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For many hockey players, getting their initial start playing roller hockey helped spawn their love for the game that continues today, with more and more inline teams continuing to be formed at all age and skill levels across the state

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ell, here we are. For many youth hockey organizations, this time of year is when teams at all levels are finishing up their regular seasons, preparing for playoffs, and coaches are preaching to the kids to leave it all on the ice. Championships will be handed out soon, and some already have. Those trophies, medals and banners are symbolic of the culmination of months of hard work, sacrifice and passion for this great game of hockey. Like I have always said, live for these moments. These kids are only young once, so encourage them all you can, be there and prop them up after a bad game, while also being there after those monster Matt Mackinder games to keep them on an even keel. In any event, cheer loud and proud and if all goes well, hopefully your team is playing in the last game of the season. Best of luck, everyone! And speaking of championships, three girls Tier I state titles were won over the Feb. 1-2 weekend. The Anaheim Lady Ducks brought home the 14U and 16U championships, winning both over the San Jose Jr. Sharks, while the Jr. Sharks won the 19U title by downing the Lady Ducks. The following weekend in at Solar4America Ice at San Jose, four boys Tier I state titles were awarded as the Los Angeles Jr. Kings were crowned 14U and 16U champs, while the Anaheim Jr. Ducks won the 15U championship and the Jr. Sharks claimed the 18U hardware. The girls teams are off to Pacific Districts from Feb. 27-March 1 in Seattle, Wash., while the boys teams head to Tacoma, Wash., from March 5-8. Congratulations, all! Way to go! Late last month, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved a 200,000 square-foot expansion of Solar4America Ice at San Jose, which will add two additional recreational ice sheets to the facility, increasing the building’s total ice sheets to six. The expansion will make Solar4America Ice at San Jose the largest ice facility under one roof west of the Mississippi River. One of the additional ice sheets will be located inside a 4,200-seat, two-story spectator arena that will serve as the new home for the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda. Construction for the facility is expected to begin in late April 2020, with a targeted completion date of April 2022. “We are thrilled to enhance our partnership with the City of San Jose and add much-needed additional sheets of ice at Solar4America at San Jose,” said SAP Center and Sharks Ice senior vice president Jon Gustafson. “This facility has become an incredible community asset, hosting more than 1.2 million visitors each year. It is also an important economic engine for our city, generating thousands of dollars in transient occupancy taxes through hosting national and international hockey and ice competitions, filling nearly 6,000 hotel rooms annually.” The expansion will double the facility’s footprint to just under 400,000 square feet, making it one of the premier recreational ice facilities in North America. The expansion will also include 20,000 square feet for a dedicated medical facility, expanded and enhanced restaurant facilities, a homework study area and a fitness center. Wow! It looks like AHL hockey is coming to Las Vegas! Back on Feb. 6, the Vegas Golden Knights announced the purchase of the San Antonio Rampage franchise and are applying for relocation of the team to Henderson/ Las Vegas. The purchase and relocation are subject to approval from the AHL Board of Governors. “It’s been a goal of the Vegas Golden Knights to have our AHL team located in our market since our team’s inception,” said Golden Knights president of hockey operations George McPhee. “We are now closer to realizing this goal than we have ever been before.”

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Agoura Hills native Henri Schreifels is playing his second season of junior hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League and recently committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for RPI. More on Schreifels on Page 19. Photo/Kyle Robinson Photography

ON THE COVER The Konixx Nitrous celebrates the 14U Platinum Division championship at January’s NARCh Winternationals event at The Rinks-Huntington Beach Inline. Photo/NARCh


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Rolling Along Next generation of inline hockey players ready to roll all across the state of California By Phillip Brents


nline hockey experienced its first major growth spurt in Southern California in the early 1990s. Fast forward more than 25 years and inline hockey has become a global sport. It spawned a first generation of elite travel teams that, in turn, spawned a series of major regional and national tournaments that continue to be supported by the inline hockey community. While inline hockey can serve as a gateway to ice hockey for some, it remains the sport of choice for many due to its emphasis on free-wheeling offense (no offsides), non-checking rules and accessibility (no ice is required). Plus, it is relatively inexpensive to play. In either case, the next generation continues to roll. “Roller hockey is very healthy in Southern California,” NARCh president Daryn Goodwin proclaimed after pointing to robust attendance figures from January’s NARCh Winternationals held at The Rinks-Huntington Beach. NARCh’s annual signature kickoff event attracted 139 teams to the four-day tournament. While inline hockey remains ever popular at the youth level, it’s apparent by the numbers that adults are continuing to play the game they grew up loving. Goodwin noted that of the total entries, 53 were men’s teams (38 percent). Those included nine Pro Division teams, six Men’s Platinum division teams, 10 Men’s Gold division teams, 24 Men’s Silver/Bronze division teams and four 40-and-over division teams. Including women’s teams, adult teams accounted for 48 percent of the total entries at this year’s NARCh Winternationals. That’s a significant number, and one that offers an exciting future growth potential. “One of the most rewarding parts of running NARCh is the fact that many of the kids who grew up playing are still playing as adults in the men’s divisions,” Goodwin explained. “Many of them are having kids who are starting to play, so we’re starting to see some second-generation growth in the sport.” Growth in inline hockey is also continuing in Northern California. Nine teams from the NorCal region won division championships at January’s NARCh Winternationals, including teams representing the rebranded Konixx Nitrous program, Mission Mayhem, NCR Konixx Elite, San Jose Venom, Konixx Mutiny, Warrior Revolution and Pure Octane. Nitrous, for instance, is fielding teams in six age groups from 12U to Pro this year. “Most NorCal teams play year-round and start earlier than most areas, so I believe that gives us a jump on the chemistry side of the game,” Nitrous program director Rick Madrigal said. Madrigal credited tournaments like NARCh and TORHS (Tournament of Roller Hockey Series) as major players in raising the caliber of play throughout the region. “With these two great tournaments coming out, it pushes NorCal hockey and, in return, some of the clubs have a team or two that have established themselves regionally and nationally as perennial contenders in their respective divisions,” said Madrigal. Madrigal said the Nitrous 18U Platinum team will travel to all national tournaments this year. Brennan Edwards serves as the director of the Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League (WCRHL) and executive director of the National Collegiate Roller Hockey 6

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Association (NCRHA), the governing entity for collegiate scholastic inline. He sees inline hockey’s roots expanding. The WCRHL is fielding 21 teams this season across five competition tiers. Thirteen teams are based in California, seven in Arizona and one in Nevada. “The state of the game is that there is a lot of talent out there, and collegiate-wise, the talent seems to be spreading out from the top couple of schools and creating some more equitable competition,” Edwards said. “Now, that is talking more about Division I and their associated Division IV teams, but there is talent in every division. “Roster sizes seem to be up from last year, and there are still a lot of youth and scholastic players out there. We are focusing on connecting the dots, connecting those players with the schools, eliminating the weak points where they may not even know about collegiate roller hockey. “Partnerships with companies like Farm Tough Hockey, among others, are great ways to connect both directions – players with teams and also teams with players.” Meanwhile, growth continues at the grassroots level. “The growth of inline hockey in Southern California has been great to see,” explained Steven Boddy, who serves as digital marketing coordinator for the Anaheim Ducks. “At the grassroots level, the Anaheim Ducks continue to put a high emphasis on growing the sport through their free Learn to Play programs (for both ice and inline). We’ve seen more and more players come through this program at Corona Inline and subsequently sign up for in-house rec leagues and join our Bulldogs travel program. Learn to Play has been instrumental in growing roller hockey at the younger levels.” “Without that program here in Corona I don’t think our program would be what it is today,” Bulldogs age-group coach Ben Barrett added. “I’d be confident to say of the seven teams that medaled (at January’s NARCh Winternationals), at least 75 percent of them started in the Ducks’ Learn to Play program.” New opportunities have arisen as the sport of inline hockey has gone global. Boddy has served as the assistant coach for the United States Junior Men’s Inline Team since 2017. He’s seen many promising young inline players progress into international play. “Besides this community engagement, USA Roller Sports has grown in recent years by attracting many California players to play in the World Inline Hockey Championships and World Roller Games,” Boddy said. “The Team USA Junior Men’s squad won the gold medal in Italy in 2018 and the silver medal in Spain in 2019 with each team made up of a majority of California players. “Being a part of these teams is such an amazing experience that every single one of the players on these teams end up going back home afterwards and telling teammates, friends and family, which in turn helps grow the program even more. “For most of these players, the chance to play on the junior men’s team only comes once due to the age restrictions, so for those who do play, the experience and camaraderie is unforgettable and unmatched by any other ice or roller hockey tournament. “In addition, tournament programs like State Wars Hockey have done an exceptional job growing roller hockey in each state creating a sense of pride for every team. Especially out here, many players feel that California produces the best roller hockey in the country and they feel that participating in State Wars and representing their country with Team USA is a great way to showcase California roller hockey.” Yes, it’s the wheel deal.


USPHL contributes massive share of NCAA scoring leaders

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fter countless hours of research in looking at the top 10 scorers and top goaltenders across all of NCAA hockey, it is obvious that the unique, multi-tiered USPHL Development Model has a large and enviable stamp on the top performers of the college game. The league looked at the backgrounds of all players in the top 10 of scoring for their NCAA teams as of late January and early February, along with team’s No. 1 goaltenders (by games played). The conclusions were amazing, as there were more than 110 USPHL alumni in the top 10 of scoring for NCAA Division I teams (this number includes alumni of all USPHL member organizations). More than 370 alumni of the USPHL and its member organizations were among the 900Zack Mirageas PhotoAir Force Athletics plus top 10 scorers in NCAA Division III hockey. That equals out to more than one-third of all NCAA Division III top 10 scorers having played for organizations currently fielding teams in the USPHL. Shifting our attention to the crease, there were 56 former USPHL goaltenders who led their NCAA team in

games played through the start of February. This number includes an astounding 47 leading goaltenders out of the 91 NCAA Division II and III teams that saw development in the USPHL - more than half of all NCAA DivisioUSPHL players don’t just commit to colleges – they become leaders.

ing or top goaltenders. • Fourteen of the top 15-ranked NCAA Division III teams in the most recent poll also featured USPHL and member organization alumni among their top 10 scorers and top goaltenders.

The detailed research also yielded additional insights into the impact of USPHL players on today’s college game: • As of the end of January, there were 17 alumni of the USPHL and its member organizations who were the top scorers of their NCAA Division I teams, and 25 more were leading their NCAA Division III squads. • More than 40 additional USPHL and member organization alumni were second on their NCAA teams in scoring, putting the total at more than 80 top two scorers nationwide. • Out of the 480-plus top 10 scorers in the NCAA, nearly half of those were ranked in the top five of NCAA teams’ point scoring. • More than 40 top-scoring defensemen ranking among the top 10 for their NCAA teams (including former Islanders Hockey Club blueliner Zack Mirageas, pictured) played in the USPHL and for its member organizations. That equals to one-quarter of all such defensemen in the NCAA game today. • The top 10 scorers for six NCAA Division I teams and 44 NCAA Division III teams consisted of a majority of USPHL and member organization alumni. • Fourteen of the top 20 NCAA Division I teams in the most recent poll featured USPHL and member organization alumni among the top 10 in scor-

Committed Leaders Spotlight: • Top scorer David Farrance, a Boston University defenseman, played for the Syracuse Jr. Stars (now Utica Jr. Comets). Third among all NCAA Division I defensemen. • Maine’s top goal scorer, Tim Doherty, played for the Boston Jr. Bruins and was recently named Hockey East Player of the Month. • Dartmouth’s leading scorer Drew O’Connor played in the NCDC for the Jr. Bruins, and is eighth in ECAC scoring overall. Dartmouth’s leading scorer among defensemen, Tanner Palocsik, was last year’s NCDC Player of the Year with the Jersey Hitmen. • Northeastern’s No. 1 goalie, Craig Pantano, is a former South Shore King. • Former Rochester goaltender Tom Aubrun led all NCAA Division III goaltenders in both goals against average (0.99) and save percentage (.960) at the start of February for Norwich. • Former Hitmen forward Conlan Keenan was fifth in the nation in Division III scoring with 34 points. He’s worn the captain’s “C” for two seasons with SUNY-Geneseo.

