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FROM THE EDITOR The holidays are a special time to enjoy family, food, hockey
h yes, it’s that time of year once again – the joyful holiday season. I’ll be honest here – I love this part of the calendar. People seem to have an extra spring in their step and kids seem to be on their best behavior. There seems to be magic associated with the holidays and it’s like that yet again this year. It’s time to plan holiday get-togethers, to see family members that you only see a couple times a year, to mow down exorbitant amounts of food, to reminisce about years gone by, what’s ahead, and to make plans for the upcoming year. Matt Mackinder Not to be lost in all of these festivities is the fact that hockey goes on. Whether that means youth tournaments, college and junior games or NHL games, hockey is as much a part of the holidays as Santa Claus, Ralphie, Buddy the Elf and the Grinch. Simply put – Happy Holidays, and keep those skates sharpened! Several Bay Area-based alumni of the San Jose Sharks announced last month the formal launch of the Sharks Alumni Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to giving back to the Bay Area communities and helping improve the lives of others. Initial members of the Sharks Alumni Foundation include Foundation president and board member Douglas Murray, board members Scott Hannan, David Maley and Rob Zettler, along with Jamie Baker, Dan Boyle, Curtis Brown, Bryan Marchment, Kyle McLaren, Evgeni Nabokov, Owen Nolan, Tom Pederson, Mike Rathje, Mike Ricci, Mark Smith and Doug Wilson - most of whom reside in the Bay Area. “While playing for the Sharks, many of us fell in love with the Bay Area and have made it our home,” said Murray. “The Sharks Alumni Foundation will allow us an opportunity to give back to those in our community who need assistance.” More details regarding the Sharks Alumni Foundation will be announced in the coming weeks. Former Los Angeles Jr. Kings forward Kailer Yamamoto was one of 28 players named to the preliminary roster for the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team on Dec. 5. The group is auditioning for a spot on the final 23-man roster that will represent the United States in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which will run from Dec. 26, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018 in Buffalo. Yamamoto made his NHL debut in October as a member of the Edmonton Oilers and recorded three assists in nine games. He has since returned to juniors with the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs. Earlier this year, the Oilers signed Yamamoto, who was picked in the first round (22nd overall) by the club in the 2017 NHL Draft, to a threeyear entry-level contract. Go get ‘em, Kailer! USA all the way! In a Facebook post by UCLA Hockey on Dec. 5, it was announced that team captain Nick Katzaroff is unfortunately done with the game. “It is with great regret that UCLA senior captain Nick Katzaroff will no longer be playing hockey,” read the announcement. “Nick suffered a career-ending neck injury playing in our game against WSU (Washington State). However, we are very grateful that Nick is still able to walk and will make a full recovery. Nick has been the heart and soul of this team since his freshman season. He has devoted his college years to turn this team into a winning program. Nick has captained this team for two years, but will always remain a leader in this program. He will be greatly missed on the ice, as his presence helped his team capture recognition around the league. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick and his family, as he begins his road to recovery, and we look forward to seeing him on campus very soon.”
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Los Angeles native and Jr. Kings graduate Cole Guttman has his NCAA Division I commitment in place, signing a National Letter of Intent last month with the University of Denver, the defending national champion. More on Guttman on Page 7. Photo/USHL
ON THE COVER Three California natives from the SPHL’s Macon Mayhem celebrate last season’s President’s Cup championship recently at the Macon Coliseum in Central Georgia. Pictured, from left to right, are Daniel Gentzler, Jeff Sanders and John Siemer. Photo/Bryan Meeks/Orbicular Media
For the Love of the Game Camaraderie, passion for hockey helps Californians excel in overlooked minor-league markets By Chris Bayee
nce hockey grabs ahold of you, there is no telling where it might take you. Players from California are no different than anywhere else – everyone would love to play at the highest level possible. There isn’t one template for that, but there are patterns – play AAA hockey and then juniors. For some, the path leads to college. A handful are drafted, learn the pro game in the American Hockey League and eventually get a chance to play in the NHL. But what about the dozens of Californians who play pro hockey in outposts such as Macon, Ga., Evansville, Ind., Winston-Salem, N.C., Fayetteville, Ark., or Birmingham, Ala., to name a few? They play in leagues named Southern Pro or Federal with dreams of reaching the ECHL, or “The Coast” – two steps from the NHL. Who are these players and what motivates them to continue playing, often for salaries barely more than $1,000 per month? California Rubber Magazine spoke with six players from the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) and Federal Hockey League (FHL), including four from the defending SPHL champion Macon Mayhem, and a fifth who was traded from the team earlier this season. Their stories speak to the innate competitive spirit of hockey players, an unbridled passion for the sport, and a matter-of-fact approach to overcoming adversity and inconvenience.
NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT
The Mayhem’s run to the SPHL’s President’s Cup last spring epitomized a rags-to-riches story. The second-year Baldwin Park native John Siemer is an accomplished inline hockey franchise rose from the player in California and is suiting up this season for the SPHL’s Ma- ashes of a second-tocon Mayhem this season. Photo/Bryan Meeks/Orbicular Media last-place finish as an expansion team in 2015-16 to league champion (losing only 13 games in regulation in the process). The Mayhem rolled through the playoffs with a 6-1 record. A pivotal player in the Mayhem’s success is its captain, Daniel Gentzler, simply known as “Gudge.” The Manhattan Beach native was one of Macon’s leading scorers. The 1990 birth year was part of a cohort of California players who grew up playing ice and roller hockey. His club resume includes the El Segundo Regents, Long Beach Ice Dogs and Anaheim Wildcats before finishing his Midget days playing AAA for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings. A tough and willing player, he had two seasons of 40-plus points in Junior A hockey before playing four seasons of NCAA Division I hockey at Colgate University. The third-year pro has made a few cameos in the ECHL, but largely has been a fixture in Macon since the franchise’s inception. “I’m still having fun playing, and the goal is to play until I’m no longer having fun,” Gentzler said. “I thought seriously about (retiring) last summer. The longer I waited, the more it pulled me back. I had a couple of job interviews, but I wasn’t ready to commit to a 9-to-5 work week. I had to come back.” At another point on the spectrum is Macon defenseman Jeff Sanders. A 1988 birth year, the San Jose native had a similar AAA pedigree with the Jr. Sharks, but the comparison ends there. After brief stints in the Manitoba and Superior International Junior Leagues in Canada, he returned home to briefly play club hockey for San Jose State before joining a friend at Utah State and playing three more years of ACHA hockey. Sanders, however, had to deal with a detour that dwarfed hockey. Over a period of time, he become increasingly reliant on prescription pills. “I needed to take some time off,” he said. “I ended up in a three-month outpatient 6
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rehab. From there, I got back in hockey as a coach in the San Jose area. That helped turn things around.” From 2012-14, Sanders coached youth teams and played with his buddies. Then, as he says, “I got the itch to play again.” He found an opportunity in New Zealand, then another in Germany. Upon his return to the United States, a friend told him of a team in the FHL that needed a defenseman. Sanders mostly had played forward to that point, but went to the tryout and made the expansion Berkshire Battalion and also served as an assistant coach for part of the season. He ended up being selected the league’s Defenseman of the Year and made another expansion team – Macon – in 2015-16. “I’ve gotten to see some pretty cool places,” Sanders said. The California contingent in Macon doubled last season two more players from Southern California joined the team. John Siemer (Baldwin Park) is one of the state’s more accomplished inline hockey players, and he represented Team USA at the IIHF World Inline Championships in 2013. The 1992 birth year is a regular on the summer inline tournament series. He also played some AAA hockey with the California Stars and Jr. Kings before playing for four junior teams in three leagues over three seasons and landing at Northern Michigan University. He played primarily for Macon last season, though he did have three ECHL call-ups, and scored nearly a point per game for the Mayhem. “From Northern, I didn’t even know if I was going to keep playing,” the forward said. “I decided in June when I talked to Greenville in the ECHL. I started in Greenville, later got called up Wheeling, and Quad Cities. I was in Macon for the rest of the season.” A longtime friend, Eric Shand, had just finished a sterling NCAA Division III career at Wisconsin-Superior when the defenseman received a call from Siemer. “After my last game, John gave me a call – we’d played with and against each other growing up. We hadn’t spoken for a few years,” said Shand, a ’92 from San Dimas. “He was the one who was the advocate to come to Macon. “Thank goodness I picked this place. I’ve had a great time playing with these guys. It seemed like a good fit.” A fifth Californian, Tomas Sholl, started this season in Macon before getting traded to Evansville. “It was pretty cool being with ‘Gudge’ and ‘Siems’ a little bit,” the 1994 birth year from Hermosa Beach said. “They were a big part of the reason why I landed in Macon.” A long-time Jr. King, Sholl graduated from Bowling Green University last spring and actually attended the LA Kings’ prospect and rookie camps. He wasn’t quite ready to hang up his goalie gear. “Hockey’s been a big part of my life and it’s still a passion,” he said. “I thought when I graduated if I played for a few years there will still be a job. It doesn’t work the other way. While I can play, I feel like I might as well give it a shot.” It didn’t take long for Sholl to have a “welcome to the pros” moment, however. “Right before I got traded, our team in Macon played in Evans- Eric Shand, a San Dimas native, started this season with the SPHL’s ville,” he said. “I got Macon Mayhem and was recently called up to play for the ECHL’s Rapid City Rush. Photo/Bryan Meeks/Orbicular Media traded the next week. So I rode home on the bus, then loaded up my car and drove right back (almost 500 miles) a few days later.” Then there is Justin Apcar-Blaszak. A 1988 birth year from Valley Village, Continued on Page 9
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LA native, NHL pick Guttman growing into USHL captaincy “I learned a lot from Coach Lammers,” Guttman said. “I’ve added my own spin to it. We have a great group of leaders this season. “Coach David is a hard worker who really cares about his team. He’s really into watching video and helping you perfect the small areas of your game.”
