Team Colorado is a unique program operated by the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association, the state governing affiliate of USA Hockey. Founded as a lone 14U tournament team in 2015, the TC concept has formed into a highly structured high performance program, and is the only Tier-1 (AAA) program sanctioned by CAHA for Girls Hockey in Colorado. Two years later, TC added a full season Tier-1 National-Bound 19U team and 16U team.
In March (2020), the Team Colorado AAA Hockey Club was granted a five year extension to serve as the only sanctioned program in Colorado to compete at the USA Hockey Girls Tier-1 level. This means that Team Colorado the only national bound Tier-1 (AAA) organization for Girls in Colorado through at least 2025, fielding teams at all USA Hockey sanctioned age divisions: 14U, 16U, and 19U. Prior to the 2020-21 season, Team Colorado changed the 14U team from a tournament team to a full-season National-Bound Tier-1 team at , completing the AAA pyramid of high performance development.
All three TC teams will represent Colorado at the Rocky Mountain District Championship Tournament (March 4-6, 2022); winners of this event advance to the USA Hockey National Championships in Pittsburgh, PA (March 31 - April 4, 2022).
Team Colorado (TC) provides a rich development experience for all players (ages 13-19) guided by a structure that is based on proven scientific research and best coaching practices. TC boasts a high-performance age-appropriate program with a target of 115-120 practice touches and 50-60 games for 19U and 16U players, and 110-115 practice touches and 45-50 games for 14U players. Off-ice training led by professional strength and conditioning coaches occurs bi-weekly, and mental performance coaching by a trained professional occurs bi-monthly.
Team Colorado is proud to partner with the National Girls Hockey League (NGHL) operating as a full member at the 14U, 16U and 19U divisions for the 2021-22 season and beyond. The NGHL is dedicated to the promotion and growth of girls ice hockey programs across the nation. This premier national league enhances the overall hockey experience for female athletes by partnering with like-minded programs to build a competitive schedule that geographically benefits all league members. Supporting the growth and development of programs at the grassroots level, the NGHL also provides a platform of support and guidance for all of its members, and promotes the advancement of elite players to the collegiate level. For more about the NGHL, visit: nghlhockey.com. During the 2021-22 season, Team Colorado will participate in three Tier-1 NGHL events, culminating with the league championship tournament in Denver February 4-6.
TC will be participating in the following events:
* The NGHL Mile High Invitational is a Tier-2 event, however, if there is interest for TC to participate, the NGHL will work to secure several Tier-1 teams at each age level for this national event.