The Laramie Outlaws face Gillette for state hockey in Rock Springs Febuary 28th – March 1st.

The Laramie Outlaws 18 U-A Team although not related to LHS is mostly made up of players from the high school.

A lot of this years current players from the high school are seniors, for these seniors these upcoming games will be their last time playing with the outlaws.

Though some players will be going on to play hockey for other teams and for college, the majority of this years seniors will be playing their last match very soon.

“I am going to miss this team a lot. I grew up playing, learning and spending time with my teammates, this team is really like a second family to me,” Senior Nick Schwindt said.

“It is my last year and it makes me really sad. I’ve had a lot of fun with these guys and I’ve learned so much, not just about hockey but also about life and friendship,” Senior Eli Jablin said

A lot of these players have been involved in the sport for a long time, most have been playing since they were about five years old, leaving this team is sure to be a big change for all the seniors.

“This is surely not my last year playing hockey, this sport is a big part of my life. Next year I will be playing for the Western Washington University Vikings, but I am really going to miss this team, they’ve become like a second family to me. I hope, despite not playing with my teamates anymore, that we will all stay in touch,” Senior Esai Haime said.

The team thinks they have a good chance of winning state this year, a large chunk of the players are seniors and they have had a good season so far, but as for next years team they are reasonably not as confident.

“I think we have a really good chance of winning this year, we have had a pretty solid season. As much as I want next years team to do well I think they will have a hard time, there are 6 seniors this year, and honestly without us the team is going to be really young. Next year there will only be one or two seniors, so it might be a rough season for them,” Schwindt said.

This game is certainly going to be a heavy one, not just for the seniors but the whole team. They will be losing a large amount of its strongest players, and this might be their last chance to win for the next few years.

“If I had anything to say to next years team id just say to tough it out, they can really beat any team they play if they work as hard as they can and work as a team,” Schwindt said.