Milford hockey is back in full force after missing last season because not enough players came out to field a team.
New Milford head coach Hugh Pobur was excited to get things going again.
“It’s exciting for the kids, No. 1,” he said. “They’re ready to roll and get it going again and put Milford back on the map.”
Pobur said 21 came out for the first day of tryouts, more than enough to get the program up and running again.
“Day one was good,” he said. “A lot of the kids that were coming out we knew were coming out. We had a couple of new faces. We’ll have a solid team with the 18 to 20 kids that we’re looking at right now.”
While getting this season going is exciting, Pobur wants to make sure the program stays going for the long run. A rule change in eligibility can only help.
“One of the most important things is the boys have an opportunity now if they are not playing AAA hockey to play travel hockey in the fall up until Nov. 1 and then they can come over and play for their high school, which would be a great experience for them to be able to play for their high school,” he said. “I’ve got five or six of those kids that did that this year.”
Pobur said the school has other players who could help the team considerably, but the rule change came a bit late this year and they were already committed to other teams. He hopes more students know about the rule change and will come out to play for the Mavericks in the future.
For now, it’s getting this team ready to get back on the ice. The Mavericks will have a scrimmage Friday and the season officially gets going Nov. 21 with a road contest. The first home game at Hartland Ice Arena will be Nov. 24.
“I’m excited to see them all out there,” Pobur said. “It will be a challenge this year, playing for the first time together and seeing what we can do. We’ve got to get it back on track and let all the boys from all of the middle schools and all that that we’ve got a hockey program coming back.
“I was disappointed like crazy last year that four or five seniors didn’t get to play their senior year in high school. The four or five that I’ve got this year are jumping up and down. It should be a good one.”