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Hockey dreams: Locals following their dream

Fields, Stanley to tryout for district team

By Jeremy Evans

Tribune staff writer

This past winter, Cameron Fields and Cooper Stanley established themselves as two of the top players in Northern California. This weekend, the South Shore teenagers will try to prove they are among the best hockey players in the western United States.

Fields and Cooper leave today for the Pacific District Select Program tryouts at the Kent Ice Arena in the Seattle area. The tryouts conclude on Sunday, when coaches announce the 20-member district team that will then compete for spots on the junior national team.

“This is a dream for both of them,” Curtis Fields said about his 14-year-old son, Cameron, and Stanley, who is also 14. “No matter what happens, they are looking at this a learning experience. Just to be at the tryouts is quite an accomplishment.”

Fields and Cooper were selected for district tryouts after impressing coaches at a regional tryout that attracted almost 100 players. This week in Seattle, about 70 players from the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and California will compete for the 20 spots on the district team.

Fields will be looking to make the Pacific District Select 15 team and Stanley the Pacific District Select 14 team.

“I’m a little nervous,” Fields said. “There were a lot of good kids at the first tryout. I just want to go out there and work hard.”

Stanley, who plays right wing, was one of the top scorers in the Northern California Youth Hockey Association Bantam B Division, netting 32 goals for the High Sierra Wild. Fields was a center forward who recorded 12 goals and 12 assists in helping lead the Wild to a third-place finish in the regular season standings with an 11-5-2 record.

“I’m both nervous and excited,” Stanley said about this weekend’s tryouts. “I really want to make it. But if I don’t make it, I at least want to play well.”

Curtis Fields is hoping the success of his son and Stanley continues to spark interest in youth hockey in the Lake Tahoe area. He mentioned the increased level of play since when his son took up the sport a few years ago.

“Look at how many kids are out there,” said the elder Fields while pointing to a hockey practice Tuesday at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. “We have one of the nicest rinks you’re going to find anywhere. Both Cameron and Cooper played other sports but gave them up to focus on hockey. They are following their dream.”

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