Orange Lutheran hockey is back on the ice and ready to drop the puck this Saturday, October 2, when they face off against Santa Margarita at Anaheim Ice.
After a significant delay and a shortened season last spring due to Covid, the Lancers earned their second straight CAHA (California) state championship and traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, in April to compete in the USA Hockey High School National Championships.
After coming up short last spring in pursuit of their first national title, OLu hockey head coach Ryan Frost feels the program and the roster have what it takes this year to not only defend their state title, but take the next step and bring home a national championship banner.
“The timing is right,” says Frost. “Our juniors are now kids who have won state (championships) back-to-back. And everyone has matured a bit.”
Now in their 11th season, the OLu hockey program has seen tremendous growth and will be fielding approximately 64 student athletes across three teams in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL) Division 1, Division 3 and JV. Whether a player has several years of playing experience or is just getting started in the sport, Frost and his coaching staff welcome all on the ice.
“We are a no-cut program, so we’ve given everyone an opportunity to find a home,” says Frost.
Alongside their hockey program, this year Orange Lutheran launched the Lancer Ice Academy, a blend of on-campus and OLu online classes, coupled with the opportunity to receive elite-level hockey training, coaching and conditioning. The program features dedicated academic support and access to the newly renovated OLu-branded gym and locker room facilities at Anaheim Ice.
This year’s Division 1 roster includes junior forward JJ Dean, along with senior forwards Braden Koliha and Nathan Croteau, with junior Miles Roberts backstopping for the Lancers in net. Frost is looking forward to seeing what this talented group can achieve this season.
“I just want them to become one quickly,” says Frost. “We are a very good hockey team on paper, but I want them to get a little bit better every single day, whether it be in the gym, in the classroom or on the ice.”