ning in the sixth round in June, signed his NLI with defending national champion Denver in November. his has not been a bad year for Cole Guttman. He had previously committed to NCHC rival St. Cloud He has: State, but de-committed earlier in the fall. • Been named captain of his United States Hockey “I have nothing but great things to say about St. League (USHL) team. Cloud, but I’m really excited about Denver,” he said. • Been selected in the NHL Draft. “It’s closer to home, and I liked what (Denver coach) • Signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play Jim Montgomery had to say. I liked how he and NCAA Division I hockey. his staff develop players, and their style of play fits • Represented the United States at this month’s mine. World Junior A Challenge. “Add in their history and what they’ve done, winAll of that said, it hasn’t been an easy season for ning championships, and there was a huge appeal.” the Los Angeles native. He’s still putting up points Guttman’s next adventure took him and former (11 through Dubuque’s first 17 games after 54 in LA Selects and LA Jr. Kings teammate Jack St. 53 games during the 2016-17 season), but wearIvany, a defenseman for the Sioux Falls Stampede ing the ‘C’ is stretching him. who has committed to Yale, to Truro, Nova Scotia, “He’s had some growing to do into the role,” to play for Team USA in the Junior A Challenge, said his coach, fellow Californian Oliver David. which can be a precursor to playing in the World “When you’re playing in the USHL, or anywhere, Junior Championship in ensuing years. and you return, there are going to be expectations. “It is an honor to put on that jersey and represent The previous year is not always an accurate gauge your country,” Guttman said. for the way things will go. That experience no doubt will stretch Guttman “Add the responsibility of being a captain and further, playing against many of the top players in the way the league is going in terms of parity, es- Cole Guttman wears the ‘C’ for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints this sea- the world at his age, but he’s well equipped for it, pecially in the Eastern Conference, and it’s a chal- son and ‘has done a nice job responding to that challenge,’ says Dubuque David said. lenge. Cole’s had a big role in leading us on the ice coach Oliver David. Photo/Stephen Gassman Photography/Dubuque Fighting Saints “He’s improving on his all-around competitiveand no time to rest because every game is so competiGuttman favors taking a quiet approach to his ness,” the coach said. “You’re not going to survive on tive. His level has had to raise from game to game, and leadership role, but he will speak up when the situa- the ice in this year’s USHL if you’re not consistently he’s done a nice job responding to that challenge.” tion calls for it. It can be a delicate balancing act. trying to win races, not consistently attempting to win David is the second head coach Guttman has “I try not to speak too much when it’s not wanted,” the stick battles. There’s not a lot of time and space. played for in Dubuque, and he said he’s taken nuggets he said. “I like to lead by example. I will let guys know “Like it or not, it’s raise your game or fall to the from him and former Saints coach Jason Lammers, what they’re doing well and add constructive criticism wayside, and Cole’s not going to let that happen. who is leading a massive turnaround at NCAA D-I Ni- when needed.” That’s a strength, strength of character.” agara University this season. Guttman, who was picked by the Tampa Bay LightWhich is what every team wants in its captain. By Chris Bayee
Orgel makes mid-season move from junior to NCAA champions By Chris Bayee
yan Orgel has always excelled in the transition game, but the defenseman from El Segundo has embarked upon his biggest transition yet. When an opportunity knocked to jump from the North American Hockey League into Division I hockey, the 1997 birth year did just that, joining defending national champion Denver the week of Thanksgiving. The school operates on a quarter system, so Orgel was eligible to play when the Pioneers resumed their schedule in early December. Denver had scouted Orgel, who was off to a strong start with the Lone Star Brahmas. The coaching staff offered him a spot on Nov. 19 and two days later, he was practicing with the team in Denver. “It was a pretty easy decision because this is where I’ve always wanted to play,” Orgel said. “But it’s a unique situation joining the team midseason, but my new teammates have been so welcoming.” Orgel had seven points in 11 games with the Brahmas after 32 in 59 games for Wichita Falls last season. He spent his youth hockey career mainly with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings, but completed it with the California Titans’ 16U AAA team. “Being part of the Jr. Kings for most of my youth hockey career is something I’m grateful for,” Orgel said. “I got to experience things that created memories I’ll have the rest of my life. The whole journey in California was invaluable.” Orgel, who also spent time with the LA Selects, said one of his coaches there, Bill Comrie, was instrumental in his development. “He helped me so much as a 14-year-old moving into the next stage of my career,” Orgel said. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Orgel has a skill set that fits Denver’s template for defensemen. “I like getting up in the play and being a shooter,” he said. “I have a simplicity to my game in the defensive zone, where I like to get the puck and make a crisp first pass.” Orgel joins a Pioneers team that has three other Californians on its roster – sophomore Tyson McLellan and freshmen Jake Durflinger and Devin Cooley.
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Life in the Minors
SPHL, FHL providing professional hockey opportunities for several California natives Continued from Page 6 Apcar-Blaszak grew up playing goalie for a variety of Los Angeles-area clubs – the Burbank Golden Bears, Valencia Express and Sylmar Tigers among them. As a Midget, he transitioned to defense and played for the West Valley Wolves. In between, he played Bantam hockey in the Toronto area. Apcar-Blaszak won an ACHA national championship with College of the Canyons in 2011. He also has a roller hockey background and coaches youth hockey every opportunity he can. After school, he spent a few years running the in-house program at Valley Ice Center, coaching a roller hockey team in Pacific Palisades and giving lessons. One of his students happened
for a night. “We’re in the community a lot,” Sanders said. “We read to kids and over the holidays, we’re helping with food drives, packing up boxes. We’re trying to build up hockey here. It was in Macon at one time, then it went away.” It might even mean stepping into the squared circle for some rasslin.’ “We had a promo for a pro wrestling match – there were probably 900 fans,” Apcar-Blaszak recalled. “The team was invited, and the ‘good guy’ was wearing our jersey. Fifteen players were involved, pulling guys between the ropes, messing with the referee. “Beforehand, the wrestlers told us to entertain. We had six guys in the ring at once. My roommate jumped up and dropped elbows on the bad guy. It was fun.” There is a strong social component to the game at this level, and the players agree there is an entertainment element to what they’re doing. “Our fans are hockey fanatics,” Gentzler said. “They enjoy the rough stuff. They’re learning the game every time they come.” In lands where football is king, the players said attendance usually picks up once the high school and college football seasons end. Hockey’s physical nature can’t be oversold. “Everybody loves the fighting,” Siemer said. “Everyone feeds off that. Luckily, I play on a line with one of the best fighters in the league. I get a little more room because of him, but I have to keep my head up.”
