Back on top, Frisco hockey team claims state title


provided by Ryan McLean

The Frisco Ice Hockey Association poses for a picture after Sunday's success against McKinney. Reclaiming the state championship title from 2017, the boys' will continue on to Nationals starting on March 28, 2019 in Cleveland.

Kasey Harvey, Editor-in-chief

Revenge was definitely best served cold Sunday as the The Frisco Ice Hockey Association team beat Plano West 8-0 to claim the Texas Amateur Hockey Association State Championship at Valley Ranch, one year after losing to the Wolves.

“It was a great feeling,” senior Cole Enloe said via text. “Coming out and dominating for the entire game just showed that we were destined to redeem ourselves from last year’s loss. Beating a rival team like McKinney in that fashion was the perfect way to cap off the regular season.”

Scoring a goal in the first 49 seconds of the game, Lebanon Trail’s Stefan Kruger set the tone for the team.

“No words really, just could not have imagined doing it with anybody else and just realizing we are going to nationals,” Kruger said via text. “It doesn’t matter who we are playing we are going to play hard every game no matter it’s league states or nationals.”

Hoping to reclaim the National Championship Title won in 2017, FIHA will travel to Cleveland for the National Championship held in late March.

“It truly felt like we were on top of the world just knowing all the hard work and time we had put in had finally paid off,” Centennial hockey player John Muir said via text. “I believe it showed us the level of effort and intensity that we will need to bring to every game in order to be successful at nationals.”

The state championship established FIHA as one of the top programs in the country with head coach Ryan McLean giving all the credit to the players.

“The things I feel have helped us achieve our successes in the past four years are the players I have had,” he said via email. “They show up to practice at 6:15 a.m. each week and have tough school loads and most also play travel hockey. The time commitments and dedication they give me helps them become very disciplined young men. In my eyes discipline is what wins state and national championships.”