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Long Beach native Etem delving into NA3HL coaching ranks great coach in hockey has received a shot from someone, and mine comes from those four individuals. I’ve nagging knee injury won’t keep Emerson Etem spent close to 20,000 on-ice hours over the last 18 away from the game of hockey. months working with various age groups inEtem, a Long Beach native and one-time first-round cluding players in the AHL, NCAA, and AJHL. draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks back in 2010, will I think the game at a way higher level than be the head coach and GM for the even in my NHL days and North American 3 Hockey League’s look forward to passing (NA3HL) Missoula Jr. Bruins next off this knowledge to season. these young men.” Current Missoula coach and GM Etem, who Cliff Cook has accepted a position retired after the with a collegiate program beginning 2018-19 seain the 2020-21 season but will finson due to a ish the 2019-20 season with the Jr. recurring knee Bruins. problem, was “We are very excited to have selected 29th Emerson become a part of the Misoverall by the Ducks soula Jr. Bruins family,” said team and played in 173 owners Jason and Liz DiMatteo. games in the NHL “There are so many things that exover parts of five cite us about Emerson. He has an seasons with obvious love for the game and a the Ducks, Emerson Etem deep passion for teaching. He is not New York just going to be a great asset for our team, but for the Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. Missoula hockey community at large. He understands He is currently a coach with the South the importance of the team being a positive influence Alberta Hockey Academy with his former NHL in the community and will ensure that Missoulians ev- and Western Hockey League (WHL) coach, Willie erywhere know who the Bruins are what we are about.” Desjardins. Missoula is a town of nearly 70,000 people located Desjardins also coached the Los Angeles Kings in western Montana. during the 2018-19 season. “I would first like to thank Jason and Liz DiMatteo, The 27-year-old also played one season with USA Cliff Cook and (assistant coach) Mike Anderson for Hockey’s NTDP, three seasons with the WHL’s Medigiving me this special opportunity,” said Etem. “Any cine Hat Tigers, and 145 AHL games, including stints

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with the San Diego Gulls and Ontario Reign. In his three seasons with Tigers, Etem amassed 296 points in 236 regular-season and playoff games, including a 120-point season in his final year with the team. Already preparing for the next NA3HL season, Etem wants the Jr. Bruins to play a style that he feels is essential to win in today’s game. “We’re going to be a puck-possession team,” Etem said. “How you in win today’s game is by out-competing and out-playmaking the other team.” Off the ice, Etem wants all of Missoula to know and be proud of the Jr. Bruins. “We’re going to get out in the community and create an atmosphere at Glacier Ice Rink that will be unmatched,” said Etem. During his youth hockey career, Etem skated for the Huntington Beach Sun Devils, Long Beach Jr. Ice Dogs and LA Hockey Club. Etem’s mother Patricia is a former U.S. Olympic team rower who was unable to participate in the 1980 games due to the boycott. His older brother Martin rowed at Syracuse University and his older sister Elise was a swimmer and rower at the University of California-Berkeley. On the home front, Etem has a son and daughter with his wife Danette. Their son Laulo is three years old and their daughter Alaïa is seven months old. The couple married back in June 2016.

Coed hockey still core value in CIF-Metro inline league By Phillip Brents

“One of my best players ever – Kelly Nash (a twotime NCAA women’s champion with the University of Wisconsin in 2009 and 2011) – was a female. I really enjoy it as a coach. It creates a fun vibe with a mix of male and female players.” Bonita Vista senior Faith Sunga ranks among the top goaltenders in the conference. Ironically, she said her assignment between the

puck.” She’s done that a lot this season in helping backhe Sweetwater Union High School District-sponstop the Barons to an 11-3 record. sored CIF-Metro Conference owns the distinc“I’m a competitive singer and dancer and my backtion as one of the state’s longest-running scholastic ground in gymnastics has helped with my flexibility,” leagues under the same operating body. she explained. “I thought I played well last year, and The league is celebrating its 20th anniversary seaI’ve gotten better with more practice. I’m getting better son in 2019-20 with 17 varsity teams. Its coed nature at kicking my legs out to make saves with my skates is perhaps one of its strongest selling points to stuand getting better with my glove as well.” dent-athletes on campus. Southwest High School also has fielded a maSeveral teams, in fact, have more female particjority female core in recent years. This year’s Raidipants than male participants. ers team, which features four girls and three boys, Female coaches are not only becoming more is captained by Leilani Javier, a four-year starter common but finding success. on the squad who also plays high school girls laCaroline Talavera, who played coed rollcrosse. er hockey at Chula Vista High School, has been Javier said she decided to play roller hockey on coaching in the league since 2014. This is her secan impulse, and is glad she did. ond year as head coach at San Ysidro High School, “It felt like a second family the moment I was which has set a school record for wins this season. here,” she said. “Playing coed allowed me to meet “It’s a chance to try something different,” Tamore people. lavera said of inline hockey’s coed appeal. “A lot “Both roller hockey and girls lacrosse are simof the girls sports are non-contact. It’s a women’s ilarly competitive. I don’t think males have an adversion of football. It’s about as full an experience vantage. I see everyone as a player, as an equal. as I would want a sport to be. The girls compete Women can do everything that most people think tough. It’s just not a guy thing.” we can’t.” Bonita Vista High School, under the guidance Bonita Vista High School senior Faith Sunga has established herself as Javier follows in a succession of female team of veteran head coach Keith Quigley, has led the one of the top goaltenders in the CIF-Metro Conference. Photo/Phillip Brents captains. conference in terms of female participation numbers pipes started out as a joke. However, she’s had the “Every year I’ve looked up to a woman who was over the past decade. The team is enjoying a revival last laugh. captain,” she said. “Being surrounded by these women season in 2019-20 with a cast that includes 12 girls “I started last year as a junior and one of my friends, has been empowering.” and six boys. who was 6-foot-3, tried out and he became nauseous,” Now she has that role. “I’ve always believed that high school roller hockey said Sunga. “Coach suggested I try it (the goaltender “This being my fourth year on the team, I’ve learned is unique because it’s coed,” explained Quigley, who position) instead. After that first practice, with all the a lot,” she said. “The goal I have is to make everyone has coached the Barons since their inception in 1998. gear on, I fell in love with the game. I love stopping the feel like a family and have everyone included.”


NARCh Winternationals face off 2020 inline season By Phillip Brents


he 2020 roller hockey season is officially underway, and there appears much to celebrate after the annual NARCh Winternationals event faced off Jan. 17-20 at The Rinks-Huntington Beach Inline. “Roller hockey is very healthy in Southern California,” NARCh president Daryn Goodwin proclaimed in pointing to robust attendance figures at the calendar year’s signature kickoff event. The four-day event attracted 139 teams across a spectrum of age groups and countries. “Winternationals was a great event,” Goodwin noted. “Approximately 15 of those teams were international teams, which we always enjoy having compete.” The event showcases new teams as well as teams making the transition to new divisions. This year’s tournament was a showcase, in particular, for the Corona Bulldogs program that sent 10 teams to the event and collected seven medals, including five gold and two silver. “This year’s NARCh Winternationals was far and away one of the most successful tournaments in years,” Bulldogs age-group coach Ben Barrett said. “All of our teams were playing well enough to win, so we could have had even more medals. “Our program continues to get better and better each tournament and our hope is to be at the top come June and July (during championship season).” Awards were presented in 26 sub-divisions at the 2020 NARCh Winternationals. Youth Divisions ranged from 6U to 18U. Division champions included the San Diego Rockets (6U Gold), Bulldogs Blue (6U Silver, 8U Gold, 10U Gold,

12U Gold), KIHA Warriors (8U Silver, 14U Gold), Pure Octane (10U Silver), Mission Mayhem (12U Platinum, 16U Platinum), Warrior Revolution (12U Silver), Konixx Nitrous (14U Platinum, 18U Platinum), Konixx Mutiny (14U Silver), CAVS (16U Gold), AKS 03 (16U Silver), Mission Black Ice (18U Gold) and Bulldogs Yellow (18U Silver). The Rockets won the 6U Gold title behind division high scorer Jonah Hart (16 goals, 20 points) and top goalten-

Rink Rat Groove captured the 21U Junior Division championship title at January’s NARCh Winternationals event, which was held in Huntington Beach. Photo/NARCh

der award-winner Jake Johnson (.825 save percentage). The Bulldogs Blue skated to the 8U Gold title behind high scorer Jaxon Gillis (3.5 points per game) and top goaltender award-winner Jayden Kehrier (.909 save percentage). Ben Kevan of the Mayhem averaged 5.8 points per game as the 12U Division high scorer. Matthew Mania of Konixx Nitrous averaged 4.2 points per game as the 14U Division high scorer. Nathan Tepas of Nitrous posted a .909 save per-

centage as the 18U Division top goaltender award-winner while Evan Haley of the Mayhem posted a .908 save percentage to top the 16U Division. Adult Divisions included Junior (21U), Men’s and Women’s and NARCh Pro. Division champions included Rink Rat Groove (Junior), Pama Labeda Golden Knights (Women’s Platinum), Adrenaline HC (Women’s Gold), Pama Labeda Golden Knights (Men’s Platinum, 40-Older, NARCh Pro), Mavin Revive (Men’s Gold), Merge (Men’s Silver) and Vegas United (Men’s Bronze). Kavan Johnson of the Konixx Outcasts posted a .940 save percentage as the Junior Division top goaltender award-winner. Andrew Skowron of Rink Rat Groove posted a .893 save percentage as the top Men’s Platinum goaltender while Justin Cayford topped Men’s Silver/Bronze goaltenders with a .890 save percentage. The NARCh Pro title was the second consecutive for the Golden Knights, who defeated the Mission Black Ice 3-2 in this year’s championship game behind goals from Junior Cadiz, Travis Noe and Tyler Gonzales. Nine teams competed in NARCh Pro. Kevin Tiefenwerth of Black Ice finished as the division high scorer with 2.83 points per game while Vladimir Neumann of the Knights finished as the division’s top goaltender award-winner with a .867 save percentage. The Golden Knights defeated Rink Rat Republic 3-1 in the Women’s Platinum final while Adrenaline HC edged the Aztecs HC 3-2 in the Women’s Gold final. Laura Veharanta of Republic finished as the Women’s Division high scorer with 3.2 points per game while teammate Jetta Rackleff posted a .917 save percentage as the top goaltender award-winner.


Morgan Hill product Guzman continuing WCRHL impact By Phillip Brents

at the WCRHL’s regular-season event Feb. 1-2 at the Barney Family Sports Complex in Queen Creek, Ariz. The Lumberjacks logged a 2-2-1 showing at the Queen Creek event to improve to 7-3-0-1 on the season and, in the process, move two standings points behind second place Chico State with one game in

