Colorado Springs Area Siblings Advance to National Hockey Competitions 1,168 Miles Apart

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Colorado Springs Area Siblings Advance to National Hockey Competitions 1,168 Miles Apart


Paisley, Joe, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)


The first feeling Karen Shannahan had when her son Casey's club hockey team qualified for the national championships was pure joy.

The second, well, not so much.

That is when Karen realized that while the Shannahans are in the enviable position of having their son and daughter, Katie, both playing at nationals, they will be competing 1,168 miles apart.

"We weren't expecting both of them to make it," Karen said. "I was planning to go to Boston with Katie since they qualified a couple weeks earlier.

"We were really excited when it happened but then we realized they would be so far apart at the same time. It's frustrating, especially since we have made every game and drove them to every practice. But we're happy they made it."

Casey, 17, and the rest of his Colorado Rampage U18 AAA teammates won the Rocky Mountain District Youth Tier I title and will compete in Green Bay Wednesday through Sunday. Katie, 15, will play for Denver's Colorado Select club in the Tier I girls tournament in Marlboro, Mass. Both attend Air Academy High School.

While having a brother and sister play in national tournaments at the same time happens often in Minnesota or Massachusetts, it remains unusual in the Colorado Springs area.

"It's really exciting that we both made it," Katie said, admitting there "may be a little bit" of trash-talking if one team does better than the other at nationals. …

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