The Team Wyoming Pee Wee Hockey Team recently competed in the National Championship Tournament near Washington DC. In addition to playing against some very talented teams from across the country, this opportunity of a lifetime included the experience of discovering American national treasures and the American history that affords them the freedom to play hockey in this greatest nation on earth.
The team met with Senators Enzi and Barrasso and Congresswoman Lummis before getting an in-depth tour of the US Capitol Building, which included a session in the House Chamber. The players also saw the Washington Monument, The Jefferson Monument, The Lincoln Monument, The WWII Memorial and Vietnam Memorial. Furthermore, they experienced the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Other stops included the Holocaust Museum, Spy Museum, the National Archives and a view of the White House.
The hockey experience that took them to DC included four games against the Oklahoma City Oil Kings, the South Carolina Cyclones, the Nashville Junior Predators and the Morgantown Blades from West Virginia in the 10-team A Conference in Tier II. The team ended with two wins, two losses; the best finish ever for Team Wyoming. The Nashville Predators and the Oklahoma City Oil Kings ended up playing for the championship, which Nashville won. Team Wyoming played very well and this talented group of young men represented Wyoming with class.
Team Wyoming was comprised of 20 players, 16 of which attended the National Tournament. Players representing their local teams from around Wyoming came from Casper, Cody/Powell, Gillette, Jackson, Rock Springs and Sheridan. From Sheridan were Walker Billings (goalie), Jack Chase, Sandis Cook (Team Captain) and Jesse Cross. Cross was unable to attend due to an injury.