The Kansas City Storm is a girl’s hockey organization centered in Kansas City while supporting the growth of girl’s hockey with players from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Texas.
The Kansas City Storm participates in the Heartland Tier II Girl’s Hockey League (formerly Midwest Girls Hockey League). We’re comprised of 3 divisions -19 & Under, 16 & Under and 14 & Under. The age ranges are fairly flexible, depending upon skill levels and the number of players in each division . The league is further split at both divisions into an Eastern and Western conference. Our 19 & Under and 16 & Under teams play in the Western Conference. At the end of the season there is also a playoff tournament that each team has the option to participate in. The playoffs consist of teams from both conferences, and the location rotates yearly.
Especially at the 16 & Under and 14 & Under level, we’re designed to be an adjunct to house hockey. On the Storm, we encourage the younger players to play on a coed team so they have weekly games, and as much practice as possible. We do have our own optional weekly team practice. One of the key benefits of our organization is that if the girls reach a point where they don’t want to play coed, our team provides a means to stay in the sport through age 19.
Our league weekends are established and booked for the entire season prior to its start, and games are played in the St. Louis area, Omaha, and Kansas City. 19 & Under tends to travel a little farther. We generally play 5 weekends per season, and one of them is hosted by the Kansas City squad. Its minimal travel compared to other travel programs, and usually amounts to only one night in a hotel per weekend. We’re guaranteed 4 games each trip.
Finally, the most valuable aspect of the experience is the friendships the girls make – not only on our team, but with the other teams, as well. The opportunity to play with and against girls changes their game – it changes how they see themselves as hockey players and competitors. Their skills build, and the camaraderie develops quickly each year. Win, lose, or draw, they have a lot of fun.
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