After a year off, the Utah Jr. Grizzlies are planning on fielding a strong U18 Tier I AAA team for the 15-16 season. The Head Coach will again be Darryl Olsen and the team will compete for a chance to appear at the Tier I National Tournament at year end. This team will again play a full AAA schedule in the National Junior Prospects Hockey League (NJPHL). At the end of the 2013-14 season, the Jr. Grizzlies U18 team had one heck of a season, for their first season in the NJPHL, but lost in the Championship game to the Blythe Academy Bruins AAA to take a 2nd place finish. Due to the success of that team and the first year the Jr. Grizzlies fielded at U18 AAA Tier I program, Coach Olsen was able to help many players move on to higher levels the next season. Out of the 18 players on that team that year 16 of those players received invitations to tryouts at all levels, USHL, NAHL, AJHL, BCHL, WSHL, KIJHL, MJHL, NA3PHL. Other players went on to pursue college hockey in the ACHA; to play for Utah State, Weber State as well as the University of Utah. Due to the success and development of those players who played under Coach Olsen in that 2013-14 season, most of those players made teams at the higher levels and moved on. This was accomplished through huge commitment from our Coach Olsen at the beginning of the season, development and promoting his players to higher levels. As a result, there were not enough players to field a U18 team for the 2014-15 season.
The 2015-16 season is different, WE ARE BACK, and we will have a U18 Tier I AAA team and Coach Olsen promises more development and promotions for passionate, dedicated hockey players. Coach Olsen has been coaching with the Utah. Jr. Grizzlies since 2003. He brings with him an excellent playing and coaching resume. He is dedicated to the development of every player on his teams and will push and encourage each player to reach their full potential.
If you are a interested in playing for the AAA Utah. Jr. Grizzlies U18 team for the 2015-16 season, please contact Coach Oly. Tryouts are May 15-17, 2015. You can register for tryouts from the http://www.utahjuniorgrizzlies.com home page.
We look forward to seeing you on the ice.
The Junior Grizzlies' mission is to provide a safe and challenging environment that promotes skill enhancement, teamwork, and sportsmanship for competitive youth hockey. We embrace the core values of respect for the individual, integrity, loyalty, and pursuit of excellence. We are also proud to host the Annual Grizz Cup, a world class hockey tournament over Martin Luther King Holiday weekend in January.
Wasatch Mountain Amateur Hockey Association
P.O. Box 1921, West Jordan, Utah 84088
Midget U18 Select
Midget U16 Select
Midget U18/U16 Elite
Pee Wee Select
Pee Wee Elite
Squirt Elite - TBD