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The Rampage organization is on a mission to enrich the lives of our athletes through the sport of hockey. Preparing athletes for their next step in hockey, as well as their next step in life outside the rink, will continue to be our steadfast mission for our members and athletes.

RAMPAGE AAA NEWS

10 Apr

Colorado Rampage is Happy to Announce Cole Fletcher as new Associate Coach


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20 Feb

Relationships and Patience Pay Off for Rampage Stand-out Cody Paul

One year ago, Rampage forward Cody Paul was completing an unprecedented season as a 2011 birth-year playing 13O AAA hockey in the Tier-1 Elite League. Looking forward to improving on his rookie Tier-1 campaign, he suffered a crushing blow over the summer learning of a new USA Hockey rule that disqualified him from returning to his 13O team. Relegated back to 12U hockey without competitive game opportunities in Colorado, Cody turned his focus to skill development practicing with Rampage Tier-1 teams and off-ice training. Remaining patient and positive, the opportunity of a lifetime came knocking. From February 7-18, Cody Paul competed in the most prestigious Pewee tournament in world, the Quebec International Hockey Tournament. Skating with the Ohio Blue Jackets 12U AAA team, he played games against the Boston Advantage, LA Jr. Kings, Middlesex Islanders, Boston Jr. Terriers, Japan Selects, and Suisse Romande Beliers.

 John Burkart, an NHL scout with the Tampa Bay Lightning and close friend of the Colorado Rampage, had a history of drafting several Rampage players for years working in the USHL. Burkart played a key role helping Cody and the Rampage navigate through the season challenges and find creative solutions for his competitive development. His journey to Quebec was made possible through the strong relationships the Rampage have cultivated with the Ohio Blue Jackets AAA program and their long-time President Ed Gingher. Despite the setback in Colorado, Cody's determination and the Rampage's commitment to their athletes led to a creative solution that allowed him to pursue his dreams on an international stage. This collaborative effort underscores the importance of fostering positive connections within the sports community and the unwavering support that Rampage provides to its athletes. Cody's success in Quebec serves as a testament to the power of teamwork, perseverance and patience.

 “The same way the Rampage has provided opportunities for players from under-served markets outside of Colorado for over 20 years, to help facilitate a Rampage player being underserved in Colorado an opportunity to pursue his dreams was very rewarding. -Pat Bingham, Rampage President"

23 Jan

Exciting Reveals in 2024-2025 Coaching Lineup!

In a much-anticipated announcement, the coaching roster for the upcoming 2024-2025 season has been unveiled, featuring a dynamic lineup of seasoned mentors. The prominent names leading the charge include Brett Clark, Cody Dion, George Pagonis, Kevin Patterson, and Pat Bingham.

The unveiling has set the stage for Tier 1 tryouts, scheduled to take place from April 12 to 14, 2024. However, it is important to note that the event is still pending approval from the CAHA and is subject to change.

Check out more information on our tryouts here --> www.coloradorampageaaa.com/program/phase-1-tryouts/2939

Stay tuned for further updates! 


18 Jan

Cody Dion Decade-Long Professional Hockey Career Now 2024/25 Season Tier 1 Head Coach

Colorado Springs native Cody Dion has left an indelible mark on the world of hockey with a remarkable 10-year professional career. Dion's journey began on the ice of the 18U Tier 1 hockey league, representing the Pikes Peak Miners, before taking his talents across borders to Canada and beyond.

Dion's played in Canada for the Okotoks Oilers in the AJHL for two seasons. During his time with the team, he played over 100 games, amassing an impressive 92 points, and accumulating 177 penalty minutes. His standout performance caught the attention of scouts, leading him to commit to playing NCAA D1 hockey for the University of Alabama Huntsville.

After a successful season with the UAH Chargers, Cody Dion decided to take his skills to the international stage. He embarked on a two-season journey in Finland, competing in the Suomi-sarja league. This experience marked a pivotal moment in his career, laying the foundation for what would become a decade-long professional endeavor.

