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FROM THE EDITOR Holidays are the perfect time to reflect on family, goals, hockey


es, it’s that time of year. The decorations are up, the lights are bright, the food is aplenty and family time is at an all-time high. Smiles are everywhere and for the most part, everyone seems to be in a jolly mood. As we approach the end of 2018 with the holiday season and look forward to an even better 2019, let’s all take the time to just enjoy the moment. Kick back, relax and take in all that life has given you – and all that is to come. There is always something special and magical about this time of year. The holidays have a funny way of making that happen, you know? So as we move in to 2019, make time to reflect Matt Mackinder on all that went well in 2018, what dreams you want to make a reality in 2019 and of course, don’t forget about hockey. The sport slows down a bit for the holidays, but stay in touch with the game at all levels. For those playing in holiday tournaments in the coming days, play hard, play the right way, and leave it all on the ice. From all of us with California Rubber Magazine, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! In light of the recent devastation caused by the California wildfires, the Los Angeles Kings and AEG Sports have donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross. “The recent fires have caused our community and our state incredible and unimaginable damage,” said AEG president-CEO Dan Beckerman. “AEG continues to thank those who have worked tirelessly to help combat the fires. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered hardships. We are making this donation to the America Red Cross in honor of the first responders and all who have been impacted. We are also encouraging our fans and our supporters to help by making donations as well.” Red Cross volunteers are supporting evacuation centers to provide safe refuge for people impacted by these devastating fires. Additionally, they are also providing meals, health services, spiritual care, comfort and other support for affected residents. To donate, visit

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The Anaheim Ducks are not going anywhere any time soon. Last month, the Anaheim City Council passed a multi-faceted agreement that includes extending the partnership between the Ducks and the city of Anaheim for at least 25 more years. The deal solidifies the Ducks continued commitment to the city through at least 2048. Five years remain on the initial agreement. As part of the agreement, the team’s name will remain the “Anaheim Ducks” for the duration of the partnership. “We are certainly thrilled that our Ducks have a strong and secure future here in Anaheim and are excited to further enhance our partnership with the city and its residents,” said Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli. “We believe that Anaheim is a truly special place and appreciate the city’s clear commitment to remain a leading sports and entertainment destination.” A pair of California natives and former Los Angeles Jr. Kings have announced their NCAA Division I commitments to play for ECAC Hockey schools as Alexander Krause (Calabasas, Dartmouth College) and Kaelan Taylor (Oceanside, Clarkson University) will head east in the future. Krause, a 2001-born forward, is playing at Connecticut’s Loomis Chaffee prep school this season, while Taylor, a ’99 and also a former San Diego Jr. Gull, is skating for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints. Congrats to both! Earlier this month, the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team claimed a thrilling 5-4 victory over Canada in the championship game of the 2018 Para Hockey Cup, winning the title in London, Ont. With the win, the U.S. finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0-0-0 record and its fifth straight title in the event. San Pedro native Ralph DeQuebec was a part of the title-winning club and was also a member of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.

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For Colin Magdon, a player with the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights’ 8U team, he’s vowing to overcome his cancer battle and return to the ice as quickly as possible. More on Magdon on Page 19.

ON THE COVER California natives skating for the nationally-ranked University of Denver squad this season include, pictured from left to right, Cole Guttman (Los Angeles), Kyle Mayhew (Anaheim Hills), Tyson McLellan (San Jose), Devin Cooley (Los Gatos), Jake Durflinger (Walnut Creek) and Slava Demin (Cypress). Photo/Linneya Gardner/University of Denver

California Rubber Magazine - December 2018  

The December issue of California Rubber Magazine, featuring California natives playing NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Denver,...

California Rubber Magazine - December 2018  

The December issue of California Rubber Magazine, featuring California natives playing NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Denver,...