is 12 hours. If we have a three-game series in Danville, we will leave at midnight Thursday, drive straight through, grab a pregame nap and be at the rink at 5, then play three nights in a row and load up the bus. “Fortunately, our coach bus is being converted into a sleeper bus.” Sanders said the trips don’t bother him. “We have a sleeper bus and it has TVs, plus the boosters always give us a lot of food,” he said. “We find ways to pass time.”
As enjoyable as this hockey life can be, every player wants to get called up. It’s happened for Gentzler, Sanders and Siemer, and it’s in the sights of the others. “There isn’t a big skill jump from the SP to the Coast,” Siemer said. “I believe it’s the mentality. The biggest (onice) difference is the defense. Not only are they a bit more skilled, they’re just bigger.” Added Gentzler: “I wanted to play at the highest level possible for myself. When I was called up, I enjoyed it and did what I could. I could play stress-free because I knew it was just for a period of time and I didn’t have to worry about getting cut. “It’s challenging when you go to a new team, but you just try to work hard and fit in, do what they ask you to do. You play a different role. (In Macon), I’m involved in all
PLUSES AND MINUSES
Valley Village product Justin Apcar-Blaszak won an ACHA national championship in 2011 with the College of the Canyons and now skates for the FHL’s Carolina Thunderbirds. Photo/Carolina Thunderbirds
to be the son of hockey agent Allan Walsh, who noted Apcar-Blaszak’s skating ability and asked him if he wanted to play professionally. “One thing led to another and I ended up in Sweden (in 2013),” Apcar-Blaszak said. “That transitioned my life. If I didn’t do that, I’d just be coaching. I still have that passion to coach.” And coach he does. An entrepreneurial spirit, Apcar-Blaszak runs clinics and appears at camps as often as he can. He’s in his third season in the FHL and first with the Carolina Thunderbirds, who are based in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is also the team’s captain. “Hockey’s hockey – it’s just hanging out with the boys, doing what you love,” he said. “Being in this situation, I’ve had to work for this. Being a goalie for so long, I’ve had to create everything. “Being a hockey player has given me so much life experience. I’m so appreciative of what it’s given me.”
PART OF THE COMMUNITY
In areas where hockey is less indigenous, it is vital for teams and players to become immersed in the community. That might be manifest by speaking at schools or groups, it might mean serving as waiters in a restaurant
When you’re there, you’re family. The teams’ fan clubs are a critical part of life in these minors, where the average salaries start from the low $200s per week and can reach into the $400s. Teams have a weekly salary cap in the low $5,000s and usually carry 17-20 players (two goalies and 15 skaters dress). The team pays for housing and utilities. “The only thing we have to pay for is our food and cell phones,” Sholl said. “All of the guys live in the same apartment complex. We get treated well. The booster clubs put together events or dinners for the players. Even after practice, we’ll walk into the locker room, and the boosters have made us veggie trays.” The friendliness of the fans has left an impression on Shand, too. “All the people around the team are super nice,” he said. “Before road trips, everyone gets their own snack bag. You tell them what you like at the beginning of the season and you’ll find goodie bags in your stall full of Powerade, beef jerky, protein bars or candy, whatever you want. Southern hospitality is no joke.” One challenge can be finding a place to practice. When other events take over the Macon Coliseum, the Mayhem’s options are drive at least 90 minutes to Columbus, Ga., to the next nearest rink or go to a local gym for a team workout or to take a spin class. “Monster Jam was in our building one weekend recently,” Shand said. “We didn’t have ice to practice on for a week. There’s ways we keep busy and stay moving, but obviously there are other things that are going on.” Most teams play in venues with capacities close to – and some significantly more than – 6,000. Some markets have stand-alone ice rinks for practice options. One thing that isn’t optional is bus travel. It’s OK in the SPHL, which has most of its teams in Southeast, save for Evansville and Peoria, Ill. In the FHL, Carolina is the southern-most outpost, and road trips include jaunts to Southern Ontario, Michigan and Upstate New York. “Our trips are brutal,” Apcar-Blaszak said. “We lose one day a week when we travel because our shortest trip
Jeff Sanders is a San Jose native who grew up playing for the Jr. Sharks youth program and San Jose State University and now hones his craft with the SPHL’s Macon Mayhem. Photo/Bryan Meeks/Orbicular Media
situations.” Whether a call-up happens or not, the players agreed it’s a special time in their lives. They’re paid to play a game they love, they’re seeing new places and building friendships. “Hockey has changed my life,” Sanders said. “If I needed to get out of a tough situation in life, I could always show up and the rink and see my buddies. It always helped. “Playing with people from all over the place, it gives you goose bumps to hear everyone’s journey. We’re all here for the same reason. “I’m the happiest guy in the world when I get to the rink.” CARubberHockey.com
Culturama ranks OneHockey top-five North American event By Kevin Conway
or the players, parents and fans who’ve reveled in the OneHockey Experience since 2003, it’s easy for them to understand why it’s considered the world leader of the hockey tournament industry. When it comes to overall organization, on-ice competition and in-game entertainment, OneHockey undeniably has no equal. Now a burgeoning sports media company has come to the realization what thousands of youth hockey teams and families from across North America and Europe have understood for nearly 15 years. Culturama, an online channel that delivers creative insights on life, including comedic satirical videos with a special emphasis on the sport of hockey, recently conducted a survey of the dozens of hockey tournaments throughout North America and ranked the top 13. The criteria Culturama’s rating was based on included experience, number of teams, level of play, unique offerings, reputation, rink quality, organization, seamless execution and communication. Joe Branco, an aspiring comedian as well as the creator and star of Culturama’s humorous video library, ranked OneHockey as the top overall tournament group on the list, beating out some of the most popular annual events on the continent. OneHockey was voted first for the best tourney experience and fifth in the overall ranking (www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5GI6iVHXIQ). “OneHockey was unique in my research because it focused so much on the experience,” said Branco, a 15year business and media consultant and CEO of Cultur-
