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Titan's Hockey Players Have Big Dreams and Big Hearts

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Every hockey player has their sights set on the NHL, whether they are knee-high to a grasshopper watching their favorite player, or knocking in goal after goal for the Tri-City Americans, the dream is the same.

But Tri-City Titans players are taking their hockey journey one step at a time. For Tri-City Titans players who play at Toyota Arena, the goal is to reach a higher level of hockey. That goal can be met in the Toyota Center with the Americans, or for many, in college hockey.

Titan Head Coach Greg Sponholtz says, "That is one of the key things that we want with the guys that come here, to play at a high level, and know that this is just a stepping stone for them."

The Titans are a junior hockey league team, 3 levels under the Americans. Their players are anywhere from 16 to 20.

Titan Forward Damon Hollandsworth says, "I've played hockey since I was 4 years old. It 's just been a passion since then. I just enjoy playing the game."

Titans Captain Alec Burks says, "When you get mad you just get to kill people. You get to take your anger out on everyone else."

Titans Defender Steve Roe says "My coach just actually walked by. I rub his head before every game. He's got a bald head. It brings me good luck."

Whenever the Titans need inspiration, they need go no further than across the parking lot to watch the Americans.

Roe says, "We got a lot of young kids on the team this year and they look up to them. It's just nice to have them right next door."

But right now, the Titans players are trying to get their hockey to net them a college education.


The Titans invite you to bring canned food to their games this Thursday (18th), Friday (19th), and Saturday (20th). All games are at 7 at the Toyota Arena.