Hilliard Wildcats relish trip to nationals

In his closing message to his team following the USA Hockey high school national championships, Hilliard club hockey coach Jake Trask thanked the seniors for their contributions to the program.

He then told the players eligible to return to use the memories collected this season as motivation in hopes of getting back to nationals a year from now.

The Wildcats closed the most successful season in program history by competing at nationals, which were held March 24-28 in Plano, Texas.

Hilliard went 2-1 at the event to finish ninth of 16 teams in pool play, as the top eight teams advanced to championship play.

“The seniors were our backbone all year long,” Trask said. “They were awesome leaders, role models for our younger group. I can’t thank them enough for all the hard work and commitment that they put in this year. The goal every year is to win state and then be able to go to nationals and have an opportunity to compete against the best teams in the country.”

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