He racked up 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in a 16-3 win over the University of Arizona on Dec. organ Hill native Jaden Guzman seemingly 8. reached the pinnacle of his inline hockey career Guzman has been on skates nearly all his life. He when he won a gold medal for the United States started playing hockey when he was just 4 years old. Junior Men’s National Team while competing at the “Growing up watching my uncle play, I fell in love 2018 International Roller Sports Federation with the game,” Guzman said. “I started off (FIRS) World Championship tournament in playing roller and then went to ice, but that Italy. got too expensive, so I went back to roller and He finished second in pool play scoring for fell in love with the environment of the roller Team USA at the international tournament and community.” recorded one goal and two assists in the 6-2 He played club for four years for the Silichampionship game win against host Italy. con Valley Quakes before moving over to the “The USA junior team was the best expeRevision Revolution, now known as Konixx Nirience of my life – playing in front of a huge trous. crowd and showcasing our skill to every coun“Playing at the college level is a lot differtry that we would face,” Guzman said. “The ent from playing NARCh, TORHS or FIRS,” he competitiveness around the world is remarksaid. “The competitiveness isn’t all the same able and shows that roller is huge all around and all the teams aren’t always going to be and people have the amazing talent to repregood, but it’s a lot of fun to keep my legs movsent their country. ing while the rest of the roller season is still But there appears to be a few more things going on. left on his bucket list before he hangs up his “My future goals are to continue to beskates, namely winning regional and national come a better player and leader for teams that championships as a top freshman recruit with I am a part of. The group of guys that we have Northern Arizona University. at NAU are all very talented and know how to “Our goal for this year is to win nationals play the game very well.” for NAU roller and try to get a rink on campus Guzman knows the group well as NAU’s dedicated for us and all our hard work,” Guztop four scorers all hail from California. man said. Trevor Scott (Huntington Beach) follows Guzman has certainly put in his share of Guzman on the Lumberjacks’ scoresheet with hard work as one of the more recognized – 20 goals and 41 points. Max Reeves (Yorba and highly decorated – players at NARCh Linda) has collected 21 goals and 40 points events while developing his game. while Brayden Kohler (Corona) has notched Guzman earned high scorer honors at Jan14 goals and 32 points. uary’s NARCh Winternationals in Huntington Kohler and Reeves joined Guzman on the Beach after leading his club team, Konixx NiTeam USA roster at the 2018 FIRS World trous, to a gold medal in the 18U Platinum Championships. Bay Area native and Northern Arizona University forward Jaden Guzman has esDivision. NAU goaltender Anders Hultgren is from Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Guzman tablished himself as one of the top inline hockey players in any division across the Anaheim Hills. paces the Lumberjacks in scoring with 32 nation. Photo/World Inline Skate There’s no question that NAU has the talgoals and 58 points through 11 games of the team’s hand in the WCRHL’s Division II standings. ent to compete at the elite level after a 5-4 overtime Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League (WCRHL) There’s no question that Guzman has established loss to WCRHL Division I power Arizona State at the regular-season schedule. himself as one of collegiate inline hockey’s impact Queen Creek event. NAU rolled to a 5-1 start in its opening six games players as a freshman. Teams wrap up regular-season play Feb. 15-16 of the 2019-20 season by averaging 10 goals per He made his presence felt in the scorebook in his in Huntington Beach. The WCRHL regionals are game. Guzman averaged nearly seven points per very first WCRHL regular-season game by collect- scheduled March 7-8 in Corona, followed by the Nagame during the team’s hot start. ing five goals and one assist in a 9-6 win over CSU tional Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships April He collected 11 goals and 18 points in five games Fullerton, last season’s Division II national champion. 15-19 in Fort Myers, Fla.


Chico State moves up in WCRHL Division II standings


he division standings within the Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League (WCRHL) are starting to fill in as the season heads toward a frantic finish. Chico State closed the gap on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs in the Division II standings after sweeping all four of their games at their home rink in Hamilton City on Jan. 25. The Wildcats (72-0-3) defeated UC Santa Barbara, West Valley College, UC Berkeley and San Jose State to pull to within five standings points of the Mustangs (112-0-0). Chico State faced off the WCRHL regular-season event with a 10-1 win over UC Santa Barbara as William Robinson earned First Star of the Game honors with three goals and three assists and teammate Christopher Fisher earned Second Star of the Game recognition with two goals and two assists. 10

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Fisher grabbed First Star honors with five goals and one assist in a 12-3 win over West Valley College while Robinson earned Second Star with two goals and five assists. Robinson picked up the First Star award with four goals and two assists in a 7-3 win over Cal while Connor Jahn collected the First Star award with two goals and two assists in an 11-5 win over San Jose State. Robinson leads the Wildcats in scoring with 24 goals and 42 assists in 12 games. Fisher ranks second in team scoring with 18 goals and 30 points. Joshua Meyberg backstopped the Wildcats to all four wins at the Hamilton City event by posting

a .819 save percentage and 3.00 goals-against average. The best could be in the making. All four of the WCRHL’s Division II teams will compete in the league’s regional championship tournament March 7-8 at The Rinks-Corona Inline. The WCRHL will crown four division champions at the upcoming regional finals, including Division I (best-ofthree series), Division III (top four of seven teams qualify) and Division IV (top four of seven teams qualify). - Phillip Brents




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Annual CAHA Adult Hockey State Championships making way to Solar4America Ice in April By Matt Mackinder


ach spring, the CAHA Adult Hockey State Championships are decided in San Jose at Solar4America Ice at San Jose. The games are highly competitive and continue to showcase the growth of hockey, not only in Northern California overall, but at the adult level. This year, the event is scheduled to be held April 24-26. Vaughn Reuter is the San Jose Jr. Sharks’ adult programming manager and tournament coordinator. He’ll be in charge of this year’s adult state tournament. “Unfortunately, I don’t know how long the event has been running as this is my first year in the position of organizing the tournament,” Reuter said. “I have played in the tournament for a number of years, and this will be my ninth year playing in the tournament. The growth of the tournament is likely attributed to the word of mouth association of teams throughout the years. “There are players that make it a point every year to bring a team to San Jose to compete in this event.” Last year, San Jose proudly hosted 57 teams across 14 divisions of skill. The

divisions this year include Advanced, Intermediate (Full), Novice, Rookie, Over 60, Over 50 and Women intermediate/Novice. Among the teams from the 2019 tournament to claim state titles were Dust HC (Advanced), a team out of San Jose, Pound Puppies (Women’s Intermediate), another team out of San Jose, the Norris All-Stars (Over 50) and the CyClones (Over 60). “The competition is always top-notch,” Reuter said. “The great part of the event is that teams come from all across NorCal and California. This brings new competition, different people to play against, different forms of teams. It allows players to build teams for one event and take risks like jumping up in a division to test out their skill against new people. It creates a lot of regional rivalry and fun competition as teams play against teams from different regions in the state. “Ultimately the tournament is designed to allow

players to have fun and compete against new and different folks who all share in the same love for hockey.” In his role with the event as tournament director, Reuter is essentially the jack of all trades. “Basically, I organize registration, vendors, promotions, and scheduling, which obviously is most important,” said Reuter. “This is my first year coordinating this event as I came into this role just last July. After playing in t h i s

have been in love with the game for so long that they continue to strap on the pads and lace up the skates. “I will look to parents and children

who finally get to share ice together and be part of the same team as one of the best components of adult hockey. It’s incredibly special and powerful to be able to share the ice and play the great game of hockey with your loved one. Siblings, parents, children, everyone gets to enjoy adult hockey and that is what makes it more than some rinky-dink ‘beer league.’” When all is said and done, seeing the game take major strides at all levels is what Reuter strives to accomplish as part of the

event as a participant for many years, I’m very much excited to be working on the back end and doing my best to make this event as great as possible. “San Jose is on the cusp of expanding our ice offerings. Immediately following this event, we will be breaking ground on construction that will ultimately yield us ice rinks No. 5 and No. 6. I only imagine this state tournament event to grow in the coming years as our ability to handle a larger influx of teams will increase. I expect this year’s event to be geared towards fun competition and a good mix of fondness for the past and excitement for the future. “Should be a great weekend.” Reuter also admitted than when some folks make hear the term “adult hockey,” they immediately think of the notion of “beer hockey.” He said that could not be any further from the truth. “Certainly, people associate adult hockey with ‘beer league,’ but I think the competition during the games is the best deterrent for holding onto that notion,” Reuter said. “Really, it’s a testament to the players who have played for years and continued to enjoy the sport we all love. I point to the Over 50 and Over 60 divisions where there are players who

Jr. Sharks organization. The adult tournament is further proof of that concept. “Adult hockey growth has been huge in the San Jose and surrounding Bay Area and NorCal communities,” said Reuter. “Looking at population growth within the Bay Area alone, there are more and more transplants coming to the area, whether for work or school and setting up roots here. That has brought about an explosion of interest in the sport, whether that’s at the youth or adult level. The great part about the CAHA tournament is that it brings together all these amazing adult hockey players from all over NorCal. Players will come down from Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa. They’ll come from Sacramento, Truckee and Folsom. More will come from the Central Valley, Bakersfield, Tracy and Fresno. “It’s really great when players look forward to this event and make it an annual point to participate and play against competition from all over the state, and especially NorCal.”



Cougars writing their own Hollywood script in LAKHSHL By Greg Ball


here’s something special brewing in the suburbs just north of Los Angeles, and in the city of Burbank, where the television and film industries fuel the local economy, one of the top teams in the L.A. Kings High School Hockey League is hoping to write its own script with a Hollywood ending. The Burbank Cougars are experiencing their best season since the league first came into existence in 2016. With the postseason looming, they’re looking to keep the momentum rolling and challenge for their first league championship. Through mid-February, the Cougars owned a 13-1-0 record and sat comfortably in first place with a five-point lead over the Kern County Knights and the Santa Barbara Royals. They had beaten the Knights 5-2 in the first half of a home-and-home tilt Feb. 9, with their regular-season finale scheduled against the Knights on Feb. 22. “We’re just looking to get into the playoffs right now and if that happens, the teams that we’ll need to play are really tough,” Cougars head coach Dave Holiday said. “Santa Barbara is a very good team, and the Knights are really strong. The Newbury Park Panthers

also have a lot of skill and score a ton of goals, so we’ll have to be able to shut them down. “Every year, we seem to get a little bit better and this year we’,re firing on all cylinders. Everybody is doing everything they need to do to help us squeak out games. “I think this is our season.” The Cougars’ roster includes Seth Biniamini, Elliot Burg, William Clarke, Aidan Ip, Eamon Julian, Arman Khachatryan, Kevin Keinlen, Dean Kossoff, Jake Kovinsky, Evan Lerman, Michael Masri, Jackson Moore, Carter Sherrit, Nikita Shibkov, Tristan Sodkomkum, Piya Tedsana, Chance Thomasy,

Ethan Vernik, Jack Weinberger, Brian Wong and Bogdan Yankowski. Holiday is assisted on the bench by Brian Cooke. Burg leads the squad with 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists), while Julian and Vernik were tied for the team lead with 11 goals each. Masri and Kovinsky had shared time in net, and the two goalies had combined to allow just 29 goals in 14 games. “We’re the type of team that has no superstars but


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gets contributions from every single guy on the roster,” Holiday said. “Everyone is pulling on the same side of the rope. Everyone works really hard and if certain guys aren’t having a great game, other kids step up and carry us. “The makeup of this team is really amazing.” The Cougars have just six seniors on their roster, but all have been with the program since their freshman seasons, and the continuity has clearly paid dividends. “That has definitely helped,” Holiday said. “We have a lot of skilled players, but we also have a lot of grit and sandpaper that helps us grind out some games. We don’t score a lot of goals, but we also don’t give up a lot of goals. We typically play a good, sound defensive game, and that really starts with our two goaltenders. “We have six solid defensemen who really know what they’re doing and play well together, and we have some incredibly skilled and tough forwards.” Holiday gave plenty of credit for the Cougars’ success to his assistant coaches as well as junior varsity coach Trevor Tracy and Bobby Hannah for preparing his players so well. “Both of those guys have done a terrific job of grooming these players and getting them ready to compete at the varsity level,” Holiday said. “I also want to thank my assistant coach Brian Cooke, who has done a great job, as well as our managers Michelle Thomasy and Stewart Sherrit.”

Making the Grade


Tahoe Prep Academy boasts a solid academic plan that works, both on and off the ice By Greg Ball


ny young hockey player or parent of a child who aspires to play high-level hockey and pursue a junior or college career knows the struggle of trying to balance travel with academics. Kids can find themselves commuting an hour or more each direction to practices and games, eating into their study time and forcing them to complete homework assignments in the backseat of their cars. Missing classes to travel to far-flung tournaments can exacerbate the issue, and before you know it, a kid is forced to choose between success on the ice and excelling in the classroom. Fortunately for the approximately 50 young men who come from all over the United States and some other countries to attend Tahoe Prep Academy, they don’t have to choose. At Tahoe Prep, student-athletes walk from their dorm rooms and classrooms to the rink and are on the ice at least five times a week. A unique combination of traditional in-person classes and online learning gives them the flexibility to keep up with their studies whether they’re at home or on the road. The setup has proved to be beneficial for the academy’s student-athletes ever since Tahoe Prep opened in 2016, putting them in position to maintain the types of grade-point averages needed to attract the interest of college coaches and help them earn admission into the schools of their dreams. “Ever since Tahoe Prep Academy was just a vision in our heads, we knew that the two cornerstones of building a successful academy were going to be hockey and academics,” said Tahoe Prep athletic director Mike Lewis, who helped found the academy alongside Leo Fenn, Chris Collins, and others. “Our thought process was that the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Our model may be a bit different than what most kids and families are used to, but we’ve felt from the beginning that it was the right way to approach it, and as we near the end of our fourth academic year, we think the proof is in the pudding.” Tahoe Prep Academy boasts five students who currently maintain a grade-point average of 4.0 and three students with 3.8s. Several other members of the Tahoe Prep community came to the academy struggling with their academic performance, and many of those are now regularly posting GPAs of 3.0 or higher. The student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs include Bobby Doukov, Drew Mazza, Zach Turner, Liam Sutton and Ellis O’Dowd. Students maintaining 3.8s include Kai Schumann, Aidan Brink and Jonathan Gunn.

