Former Colorado Eagle and longtime professional hockey player Rhett Gordon has been hired as the hockey coach at Fort Collins High School.
Fort Collins will begin play as a CHSAA program for the 2016-17 school year, serving as a Poudre School District team. Fort Collins will join Resurrection Christian as the second CHSAA hockey team in Northern Colorado.
Gordon, 39, is from Regina, Saskatchewan and played professionally from 1995 to 2012. While the first games for Fort Collins are 11 months away, the early hiring allows time to take care of logistics such as securing jerseys and ice time.
“High school hockey is where Colorado is starting to grow,” Gordon said, sitting just off the rink at the NoCo Ice Center on Wednesday. “It’s something new for the school district, and it’s pretty exciting to get started. Eventually once the season gets closer, it will get more excited from the hockey side of things.”
Gordon has lived in the area for eight years and works as the bantam hockey (15 years and under) director for Northern Colorado Youth Hockey.
He played parts of three seasons in the AHL and spent most of his career in Europe. He played 10 games with the Eagles during the 2011-12 season.
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