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ANAHEIM JR. DUCKS Jr. Ducks teams capture quartet of NHL Youth Cup championships By Chris Bayee


he Anaheim Jr. Ducks’ NHL Youth Cup overfloweth. Four birth year teams out of six won NHL Youth Cup West championships during the first weekend in January. Two of the four won them at the brand-new Great Park ICE & Five Point Arena in Irvine. “It was our first tournament at the new building,” Great Park ICE general manager Eddie Hawkins said. “Everything went really smoothly, and we’re proud of how well the Jr. Ducks did.” The club won titles in the 2005 and 2007 age groups and finished runner-up at 2009. The 2004 and 2008 birth years won championships in the Dallas area. The sixth annual tournament provides NHL-affiliated youth hockey clubs the opportunity to play a weekend series of five games against each other in a showcase format. This was the third year in a row the Jr. Ducks hosted a Western event, with the past two at The Rinks-Anaheim ICE. This year’s event came just two days after the new facility opened on Jan. 2. Two of its four rinks were utilized for the Youth Cup. The other two were ready on Jan. 16, just in time for the inaugural MLK Classic on Jan. 18-21. “We heard nothing but positive feedback about the facility,” Hawkins said. On the tournament’s opening night, there was a welcome ceremony at its amphitheater that included special guests Pat LaFontaine, a Hockey Hall of Famer, former Anaheim Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen and Ken Martel, a California native who is USA Hockey’s technical director of its American Development Model. The Jr. Ducks defeated the LA Jr. Kings 4-2 in the 2005 final. The Jr. Ducks edged the same opponent 2-1 in the 2007 final. The Dallas Stars edged the Jr. Ducks 4-3 in the 2009 final. In the 2004 final, the Jr. Ducks defeated the Colorado Thunderbirds 3-2. In the 2008 championship game, the Jr. Ducks edged the Dallas Stars 9-8 in a shootout.

Thousand Oaks’ Moore says NHL debut was ‘kind of a blur’ By Chris Bayee


s stretches of one’s career go, Trevor Moore’s past seven months haven’t been too shabby. Consider: · In June, he helped the Toronto Marlies win the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Calder Cup. Moore was a key cog in the playoff run, ringing up 17 points in 20 postseason games after 33 points in 68 regular-season games. · On Dec. 23, he was called up by the Toronto Maple Leafs on an emergency basis and made his NHL debut, a 5-4 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings. · On Jan. 5, Moore scored his first NHL goal – on Hockey Night in Canada no less – blowing past a Vancouver defender on a rush and firing a wrist shot through Jacob Markstrom’s five-hole. · In between, he was selected to his first AHL AllStar Classic after a start that saw him score nearly a point per game (26, including a team-high 19 goals, in 30 games). “It (the debut) was kind of a blur,” Moore said. “I don’t know if anything surprised me. I didn’t know what it would be like. You dream about this for so long.” Along the way, the Thousand Oaks native became the fourth member of his 1995 LA Selects team to play in an NHL game, joining Eric Comrie and Chase DeLeo, who both did it for the Winnipeg Jets, and Adam Erne, who did it with the Tampa Bay Lightning. And he could have more company in that club as Andrew Oglevie and Scott Savage are playing in the AHL, and Matt O’Donnell and Ryan Siroky are NCAA standouts.

“The amount of high-level players on that team was but tradition by his teammates – the solo lap. Led to crazy,” Moore said. “It makes you realize what a small believe he would lead the team out to warmups, he world hockey is.” hopped onto the ice only to realize he was skating by Moore received the call from the Leafs on Dec. himself. 22, and it gave him time to try to “It was both fun but terrifyget family members and friends ing,” he laughed. “The worst part to Toronto for the next night’s was I couldn’t find the pucks so I game. Several, including his fawas just skating around.” ther Dave, were able to make it. Moore said he received quite While the speed of the NHL a bit of feedback from Leafs was a bit of an adjustment, Moore coach Mike Babcock during his was heartened by his experience. six-game stint and when the team “I realized I can play at that told him he’d be returned to the level, not to say it will be easy,” AHL, at least for the time being. he said. “To be on that ice and “Babcock was very nice,” not feel out of place was huge for Moore said. “He stressed a lot my confidence.” of the small things it takes to be Having gone through multiple successful in the NHL. Getting prospect camps – he was signed to the net is harder because the as an undrafted free agent in defensemen are bigger, stronger 2016 after three seasons at the and faster. There were a lot of litUniversity of Denver, where he tle things he wants me to continwas a Second-Team All-Amerue working on.” ican in 2015 – and playing two A return isn’t guaranteed, but and a half seasons with the Marfor the better part of two weeks lies also helped his transition. Moore was able to take on a new Trevor Moore has played much of this season “The adjustment was better with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, but made his job description – NHL player. for me than going into a room full NHL debut last month with the Toronto Maple “It’s definitely not something of NHLers I didn’t know,” Moore Leafs. Photo/Christian Bonin/Toronto Marlies I’ve been able to say before,” he said. “I played with a lot of them on the Marlies, and said. I knew Auston Matthews through (former Denver But the Leafs must have liked what they saw. On teammate) Zac Larraza.” Jan. 13, Moore signed a two-year contract extension. Moore also was treated to a time-honored de- Why mess with a good thing?


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