ama. “Thousands of hockey tournaments are executed each year in North America, and they all have games, a couple tables of merchandise, and a check-in table. And for the most part, that’s really just about it, but OneHockey makes it fun for the players.” That philosophy is exactly on what founder Sebastien Fortier built OneHockey – establishing itself as the best run, most entertaining international youth hockey tournament host company the sport has ever seen. Since its inception, OneHockey has expanded from strictly a spring and summer, three-tourney operation during its early years to a year-round, 25-plus event organization throughout North America and select European locations with a plan to soon expand into China. A OneHockey event is anything but your everyday tournament at your neighborhood rink. The experience starts by transforming each venue to a OneHockey Arena with hundreds of feet of banners, posters and flags. Then there’s the festive music and amusing mascot streaming throughout each rink as well as a mini-expo of vendors and red carpet social media interviews i n the lobby. And, of course, there’s the trademark championship celebrations complete with the OneHockey Cup raising and non-alcoholic campaign showers. “The Interviews were a particularly fun touch that I really hadn’t seen anywhere else,” Branco said. “I love the champagne bottle opening and hoisting the cup ex-
perience as well. And smalll things like taking the time to rebrand entire facilities really brings an event experience together.” In recent years, OneHockey has expanded from strictly offering events for top talent to players of all levels. “It’s also worth noting that OneHockey pulls off more events than most tournament companies, meaning that consistent high-level tournament prep and execution is a must,” Branco noted. “It’s difficult enough to pull off one great tournament a year.” OneHockey also prides itself on its commitment to branding and promotion, something which the Culturama ranking certainly took note of, including the hub of the whole operation at www.onehockey.com. “Communication is a key factor as well in my research,” Branco said. “OneHockey responded immediately and reached out offering information as requested. I am impressed with the level of care and thought that OneHockey provides its tournament participants.” Culturama could likely be bumping OneHockey up its rankings next year after Fortier’s group embarks on setting a Guinness World Record for hosting the largest tournament ever. OneHockey is partnering with the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association to put on the largest tournament the world has ever seen at the Holiday Invite 2018. This unprecedented, four-day Christmas school vacation event will feature as many as 1,000 teams in both boys and girls divisions estimated to number more than 23,000 players from 10 countries squaring off on more than 75 sheets of ice throughout the state.
Cunningham finds right fit with Jr. Reign youth program “I like a lot of things about Matt,” Frank said. “His background and experience are top notch. He played very once in a while, the stars align just right in life. hockey at a high level and he has also coached and For Matt Cunningham, it happened when his worked in hockey at high levels. Sometimes when wife landed a good job in the San you’re looking for coaches, you Diego suburb of Carlsbad and less come across people who may have than a year later, he was hired to played at a high level, but don’t have run the Ontario Jr. Reign’s program the knowledge base in things like there. sports science and how to deThe manager of USA Hockey’s velop players in different age coaching education program for groups through the ADM the last eight years, Cunningham model. You’re not gojumped at the chance to take a posiing to find someone tion that seemed tailor-made for him, with more knowland the decision was even easier edge than Matt, because he’d be able to put an end and that’s huge to long-distance relationship with for us. From his wife and relocate from Colorado Day 1, he Springs. brings that “I immediately started a dialogue knowledge with (Jr. Reign president) Ben Frank and experience to when I thought it was a possibility our organization.” Matt Cunningham that my wife and I might move West, Cunningham grew up playing and it wasn’t too long before they had a position open hockey in the Phoenix area. A 6-foot-4 defenseman, he up,” Cunningham explained. “Having been involved in skated for the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan the coaching education program and the American De- before playing collegiately at Minnesota State Univervelopment Model (ADM), I saw how the Jr. Reign were sity in the late 1990s. He then played professionally doing the things we were teaching better than anyone with Lubbock and Amarillo in the Western Professionelse. I feel very fortunate to be able to stay in the game al Hockey League and the Central Hockey League. with an organization like this.” Prior to being hired by the Jr. Reign, he had worked Frank said the feeling was mutual. He knew from for USA Hockey since 2009. his initial conversations with Cunningham that the Jr. Frank said Cunningham’s knowledge and passion Reign would be adding someone to their staff that was for not only the game, but for developing youth hocka perfect fit. ey players the right way, was obvious when they first By Greg Ball
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met at a USA Hockey Congress a few years ago. They stayed in touch and shared ideas regularly, and then when the program director position opened in Carlsbad, the two began to discuss a formal relationship that would bring Cunningham to Southern California. “It was something he was excited about, and it made a lot of sense for both him and the program,” Frank said. “It was a new challenge for him and he was eager to join a program that aligned with his values. I really feel like Matt, along with the rest of our leadership group, can take our program to the next level.” Cunningham made it clear from the start of the interview process that he wanted to continue working with USA Hockey on some of their player development camps and coaching edu c a - tion, and Frank was all for it because it would keep his new hire involved in all the latest developments in the coaching world. “He’s a great role model,” Frank said. “He’s a curious guy who wants to learn and get better every day. He’s doing those things on his own because this is his passion. We want our kids to always be aiming to learn and improve, but we have to ensure that our leadership has the same attitude, and Matt really embodies that approach.”
