Taos hockey JV team looks to improve ice skills

Ice Tigers lack a varsity team this year

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 11/26/19

Taos hockey doesn't have a varsity team this season. But they do have an 18U midget team, which is for athletes 18 and under to partake in but without the pressure of playing against players of expert skill levels.

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Taos hockey JV team looks to improve ice skills

Ice Tigers lack a varsity team this year

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Taos hockey doesn't have a varsity team this season. But they do have an 18U midget team, which is for athletes 18 and under to partake in but without the pressure of playing against players of expert skill levels.

Head coach Charlie Raskovics said that this season is one for improving players in the sport of hockey, though he did admit that they are still competitive.

The season kicked off on Saturday (Nov. 23) against Odessa and will span through early March of next year.

"We start the season at a level for each player and by the end of the season, we strive for those players to improve," Raskovics said. "Our job as coaches is to instill a love for the sport into these players."

Raskovics said that although this is a season for learning the pillars of the sport, the Ice Tigers still have some players who are key contributors.

This season Jordan Cisneros, a senior, has speed and can quickly change the dynamic of a match.

"He has a tenacity and a tenaciousness on the ice that you can't coach," Raskovics said. "That is there on his own."

Seth Danemann and Hunter Tafoya, both sophomores, figure to be key players for the Ice Tigers, too, Raskovics said. They both play on a club team based out of Albuquerque.

"Those two are great contributors," Raskovics said. "They have good hockey skills and a good hockey sense."

Raskovics also mentioned junior Eli Olson from Angel Fire -- a player who, just a season ago, picked up skates and a hockey stick for the first time.

"And to come in at that age at this level of hockey, that's a big courageous thing to do," Raskovics said.

The Ice Tigers have a long season ahead of them and they will face adversity. But it's those tests, those tough matches, that improve each and every player along the way. And that's the goal, Raskovics said.

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