FOR THE FIRST TIME OMAHA TO HOST USA HOCKEY’S
CENTRAL DISTRICT GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
For the first *me since having an official girls’ hockey league, Omaha is set to host the USA Hockey’s Central District 19U Tier 2 Girls’ Championships. Hundreds of hockey players, parents and suppor*ve fans will be taking over Ralston Arena and Moylan IcePlex March 13-15.
The Midwest District for the USA Hockey’s girls’ teams, which includes Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, only gets the chance to host regionals once every four years.
“Growing girls’ hockey is one of the Midwest’s strategic goals. We have a very vibrant girls’ program in Omaha, plus a na*onally ranked U19 team. Couple that with Omaha’s outstanding reputa*on for hos*ng world-class tournaments, and we were honored to be able to serve as a host when asked,” said Shawn Spencer, president, MWAHA. “I am very proud of Omaha girls’ program, and I look forward to watching some of the best girls’ hockey USA Hockey can offer.”
Playing for a spot in the 2020 Chipotle-USA Hockey Girls Tier II 19U Na*onal Championship are Omaha’s own Lady Jr. Lancers represen*ng the Midwest division, as well as teams from Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri. The na*onal championship is scheduled for April 2-6 in West Chester, Penn.
“This season our team has played and competed with some of the top compe**on against teams from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California and Canada,” said Nick Saldi, a coach for Lady Jr. Lancers. “This has allowed us to be na*onally ranked as high as 8th in the county. The team is currently ranked 16th out of over 100 teams, and they’re looking forward to winning at home.”
USA Hockey has been conduc*ng the country’s na*onal championship tournaments since 1938, with teams from 38 states being crowned champions in various classifica*ons. As part of USA Hockey Na*onals, some 4,000 players compete for American hockey top honors in the sled, youth, girls, high school, adult and women's levels, according to USA Hockey.
Other age groups playing in the Central District Championships are youth boys and girls 14U, 15U, 16U, 18U, and 19U. Addi*onal games will be played at Moylan IcePlex in Omaha and Fond du Lac Blue Line in Fond du Lac, Wisc.
The Midwest Amateur Hockey Associa*on (MWAHA) is the official governing body for USA Hockey, covering the states of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. For more informa*on, visit heps://www.tristatehockey.com/.