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LAKHSHL launches programs honoring academic excellence West. The Student-Athlete of the Month program, which he L.A. Kings High School Hockey League started during the league’s inaugural 2015-16 season, (LAKHSHL) is taking some new measures this sea- has the award recipient each month receiving two son to encourage academic success and reward the tickets to a Kings game and being recogplayers for their achievements in the classroom. nized on Fox Sports West. Realizing that what its student-athletes learn in Devon Dunn, a senior at John Burschool is just as important – if not more roughs High School so – than what they learn on the ice, the who is in his third league has implemented a program to season playing for recognize students who maintain a high the Burbank Cougrade-point average as well as continugars, was selected ing its Student-Athlete of the Month Student-Athlete of award. the Month for OctoEmma Tani, the Kings’ hockey deber. velopment coordinator of leagues and A recent progress rinks, has placed a heavy emphasis on report of Dunn’s showed academics within the high school league no grade worse that a B+ in since joining the organization. Tani his six classes, which included not only played hockey at Trinity College in ConEnglish and economics, but broadcast necticut after growing up in Southern journalism and digital media. He said he California and playing her high school Devon Dunn had always been a good student, but hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota. never really got excited about school until getting the “As a former college hockey player, I understand the chance to explore video editing and production last importance of education and the challenges of balanc- year. ing hockey and school, which is why I have decided to “I fell in love with the whole film world after taking launch the Royal Recognition program,” Tani said. a digital media class last year,” Dunn said. “I’m taking The program is new this season and recognizes the advanced version of that class now and added the players who receive a GPA of 3.8 or better. Each player broadcast journalism class, which is basically producwill receive a helmet sticker and will be acknowledged ing our morning TV news program. on the LAKHSHL website, as well as on Fox Sports “It’s all I ever want to do now.”
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Dunn said he and some classmates have developed a segment for the morning news in which they try out different activities offered at the school. One week, they were testing their skills at cheerleading and another week, they were stretching their vocal chords with the choir. He has learned not only how to operate all the video and audio equipment necessary to produce professional video packages, but also video editing skills. He said he’d like to play junior hockey after high school and then enroll in film school at Columbia College Hollywood, with the goal of working in film production or TV news. In the short term, he’s exploring summer internships in the video production and editing world. “Being awarded as the Student-Athlete of the Month is really an honor,” Dunn said. “It really shows that I’ve improved and am starting to take things really seriously as I try to figure out what I want to do for a career.” Added Tani: “The student we select each month not only has good grades, but also demonstrates leadership on and off the ice. We ask players who are interested to send in a copy of their progress report as well as a paragraph about why they should be selected. Devon’s submission really stood out to me, not because of his GPA, which was excellent, but because of his nuanced appreciation for his classes. “It appears that Devon has not only grown as a student, but also as a person.”
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Jr. Kings celebrate pair of Youth Cup championships points on 11 goals, and forward Colin Frank recorded a team-high eight assists. Between the pipes, goaltenders Justin Bayers and Ryan Winkelmann picked up three wins apiece. Other members of the team include: forwards Quentin Bourne, David Ehrhard, Patrick Fortune, Sean Hawe, Ty Izadi, Nicholas Mardani, Tai Melston and Ethan Weber; and defensemen Tyler Chiovetti, Kenny McIlwain, Drake Murray, Connolly Stice and Hunter Toms. Carlie Chiovetti and Rob Winkelmann are the team’s managers.
