BRENTWOOD, TN - Growing up in Ogdensburg and Northern New York, Mike and Victoria (Hill) Hynes lived in an area where hockey often became the focus of many familys lives in the winter months.
Five years ago they moved to Brentwood in the Nashville area of Tennessee where hockey and lacrosse often become the focus for many families for 12 months out of the year.
The Hynes family features two standout hockey goaltenders in Michael who is currently playing Junior Hockey in Rochester Minn. and Ryley who recently backstopped Ravenwood High School to the Tennessee State Championship. Their household also features an athletically gifted daughter, Kayleigh, who is playing NCAA Division I Lacrosse for the University of Jacksonville in Florida.
I must have done something wrong in a previous life to have two sons who are goalies, jokes Mike Hynes who terrorized netminders as standout forward at Ogdensburg Free Academy and St. Lawrence University.
I am really proud of my son Michael. He tore his ACL on Aug. 30 but he was back on the ice on Jan. 1. He really wants to play college hockey.
Mike Hynes serves as the Ravenwoods Junior Varsity Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach at Ravenwood to double his delight in the state championship season. A season which climaxed with a 1-0 victory over Brentwood to win the Predators Cup at the Bridgestone Arena which is the home of the NHLs Nashville Predators. The game took on added drama as Ravenwood and Brentwood are located in the same city.
Ryley Hynes tended the 1-0 championship game victory and made the Greater Nashville Scholastic League All-Star Team.
On the season he went 12-1 with a 2.7 goals against average and an .880 save percentage. It was an amazing season and this is just a great area for hockey. The Nashville Predators really do a lot for high school hockey and some of the best players in the country are coming from this area, says Mike Hynes who works for the Tennessee Valley Power Authority.
To face Brentwood in the finals was really special because a lot of the guys from the two schools play on the same travel team all year long.
The two schools are lined by a distinquished hockey histories.
Brentwood won the Predators Cup last year and Ravenwood took home the trophy in 2010. In winning this years championship game 18-1-2 Ravenwood avenged its only loss, a 4-1 decision to Brentwood on Nov.4. Two other regular season meetings went to Ravenwood 3-2 in January and 4-2 in February.
The state title qualified Ravenwood a berth in a national high school tournament but the school declined because several players were committed to the lacrosse program.