The founders of Tahoe Prep Academy knew they needed to create an environment that allowed students to thrive on the ice and in the classroom. With a blended block schedule of on-the-ice daily training, face-to-face classes and top-notch online instruction, Tahoe Prep students are not only maintaining high GPAs, but they are raising the bar. Students take core academic classes with online instructors to accommodate their extensive travel schedule, and their electives are completed in the classrooms at South Tahoe High School - which offers a wide range of career technical choices on their college-like campus, from sports medicine to film

making and more. The Tahoe Prep Academy is a place where student-athletes are encouraged to develop and cultivate their character. The academy’s programs are made for the most dedicated student-athletes and provide an excellent environment to be challenged and learn as they expand their views of the world and champion the core attributes that define true leadership. The result is a student-athlete poised to compete in a world-class environment, and one who has gained

the necessary education to attend the country’s most premier higher-educational institutions. At Tahoe Prep Academy, administrators look for student-athletes who have a strong commitment to themselves as well as to their academics and athletic and personal growth. Student-athletes must be diligent in their school, sport and community duties, with a willingness to give their all in each area. Outside the classroom, Tahoe Prep Academy’s hockey program is the West Coast’s first residential boarding school dedicated to the sport of ice hockey. The academy’s student-athletes graduate with the technical skills, gamelevel hockey IQ and the strategic awareness that is crucial to succeeding at the next levels. With academics being of utmost importance, the academy’s leadership ensures ample time both in the classroom and on the ice, with up to 300 hours of development hockey training in a single academic year. By training like a collegiate program, Tahoe Hockey Academy’s graduates are better suited for success at the next levels by having the qualifications and the skill set to match. “The overarching goal in everything we do day in and day out is to prepare the young men who enroll here for success in their adult lives,” said Fenn, who serves as the varsity head coach. “To achieve that, we ensure that the leave our campus with an outstanding academic foundation and the discipline, work ethic and all the other values that come from playing a sport to put them in position to succeed in hockey and in life. “We’re confident in the model that we have laid out, and it has been extremely rewarding to see the results of our efforts just four years into this amazing project. We have set the tone for success, and we can’t wait to see where this leads us in the future.” At Tahoe Prep, young hockey players are challenging the status quo and finding new ways to approach an old problem - balancing a challenging academic course load with the demands of training to compete at a high level and traveling to face the best competition. The approach seems to be working, and the results are indisputable as Tahoe Prep Academy is producing top-notch student-athletes in the truest definition of the term. Photos/Ed Fritz



‘Incredible’ We Play Weekend a huge success in Anaheim By THE RINKS Staff


he roar of the crowd was deafening inside the Honda Center as Team USA buried the puck off a hard-fought play 42 seconds into overtime, effectively clinching the inaugural Rivalry Series against Team Canada on Feb. 8. Hugs, cheers and American flags were all seen amongst the record-setting 13,320 fans in attendance, the largest American crowd in U.S. Women’s National Team history. “Tonight, the Anaheim Ducks, they set the tone, they set the market and they proved to the rest of the NHL clubs that you can host a women’s hockey game in your building, and you can sell it, so I’m excited to see where we go from here,” reflected Team USA captain Kendall Coyne Schofield. In preparation for game day, the U.S. Women’s National Team held a training camp Jan. 2931 at Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena, immersing themselves within the Southern California hockey scene, which included team practices with the Anaheim Lady Ducks, a big win against the Anaheim Jr. Ducks’ 16U AAA team, and a joint scrimmage with the Ducks after their respective practices. The five-game Rivalry Series between Team USA and Team Canada, however, ultimately proves to be greater than just national pride. In conjunction, the Ducks hosted We Play Weekend, which included multiple initiatives to celebrate girls and women’s hockey. There was an excited buzz in the air as parents and par-

ticipants alike filled Great Park Ice the day after the game to take part in a variety of clinics. Special Girls Try Hockey For Free and Women’s Try Hockey For Free clinics filled with informative drills, laughter and a sense of team camaraderie and co-coached by members of Team USA, presented a very bright future for women’s hockey, not only in skill, but also in its growth at the grassroots level. “For a market that most people don’t consider a traditional market for hockey, it was a huge accomplishment to host the larg-

est-attended women’s hockey game in the United States, and then come back the very next morning and introduce over 50 girls and 50 women to the sport of hockey for the first time,” said THE RINKS director of marketing Jesse Chatfield. “It was incredible.” Team USA members Hilary Knight, Briana Decker, Amanda Kessel and Megan Bozek joined the on-ice fun for the Try Hockey clinics along with the rest of the Olympians. In addition to the girls and women’s Try Hockey For Free events, Try Sled and Blind Hockey


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clinics were also held at Great Park Ice. These clinics were run with the help of national players of the respective sports, with athletes such as U.S. Women’s Sled Hockey Team member, 2019 21st Duck Lera Doederlein and U.S. Blind Hockey Team member Blake Steinecke joining the U.S. Women’s National Team to offer some on-ice tips and tricks to all participants. “Each and every participant had a smile on their face when they hit the ice, and it only grew when they saw their idols hop onto the ice to play hockey with them,” said Chatfield. “Nobody wanted to get off the ice, let alone leave the building after.” The initiatives offered by the Rivalry Series and We Play Weekend show that this is only the beginning. Women’s hockey, along with the sport overall, continues to grow and will only continue to flourish. “It’s an excellent feeling and the crowd out [at the game] was amazing,” Coyne Schofield said. “Together, we’re breaking barriers, we’re setting records, and it was worth the price of admission.” “We have seen the growth of the women’s game first-hand through our Lady Ducks programming here in Southern California and we look forward to the continued growth and evolvement of women’s hockey for the generations to come,” added Ducks chief marketing officer Aaron Teats.

ANAHEIM JR. DUCKS Lady Ducks’ McGarrigle honored with prestigious Joe Burke Award By Chris Bayee


athy McGarrigle has dedicated nearly a quarter century to helping grow girls hockey in the West. The American Hockey Coaches Association took note. The founder and director of coaches of the Anaheim Lady Ducks recently received the Joe Burke Award, which honors those individuals who have shown great support and dedication to girls and women’s hockey. The award was established in 1994, and its namesake was an avid fan of girls and women’s hockey in New England for more than 40 years until his passing in 2017. “It’s really gratifying to be considered by people I didn’t know well,” McGarrigle said. “Somebody was watching.” Not only did she lead the charge to begin the Lady Ducks in 1999, but she has continued to coach hockey every season since, primarily focusing on younger age groups. Building that foundation has helped the Lady Ducks grow to 13 travel teams plus two women’s teams. The program has earned eight medals at USA Hockey Nationals, including two golds and two silvers. Additionally, the Lady Ducks have helped more than 130 girls advance to NCAA Division I, Division III and ACHA levels. “She’s put in a lot of work over the past 20-plus years to grow girls hockey, not just in California, but across the West,” said Art Trottier, Jr. Ducks president and vice president of THE RINKS. “We’ve always embraced girls hockey, and it’s really nice to see her recognized.” McGarrigle has been a teacher for 30 years and a hockey coach for 23 years. The amount of Lady Ducks who have continued their hockey careers in college is one thing she’s proud of, but not the only thing. “It’s easy to talk about so many girls playing college hockey,” she said. “But they get so much out of the sport that helps them from the time they’re young athletes through when they move into whatever career they end up in.”



Barkov, Barber Put HockeyShot Synthetic Ice to the Test


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Schreifels’ shot, work ethic lead to NCAA D-I commitment to RPI

Former Jr. King, SDIA Oiler Buium decides on NCAA D-I Denver

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ne of Henri Schreifels’ favorite hobbies as a youth was shooting pucks off a rubber pad at a net in his backyard. He’d pound hundreds of pucks a day, never growing weary of the exercise. “It was one of the best things I could do, and I was having fun at the same time,” the forward from Agoura Hills said. “That really paid off. It strengthened my shot and helped me learn how to release it at different angles.” One of the payoffs was being able to play junior hockey, which Schreifels is doing quite well for the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Another is a college commitment, which he recently made to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an ECAC Hockey school located in upstate New York. “It’s a great school with great academics,” said the 2000 birth year, who played for the LA Jr. Kings, California Titans and Anaheim Jr. Ducks. “Hockey is their only Division I sport, so it’s a really big part of the campus. With their staff and facilities, they have everything they need to continue to improve.” Schreifels finished his career in Southern California playing two seasons of Midget hockey for the Jr. Ducks. He led the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League’s 18U division in points (56) and goals (26) as a first-year 18U player. “He has size (6-foot-1, 195 pounds), speed, skill and a heavy shot,” said Jr. Ducks 18U AAA coach August Aiken. “He does all the little things well and works so hard. I’m not surprised by his commitment. He deserves it.” After playing for three BCHL teams last season, finishing in Victoria, Schreifels has blossomed in his second season of junior hockey. Through 48 games, he had 39 points, including 21 goals. His goal total has exceeded his point total (15) from a season ago in roughly the same number of games. Schreifels said Aiken, a BCHL alum, helped prepare him for his next steps. “August helped me with my vision and speed of play,” Schreifels said. “Those were the biggest things. He knew what kind of player I needed to be to get to the next level, which was juniors and now, college.”

hai Buium and his current coach, Rich Metro, faced an interesting decision about the defenseman’s destination this season. On the one hand, the 2003 birth year could have made Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep team, but would that have been in his best interest? “He could have gone up, but by staying at the 16U level, he’s gotten crucial minutes, and you can see that extra confidence,” Metro said of the long-time Los Angeles Jr. King and SDIA Oiler. That confidence has translated into a monster season and a recent NCAA Division I college commitment to the University of Denver for the San Diego native. Buium had 55 points (13 goals, 42 assists) through 44 games – up from 31 points in 54 games last season – and he’s accomplished that as a 6-foot-3, 214-pound defenseman. “He’s got prototypical size at 16, but he had to grow into his body,” Metro added. “He’s really come into his own.” Buium has always liked the offensive side of the game, but he cited a one simple difference this season. “I’ve grown really confident in my abilities,” he said. “I always work my hardest to improve.” He was part of the Jr. Kings’ stellar 2003 group and called coaches James Gasseau and Jeff Turcotte huge influences on his development. Buium, who is the second of three hockey-playing siblings, including younger brother Zev at Shattuck, said the opportunities at Denver were too much to pass up. “It’s a lot like Shattuck; it felt like home,” he said. “I liked the campus, the coaches are awesome, and the weight room facilities are incredible.” Buium’s workmanlike attitude has endeared him to teammates and classmates alike, Metro said. “Shai is one of the nicest kids you’ll meet,” said Metro. “He’s friends with everyone on campus, and he’s truly excited to come to the rink and work. “He’s well-rounded. He does well in school and is eager to learn. He’s a good leader for us, too. There isn’t a lot of nonsense to him or to his game.”


