Vail Mountaineer hockey’s Seymour era ends with 12 league, 4 state titles
VAIL — Alden Kostick and his Bantam B Vail Mountaineer teammates were up way past their bedtime. They weren’t dressed for slumber; they were dressed for hockey.
The Vail Mountaineer Bantam B squad’s state title game had started at 10:45 p.m. in Denver’s Pepsi Center. It was supposed to start earlier, but preliminary games ran long, a few went to overtime, and the state title game against Arapahoe was in its second overtime.
State title games end with a state championship, and Kostick delivered one with the game-winning goal that gave the Bantam B squad a state title, one of two the team won this season. They also won the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association state title.
Sure, outgoing club director John Seymour loves that they won, but he loves more that they won the right way. Every kid plays every game, Seymour said, and that’s how they learn to love their sport.
“If you’re a coach, those players chose your sport. You should teach him to love it,” Seymour said. “To play on the power play and penalty kill, you have to know how. To know how you have to play to learn.”
That Bantam B squad is special to Seymour. Bantam players are 13 and 14 years old. These players started with him four years ago when he joined Vail Mountaineer hockey.
“Every kid played in all parts of the game,” Seymour said. “I was so proud of those kids. They deserved that more than any team I’ve been around for my four years here. They were a true team.”
Building on Seymour’s success
With Kostick’s shot, the Vail Mountaineers hockey season ended with a couple state titles, several other stellar performances and growing player numbers.
In Seymour’s four years, Vail Mountaineer hockey teams have won 12 league championships, four state titles, and has seen players numbers grow by 70 percent.
“John has helped transform our position into one of the premier hockey programs in the state,” said Casey Parliament, Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club president. “We want to build on that foundation and accelerate the program for the players in this valley.”
The club is also one of possibly two coed clubs in Colorado that has girls teams in U12, U14 and U19.
“We’ve worked hard to build that,” Seymour said.
Seymour landed in Vail when he was running a summer camp for the Colorado Thunderbirds, an elite program in Denver that has a few players skating regular shifts in the National Hockey League.
“I wish their new director all the best. They’ll have a lot of good candidates,” Seymour said.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and email@example.com.