National Tournament April 15-19 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Good luck to both teams- the Rampage and the PuckHogs!


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