April 29, 2015
Hounds Hockey and the Sugar Land Jr. Imperials are proud to announce the formation of the Houston Hurricanes. Having many shared hockey philosophies, both organizations recognize that our mutual goal of growing the game of hockey in Houston will be more easily met by joining forces into a single, stronger organization. With our combined resources, including our highly qualified coaching staff and passionate volunteers, the Houston Hurricanes will place the priority on developing each player to their maximum potential both on and off the ice. This will be accomplished by providing exceptional coaching and mentoring while exceeding the highest standards of sportsmanship among our players, parents, coaches and volunteers.
By joining together, we plan to field 5 travel teams (10U, two 12U, two 14U) for the 2015/16 season in the Dallas Stars Travel Hockey League (DSTHL.) We will skate out of both the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center and the Bellerive Ice Center.
The Houston Hurricanes will be structured using the bylaws, TAHA charter and 501c3 non-profit status of the Bay Area Houston Hockey Association (BAHHA.) The teams will be governed by a Board of Directors (BOD) comprised of members from both former organizations. The BOD will also govern the Hounds house program which will continue to use the Hounds name and logo. The Sugar Land Jr. Imperials house program will continue to be run by the Sugar Land Ice Center with support from the Houston Hurricanes.
Please share in our excitement by attending our parent information session at Bellerive Ice Center on May 9th at 10:30am where we will unveil our new logo and announce our 2015/16 coaching staff. Players are welcome to attend the information session as there will be open ice at no cost from 10:30-11:30am (full equipment is required.)
Congratulations to the following Hounds players who have advanced from the Texas Affiliate Camp (TAC) to represent the Hounds and Texas at the Rocky Mountain District (RMD) Player Development Camps. The RMD camps are highly selective week long camps designed to identify national team caliber players. A select few from the RMD camps will move on the National Camps held later this summer. The 2001 RMD boys camp as well as the 2000/01 RMD girls camp will be held in June in Colorado Springs.
In a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over the Memorial City Dragons, the Squirt Hounds captured the 2014-15 Houston Met Championship Sunday evening at Bellerive Ice Center. Finding themselves down a goal in the third, the Hounds rallied to tie the game at 3. After a furious back and forth finish to the period, the teams headed to sudden victory overtime. Both goalies shined in overtime as the teams traded multiple scoring chances. During a wild scrum in front of the Dragons net late in OT, the Hounds were able to knock in the rebound for the championship. This was the second overtime victory for the Hounds in as many nights as they defeated the Memorial City McCoy team 4-3 in the semifinals. The Hounds finished the regular season in first place after compiling a 16-3 record. It was an incredible finish to an incredible season for an incredible group of kids, coaches and parents. Go Hounds!
Squirt Hounds Last Game at SCIS
It was a bittersweet moment when the scoreboard ticked down to zero on a 6-4 victory for the Hounds squirt team as the players, coaches and parents realized it would be the last Hounds game played at Space City Ice. Only an hour earlier the Hounds mite team finished their final game with one last chant of "Who are we? Hounds!" before saluting the crowd at center ice.
While the only home the Hounds have ever known will be sold to a car dealership early in October, we all took one last day to remember all that Space City Ice has given us. As the kids marched off to the lockerroom with big smiles on their faces, we realize that this is not the end... this pack of Hounds will play on together! Go Hounds!