Pee Wee hockey celebrations can be a glorious thing, especially when they hit a sentimental nerve. For the smallish, but always increasing number of OKC Youth Hockey kids, last month gave them reason to celebrate.
In early April the Oklahoma City Pee Wee Oil Kings became the U12 National Champs when they defeated the Jr. Charlotte Checkers in extra frames. OKC's Hunter Best, scored the dramatic game winner that sealed the victory. A historic moment for Pee Wee hockey in Oklahoma City, and the celebration is timeless.
Big thanks to Brett for the video. Visit his YouTube page for more.
For game details, player interviews, and comments from the coach, visit the USA Hockey recap.
The Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association exists to promote the game of hockey to boys and girls in the metro Oklahoma City area. From fundamentals to teamwork to enjoyment of the game, the Association has provided a safe learning environment since the early nineties. Having recently embraced the "Oil Kings" name, the teams adhere to the USA Hockey tiered system, and the program starts with the under eight group and continues to those under eighteen.
Through scholarship programs, used gear purchasing, and their progressive "Kids First" teachings, the OKC Youth Hockey Association has earned respect around the country as an up and coming group. With two rinks in the OKC metro area (Blazers Ice Centre to the south, and Arctic Edge to the north) the program offers options with stellar coaching and guidance attached.
I caught up with President of the Association, Mike Hoskins, back in September about the importance of an Oilers-led team in Oklahoma City. Clearly this group is one to keep an eye one. Through the dedication of parents, support from local businesses, and the watchful presence of Barons/Oilers leadership, the program is on the rise around USA Hockey circles.
So Congratulations Oil Kings!