Dion's professional career unfolded in various leagues, including the CHL, FHL, and SPHL in America. His dedication to the sport and consistent performance on the ice culminated in a victorious end to his career. The pinnacle came as he secured the Presidents Cup in the SPHL with the Peoria Riverman.

As the final buzzer sounded on his illustrious career, Cody Dion's statistics spoke volumes about his impact on the game. With 379 games played, 259 total points, and 698 penalty minutes. Dion's journey from the local rinks of Colorado to international arenas stands as a testament to his passion, skill, and unwavering commitment to the sport he loves. We consider ourselves fortunate to have him as an invaluable assistant coach and future head coach for our team, where his expertise continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of hockey.

10 Jan

Coach Al Grow the Game Director & Tier 1 Consultant

Born in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Al Pedersen started developing his skills at a young age, ultimately earning himself a position on the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) for three seasons. Pedersen was later drafted by the Boston Bruins (NHL) in 1983 playing for five seasons until he moved on to the Hartford Whalers (NHL) and Minnesota North Stars (NHL). 

As a USA Hockey Level 4 Coach, he initially arrived in Colorado Springs to lead the Colorado Gold Kings (WCHL). Following his distinguished coaching career, Pedersen joined the Colorado Rampage to oversee the Mite/8U Program, leveraging his professional expertise to nurture the game's growth. Additionally, he serves as a Tier 1 consultant, assisting players and coaching staff in reaching their fullest potential.

His passion for the sport and dedication to game development have consistently led to national record-breaking attendance for our Try Hockey for Free events on multiple occasions. In addition, he manages an impressive adult league program with approximately 750 players, further showcasing his commitment to fostering hockey at all levels.

As a full-time member of the Colorado Rampage Association, Al Pedersen plays a crucial role in guiding young players toward a viable path to achieve their aspirations as collegiate and professional athletes. We are incredibly fortunate to have his expertise and commitment shaping the future of our players.

4 Jan

From Player to Mentor: Pat Bingham's Hockey Journey and Coaching Legacy

In the bustling hockey landscape of Vancouver, British Columbia, Pat Bingham embarked on a remarkable journey that transitioned from a professional player to a revered coach. Born with a passion for the game, Bingham initially carved his path through various hockey leagues, making notable appearances in the AHL, ECHL, COHL, SUHL, and SHL until 1998.

In a pivotal career move, Bingham redirected his focus towards coaching, marking the beginning of a coaching legacy that would span over fourteen years. Over this period, he helmed teams in both the American Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League, accumulating an impressive record of over 1,000 games. Bingham's coaching prowess earned him recognition, setting Professional franchise coaching win records for six different teams, with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) being one of the notable highlights.

Currently, Pat Bingham holds the esteemed position of President at the Colorado Rampage Association. Additionally, he dedicates his time and expertise as a full-time coach at the 365 Performance Hockey Academy. In this role, Bingham channels his passion and professional knowledge into the development of aspiring hockey players. His influence resonates with 365 PHA students, as they not only enhance their skills but also cultivate quick thinking and situational awareness, crucial elements for future success at both the professional and collegiate levels.

Pat Bingham's transformation from player to mentor is a testament to his unwavering dedication to the sport. We are delighted to welcome Pat back as our Tier 1 Head Coach for the upcoming 2024/25 season. His coaching and leadership have played a pivotal role in shaping the future of hockey, leaving an indelible mark on the players under his guidance.

30 Dec

Brett Clark: 18u AAA Coach for the 2024-25 Season

From the NHL arenas to hoisting the Turner Cup in the IHL, Clark's journey now takes an inspiring turn as he leads the Colorado Rampage AAA hockey team to new heights.

