The Crimson Bears' hockey season did not end the way the team had hoped, but there is a silver lining.
Senior forward Nick Mow was named to the All-Conference team in the Mid-Alaska Conference. He is the first Juneau player ever to be named to the team.
"It's pretty cool, but my teammates helped me out on that one," Mow said. "Without them I probably wouldn't have been able to get that, because it takes the whole team to achieve that.
"It means our program is growing a lot, and hopefully it will lead more players to join me (in the future)."
Coach Dave McKenna said Mow's leadership was very valuable to the team's success.
"I can't say enough good things about him as a player and a person," he said. "He plays as hard defensively as he does offensively. He has a great combination of toughness, scoring touch, and desire to learn the game.
"He'll be greatly missed next year."
Mow said he was very happy with the team's progress throughout the season.
"It (the team) grew a lot from the beginning of the year," he said. "We started 0-7 and then really stepped it up.
"We kept working hard and realized it had to be a team game; then we started playing well together and putting pucks in the net."
Mow, who was born and raised in Juneau, started playing hockey in the second year of Treadwell Arena's existence. Now he plans on continuing his hockey career at the Division III level or with a junior team somewhere.
He also feels that being the first-ever Juneau hockey player to be named to the All-Conference team could bring a little notoriety and respect to a program that is growing quickly.
"The program's definitely growing," he said. "Even the little kids coming into the program are a lot more skilled than we were when we were there."
Mow said he can see the program building with all the up-and-coming young players in Juneau. Mow had some good advice for them.
"Listen to your coaches; they're always right," he said.
Favorite Juneau-Douglas hockey moment: "Last year (Aundreas Keller) - I passed to him and he scored - actually he tipped the shot in ... with 3.8 seconds left in the Homer tournament that we won last year, so that was probably the best memory I had."
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