Hockey history in South Lake Tahoe
Provided to the Tribune
Hockey history was made April 10, 2011, when local South Tahoe High School senior Evan Brown became the first ice hockey player from South Lake Tahoe to ever capture a California State Championship.
Evan was a key part of the powerhouse Santa Clara Blackhawks Midget 18, a team that also captured the Northern California title in March.
The Blackhawks’ run to the state crown featured a thrilling overtime victory over the No. 1 ranked Ventura Mariners from Southern California. Then in the championship game, Santa Clara defeated a very tough Bakersfield squad 3-1 in another nail biter.
Evan showed his dedication to the team by commuting from South Lake Tahoe to Blackhawk games all over Northern California. He worked on his own during the week at home to keep up his conditioning and improve his skills.
By the end of the season, Evan was playing a key role as a hard-working, speedy winger who forced turnovers and created scoring opportunities for his teammates.
He embodies the true spirit of a team player, which, in this sport, is the ultimate compliment a coach can give to a player.
– Hal Nunn is director of coaches and Midget 18 A head coach of the Santa Clara Valley Hockey Association.