Hurley Kane, the first Lizard Head Hockey player to be signed by a Junior team, has announced his signing with the Puget Sound Tomahawks. Kane, 18, the youngest of a long family of Lizard Heads, will head to Tacoma, Wash., at the end of the month. Often coached by his father, Charlie, a founding member of the Lizard Head Hockey Club, Kane most recently competed with the Boulder Bison Midget AA, advancing as far as the Nationals. The Puget Sound Tomahawks compete in the Northern Pacific Junior Hockey League and Kane hopes to gain the necessary experience to someday play hockey at the NCAA level.
“I have had the pleasure of coaching Hurley, and other than being a good kid, he has good natural hockey ability, a willingness to work hard and most important offers good size in being 6 foot 3. Coaches look for that,” said Kane’s old Telluride coach, Teddy Errico.
Next in line to leave the Lizard Heads is Ryan Swain, 15, who is heading into his sophomore year of high school and has been accepted at The Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, B.C. Also from a strong Lizard Head and Colorado hockey family, Swain’s older brother Shawn is a defenseman for the Lizard Head Midgets, coached by his father, Kevin, who grew up playing hockey in the Denver area, taking after his father, Jim, who was a stalwart wing for the University of Denver from 1953-1957.
Swain will compete with the AA Midget Stingers of the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association. Swain’s contributions to the Telluride Midget program will be certainly missed as he netted 31 points in 19 league games for the Telluride Bantams, who were the Rocky Mountain Hockey League Champions. To help ease the new transition for Swain, his mother, Barb, will move to Penticton.
“We are thrilled for Ryan,” said his parents. “This is a unique program in North America and attracts an international group of kids. There are kids from Europe, Asia, Australia, and of course, Canada and the U.S. The Academy has a proven track record in both athletic and academic success. Alumni are now enrolled and playing hockey at Harvard, Princeton and Brown to name a few of the fine schools Okanagan Academy graduates have been accepted at.”
Both Swain and Kane are honor roll students.
“As a hockey club, we could not be prouder of these successes,” said Errico. “It’s a nice feather in our cap to be producing not only quality hockey players, but quality young men. We wish them the best of luck.”
- Watch Staff Reports