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Rugby Ice Hawk part of Park City champ team

By Staff | Apr 20, 2018

Submitted photo Shanx Brossart (center) and some of his Rocky Mountain Raptors teammates celebrate a win in the 2018 High Mountain Shootout in Park City, Utah earlier this month. The Raptors defeated the Idaho Jr. Steelheads, 4-1, to win the shootout.

Shanx Brossart likes to play the goalie position in hockey.

“There is a mental side to being in net that I have always liked. It’s hard to not take every goal scored on me and let it ruin the game but this is something that I continuously work on and try to improve upon,” Brossart said. “I also love the feeling of a close game and being in net. I guess you can say I’m an adrenaline junkie.”

Brossart got into hockey at the age of four, when his grandmother signed him up for Mini-Mites. A few years later he and a few others took turns at the net. The next year he was a goalie full time.

“I like that in hockey, we have become one big family. I know that every sport has their ‘sport’ family but there is something different about hockey. We spend long weekends together and long practices together. We just become really close,” said Brossart. “And not just within our own team. We become great friends with our opponents. We are out there cheering as hard for them while they play, as they cheered for us. I guess that’s a benefit of growing up in rural North Dakota.”

Over the winter, Brossart played goalie for both the Pee-Wee and Bantam Rugby Ice Hawks teams. Recently he was selected to be goalie for a 16-member 12U (12 years of age and under) team called the Rocky Mountain Raptors, whose membership includes kids from Texas, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado.

The same Raptors went on to become spring champions in the 2018 Park City High Mountain Shootout, which was held March 29-April 1 in Utah.

The Raptors won their first game together against the Provo Polar Bears, with Brossart netting saves for a 5-0 shutout.

The Raptors then played the Jr. Steelheads, of Boise, Idaho and lost, 3-2, in a final shootout.

The next game saw the Raptors play an evenly-matched opponent in the Wyoming Cutthroats, which the Raptors won 4-3.

The Raptors then had a tough game against the Ice Miners of Park City, Utah. The Ice Miners won 3-2.

In order to get into the championship, the Raptors needed a win. And they were able to pull one off, winning 6-1 over the Salt Lake City Lightning.

In the the championship round, the Raptors had a rematch against the Steelheads.

“It was so awesome to see Shanx’ confidence grow more and more after every save this game,” said Ashley Stricker, Shanx’ mother.

Going into the third period, the Raptors and the Steelheads were tied 1-1. The Raptors were able to score with five minutes left in regulation. The Steelheads then pulled their goalie, allowing for six skaters on the ice with three minutes left.

The Raptors were able to win on two breakaways, with the final score being 4-1.

Brossart was able to net 38 saves in the championship game.

The Raptors will have another tournament in mid-June in Omaha, Neb.

Although Brossart was the only kid from Rugby selected to join the Raptors, he isn’t the only one from Rugby playing summer hockey as members of the Pee-Wee and Bantam level teams also play on summer hockey teams.

Brossart is also a member of AAA team called the Montana Vipers. The team will participate in tournaments in St. Cloud at the end of April, Rapid City at the end of May and Minneapolis in August.

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