Excalibur is ready for an exciting new season of Travel Roller Hockey.
Every year Team Excalibur breaks new ground for the sport of roller
hockey in Arizona.
Last season started with The Castle
Sports Club taking a record 12 teams to Winternationals and ended with
their Atom and Women's teams each winning the Bronze Medal at NARCh
finals in Minnesota.
Another way Excalibur continues to bring the sport to a new level is by
how many girls they have competing. From Alex in her first season, to
Megan, Krystalin, and Tay in their second, all the way to the
“veterans” Jordan and Allie in their third season, the Girls of
Excalibur are having a great time competing right alongside the boys.
When asked, all the girls say they have no problem being out there with
mostly boys. Most of the parents aren’t too concerned either.
Sometimes the hardest part of watching their daughters play is listening
to the comments from other parents. The negative comments can be hard to
take - “Nice check, but that was the wrong girl”, but the positive
responses - “Look, it’s the chick line!” - are great. Great for
the players, great for the parents, and most importantly, great for the
Megan, at age 8, is the youngest of Team Excalibur’s girls. She is
playing in her 2nd season on the Atom team. She was part of last
year’s Tour Pacific Cup Championship team and loves being able to play
offensive and defense. She is Co-Capitan of her team this year and
wishes they were playing in Winternationals. In fact, her main reason
for trying out for Team Excalibur last year was so she could play hockey
in Las Vegas.
Jordan, age 9, is in her third season with Team Excalibur. Because she
is still age eligible she is playing on the Atom team as well as the
Mite Silver team. Jordan has become known as an outstanding defensive
player and now gets to show her skills as an offensive player on her
Mite team. As Co-Capitan of the Atom team she enjoys working with her
teammates. The most exciting part of being on Excalibur? “Winning alot
Tay, age 10 is part of the Mite Black team. This is her second season
with Team Excalibur and she comes from a “hockey family”. Her mother
and older brother are both part of Team Excalibur, on the Women’s and
Squirt teams respectively. Her father plays hockey and even her little
brother and sister play. Having fun and winning are her favorite things
about playing hockey and she is well acquainted with the winning part.
She was part of last years TPC Championship team and her Mite team is
off to a great start this year.
Allie, age 10, is also in her 3rd season. She started skating when she
was six years old and now plays both roller and ice hockey. Both of her
parents also play hockey and her dad has coached her for several years.
Her best experience with Team Excalibur so far was when she scored her
first goal. Her worst was falling down on a one on one and letting the
other team score. She is looking forward to winning first place at
Alex, age 11, is in her first season with Team Excalibur. She is also a
member of the Mite Black team, playing both offense and defense. When
asked if she minds playing against mostly boys, she just smiles and says
“Not at all.” She doesn’t mind the hard work involved with playing
hockey and is looking forward to playing against the OC Blades at
Krystalin, at age 12, is the oldest of the Team Excalibur Girls. She is
a defensive player for the Squirt 91’s. It doesn’t bother her that
she is the only girl on the team, in fact, she loves the
competitiveness. Her favorite thing about playing for Excalibur was
winning the state championship with her Mite team last year. Her worst
was injuring her ankle last week during a tournament. What was thought
to be a broken ankle turned out to be only a bad sprain. Her biggest
concern about getting hurt? She was afraid she wouldn’t get to play in
So look out Vegas - The Girls are back in town! And remember, when they
are out on that rink, they are not “Daddy’s Little Girl”. They are
not “Grandma’s Princess”. They are not “girls” at all. They
are hockey players for Team Excalibur. And that’s the way it should