SUI Hockey is an independent team composed of CHS, CVHS, and Desert Hills. Most of these kids are not on a club team, which means they only skate here in Cedar City or up north for a game.
One of those games is tonight, when SUI plays for the state title in a match at the Steiner Ice Rink in Salt Lake City. Game time is 7 p.m. This is the first season that the team has won a playoff game, and now it is playing in the finals. The team practices and plays outdoors in Cedar City, since there is no indoor rink. All of the other teams play inside as a rule.
Head coach Chad Fain and his wife Kerry started the team in Cedar City. They are joined by coaches Joe Vandenburg and Jud Burkett, all of whom donate many hours and money to the game they love. Every game the team plays has been a road game, and usually in northern Utah with a 9 p.m. start time. Sometimes they play on weeknights, meaning they have to travel back to Cedar and still be up and out the door to school the next day.
Zack Fain is a senior and team captain, with junior Justin Vandeburg as assistant captain. The team rocks, as supporters say, “and we want the community to know it!”
Good luck to SUI tonight.
Picture: From left to right areTrajan Quarnberg, Aubrie Breinholt, Mary Webster, Jaxon Larsen, Garett JaCoby, Burgess Milner, Coach Chad Fain, Tyler Jordan, Troy White, Coach Jud Burkett, Kya Carroll, Justin Vandenburg, Wade Barnhill, Zack Fain, Tanner Baxendale, Ethan Burkett, Jantzen Black, Sid Avila, Alyssa Fain, and Nate Breinholt. Not Pictured: Chris White and Tyler Mackay