The arrival of October means the puck is ready to drop on a new hockey season, and the Lancers are prepared to hit the ice.
With 48 players across three teams this season, Orange Lutheran will be fielding a Varsity Division 1 team, a Varsity Division 3 team and a JV Development team within the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (adhshl.com). The addition of a second varsity-level team speaks to the skill level and growth that exists within the program.
“We have some very good players who can take the next step this year,” says OLu head hockey coach, Ryan Frost.
Some of those impact players at the Varsity D1 level include seniors Ethan Hirst and Jackson Ferry, juniors Thomas Stift and Josh Renton, and freshman standout goaltender Miles Roberts.
With one full year at the helm under his belt, Frost has been refining the structure and details of the program, including adding more community outreach events as a way of further defining what it means to be a hockey player at OLu.
“At the end of the day, I want to make better people, not just better hockey players,” says Frost. “We’re doing team building stuff, and we’re doing things to make their experience better, outside of hockey even.”
The Lancers kick off their season this weekend, and despite losing some key players to last spring’s graduating class, Frost is confident that this year’s squads have the talent and drive to compete.
“I’m looking for the whole group to come together,” says Frost. “I’m really excited to get it going.”
*Photo credit: Jenee Dixon