YMCA Jr Buffs / Boulder Hockey Club Spring Development Hockey (U8-U18)

With coaching from Chance Creger and other well-respected instructors, YMCA Jr Buffs Spring Rec Hockey will focus on improving skating, developing skill and continuing to nurture a lifelong love of the ice. For young hockey players who want to stay on the ice this spring, the program has an 8-to-1 (or less) coaching ratio to give them the support they need to become more skilled, resilient and confident on the ice. Players will be grouped based on skill level to help them progress. The eight weekly sessions each include station-based skill development and small area games, an inter-squad scrimmage and dynamic warm-up and cool-down.

  • U8: April 2 - May 21
  • U10: April 3 - May 22
  • U12: April 4 - May 23
  • U14-U18: April 5 - May 24

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Chance Creger

Chance's youth hockey career included playing on a Midget Minor AA team that won two regional Silver Sticks, a Colorado State Championship and competed in the 2010 US National Championships. As a member of the Jr Bison, he was called up to the North American Hockey League in Corpus Christi. His junior hockey career continued on the NAHL Minot Minotauros, the MJHL Dauphin Kings and the MNJHL Wisconsin Saints. He completed his career by playing NCAA hockey at Northland College. He started his coaching career with the BHC PeeWee AA and Roughriders U13 AAA. Chance has spent the last two seasons as the Hockey Director for the YMCA Jr. Buffs and Colorado Yeti while also head coaching the Bantam A Jr. Buffs. His philosophy? Every player must fail in order to make room for improvement.

Zach Buick

Zach’s hockey career started at the age of 5, when his dad would take him to a local pond to skate. That’s where his love for the game began. He played for the Vail Mountaineers from ages 6 to 13. He then moved to Superior and played for the Roughriders for two years and then the Hyland Hills Jaguars. He started coaching in 2017 when I assisted with Planet Hockey Summer Camps, and he currently plays defense for Monarch High Schools varsity hockey team.

Ethan Howanitz

Ethan has been playing hockey for years and has been around the game his whole life. He specializes in forward skills and shooting skills. He recently played for Boulder Hockey Club and Centaurus High School. 

YMCA and Boulder BisonIntroducing Bison Hockey

We are happy to announce that YMCA Youth Hockey and Boulder Hockey Club have teamed up to provide competitive and recreational teams for ages 6-19. Together, we are the Bison. 

The new YMCA Boulder Hockey Club will continue to offer Learn to Play, 8U hockey and 10U-18U recreational programs. The 10U-18U recreational teams will play in the Colorado Recreational Hockey League. The CRHL emphasizes skill development with a recreational component. Boulder Hockey Club, in collaboration with the YMCA, will continue to provide 10U-18U competitive ice hockey teams that will play in the Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League through Boulder Hockey Club at Sports Stable. The CCYHL offers players a more competitive environment and more time commitment.

2018 season information to be announced.

USA Hockey 2017/2018 Season Age Classifications

Date of Birth

Age Category

Age Division


18 Years

18 & Under (Midget)


17 Years

18 & Under (Midget)


16 Years

16 & Under (Midget)


15 Years

16 & Under (Midget)


14 Years

14 & Under (Bantam)


13 Years

14 & Under (Bantam)


12 Years

12 & Under (Peewee)


11 Years

12 & Under (Peewee)


10 Years

10 & Under (Squirt)


9 Years

10 & Under (Squirt)


8 Years

8 & Under (Mite)

CRHL Squirt, Peewee, Bantam & Midget

Schedules will be determined at the CRHL league meetings in September. CRHL has an average of 2.5 ice touches per week including games on weekends plus one tournament per team. 

Full Season Fee

  • Y Member: $995
  • Non-member: $1100

Deposit/Team Placement Fee (non-refundable)

  • $625

The deposit/tryout fee is due at time of registration. This fee will be applied to the player’s league fee once the player is placed on a team in one of the two leagues. This fee is non-refundable. Full payment is due once the player is assigned to a team. USA Hockey Membership fee also required before tryouts.

USA HockeyThe Y adheres to USA Hockey and CAHA (Colorado Amateur Hockey Association) guidelines to build a progressive path for players and to offer a wide range of levels and options for families. USA Hockey mandates include USA Hockey registration for athletes and USA Hockey certification for head coaches. USA Hockey guidelines also include birth year requirements. The CAHA also follows the USA Hockey rules and guidelines. Required USA Hockey Membership is $40. Register with USA Hockey.

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The Colorado Rec Hockey League (CRHL) is a youth hockey league that emphasizes skills development with a recreational component. Our CRHL program offers an alternative to the highly competitive environment of travel hockey. Families participating in the recreational program can expect to pay less, travel less often and get an average of 2.5 ice touches a week. Optional weekly practices available for an additional fee. Our CRHL option will be for newer to less advanced players but will have a feel of the same rec program the YMCA has always offered. A $500 deposit is required to secure your child’s spot on the team and will be put toward the full season fee.

Full Season Fee

  • Y Members: $550
  • Non-members: $700

Required USA Hockey Membership: $25-$55 (depending on age group). You must bring your 2017/2018 USA Hockey registration to try-outs.

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Private Hockey Lessons

We offer private and semi-private hockey lessons. Contact for more info.

Ice Department: Hockey

303-443-4474 ext. 6200