Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 14, 2017: Moffat County hockey players to play in Front Range tourney |

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 14, 2017: Moffat County hockey players to play in Front Range tourney

From left, Craig Youth Hockey Association players Logan Knez, Colton Buchanan, Wyatt Boatright and AJ Barber are in their practice gear at Moffat County Ice Arena. The four members of the 18 and under Midget team will play this weekend alongside Glenwood Springs in the 16U Littleton Slapshot Tournament.
Andy Bockelman

The Craig Youth Hockey Association 18 and under Midget team will be lending four of its players to another Western Slope group this weekend. AJ Barber, Wyatt Boatright, Colton Buchanan and Logan Knez will join the Glenwood Springs Grizzlies to play in the 31st annual Littleton Slapshot Tournament.

The multi-day event runs through Monday and is an opportunity for younger Craig players on the high school-age team to play alongside fellow athletes 16 and under.

“It’s nice because we’ll be playing kids more our age than freshmen through seniors,” Logan Knez said.

Glenwood coaches asked Moffat County coaches for help in filling out the roster, and it’s not the first time the Bulldogs have mixed it up with the Grizzlies, having played alongside them in scrimmage scenarios.

“It’ll be a little different, but it’ll be fun,” Boatright said.

The combined group starts Saturday morning against regular season opponent Hyland Hills, but they will also meet Boulder, Littleton and Heritage teams.

Also in the mix are Arvada and a squad up from Arizona. The top four of the six teams involved will play for the championship Monday.

“It’s a great experience for them to be able to play a true 16U tournament,” Bulldogs coach Tim Knez said.

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