Faith Lutheran showcasing high school game in Las Vegas By Matt Mackinder


s the Vegas Golden Knights continue to push the game forward at the NHL level, Faith Lutheran High School is mirroring that situation at the high school level in Las Vegas. Now in its second season as a program, the Crusaders play regularly to capacity crowds at City National Arena, the Golden Knights practice facility that is located just two blocks from the school’s campus. “Getting between 800 and 1000 fans packed around the glass is common at our Friday night home games,” said Faith Lutheran manager of hockey operations Craig Thornton. “Our growth plans are very focused. We have no desire to be the biggest – we are strictly focused on the quality of our product. We have been blessed to have both City National Arena and the Jr. Golden Knights’ support from Day 1.” Coached by Las Vegas hockey legend and ex-NHL goalie Pokey Reddick and assisted by Joel Blasko and Shane Hnidy, also an ex NHL veteran, Faith Lutheran has received media attention from CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS Sports Radio and Knight Life (the Golden Knights TV pregame show). “It’s always a little bit harder when you first start a program,” said Reddick. “The second year is a different level. We’re playing a lot of D-I games whereas last year, we played a lot of D-II games. We’ve really been able to see where we’re at this season skating Division I and we’ve held our own, currently above

.500. Our biggest goal is to have an all-Faith team where all the players go to the same school. We have about 90 percent of our team this year that attend Faith. “Having this program is a huge step to seeing the game grow in Nevada. As of right now, we’re trying to do the best we can, and I think that’s working. Craig and I work well together. He handles the off-ice portion of the club, while I handle the teams.” Thornton noted that getting the Faith program off the ground

was an eye-opener for many Las Vegas hockey fans. “People were very surprised,” said Thornton. “This year, people came and saw 800-1000 people watching a D-I varsity hockey game and said, ‘Wow. This is the real deal, Pokey Reddick really is the coach here,

look at all these people, look at those uniforms.’ We take enormous pride in everything we do here. We don’t cut corners in any way. Our attention to detail matters. For instance, our uniforms are made by NHL teams’ manufacturers, and we also put a lot of time and resources into our home games, not just three periods and off the ice. From professional announcers to having full introductions, bringing in live guests singing the national anthem, ice cuts between periods and always four officials, things of this nature give our student-athletes the best experience possible. Again, the overall quality of the product is very important to us. “Last year, our inaugural season we were gung-ho out of the gate, searching high and low for opponents to skate against. This year, we’re fine-tuning things, and teams as far away as Canada have approached us requesting games. “Next season, were looking at the possibility of joining the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL). After looking at leagues in Arizona and Utah as well, we feel our program, which skates under the Jr. Knights sanction, would fit well with the ADHSHL. Matt Blanchart runs a quality program.” Thornton also noted that Faith has mirrored the hockey program with the school’s 40-plus-year reputation. “What Faith Lutheran offers is a top-notch Christian education in an outstanding academic environment, where over 95 percent of our graduates are accepted to colleges and universities around the country,” Thornton said. “And now, we offer varsity hockey as well.”


Rogers family finding ACHA hockey a valuable experience the quality of hockey at the ACHA Division I level is comparable to NCAA D-III,” Rogers said. “Hockey runs in ACHA from September to March where NCAA runs December to March and as a goalie, that gives Xander more game opportunities. Plus, last year, the NHL published an article on ACHA D-I saying it had become a league to recruit from so having a chance

playing NCAA D-III or higher. These teams are comprised of serious hockey players who couldn’t crack hen Xander Rogers wrapped up his junior a top spot on other rosters and decided to get tons hockey career in 2019 with the NA3HL’s Helof ice time and a serious chance to play. In addition, ena Bighorns, he wondered what his next step would the ACHA is not only a great option because of its be. competitive level, but it also is a way that students He had some NCAA Division III options and wantcan go to their dream schools and still play extremely ed to go to a school that had a solid hockey competitive hockey.” program and a Computer Science curriculum. Growing up in Southern California also had In the end, the 20-year-old Anaheim native its share of benefits when it came to youth chose to venture into Michigan and play ACHA hockey. hockey for Davenport University. “When I was growing up in SoCal, the clos“Davenport had my major and reached est rink to where I lived was The Rinks-Yorba out with such professionalism and after a few Linda Ice,” said Rogers. “To this day, it is still weeks, they offered a tour of the school,” Rogmy favorite rink to play at in SoCal. My first iners said. “When I got there, I loved the school, house practice was at that rink, my first travel the rink, and the fact that you could potentially team, and even my first adult league team (funny play five years of college hockey. Although, my enough, with my dad). To name one experience favorite part about playing at Davenport is that alone out of all of them from Yorba Linda would I get to play a lot of different high-end teams on be too difficult. The rink itself is the most memour schedule and have a chance of going pro orable part, containing a great sheet of ice and after college. professional training equipment run by some of “With my major, I am hoping to do either Arthe greatest trainers I have ever worked alongtificial Intelligence or Biometrics. The goal is to side with. To me, that rink is what I remember get my master’s degree in four years and have the most.” a better chance of succeeding in my field. My Rogers’ father agreed, saying that the youth hope is that I can one day work for an automo- Anaheim native Xander Rogers is enjoying his freshman season for ACHA Division I game is exploding throughout the state. tive company like Tesla, Ford or Audi, designing Davenport University, located in Grand Rapids, Mich. “When Xander first began playing in-house their AI software or engine software.” to play professionally was still not out of the question.” in 2007, we could barely get a team together to play a Steve Rogers, Xander’s father, said he wants Now fully immersed in the season, the younger team at another rink,” Rogers said. “When he started more families to be aware of the caliber of hockey the Rogers has seen firsthand what ACHA hockey is all in Squirt in 2009, there was just A and B levels. Now, ACHA can offer. about. I think there are four levels and the number of teams “For us, ACHA was more appealing than NCAA “The ACHA has great teams,” he said. “At the at practically every level up to 18U and high school is Division III because the season is much longer and highest level, some teams all have players capable of double what it was then.” By Matt Mackinder


Coyotes, Sharks go One Step Beyond at Cactus Cup event By Matt Mackinder


or the One Step Sharks and One Step Coyotes special hockey programs, playing one another last month at the Arizona Cactus Cup event was truly a milestone. “We had been waiting for this event for a very long time,” said One Step Beyond special programs developer Jared Woosley. “When the two One Step teams met each other for the first time, it was something special to witness. “They became immediate friends over their love for the game of hockey.” Woosley organized the game schedules, press, and events afterward, but said he was hardly the only person working to get everything together. “Holly Tully with the Arizona Cactus cup has been a longtime supporter of our program and its growth, and she was crucial to helping with the travel portion of getting our One Step Sharks and their parents out to Arizona,” Woosley said. “We are so lucky to have her as a part of our family. Jen O’Brian from the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) was also a great help at the event. She flew all the way 20

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from Maine to be with us and show her and ASHA’s support. Jim Curly and Larry Gibson also played very impor-

tant roles, especially Larry who only played songs by The Who between play.”

The Arizona Coyotes Street Team “really stepped up,” according to Woosley, providing a blowup slap shot game and ball hockey for all patrons to enjoy. The Phoenix Police Department and Peoria Fire Department also showed up with their trucks and vehicles to show their support, both on and off the ice. “We are very proud of our first responders and their commitment to the special needs community,” noted Woosley. As far as the game itself, when asked about the highlights, Woosley asked where to start. “Oh man, every save, pass and goal scored was an incredibly proud moment for us all,” Woosley said. “On the last day, medals and banners were handed out to both teams who proudly hoisted them around the rink like they had just won the Stanley Cup.” And with the rousing success of the first edition of this game, Woosley said this will surely become an annual event. “Absolutely,” he said. “Without a doubt, we will repeat this next year. We have already been contacted by other special hockey programs who would love to be involved in next year’s Arizona Cactus Cup.”

FROM THE TRAINER’S ROOM Preparing for the post-season: Looking at key training tips A

s the season begins to wind down and playoffs are around the corner, it’s time to take a look at your training and recovery program and see if you need to modify it. The season can be very demanding on athletes with practices, lessons, games, tournaments, travel and workouts, not to mention school and having time to just be a kid. It not only affects athletes physically, but also mentally. These feelings may also reduce the fun of playing the Chris Phillips game, which to me is more important than performance. Heading into the post-season, an athlete’s regimen needs to be assessed to see what is necessary for peak performance at this important time. Here is what you should address: • On the ice: The focus should be more on the little things that need to be better. This could be fine-tuning your shot or working on edgework while skating. Players should be well-conditioned at this time and will most likely get enough skating in practice that it may be detrimental to do extra on-ice conditioning. • Off the ice: The focus should be to maintain strength, power and stability at this time. The intensity of training can remain the same, but the volume should decrease. This is not a good time to try new programs as we do not want the athlete to experience new muscle soreness. Take this time to address any injuries and seek professional help so what might be something minor doesn’t turn into something that takes an athlete out of a game. • General life: These tips should occur throughout the year but often get forgotten. Focus on getting enough sleep. Athletes should be getting at least eight hours of sleep each night. Take a look at your eating habits and assess if you are eating and drinking enough and at the correct times.

Chris Phillips has been an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist for over 20 years and owns Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Orange County.


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COLLEGE HOCKEY NCAA DIVISION I – MEN Elijiah Barriga (West Covina) - AIC (Atlantic Hockey) Nathan Burke – Minnesota (Big Ten) % Joey Cassetti (Pleasanton) - Merrimack (Hockey East) Devin Cooley (Los Gatos) - Denver (NCHC) Lawton Courtnall (Westlake Village) - Western Michigan (NCHC) Vincent de Mey (Los Angeles) - Northern Michigan (WCHA) Slava Demin (Cypress) - Denver (NCHC) Jake Durflinger (Walnut Creek) - Denver (NCHC) PJ Fletcher (Dana Point) - Quinnipiac (ECAC) Jack Gates (Oceanside) - Colorado College (NCHC) Andre Ghantous (Glendale) - Northern Michigan (WCHA) Cole Guttman (Northridge) - Denver (NCHC) Jake Hamacher (Corona) - RIT (Atlantic Hockey) Brendan Harris – Bemidji State University (WCHA) + Drew Helleson - Boston College (Hockey East) % Rory Herrman (Poway) - RPI (ECAC) Niko Hildenbrand (Vacaville) - Massachusetts (Hockey East) Ryan Johnson (Irvine) - Minnesota (Big Ten) Nate Kallen (San Diego) - Ferris State (WCHA) Patrick Khodorenko (Walnut Creek) - Michigan State (Big Ten) Trevin Kozlowski (Valencia) - Army (Atlantic Hockey) Jackson LaCombe - Minnesota (Big Ten) % Ben Lown (Newport Coast) - Miami (NCHC) Kyle Mayhew (Anaheim Hills) - Denver (NCHC) Nolan McElhaney (Yorba Linda) – New Hampshire (Hockey East) Tyson McLellan (San Jose) - Denver (NCHC) Shane McMahan (Irvine) – Minnesota State (WCHA) Brannon McManus (Newport Beach) - Minnesota (Big Ten) Alec Mehr (Los Angeles) - Brown (ECAC) Erik Middendorf – Colorado College (NCHC) % Jacob Modry (El Segundo) - Merrimack (Hockey East) Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda) - Union (ECAC) Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda) - Brown (ECAC) Matt O’Donnell (Fountain Valley) - Vermont (Hockey East) Jared Pike – AIC (Atlantic Hockey) % Dakota Raabe (Capistrano Beach) - Michigan (Big Ten) Nick Rivera (Pacific Palisades) - Minnesota State (WCHA) Tyler Rockwell (San Jose) - Michigan Tech (WCHA) Jake Rosenbaum (Trabuco Canyon) - Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) Ryan Ruck (Coto de Caza) - Colorado College (NCHC) Rourke Russell (Long Beach) - Miami (NCHC) Chad Sasaki (Cypress) - Colorado College (NCHC) Jake Slaker (San Diego) - Michigan (Big Ten) Ethan Somoza (Simi Valley) - Bemidji State (WCHA) Jack St. Ivany (Manhattan Beach) - Yale (ECAC) Matt Vernon (San Jose) – Colorado College (NCHC) Brian Williams (San Diego) - Colorado College (NCHC) Cam York (Anaheim Hills) - Michigan (Big Ten) NCAA DIVISION I – WOMEN Cayla Barnes (Eastvale) - Boston College (Hockey East) Katherine Beaumier - Clarkson (ECAC) $ Bailey Bennett (Gardena) - Holy Cross (Hockey East) Brooke Bryant (Linden) - Minnesota State (WCHA) Nicole Dunbar (Coto de Caza) - New Hampshire (Hockey East) Anna Estes (Whittier) - Post (NEWHA) Kendra Farole (Irvine) - RPI (ECAC) Tanner Gates (Oceanside) - Colgate (ECAC) Kiersten Goode (La Habra) - Yale (ECAC) Katherine Hughes (La Canada) - Harvard (ECAC) Lily Humphrey (Huntington Beach) - Vermont (Hockey East) Bella Kang (Los Gatos) - Cornell (ECAC) Vivian Lu (Studio City) - Brown (ECAC) Lillian Marchant (Tustin) - Lindenwood (CHA) Leah Marino (South Lake Tahoe) - Robert Morris (CHA) Gabby Monaco (La Verne) - St. Anselm (NEWHA) Keely Moy (San Diego) – Harvard (ECAC) Kalena Mueller (San Ramon) - Post (NEWHA)

