A local hockey team recently left
its mark on ESPN in Florida.
The CI Kings youth travel hockey
team made their historic first voyage to the ESPN Wide World of Sports in
Orlando, Florida recently to participate in the Disney Classic hockey
tournament put on by the ECHO hockey organization.
The elite crew of players 12 years
old and under joined teams from across North and South America and left their
mark on the tournament and international players in a very profound way.
The CI Kings travel programme
formed in April of this year with the training of a 12U team and participated
in an exhibition tournament in Deerfield Beach, Florida back in June. After a
successful run, the club jumped back into action in September and fielded an
additional 10U division team to participate in the Disney Classic. In total 23
players, accompanied by a contingent of fans, made the journey to Orlando to
take on some of the best competition around including teams from Colombia,
and the States.
The 12U Kings team finished the
tourney 1-4 with their lone victory coming off an impressive 12-0 finish
against Venezuela. By far their toughest match of the tournament was facing off
against the Tour Scorpions, the number one ranked US tournament team. 12U
Tournament MVP for the Kings, Goalie Dylan Bostock, was stellar in goal.
The 10U Kings, in their first ever
outing, had a lot to bear having only practiced for four weeks together before
making the trip to Orlando. The team did not win a match but earned tons of
Coach Dan Etherington said,
“Playing at King’s Sports Centre in front of all of your school mates is one
thing. Stepping on the court of the ESPN
Centre in Disney, in front of the sky-high stadium seating and playing against
some of the best teams in the US, is a whole different scenario. Our kids
performed as best as could be expected under the pressure.”
Off the court, the Kings were great
ambassadors for the Cayman Islands exchanging various memorabilia with the opposing
players and coaches. Nick Berry from the ESPN Wide World of Sports commented,
“It was my pleasure in meeting the coaches and players and watching the players
give a good accounting of themselves during the Disney/Orlando Tournament. My
wife and I hope to visit your island and hopefully watch your guys in practice