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Boulder Hockey Club Integration with RoughRiders!

By Julianna Hensel, 04/17/20, 10:45AM MDT


The Board is writing to you today to notify you of two exciting changes. As we approach our 50th season as the Boulder Hockey Club, we’ve paused to reflect on how far we’ve come, the changes in the world around us (particularly today), and how we can maintain our success going forward. 

The Boulder Hockey Club was founded in 1970 and has grown and evolved over time. We’ve played in multiple facilities, had many excellent coaches and volunteers, and helped spread the love of the game across thousands of players. The one thing that never changed is our focus on developing our girls and boys to be their best both on and off the ice. “It’s all about the kids”. 

More recently, we have had a very strong relationship with the RoughRiders . BHC players and coaches have benefitted from this relationship. RoughRider players and coaches have benefitted from this relationship. The synergy between these two clubs is real, but there is more to capture. 

As BHC looks toward our next 50 years, we are pleased to announce that the Boulder Hockey Club will be integrating many of our operations with the RoughRiders hockey program. BHC will keep our same great coaches and staff with whom you have great relationships. Very little will change from a player and membership perspective. BHC and the RoughRiders will continue to be two separate organizations but will operate more seamlessly. Our tryouts and season will remain our own. The Boulder Hockey Club/RoughRiders combination is proud to offer programming for both recreational and competitive hockey from 8U all the way up to Tier 1 for boys and girls. 

We are excited about this integration with the RoughRiders Hockey program. Players from both clubs will benefit as we will be able to schedule ice time more smoothly, coordinate tournaments together and our coaches will be working more closely together. We will be known as the Boulder RoughRiders and branding as one will help our club gain more exposure and continue to grow in membership. Don’t worry our jersey design contest remains intact! 

Secondly, as stated in our last newsletter, the BHC Board is also pleased to announce the return of Neil Runbeck, BHC’s former Assistant Hockey Director. Neil is returning to be our Director of Business Operations and Player Development!! Neil will also serve as the head coach of the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 15U AAA team. Working with both clubs, Neil and BHC staff will make sure our players are on the proper development path to have an opportunity to move onto the next level if they are determined to do so. Neil was very influential in building BHC to become a club respected around the country. Most importantly, our long standing BHC culture of player development, compassion for our members, mentoring young coaches and supporting our community while having fun remains the same. 

Our documented Vision, Mission, Core Values, and Goals are, in writing, to reflect the culture you’ve come to enjoy. It’s on the home page of our website. Thank you for your continued support, we truly appreciate all of the time and commitment from our membership and we look forward to continuing to grow as we all RIDE TOGETHER as RoughRiders! 

Please feel free to contact me at any time, as my door is always open and I love talking hockey! 

Welcome Home Neil! 

Best Regards, 

Your Hockey Director, 

Chris Lockrem