Slava Gordeichuck, a sophomore from St. Petersburg, Russia, who was a part of the Southeastern Conference Championship Hockey Team. Gordeichuck is a goalie for the Nashville Thunder AAA Hockey Club. This is his second year playing for this highly selective team.
Gordeichuck's 15U Nashville Thunder AAA Hockey Club team competed in the Southeastern District Hockey Tournament March 7-10 at the Florida Advent Health Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, Fla. The team advanced to the final championship game and defeated the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes to be named the Southeastern Conference Championship Hockey Team.
The Southeastern District Tournament is the qualifying tournament to advance teams to the USA hockey national championship tournament. Gordeichuck's team will be competing for the National Championship title April 4-10 in Plymouth, Mich.
The Thunder AAA Hockey Club was established to allow players to compete at the Tier I AAA level, against other top programs in the country. Tier I AAA hockey is national in structure, the most highly scouted and recruited youth division and produces the most players for non-pay to play junior leagues such as the USHL, NAHL and CHL. Thunder Hockey offers student athletes access to full-time professional hockey coaches who work closely within the guidelines established by USA Hockey through the American Development Model (ADM). All of this is done in an effort to develop student athletes for opportunities in hockey, the classroom and life. Thunder alumni have been drafted to and/or are playing in the NHL, NCAA, USHL, NAHL, EJHL, and the OHL.