Claire Peterson (San Jose) - Connecticut (Hockey East) Dominique Petrie (Hermosa Beach) - Harvard (ECAC) Frankie Sanchez (Lake Elsinore) - Sacred Heart (NEWHA) Sammy Smigliani (La Jolla) - Colgate (ECAC) Tia Stoddard (La Mesa) - Clarkson (ECAC) Elissa Taylor (Pasadena) - LIU (NEWHA) Baylee Trani (Huntington Beach) - RIT (CHA) Ellie Zweber (Santa Barbara) - Cornell (ECAC)

Taylor Urch (Anaheim) - Lawrence (NCHA) Nick Wardstrom (Discovery Bay) - Suffolk (NEHC) Chad Watt (Riverside) - Stevenson (UCHC) Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach) - Babson (NEHC) Egan Wolford (San Jose) - Fitchburg State (MASCAC) Colin Woods (Yorba Linda) - Stevenson (UCHC) Eric Wright (Poway) - Suffolk (NEHC) Dante Zapata (Huntington Beach) - Utica (UCHC)

NCAA DIVISION II – MEN Khalil East (Los Angeles) - Assumption (Northeast-10) Niko Grollman (Laguna Niguel) - Post (Northeast-10) Matthew Toombs (Pleasanton) - Franklin Pierce (Northeast-10)

NCAA DIVISION III – WOMEN Lexie Anderson (San Francisco) - Salve Regina (Colonial Hockey) Michelle Behshid (Saugus) - Bowdoin (NESCAC) Ivy Boric (Newport Beach) - Plattsburgh (NEWHL) Emily Burke (San Jose) - Potsdam (NEWHL) Colleen Castro (Redwood City) - Wesleyan (NESCAC) Angelina Cruzal (Campbell) - Buffalo State (NEWHL) Mary Deyell (Glendale) - King’s (UCHC) Katarina Diehr (Fullerton) - Johnson and Wales (NEHC) Sierra Donahue (San Jose) - Suffolk (NEHC) Isabella Fiedler (Redondo Beach) - Stevenson (UCHC) Marissa Gebauer (Mission Viejo) - Lake Forest (NCHA) Devyn Gilman (Yorba Linda) - Elmira (UCHC) Savannah Gutierrez (Huntington Beach) - Utica (UCHC) Erika Hansen (Vacaville) - Anna Maria (Independent) Bella Hanson – Elmira (UCHC) $ Jessica Jones (El Cajon) - St. Mary’s (MIAC) Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa del Rey) - Trinity (NESCAC) Abby Kolek (San Marcos) - Finlandia (NCHA) Victoria Lahey (Fairfield) - Lebanon Valley (UCHC) Ashley Marchant (Orange County) - Chatham (UCHC) Hannah Marmorstein (Los Olivos) - St. Olaf (MIAC) Danielle Marquez (Long Beach) - Bowdoin (NESCAC) Maura McKeown (San Leandro) - Oswego (NEWHL) Kennedy Miedema (San Jose) - St. Catherine (MIAC) Madelyn Morgan (Riverside) - Becker (Colonial Hockey) Tate Murphy (Jamul) - Lebanon Valley (UCHC) Lilla Nease (Lake Forest) - Plattsburgh (NEWHL) Alicia Nickolenko (Encinitas) - Wesleyan (NESCAC) Cameron Payne (Rancho Cucamonga) - Becker (Colonial Hockey) Alethea Perez (Los Angeles) - Stevenson (UCHC) Cortney Reyes (Chino Hills) - New England College (NEHC) Lindsay Reyes (Chino Hills) - Cortland (NEWHL) Samantha Rodriguez (Corona) - Anna Maria (Independent) Cierra San Roman (Orange) - Colby (NESCAC) Kiley Searles (San Jose) - Suffolk (NEHC) Iman Shepard (San Marino) - Lake Forest (NCHA) Ally Stout (Stockton) - Cortland (NEWHL) Sarah Takahashi (Pleasanton) - Wesleyan (NESCAC) Julieana Tarantino (San Diego) - Lake Forest (NCHA) Morgan Tefft (Redwood City) - Norwich (NEHC) Amy Templeman (Rancho Santa Margarita) - Lebanon Valley (UCHC) Alexandria Tillemans (Bishop) - Endicott (Colonial Hockey) Tristen Tolan – Elmira (UCHC) $ Jordyn Tomaszewki (Daly City) - Aurora (NCHA) Marisa Trevino (San Jose) - Aurora (NCHA) Tara Turcotte (Huntington Beach) - New England College (NEHC) Kiara Vazquez (La Quinta) - Middlebury (NESCAC) Samantha White (Oceanside) - Potsdam (NEWHL) Olivia Wilburn (Stockton) - Cortland (NEWHL)

NCAA DIVISION III – MEN Sam Anzai (Los Angeles) - UW-River Falls (WIAC) Aaron Aragon (Whittier) - University of New England (CCC) Quinton Baker (Santa Monica) - New England College (NEHC) Andrew Behshid (Los Angeles) - Lake Forest (NCHA) Max Blitz (Chino Hills) - Fredonia (SUNYAC) Guillaume Bose (San Jose) - Wentworth (CCC) Paul Boutoussov (Dana Point) - Salve Regina (CCC) Rock Boynton (Lomita) - MSOE (NCHA) Adam Canepa (Santa Cruz) - UW-River Falls (WIAC) Don Carter Jr. (Antioch) - Hamline (MIAC) Connor Chilton (Oak Park) - Aurora (NCHA) Jared Christy (Tustin) - University of New England (CCC) Carter Dahl (Fresno) - St. Mary’s (MIAC) Tanner Dalton (Bakersfield) - MSOE (NCHA) Dakota Delbridge (Tracy) - Concordia, Wis. (NCHA) Chase Dibari (Ladera Ranch) - Bethel (MIAC) Sean Dickson (Millbrae) - Utica (UCHC) Tyler Dill (South Lake Tahoe) - Utica (UCHC) Dante DiNapoli (Moss Beach) - Framingham State (MASCAC) Justin Dixson (Sunnyvale) - University of New England (CCC) Coby Downs (Montclair) - Norwich (NEHC) Zach Feldman (San Diego) - Lake Forest (NCHA) Tyler Forest (Simi Valley) - Becker (CCC) Cody Foster (Saugus) - Becker (CCC) Andrew Frojelin (San Jose) - Nazareth (UCHC) John Garrity (Dublin) - Suffolk (NEHC) Doc Gentzler (Manhattan Beach) - Brockport (SUNYAC) Alec Grollman (Laguna Niguel) - Bryn Athyn (Independent) Keenan Haase (Mission Viejo) - New England College (NEHC) Brian Hodges (Yorba Linda) - Stevenson (UCHC) Evan Johnson (Huntington Beach) - Williams (NESCAC) Carson Kelley (Portola Valley) - Geneseo (SUNYAC) Wiggle Kerbrat (Laguna Niguel) - Wesleyan (NESCAC) Nick Klishko (San Diego) - Gustavus (MIAC) Jasper Korican-Barlay (Oakland) - Fredonia (SUNYAC) Austin Koss (Huntington Beach) - Augsburg (MIAC) Gregg Lee (Aliso Viejo) - Fredonia (SUNYAC) Tyler Levine (Laguna Beach) - Wesleyan (NESCAC) Sean Lincoln (Rancho Santa Margarita) - Brockport (SUNYAC) Drake Longaker (San Jose) - Plymouth State (MASCAC) William Ma (Anaheim) - Canton (Independent) Cameron Mack (Long Beach) - UMass Dartmouth (MASCAC) David Marabella (Clovis) - MSOE (NCHA) Aaron Murray (Chino) - Stevenson (UCHC) Nick Nast (Oxnard) - St. Mary’s (MIAC) Ryan Ng (Manhattan Beach) - Castleton (NEHC) Evan Nyhus (Dove Canyon) - Nichols (CCC) Danny O’Donnell (Ventura) - Aurora (NCHA) Kyle Orgel (El Segundo) - Plymouth State (MASCAC) Ryan Orgel (El Segundo) - UW-Stevens Point (WIAC) Adam Papayoanou (Valencia) - Southern Maine (NEHC) Ismael Ralsten (Huntington Beach) - Bryn Athyn (Independent) Josh Reinstein (Woodland Hills) - Worcester State (MASCAC) Kyle Rimbach (Encinitas) - St. Olaf (MIAC) Brendan Schulte (Fullerton) - Plattsburgh (SUNYAC) Nick Schultze (San Diego) - Tufts (NESCAC) Eetu Selanne (Coto de Caza) - Curry (CCC) Nicholas Short (Los Angeles) - UMass Dartmouth (MASCAC) Mark Shroyer (Fresno) - Castleton (NEHC) Jack Sitzman (Redondo Beach) - Anna Maria (Independent) Cole Souto (Yorba Linda) - St. John’s (MIAC) Liam Stirtzinger (Simi Valley) - Aurora (NCHA) Alex Stoley (Manteca) - Concordia, Minn. (MIAC) Felix Takacsi-Nagy (Los Gatos) - Lebanon Valley (UCHC) Joseph Thielen (Huntington Beach) - Curry (CCC)

CANADIAN UNIVERSITY Takato Cox (Redondo Beach) – Simon Fraser (BCIHL) Steven Owre (Rocklin) – Alberta (CWUAA) Murphy Stratton (Los Angeles) – British Columbia (USports) Keanu Yamamoto – McGill (USports) %

JUNIOR HOCKEY Nicholas Abernathy (Etiwanda) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Brian Adams (San Ramon) - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Joey Allegrini (Valencia) - Atlanta Capitals (NA3HL) Noah Altman (Los Angeles) - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Armen Arabyan (Los Angeles) - Skipjacks Hockey Club (USPHL Premier) Alan Austria-Garcia (Redwood City) - Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL Premier) Thomas Avila (Escalon) - Steele County Blades (USPHL Premier) Matthew Ayres (Calabasas) - Connecticut Jr. Rangers (USPHL Premier) Everett Bailey (Rialto) - Decatur Blaze (USPHL Premier) William Baird (Ontario) - San Diego Sabers (WSHL) Tristan Baker (Fresno) - Fresno Monsters (WSHL) Nareg Balian (Tustin) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Joseph Barnabee (Long Beach) - Potomac Patriots (USPHL Premier)

