Entering its third season, the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League is proud to announce their return to Breckenridge in 2017-18. With Summit Youth Hockey Association serving as the owners and operators, the new Breckenridge Bolts will play and practice at Stephen C. West Ice Arena in beautiful downtown Breckenridge, Colorado. The new team marks the return of junior hockey to the highest rink in North America at 9,600 feet above sea level. "We are very excited to bring Junior Hockey back to Breckenridge. We saw how great of a hockey community we have here in Breck, and we are looking forward to putting a great product on the ice for our fans," stated General Manager Wren Arbuthnot.
Breckenridge built a solid junior hockey fan base in the inaugural RMJHL season before taking a hiatus in year two. Returning to the league with a new ownership group in year three will only solidify the ski town rivalries already established by the Aspen Leafs and Steamboat Wranglers. “Breckenridge has always been an extremely important franchise within the RMJHL footprint,” explained league President Shaun Hathaway. “With Summit Youth Hockey, the City of Breckenridge and the Summit County community fully behind the new team, we have no doubt that the Breckenridge Bolts will quickly reestablish themselves as a premier junior hockey market.”
Summit Youth Hockey hired Breckenridge native Kory DeKoevend as the Bolts Head Coach. DeKoevend played for the Colorado Rampage 18U AAA team and the Queen City Cutthroats where he won a league championship in the former Northern Pacific Junior Hockey League. In 2014 he took the reins of Summit Youth Hockey as their Director of Hockey. He also served the assistant coach for the 20U Breckenridge team during the inaugural RMJHL season (2015-16). Last season he worked as an assistant coach for the 20U Colorado Thunderbirds. "It has been my dream to bring Junior Hockey to the place I grew up and I look forward to helping the Bolts advance RMJHL players to higher levels.”
Following a collegiate model, the six-team league plays a 40-game schedule with weekend series on Friday and Saturday nights. With high altitude training in the most responsible junior hockey footprint in the country, players in the RMJHL have incredible training opportunities to maximize their development both on and off the ice.