Broken Arrow hockey excited for new season

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Last year’s hockey team poses for a team picture.

There might be days that it’s still 80 degrees outside, but that isn’t stopping the BA hockey team from getting on the ice. The guys from Broken Arrow are not funded by the school but strive every year to represent BA in the best way possible.

Their season started Monday night and Broken Arrow took the game by a huge margin, an impressive 9-1 victory over rival Union. Senior Ben Groover was pleased with the team’s opener.

“The lines that were being put together were working and everything was just clicking for everyone,” Groover said.

Broken Arrow relies on a strong coaching staff to keep them focused throughout the season. Head coach Hamilton is accompanied by goalie coach Skylar and defense coach Schultz. Each player appreciates the coaches and how they prepare them both in practice and in the games. Sophomore and starting goalie Cain Robison knows the coaching staff is vital to the team’s success.

“They’re all really good guys and they help us out no matter what,” Robison said.

Despite Broken Arrow hockey’s success in recent years, the sport still doesn’t receive the recognition and support from the school they’re representing. Senior Jacob Reynolds thinks that the hockey team along with other non-funded school teams should receive more recognition from Broken Arrow.

“We have a world-class rugby team, hockey team, and bowling team which all receive little attention and support from the school,” Reynolds said.

All the guys on the team value fan and student support. Robison recalled that a couple of years ago there were over a hundred spectators at Broken Arrow hockey games, and now the team struggles to find someone in the crowd that isn’t a players’ parent. Groover is ready for another solid season and hopes BA will come out and support.

“The freedom we have while skating and the friendships that are formed are awesome,” Groover said. “It’s really intense and we love having a big crowd.”

The Tigers practice and play their games at the Tulsa Oilers ice center, aside from one game at the BOK Center a year, which will take place in December.