Danny Barry (Sunnyvale) - Texas Brahmas (NA3HL) Cam Beltran (Nuevo) - Boston Bandits (USPHL Premier) Matthew Berezowski (Irvine) - Chippewa Steel (NAHL) Logan Berggren (Cypress) - Creston Valley Thunder Cats (KIJHL) Leon Biller (Valencia) – Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Grady Birk (San Diego) - La Ronge Ice Wolves (SJHL) Tyler Blanchard (San Jose) - Texas Brahmas (NA3HL) Michael Boutoussov (Dana Point) - South Shore Kings (USPHL NCDC) Parker Brakebill (Yorba Linda) - Wisconsin Lumberjacks (SIJHL) Barak Braslavski (San Jose) - Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL) Griffin Briquelet (Huntington Beach) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Brendan Brisson (Manhattan Beach) - Chicago Steel (USHL) Jacob Brockman (El Segundo) - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Rhett Bruckner - Las Vegas Thunderbirds (WSHL) % Ben Buium (Laguna Niguel) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Hunter Campbell - Everett Silvertips (WHL) % Chris Cantillo (Los Angeles) - Great Falls Americans (NA3HL) Anthony Capraro (Hacienda Heights) - Northern Cyclones (USPHL Premier) Kenneth Cavers (San Jose) - Connecticut Jr. Rangers (USPHL Premier) Kameron Chan (Valencia) - Northern Cyclones (USPHL Elite) Henry Chavez (San Jose) - Great Falls Americans (NA3HL) Daniel Chladek (Anaheim) - Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL) Nicholas Chmelevski (Huntington Beach) - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Jared Coday (Irvine) - St. Louis Jr. Blues (NA3HL) Nolan Conrad (Corona) - Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) Halen Cookston (Santa Clarita) - Philadelphia Hockey Club (USPHL Premier) Jack Cooper (Camino Vista) - Texas Brahmas (NA3HL) Caleb Cordas (Newport Beach) - Islanders Hockey Club (USPHL NCDC) Jacob Cordas (Newport Beach) - Islanders Hockey Club (USPHL Premier) Clayton Cosentino (San Carlos) - Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) Evan Cronkhite (Aliso Viejo) - Boston Bandits (USPHL Premier) Riley Cryan (Escondido) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Jesse Cusick (La Puente) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Noah Dahlen (Lake Forest) - Pueblo Bulls (WSHL) Drew DeCarlo (Huntington Beach) - Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL) Lucas Demsar (South Lake Tahoe) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Brandon Derdiger (Los Angeles) - Springfield Pics (USPHL Premier) Quinn Deshler (Torrance) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Dylan Desilva (Boulder Creek) - Boston Bandits (USPHL Elite) Joe DiGiulio (San Diego) - Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL Premier) Wil Dillard (Bishop) - Gillette Wild (NA3HL) Kaigen Douglass (Mountain View) - Connecticut Chiefs (EHL) Devon Dunn (Los Angeles) - Gillette Wild (NA3HL) Ryan Elleraas (San Diego) - Northern Cyclones (USPHL Elite) Blake Emerson (Manhattan Beach) - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Quinn Emerson (Manhattan Beach) - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Arturo Escamilla (Rancho Cucamonga) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Isaac Espinosa (Lincoln) - Valley Jr. Warriors (EHL) Noah Etter (Sunnyvale) - Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) Mason Evans (Danville) - Texas RoadRunners (NA3HL) Bryan Fetz (Vacaville) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Bryson Fletcher (Rancho Santa Margarita) - Great Falls Americans (NA3HL) Luc Fox (Valencia) - Charlotte Rush (USPHL Premier) Alexander Fraboulet (Anaheim) - PAL Jr. Islanders (USPHL Premier) James Gagan (Mission Viejo) - Boston Bandits (USPHL Premier) Hunter Garant (Valencia) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Dalton Garcia (San Jose) - Wisconsin Lumberjacks (SIJHL) Hunter Garvey (San Diego) – Jamestown Rebels (NAHL) Matthew Gerst (Los Altos) - Springfield Pics (USPHL Premier) Shane Gilbert (Huntington Beach) - Ogden Mustangs (WSHL) Jackson Glassford – Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL) ! Jonah Gold (Rolling Hills Estates) – Connecticut Jr. Rangers (USPHL NCDC) Hayden Goldstein (Los Angeles) - Walpole Express (EHL) Michael Gomez (Visalia) - Valley Jr. Warriors (EHL) Bryan Gowin (Valencia) - Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (USPHL Premier) Alec Grace (Laguna Hills) - Northern Cyclones (USPHL Premier) Ryan Green (Huntington Beach) - Wisconsin Lumberjacks (SIJHL) Ben Greenlee (Temecula) - Boston Jr. Rangers (EHL) Josh Groll (San Diego) - Lincoln Stars (USHL) Alex Gunnoe (Modesto) - New York Apple Core (EHL) Dylan Gutierrez (Santa Ana) - New Jersey 87s (EHL) Cooper Haar (Huntington Beach) - Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) Keigo Hachisuka (San Diego) - Vernon Vipers (BCHL) Mason Hackel (Morgan Hill) - Railers Jr. Hockey Club (EHL) Dylan Hadfield (Westminster) - Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL) Jacob Hahn (Lake Forest) - Potomac Patriots (USPHL Premier) Hunter Hansen (Vacaville) - Minnesota Blue Ox (USPHL Premier) Jackson Hansen (Vacaville) - Boston Bandits (USPHL Elite) Joseph Harguindeguy (La Habra) - Minot Minotauros (NAHL) Luke Heimann (Ventura) - New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (USPHL NCDC) Dylan Hernandez-Ramirez (Costa Mesa) - Boston Bandits (USPHL Elite) Taylor Hiatt (Fresno) - Fresno Monsters (WSHL) Daniel Hong (Valencia) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Aidan Hreschuk (Long Beach) - U.S. Under-17 Team (USHL) Colton Huard – Chicago Steel (USHL) % #

Peyton Hughes (Northridge) - L/A Nordiques (NA3HL) Jacob Iida (Yorba Linda) - New Hampshire Avalanche (EHL) Peter Jacobs (Carlsbad) - Austin Bruins (NAHL) Parker James (Westminster) - Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) Austin Kane (Milpitas) - Twin City Thunder (USPHL Premier) Sean Kanervisto (San Diego) - North Okanagan Knights (KIJHL) Samuel Kapusta (Irvine) - San Diego Sabers (WSHL) Zakary Karpa (Newport Beach) - U.S. Under-18 Team (USHL) Huston Karpman (Manhattan Beach) - Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) Grant Kawamoto (San Jose) - Jersey Hitmen (USPHL Premier) Tanner Kelly (La Jolla) - Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) Connor Kemp (Placentia) - New Mexico Ice Wolves (NAHL) Nicholas Kent (Ladera Ranch) - Vernon Vipers (BCHL) Noah Kim (Fullerton) - Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) Tyler Kitchen (Bakersfield) - Pueblo Bulls (WSHL) John Klus (Santee) - New Ulm Steel (NA3HL) Simon Krbashyan (Fresno) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Jared Labadie (Huntington Beach) - Boston Bandits (USPHL Premier) Jordan Labbe (Pasadena) - Jersey Hitmen (USPHL Premier) Ethan Lahmon (Yorba Linda) - Amarillo Bulls (NAHL) Nicholas Lanza (Santa Clarita) - Charlestown Colonials (USPHL Elite) Erik Larsson (San Jose) - Boston Bandits (USPHL NCDC) Justin Lebouef (Canyon Country) - New Hampshire Avalanche (EHL) Tyler Leibl (Del Mar) - Waywayseecappo Wolverines (MJHL) Michael Lempiainen (Corona) - New England Stars (NA3HL) Cobi Lennex (Valencia) – Fresno Monsters (WSHL) Ivan Lodnia (Anaheim) - Niagara IceDogs (OHL) Gabel Longshore (Davis) - New York Apple Core (EHL) Jesse Lycan (San Diego) - Johnstown Tomahawks (NAHL) Peter Lychnikoff (Los Angeles) - Northern Cyclones (USPHL NCDC) Chris Maghakian (Santa Clarita) - West Sound Warriors (WSHL) Jake Maley (San Ramon) - Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL) Daylon Mannon (Fresno) - La Ronge Ice Wolves (SJHL) Colton Marcy (Carlsbad) - Butte Cobras (NA3HL) Tate Martishius (Valencia) - San Diego Sabers (WSHL) Liam Massie (Claremont) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Cameron Maycock (Claremont) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Adam Mazurowski (Modesto) - Boston Bandits (USPHL Elite) Kyle McElhaney (Yorba Linda) – Islanders Hockey Club (USPHL Premier) Adam McGill (Rancho Santa Margarita) - South Shore Kings (USPHL Premier) Derek McGrew (Orange) - Southern Oregon Spartans (WSHL) Jake McGrew (Orange) - Spokane Chiefs (WHL) Mason McIntosh (Los Angeles) - Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) Isaiah McKinney (Menlo Park) - New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (USPHL Premier) Hunter McKown (San Jose) - U.S. Under-18 Team (USHL) Tyler McNeil (Santa Clarita) – Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL) Aidan McPhee (Brea) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Ryan Meaney (Santa Clarita) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Aidan Metcalfe (Rancho Palos Verdes) - Shreveport Mudbugs (NAHL) Ulysses Mikhailov - Fresno Monsters (WSHL) ! Cameron Miller (Anaheim) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Eric Moran (Artesia) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Sam Morton (Benicia) – Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) John Mulvihill (San Juan Capistrano) - New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (USPHL NCDC) Ty Murchison (Corona) - U.S. Under-17 Team (USHL) Carson Murison (Half Moon Bay) - Bradford Bulls (GMHL) Kiel Nance (Bakersfield) - Las Vegas Thunderbirds (WSHL) Cameron Neaylon (Newark) - Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL) Tyler Nelson (Pleasanton) - Espanola Express (NOJHL) Ryan Newman (Bakersfield) - Charlotte Rush (USPHL Premier) Sean Nichols (Fontana) - Connecticut Chiefs (EHL) Jackson Niedermayer (Newport Beach) – Penticton Vees (BCHL) Harley Nyhuis (Rancho Mirage) - Great Falls Americans (NA3HL) Liam Okanski (Villa Park) - Twin City Thunder (USPHL Premier) Michael Onda (Saugus) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Luke Ormsby - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) % Jerrett Overland - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) # Jonathan Panisa (Irvine) - Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) Sahil Panwar (Cerritos) - London Knights (OHL) Preston Park (Rancho Palos Verdes) - Northern Cyclones (USPHL NCDC) Cole Parker (San Diego) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Landon Pavlisin (Orange) - Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL) Dylan Peterson (Roseville) - U.S. Under-18 Team (USHL) Zachary Pires (Orange) - Ogden Mustangs (WSHL) Jake Pisarcik (Oak Park) - Atlanta Capitals (NA3HL) Dakota Pitts (Rancho Cucamonga) - Railers Jr. Hockey Club (EHL) Adam Plager (Cypress) - Mid Cities Jr. Stars (NA3HL) Stewart Pond (San Diego) - Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL) Jayden Price (Dove Canyon) - Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) Nicholas Privitera (Sun Valley) - Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) Patrick Pugliese (Pasadena) - New Jersey Titans (NAHL) Ethan Racz (Carlsbad) – Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) Seamus Radley (San Diego) - St. Louis Jr. Blues (NA3HL) Quentin Rahimi (Tracy) - Walpole Express (EHL Premier) Tristan Rand (Valencia) - New Mexico Ice Wolves (NAHL)

Alexander Randall (San Diego) - Decatur Blaze (USPHL Premier) Nick Rashkovsky (Los Angeles) - Twin City Thunder (USPHL NCDC) Kurt Reger (Los Gatos) - Utica Jr. Comets (USPHL Premier) Alex Reyes (Anaheim Hills) - Vermont Lumberjacks (EHL Premier) Casey Rhodes (Huntington Beach) - Jersey Hitmen (USPHL NCDC) Luke Richesin (Clovis) - Great Falls Americans (NA3HL) Mitchell Rickert (Santa Rosa) - Connecticut Chiefs (EHL) Nick Robertson (Arcadia) - Peterborough Petes (OHL) Hunter Rogers (Simi Valley) - Philadelphia Hockey Club (USPHL Premier) Kanyn Rogers (Luumsden) - Pueblo Bulls (WSHL) Cole Rorick (Anaheim) - San Diego Sabers (WSHL) Kaleb Ross (Visalia) - Pueblo Bulls (WSHL) Bryce Runyan (Riverside) - Texas Brahmas (NA3HL) Emmett Rupert (Santa Barbara) - Fresno Monsters (WSHL) Luc Salem (Santa Monica) - Topeka Pilots (NAHL) Miles Salzgeber (Sherman Oaks) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) James Sandberg (Thousand Oaks) - Jersey Hitmen (USPHL Elite) Hunter Sansbury (Lomita) - Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) Henri Schreifels (Agoura Hills) - Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) Isaac Schuster (Westminster) - Westshore Wolves (VIJHL) Harrison Scott (San Jose) - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Leevi Selanne (Coto de Caza) - Texas Brahmas (NA3HL) Jackson Seltenreich (San Jose) - Cold Lake Hornets (WSHL) Sohrab Shamloo (San Jose) - Rochester Monarchs (USPHL NCDC) Ian Shane (Manhattan Beach) - Chicago Steel (USHL) Tyler Shea (Stevenson Ranch) - Austin Bruins (NAHL) Phillip Shemyakin (Mission Viejo) - Charlotte Rush (USPHL Premier) Cody Sherman (San Diego) - Tri-City Storm (USHL) Tyler Shetland (Laguna Hills) - Wisconsin Lumberjacks (SIJHL) Mattias Sholl (Hermosa Beach) - Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL) Liam Smiley (San Diego) - Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL Elite) Connor Smith (Rancho Santa Margarita) - Neepawa Natives (MJHL) Cooper Smyl (Fairfield) - Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) James Spaargaren (San Diego) - Rochester Monarchs (USPHL NCDC) James Stefan (Laguna Beach) - Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Riley Stern (Simi Valley) - Atlanta Capitals (NA3HL) Jered Stevenson (Stockton) - Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (USPHL Premier) Chad Storey (South Lake Tahoe) - Steamboat Wranglers (WSHL) Jake Sumner (Alta Loma) - Willmar WarHawks (NA3HL) Logan Sutton (Huntington Beach) - Utica Jr. Comets (USPHL Premier) Kaelan Taylor (Oceanside) - Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) Dante Terramani (Monterey Park) - New Jersey 87s (EHL) Todd Thompson, Jr. (San Jose) - Dallas Snipers (WSHL) Nicholas Tivy (Ventura) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Nick Torres (Long Beach) - Great Falls Americans (NA3HL) Tanner Turcotte (Huntington Beach) - Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) Drake Usher (Upland) - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Brent Valentine (Newport Beach) - East Coast Wizards (EHL) Justin Vickers (Murrieta) - New Jersey 87s (EHL) Greg Viehmeyer (Del Mar) - Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (USPHL Elite) David Vieten (Calabasas) - West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL) Drew Vieten (Calabasas) - West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL) Alex Villa (Anaheim) - Kerry Park Islanders (VIJHL) Hunter Voyles (Aliso Viejo) - Boston Bandits (USPHL Elite) Jack Walsh (Oceanside) - Connecticut Jr. Rangers (USPHL Premier) Tristan Warr (Valencia) - Valencia Flyers (WSHL) Brayden Watts (Bakersfield) - Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) Jakob Wepman (Studio City) - New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (USPHL NCDC) Dustin Wolf (Tustin) - Everett Silvertips (WHL) Coalson Wolford (San Jose) - Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) Ethan Wolthers (Valencia) - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Wyatt Wong (Glendale) - Rockets Hockey Club (USPHL Premier) Jackson Wozniak (Cypress) - Grand Prairie Storm (AJHL) Kurt Yano (Orange) - Lansing Wolves (USPHL Premier) Lucas Yovetich (Los Angeles) - London Nationals (GOJHL) Alan Yu (Baldwin Park) - Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL)

