By Chris Chesky
The Champlin Park girls hockey program will have new faces, new colors and a new team name next season, as it was announced March 22 that Champlin Park and Coon Rapids have formed a girls hockey co-op beginning with the 2017-18 season.
“I think the boosters from both sides are excited, the kids are excited, the parents are excited and I know the coaching staff is excited,” Champlin Park head girls hockey coach Jim Koltes said. “It’s going to be housed under Champlin park, but we’ll get new uniforms with some Cardinal color in them, the name right now will be Champlin Park/Coon Rapids.”
Koltes said this is not the first time a Champlin Park/Coon Rapids co-op has been discussed. “Two years ago when they combined with Spring Lake Park they had come to us and talked about doing it,” Koltes said. “It just wasn’t the right time for Champlin Park, it was rushed, a real late deal.
“It was something we didn’t need and the Spring Lake Park thing went on.”
After the two-year co-op expired following the 2016-17 season, Koltes said the option for Coon Rapids was to join either Champlin Park or Anoka, with Champlin Park getting the first opportunity to willfully adopt the co-op.
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