From the Penalty Box to the Owner's Box
Today, the Danbury Ice Arena has announced that former 13-year professional hockey player and New York Ranger, Colton Orr, has joined the ownership group of the arena's recently launched North American Hockey League 3 team, the Danbury Colonials. Orr will serve as the organization's managing partner of the Junior Hockey operation.
The Danbury Colonials will hit the ice in the coming 2019-20 NA3HL season. The Colonials will roster 25-players from ages 16-20. The NA3HL is entering its 10th season and is one of two USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues. Teams compete for the Fraser Cup. The NA3HL serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes.
Colton Orr, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, played 477 games in the National Hockey League and registered 24 points (12 goals & 12 assists) and over 1100 Penalty Minutes (PIMs). Orr's former teammates include Jaromir Jagr, Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Drury, Brendan Shanahan, Phil Kessel, Joe Thornton, and Brian Leetch.
Orr commented, "Really looking forward to being part of the Danbury Colonials and the North American Hockey League platform in Danbury. I was fortunate in my Junior Hockey career to have an ex-NHL player (Mike Ridley) to mentor my team in Winnipeg with the St. Bonifice Saints and it was an unbelievable experience for the guys in the room. Being part of building this program from the start is a very exciting opportunity. I can't wait to get on the ice with the boys."
As part of the partnership, the Danbury Ice Arena will become home to the Colton Orr Hockey Academy (www.coltonorrhockey.com) which focuses on developing full contact hockey players, taught with the proper methods. All of the camps, clinics, and symposiums are designed to specifically teach body contact and positioning, while also enhancing player skills.
The first session for the Colton Orr Hockey Academy at the Danbury Ice Arena has been set for August 9th, 10th, & 11th. The clinics are open to skaters of all ages. Anyone interested in attending can register now at coltonorrhockey.com.
In addition, the Danbury Ice Arena and the Colton Orr Hockey Academy will develop a series of special camps and clinics for players of all ages. For the latest arena news, visit danburyice.com
On the ownership group's Junior Hockey platform and model, Danbury Ice Arena plans to expand and launch a North American Hockey League (Tier II) and North American Prospect Hockey League (NAPHL ages 14-16) in the coming seasons.
Tryout information for the Danbury Colonials, email General Manager, Rob Sutherland, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit danburycolonials.com.
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