championship game. “A big thanks to the Jr. Ducks for hosting this event,” said Jr. Kings head coach James Gasseau, who’s assistt might still be in its infancy, but the NHL Youth Cup toured behind the bench by Brad Stuart and Alex Sutton. nament has wasted little time solidifying its footing on the national stage. “It’s always fun for our kids to play in tournaments against What started five years ago as an eight-organization, teams from outside of California.” eastern-based event has since evolved into a nationwide Forward Logan Stuart led L.A.’s scoring charge with festival with a number NHL-affiliated youth hockey pro26 point on 18 goals, and forward Tyus Sparks, the MVP grams competing against each other at the Squirt Minor of the championship game, chipped in a team-high nine through Bantam Major levels. assists. This year marked the NHL Youth Cup’s second-ever Between the pipes, goaltenders Goose Faynsod West Division event, which was held earlier this month in and Morgan Stickney each picked up three victories. Other members of the team include: Dallas (2003, 05 and 07 birth years) and forwards Austin Brock, Jake Brown, THE RINKS-Anaheim ICE (04, 06 and 08 Benjamin Larson, Nicholas Liu, Coobirth years) - the Carolina Hurricanes and per Soller and Alofatunoa Taamu; and New York Islanders hosted the East Dividefenseman Chris Donnell, Jacqueline sion showcase - and the Los Angeles Jr. Gasseau, Adian Liu, Kevin Shi and Kings’ 06 and 08 teams both took home Noah Sutton. championship banners in convincing fashTracy Stickney is the team’s managion. er. Outscoring its opponents 53-8, the Jr. “Tournament weekends like these help Kings’ 06 squad ran the table with a per- The Los Angeles Jr. Kings took home the top prize in the 2006 (right) and 2008 divisions at this year’s our kids learn how to compete as a group,” fect 6-0 record, including a 7-3 triumph NHL Youth Cup, which was contested earlier this month at THE RINKS-Anaheim ICE. over the Anaheim Jr. Ducks in the championship game. “I can’t say enough about these families and how Gasseau added. “It’s very rewarding to see them grow “It was a neat experience for the kids, and obvious- much I enjoy being around this entire group, on and off and learn how to become good teammates.” In the 2004 division, the Jr. Kings forged a 2-3 record. ly they played extremely well all weekend,” said Jr. Kings the ice,” Daughaday added. “They’re all in it for each other Forward Justin Scarbrough led the team in scorhead coach Jeremy Daughaday. “The entire group was and that’s what it takes to create a winning atmosphere at ing with eight points (six assists), and forward Jackson hitting on all cylinders, and that’s really what’s been fueling this level.” our success this season.” The 08 club also took care of business in its division, Ebbott added a team-high four goals. Goaltenders Vincent Lamberti and Christian Nalle Forward Aidan Park, who was named MVP of the outscoring its foes by a 58-6 count on its way to a flawchampionship game, led the Jr. Kings in scoring with 18 less 6-0 record, including a 4-0 victory over Dallas in the each picked up a win in net.
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Jr. Sharks’ strength program molds the complete athlete “The other trainers that work with me all play a major role in the program and we all work together well,” said Thomas. Germaine has been with the program the longest. He has spent a few seasons assisting the San Jose Sharks in their offseason and during the season during
the best gyms in the country for working with youth and professionals. Glaser interned at Pepperdine University he San Jose Jr. Sharks have a staff of five trainers in the strength and conditioning facility and also played that oversee and work with all the program’s players college hockey as a goalie, which helps many Jr. Sharks on a full-time basis. players look to him for guidance. Alta has interned with Head strength coach Jay Thomas has been working the Sharks and Barracuda, but is leaving in January when with the Jr. Sharks for nearly 10 years and has seen he will be getting his doctorate in Physical Therapy. his job evolve with the times. In fact, a personal injury Thomas noted than in working with youth of his own led to Thomas getting more involved in athletes, there is a proper age to start training the business. seriously. “My background in strength and conditioning “Strength and conditioning with the goal of started with my first year in college when I became increasing proprioception can begin in athletes at NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) a young age – we recommend that athletes begin certified,” Thomas said. “I was a Business major, but programmed movement patterns as young as 10 had a part-time job in a gym. When I tore my ACL years of age,” Thomas said. “As the athlete’s age skiing, I was not very happy with the rehabilitation increases and they go through puberty, a higher I received. This lead me to change my major to emphasis on strength training is necessary. I think Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. strength and conditioning plays a major role in After graduating San Jose State and working at giving players a mental edge on the ice. If we can a junior college as an athletic trainer, I was again help physically prepare the players for the on-ice unhappy observing the athletes perform nondemands of the game, it should help allow them to practical lifts that were obsolete. When treating play a smarter game.” many of them with overuse injuries in the athletic The Jr. Sharks’ strength and conditioning training room, I had an idea that I needed to get back program comes with many benefits, said Thomas. in the gym to help athletes prevent more injuries. “Athletes become stronger, skate faster, recover “Now, I have the best of both worlds – I help According to head strength coach Jay Thomas, the San Jose Jr. Sharks’ from shifts quicker and injuries are less prevalent,” on the athletic training side rehabilitating injuries training program ‘plays a major role in giving players a mental edge on said Thomas. “Our facility and coaches make San as well on the strength and conditioning side the ice.’ Jose one of the top tier programs on the West preventing injuries.” games and practices. He also interned at Stanford Coast. We have four rinks and that is still not enough. And working with a stellar staff also makes Thomas’ University over the summer. Maskell has been with the We have high school teams that practice before school job a lot less stressful. Fellow trainers with the Jr. Sharks Jr. Sharks for two years and went to UMass Lowell with because the nights are so busy with teams. include John Germaine, Justin Maskell, Max Glaser their hockey program for a couple of seasons. He also “Our solid base of coaching and wealth of hockey and Matt Alta. interned at Mike Boyle’s program in Boston – one of knowledge gives us a competitive edge.”
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PICTURE PERFECT The Anaheim Jr. Ducks 10U A2 team captured the Squirt A division of the Thanksgiving Extravaganza Tournament, which concluded Nov. 26 at the Ice-Plex Escondido.
The Bay Harbor Red Wings team captured the Squirt BB division championship at the Tinseltown Thanksgiving Extravaganza, which was held Nov. 23-26 at six Southern California rinks. Photo/Jennifer Craig
The Bay Harbor Red Wings saw their Mite A squad capture their division banner at the Toast of the Coast tournament, which was held Thanksgiving weekend in Valencia. Photo/ Suzie Fosmore
The Tri-Valley Blue Devils won the 14U A division of the International Silver Stick regional tournament Nov. 26 at Solar4America Ice at San Jose and now qualify for the Silver Stick Finals next month in Port Huron, Mich. Photo/hockeyshots.net
In a milestone win, the Tri-Valley Blue Devils captured the 10U B division banner at the Lady Ducks Fall Classic on Nov. 26 at THE RINKS-Lakewood Ice. Itâ€™s the first-ever tournament win for the Tri-Valley girls program.
