The Houston Wild Squirt AA team took advantage of a weekend off and spent a day volunteering at the Houston Foodbank (www.houstonfoodbank.org). The team’s players’, parents’, and siblings’ combined efforts helped package 1,800 boxes that will supply 45,000 meals to senior citizens in the Houston area. It was a true team effort of assembling boxes, packing food, preparing crates, and recycling hundreds of boxes and plastic wrappings.
The event was an awesome opportunity to teach the team some humility and give back to the community that supports our great sport. This could be the biggest win of the year for the SQAA team as it was an impressive final outcome with the Wild scoring 45,000 and Hunger scoring 0.
The Houston Wild Squirt Minor team won the 2016 Lone Star Invitational Squirt Gold Tournament over the MLK weekend in Dallas.
After a shootout win in their first game, the team got down to business, winning their other two round robin games 7-0 and 5-3. The Wild did not give up another goal in either the semi final or championship games winning 4-0 and 5-0 respectively.
Head Coaches Hausler and Fraser were proud of how hard the team battled and their team's dedication to sound defensive play & consistent teamwork.
The goaltending and defense were rock solid, and the back-checking by the forwards was some of the best the coaches have seen all year. The team is looking forward to keeping the momentum going back into the DSTHL regular season and into the President's Day Tournament in Colorado Springs!!
The Houston Wild Squirt AA team won the 2015 Texas Shootout Tournament over the Labor Day weekend in Dallas.
A talented offensive front, a physical defensive unit, and incredible goal tending allowed the Wild to establish a 4-0 record in round robin play, outscoring their opponents 20-4. Three of the top 5 spots in points, goals, and assists were held by Wild players for the entire tournament.
The Wild carried their excellent and unselfish play into the championship with a 6-2 win over Hockey Club Dallas. After a slow start in the first period, the Wild settled down and went back to their typical style from the round robin and took control of the remainder of the game.
Coach Al Jaschke had this to say about the weekend: “I knew our team was prepared to compete prior to the weekend, but I did not expect the kids to demonstrate a 'mid-season' kind of chemistry. I believe our pre-season team building events and scrimmages were a big hit and played a key role in getting us ready. It was a great start to the season but now we must have a short memory and get ready for our regular season and the Chicago Bauer tournament in November.”
Chase Wilkinson (’95) was excited to learn that he would be participating at the USA Hockey National Championships for the second time in three years.
In 2013 Chase traveled to Hartford, CT, with his Houston Wild U18AA Team coached by Mark Hockman and Dan O’Sullivan. In 2015 Chase returned to the USA Hockey National Championships, but this time not with his former Houston Wild organization but as a proud member of the USA Hockey Officiating Team.
Chase has made a smooth transition from sitting in the penalty box to making sure the correct player is now put in there. Since his last game as a Houston Wild player, Chase has been working toward his ultimate goal of officiating high-level hockey. Chase has started that progression and has been fortunate to work over 60 Junior hockey games in the NA3HL, NAHL, and the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. He attended the 2013 NAPHL Showcase in San Jose, the 2013 NA3HL Showcase in Chicago, the 2014 USA Hockey Western Regional Officiating Camp in MI, and was selected to referee the 2014 Texas High School Championship Game in Dallas. Chase has also been a full time official for the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program during the 2014-2015 season.
Chase attributes some of his success as an official to all the years he spent as a Houston Jr. Aero and Houston Wild player. He believes that the on- and off-ice lessons he has learned from his Coaches, namely: Kevin Brown, Ken DeCubellis, Benton Dibrell, Safford Hazen, Mark Hockman, John Hughes, Arthur Jean, Dan O’Sullivan, Desmond Perkins, Paul Premachuk and Jeff Tazumi has helped him get through the tough challenges of being an ice hockey official.
Chase would like to thank the Houston Jr. Aero / Houston Wild Hockey Club, all of his teammates, and a special thanks to TC Lewis, Mark Servaes, and Karen Young for their continued support of his hockey dreams and goals.