Originally from the small town of Wapella, Saskatchewan, Clark's NHL story unfolded in the late '90s, characterized by his indomitable presence on the blue line. As a defenseman with a unique blend of defensive prowess and offensive flair, he left an indelible mark on teams like the Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Thrashers, and Colorado Avalanche.

A big achievement in Clark's career occurred when he secured the Turner Cup in the IHL. This accolade not only shows his individual talent but also highlights his integral role in team success.

As his time came to a close on his playing days, Clark seamlessly transitioned into coaching, combining on-ice experience with a winning mindset. Taking command of the Colorado Rampage AAA hockey program as the 18u AAA Head Coach, he has embarked on a mission to shape the next generation of hockey athletes. His coaching philosophy centered on skill development, teamwork, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Beyond the rink, Clark's leadership extended to instill values of sportsmanship and dedication in his players.


28 Dec

Lou Vairo Now Colorado Rampage Tier 1 Consultant & Development Coach

Lou Vairo, who has coached players at every level in the game, has been instrumental in the development of hockey in the United States for parts of the past six decades. After building programs from the grassroots level in the 60s in New York City, he transitioned into coaching.

In 1976 Vairo won the national championship while directing the Austin (Minn.) Mavericks of the United States Hockey League. His coaching career expanded to USA Hockey in 1979. He served as head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team from 1979-82 and once again in 2003. On five occasions (1983, 2000-03), he was head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. He spent time as an Assistant Coach USA Canada Cup team 3 times.

He also served as a National coach of team Holland and team Italy. After contributing as a scout to the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, he served as head coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and was an assistant coach for the 2002 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that received the silver medal in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was honored twice in 1994 for his lifetime commitment to hockey, receiving both the John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association, and the Walter Yaciuk Award from USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program. Vairo received the NHL's Lester Patrick Trophy in 2000 and in 2010 was named the recipient of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Paul Loicq Award. In May of 2014, he was inducted into the New York State Hockey Hall of Fame. He headed up USA hockey’s coaching program, development camps, diversity program, organized the first World Hockey Summit and wrote numerous coaching manuals. He worked on the ADM program and helped with all the USAH development programs. Lou also worked as a scout for 5 seasons with the Colorado Rockies and New Jersey Devils in he NHL. 

Lou now serves on our Tier 1 Coaching staff, bringing his vast knowledge with him.

28 Nov

The Lou Vairo Foundation: Paving the Way for Youth Hockey Growth in Southern Colorado

In an exciting development for the southern Colorado hockey community, the Lou Vairo Foundation has emerged with a mission to elevate youth hockey by fostering awareness, supporting players, and advancing programs in the region.

Lou Vairo, renowned for revolutionizing off-ice training concepts and emphasizing puck possession in U.S. hockey, brings his wealth of knowledge and passion to the foundation. Notably, Vairo continues to play a pivotal role in promoting hockey internationally, making him a revered figure in the sport.

The foundation, led by a dedicated board of professionals, is focused on raising funds to contribute to hockey programming in southern Colorado. The long-term vision includes endowing programs to ensure sustained support for generations to come. By doing so, the Lou Vairo Foundation aims to alleviate financial barriers for entry and retention, thereby catalyzing the growth of hockey in the region.

"Our goal is to create a lasting impact on youth hockey in southern Colorado," said Lou Vairo. "We believe in providing not just financial support but also creating a supportive ecosystem for players and programs, encouraging the love for the game from the grassroots level."

As the Lou Vairo Foundation takes its first strides, it envisions a future where young aspiring hockey players have enhanced opportunities, reduced financial constraints, and a thriving community to support their dreams on and off the ice.

For more information or to contribute to the Lou Vairo Foundation, please visit www.louvairofoundation.org 

30 Jul

Rampage NAHL 2023 Draft Picks

Congratulations to the following Colorado Rampage players drafted in the NAHL's 2023 Draft!

Cooper "Oates" Owens (18U AAA) - Amarillo Wranglers

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Nayan Pai (18U AAA) - Colorado Grit

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