Top Sailors asked to take the ice for All-Star Game later this month in Littleton
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — When the Steamboat Springs Sailors fell to Chaparral a week ago, Steamboat Springs goalkeeper Peyton Tritz thought that his high school career had come to a close.
“It feels good to put on the uniform one more time,” Tritz said after learning that he will be one of two seniors from the Steamboat Springs hockey team invited to play in the 2017-18 Senior All-Star Game this month. “I’ve been wanting to play in this game since I was a freshman, so it was huge honor, and I’m ready to go.”
So is teammate David LaPointe, who scored 24 goals in 20 games this season and had six assists.
“It’s definitely a big deal, and it’s nice to be part of the team,” LaPointe said. “It’s an honor to be selected to this team, and it will be fun to get back out on the ice.”
The state’s top 46 players were divided into two teams for the game, which will be played March 10 at the Edge Ice Area in Littleton.
Each team has 12 attacking players, eight defenders and three goal keepers. The game is made up of seniors from different teams across the state and include players from Regis Jesuit, Monarch, Heritage, Pueblo County, Fort Collins, Denver East, Rampart, Coronado, Chatfield, Cheyenne Mountain, Liberty, Standley Lake, Crested Butte, Woodland Park, Steamboat Springs and Summit.
The other team includes players from Resurrection Christian, Valor Christian, Battle Mountain, Cherry Creek, Aspen, Dakota Ridge, Kent Denver, Lewis Palmer, Mullen, Pine Creek, Air Academy, Chaparral, Castle View, Ralston Valley, Mountain Vista and Columbine.
“It’s a good thing, but I will definitely miss playing with my teammates,” Tritz said. “It’s going to be nice playing with David one last time, and it will be nice to go play with all these guys that are high speed and have a lot of talent.
Tritz plans to take a gap year between high school and college to play junior hockey. He is hoping to grab the attention of colleges that might want him to step between the pipes in a couple of years.
The Steamboat goalkeeper finished the season with 515 saves and faced 562 shots. He was in goal for 11 of his team’s wins this season. He also selected to play with Team Colorado last season.
LaPointe is also planning to take a year off, but he plans to travel a bit before deciding where he will go to college. Once there, he is hoping to hook up with a club team and continue playing the game he loves.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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