Amidst the Silvertips hype a group of local teenagers are taking the Junior Hockey League by storm. The 16U AAA Seattle Junior North West Admirals have two team members from Lake Stevens High School; Colin Perley and Austin Hoff, both forwards. Perley has maintained a 3.8 GPA while traveling and practicing for the admirals. Both boys are juniors and will be graduating LSHS in 2011.
After high school, Perley hopes to continue to play hockey and study medicine at the University of Denver. Outside of hockey and school he raises money for the American Cancer Society and participates in Relay for Life. Hoff’s main focus is on hockey, practicing three to four times a week on the ice and one to two times off the ice. Next season Hoff hopes to play in the North American Hockey League, a Junior A Tier II league. After high school he hopes to play D1 College hockey and pursue a degree in engineering or business.
The Admirals were ranked 33 overall in the United States Midget Hockey League. They started their current season by winning the Seafair Ice Breaker tournament in Richmond, British Columbia in October 2009. This season they have won 44 games, had 13 losses and five ties.
In December, the Admirals played in the Richmond Tournament where they played teams from Canada and the U.S. They came in second place, the title went to an Alaskan U-18 team. The Admirals were the least penalized team in their league, had the lowest goals against average and scored the second most amount of goals in the league.
This captured them the Pacific Coast Amatuer Hockey Association (PCAHA) Midget Flight 1 League Championship. The Admirals were the first U.S. team to win this title since 1994.
They have recently returned from the Pacific Coast Regionals in San Jose, Calif. which features teams from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, California and Nevada. The Admirals finished second in the region.