PREP SCHOOL Max Abramson (Pacific Palisades) – Bishop’s College School Carter Anastasia (Sierra Madre) - Tahoe Prep Academy Colby Arioto (Fresno) - Tahoe Prep Academy Colton Bertagna (Chico) - Tahoe Prep Academy Blake Bishop (Temecula) - Tahoe Prep Academy Ian Bowman (Palm Desert) - Tahoe Prep Academy Alexander Boyko (Rocklin) – Tahoe Prep Academy Shai Buium (San Diego) – Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sam Deckhut (San Diego) – Salisbury Prep Bobby Doukov (Seal Beach) - Tahoe Prep Academy Tyler Dunkel (Burbank) - Tahoe Prep Academy Cameron Dunnigan (Bakersfield) – Tahoe Prep Academy Nikko Escobar (Ventura) – Tahoe Prep Academy Ezra Gale (Pomona) – Hoosac School Aidan Garcia (Burbank) – The Groton School Andre Gasseau (Los Angeles) – Shattuck-St. Mary’s Jacob Halliday (Valencia) – St. Paul’s

Tyler Herr (Huntington Beach) – Culver Academy Grant Kaplan (Sherman Oaks) – Brooks School Leo Kaplan (Sherman Oaks) – Brooks School Tristan Lam (Arcadia) – Bishop’s College School Noah Leibl (Del Mar) – Shawnigan Lake School Drew Mazza (Mission Viejo) - Tahoe Prep Academy Seth McKenna (Moorpark) – Tilton School Zach Mojarro (Bishop) – The Gunnery Brian Morse (Fresno) – The Gunnery Josh Niedermayer (Newport Beach) – Okanagan Hockey Academy Jacob Nordorf (Gardena) – Tahoe Prep Academy Ellis O’Dowd (Santa Barbara) – Tahoe Prep Academy Ben Palmersheim (Palm Springs) - Tahoe Prep Academy Luke Peterson (Moorpark) – The Gunnery Quinn Proctor (South Lake Tahoe) – Tahoe Prep Academy Garrett Reagan (San Jose) - Tahoe Prep Academy Ross Roloson (Newport Beach) – Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep Kai Schumann (Sacramento) - Tahoe Prep Academy Chase Sechrist (Santa Rosa) – Tahoe Prep Academy Dylan Silverstein (Calabasas) – Dexter Southfield Steven Soos (Pasadena) – The Winchendon School Simon Thue (San Jose) – Millbrook School Weston Turner (Granite Bay) - The Groton School Bradley Wang (Arcadia) – Choate Rosemary Hall

NEVADA PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY Michael McNicholas (Reno) - Maine Mariners (ECHL) Zach Pochiro (Las Vegas) – Esbjerg EfB Ishockey (Denmark) Joey Raats (Las Vegas) - Briancon (France) Bryce Reddick (Las Vegas) - Cardiff Devils (United Kingdom) Gage Quinney (Las Vegas) - Chicago Wolves (AHL) Joe Sullivan (Las Vegas) - Indy Fuel (ECHL) Derek Sutliffe (Las Vegas) - Evansville Thunderbolts (SPHL) Cory Ward (Las Vegas) - Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) Jason Zucker (Las Vegas) - Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

COLLEGE HOCKEY NCAA DIVISION I – MEN Brennan Blaszczak (Las Vegas) – Alaska (WCHA) Dominic Garcia (Las Vegas) - Arizona State (Independent) Brendan Harris (Henderson) - Bemidji State (WCHA) Graham McPhee (Las Vegas) - Boston College (Hockey East) NCAA DIVISION II – MEN Vito Carlo (Las Vegas) – Franklin Pierce (Northeast-10) NCAA DIVISION III – MEN Gage Roberts (Las Vegas) – Nazareth (UCHC)

JUNIOR HOCKEY Erik Atchison (Las Vegas) - Spokane Chiefs (WHL) Steven Avalone (Las Vegas) - Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) Hunter Barto (Las Vegas) - Minnesota Moose (USPHL Premier) Rhett Bruckner (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas Thunderbirds (WSHL) Caleb Day (Las Vegas) - Cold Lake Hornets (WSHL) Brenden Fehlig (Las Vegas) – Coulee Region Chill (NA3HL) Luke Fundator (Las Vegas) - Sheridan Hawks (NA3HL) Ty Gartzke (Las Vegas) - Decatur Blaze (USPHL Premier) Bryce Gould (Las Vegas) - New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (USPHL Premier) Aidan McNabb (Las Vegas) - Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (USPHL Premier) Hunter Meyer (Las Vegas) - Northern Cyclones (USPHL Elite) Gunner Moore (Las Vegas) - Atlanta Capitals (NA3HL) Jackson Oleson (Stateline) - Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL) Jerrett Overland (Las Vegas) - Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Cody Printzen (Las Vegas) - Fresno Monsters (WSHL) Danny Ramos (Las Vegas) - Gillette Wild (NA3HL) Caesar Redoble (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas Thunderbirds (WSHL) Anthony Rodriguez (Henderson) - Las Vegas Thunderbirds (WSHL) Cameron Sylvester (Las Vegas) - Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL Elite) Blade Taylor (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas Thunderbirds (WSHL) Joe Terrana (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas Thunderbirds (WSHL) Gabe Testa (Las Vegas) - South Muskoka Shield (GMHL) Matthew Valdez (Las Vegas) - Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL) % former Los Angeles Jr. King + former California Titan * former LA Select ! former San Jose Jr. Shark # former Anaheim Jr. Duck $ former Anaheim Lady Duck



Rogers excelling at Tahoe Prep after move from Montana By Greg Ball


or Braylon Rogers, the opportunity to advance his hockey development and challenge himself academically at Tahoe Prep Academy was a no-brainer. A 16-year-old junior who plays goalie for Tahoe Prep’s varsity team, he is in his first year with the academy after relocating from his native Montana and a little more than five months into his time in Tahoe, he feels confident he made the right decision. He previously played for the Billings Jr. Bulls in Montana’s largest city and was introduced to Tahoe Prep during a CCM Showcase event in Denver last year. After a visit to the magnificent lakeside campus, he knew he was destined to wear the purple and white. “I really liked it right off the bat, and it felt like a good environment for me to continue to develop,” Rogers said. “I’d like to move on to the next level in my hockey career, and I knew that if I wanted to get serious about that, I would have to leave Montana to improve. I think that it has worked out really well. It’s a lot smaller here than Billings, but it’s the same type of environment living in the forest with tall trees.” Rogers started playing hockey at the early age of 4, and first tried playing goalie during his Pee Wee years. On the Tahoe Prep varsity team, Rogers said he’s enjoying the new level of competition in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League and the

San Jose Sharks High School League. In the Sharks league, he had played eight games through mid-February and had a record of 4-0-1 with 98 saves and a 2.42 goals-against average, and he has also excelled in the Ducks league. “The hockey in these two leagues is

work on stick handling and playing the puck more. I’m kind of a rink rat, so being on the ice every day is perfect for me.” Rogers said that the academic approach at Tahoe Prep has been a great fit for him as well. With a blend of traditional classroom learning at Tahoe South High School and online classes, he is able to keep up with his academic workload even with traveling all over California for games. “My grades have improved since I’ve come to Tahoe Prep, and that makes my parents really happy,” Rogers said. “We get a lot of help from our academic advisors to stay on track, and I five times better than it Montana native Braylon Rogers has taken his game between the pipes to take advantage of our another level since arriving at Tahoe Prep Academy. Photo/Ed Fritz was in Montana – the study halls. There’s competition is a lot faster and more skilled,” Rogers said, just a lot more support here than you typically find at adding that being able to spend five days a week on the your average public school. ice every week of the season has played a big part in “Tahoe Prep is a good place to develop on the ice helping him improve his skills quickly. “My strengths are and off the ice. Being here has definitely helped me angles and tracking the puck, and I know that I need to achieve my academic goals and my goals on the ice.”


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Position: Goaltender, Colorado College (NCHC, NCAA D-I) Hometown: Coto de Caza California Youth Teams: LA Selects, Orange County Hockey Club California Rubber: Do you have a favorite hockey memory from your time playing in California? Ryan Ruck: My 14U year, I was playing with Eric Comrie, Chase DeLeo and many other outstanding players on the Selects (in 2009). We went up to Alaska for regionals and won. Then we went to Frisco, Tex., for nationals. Ryan Siroky broke his femur. It was gruesome. But one of the coolest things was how the team rallied around him. I remember him being in a wheelchair holding the trophy up. Even the team photo at the end, he was holding that trophy. I have a mouse pad made from that picture. CR: Who were some of your hockey influences? RR: From a team perspective, those coaches – Rick Kelly, Bill Comrie and Sandy Gasseau – were incredible. From a goalie perspective, James Jensen helped me a ton. And being able to skate with and learn from Eric Comrie, even though he was a year younger than me. His time management from a young age was incredible. There were other goalies I competed against, such as Reed Kinsey, who always found a way even though he was shorter, and Merrick Madsen, who was on the other end – he’s a giant. They proved the most important thing was work ethic. CR: When you return to California, do you have a go-to meal? RR: I hope there aren’t scouts reading this, but as soon as I leave the airport, I have to grab In-N-Out. And any type of Mexican food in California is a treat. There’s a place in Trabuco Canyon called Miguel’s and they make unbelievable tamales. I always make it a goal to get that. At In-N-Out, it’s a double-double with fries and the pink lemonade. CR: Are you particular about any of your gear? RR: I used to be. I learned from Eric (Comrie). He was custom ordering pads at 12 years old. Even though he was younger, I still looked up to him. I got really into specs, what the pros wear and why. Why a strap is better than another. Once I wore Reebok pads in Des Moines (USHL), I just kept them. I wore a Brown chest guard, like (former LA Kings goalie) Jamie Storr did, until my senior year. Then I tried some new things – Bauer pads and the Vaughn chest guard. They’re unbelievably light. I finally just switched. Now I go with the flow. I wear True skates. They do a molding of your foot. The first time I put them on, my feet didn’t hurt. It’s always good to try out new things and see if you like them. CR: Did you have a favorite player growing up? RR: (Anaheim Ducks goalie) Jean-Sebastien Giguere, because I got to see him in person so many times, both practicing and playing. What really resonated with me was in 2007, I believe his daughter was just born and having an eye complication. Ilya Bryzgalov had to play a whole series but ‘Jiggy’ battled back and won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks. That resiliency really stuck with me. CR: What is one thing people may not realize about college hockey? RR: The biggest thing is the time management and the time commitment to get everything done. Keeping up with school and practice, it takes up an enormous amount of dedication to get everything you want done in a day. You’re going from Point A to Point B as fast as you can. No one ever told me how detailed you have to be. I had to set my clock ahead five minutes and set up a daily schedule so I wasn’t that late guy. Photo/Colorado College Athletics


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