The Empire Hockey Club came home with the Bantam AA championship banner from the Arizona Hockey Clubs Thanksgiving Shootout, which was held at five Phoenix-area rinks from Nov. 24-26.
The LA Lions won the 10U A division title at the Lady Ducks Fall Classic, which wrapped Nov. 26 at THE RINKS-Lakewood Ice.
The Ventura Mariners claimed the Pee Wee B championship banner from the Arizona Hockey Clubs Thanksgiving Shootout, which was held at five Phoenix-area rinks from Nov. 24-26.
The California Golden Bears celebrated the Pee Wee AA division championship at this yearâ€™s Los Angeles Jr. Kings-hosted Tinseltown Thanksgiving Extravaganza, which was showcased from Nov. 23-26 at six Southern California rinks.
The first-year Gold Rush Bantam A team captured its division championship at the Tinseltown Thanksgiving Extravaganza, which was held Nov. 23-26 at six Southern California rinks.
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Gilbert, Brunelle on the ascent at Tahoe Hockey Academy By Greg Ball
ometimes the road less traveled turns out to be the most rewarding, and in the case of two hockey players who relocated from Southern California to Tahoe Hockey Academy, that couldn’t be more true. Shane Gilbert and Jake Brunelle have been cornerstones of THA’s prep team this season, and their move from JSerra High School has been a fruitful one. “It has been really great to see how successful Shane and Jake have been in Tahoe,” said Leo Fenn, Tahoe Hockey Academy’s president, director of hockey and varsity head coach. “It wasn’t an easy decision for either of them to come here as we’re starting just our second year, but I think they both quickly realized that the combination of a strong academic program and the intensity of the hockey program is really attractive.” Gilbert – who is Fenn’s adopted son - and Brunelle have been friends since they were six or seven years old, hanging around local rinks while their older brothers played and keeping themselves occupied with various games they made up that honed not only their stick-handling, but their competitiveness and love for the game. While Gilbert played for the California Stars, Ontario Eagles and California Wave through his 18U year, Brunelle skated for programs that included Orange County and the Yorba Linda Blackhawks. They reunited for one season at the Bantam level and then again at JSerra, where they were a year apart in school. Brunelle played all four seasons for JSerra’s team
in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League, while Gilbert skated for three seasons there before electing to try the Tahoe program for his senior year. It was Gilbert’s convincing, in fact, that encouraged Brunelle to delay playing junior hockey by taking a postgrad year at THA. “I just told him about how much you can develop at
Tahoe Hockey Academy and convinced him that he could improve a lot before going to play juniors,” Gilbert said. Added Brunelle: “He didn’t have to sell it that hard. It’s a great thing what’s happening up in Tahoe – I’m having a lot of fun here.” Tahoe’s prep head coach, Mike Lewis, has seen some great things from both players. “Jake has all the tools to become a dynamic, wellrounded hockey player,” Lewis said. “There’s no doubt
that he’ll be playing hockey at the next level, so his stay at THA was more about refining and perfecting his skill set than anything else. “Shane is a great kid who decided to take charge of his hockey future and step outside the box this season. You have to hand it to a kid who has spent his entire playing career in Southern California playing with friends to move to Tahoe to focus on his individual game. Shane is a kid you can’t help but root for, and it’s great to see that he’s building the foundation for a solid career at the next level.” Both players share the same goals – to play junior hockey next season and use that as a springboard to earning a scholarship to play Division I college hockey while getting their education. Gilbert and Brunelle felt that their best avenue for attaining those goals was by going to Tahoe Hockey Academy, where the academic program is strong and players have the opportunity to get considerably more ice time and training time than they might with other programs. That, in turn, leads to more advanced development, and both players have already noticed their skills sharpening. “The opportunity for development is the biggest thing,” Gilbert said. “I already feel like I’m faster, bigger and stronger. We practice every single morning and work out every day after school, and the academics are held to a high standard. Everything’s been great so far.” “I’ve already seen an increase in my speed and my strength,” said Brunelle. “And my hands are getting better.”
THE RINKS-Poway ICE has grand re-opening to rave reviews By THE RINKS Staff
he San Diego Gulls and the Anaheim Ducks introduced a familiar facility with a brand-new name as on Sept. 1, the Ducks announced the addition of THE RINKS-Poway ICE to the association’s development program. Formerly known as Poway Ice Arena, Poway ICE is the official practice facility of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Gulls and became THE RINKS’ first facility in San Diego County. Two months later, on Dec. 2, the newly-named facility hosted its grand re-opening event as over 300 fans of all ages got autographs from Gulls players, skated for free on the Gulls practice ice, took part in a “Learn to Play Hockey” class (ages 4-12) and got a tour through the Gulls locker room. When asked about what it meant to have new ownership at their practice facility and to talk about the future of the facility itself, Matt Savant, president of business operations for the San Gulls said, “It’s good to grow the game and also have quality ice and quality facilities for our kids to come and play and learn this growing sport of hockey. “This facility is going to be a place for the community to gather and enjoy themselves. Hopefully, we will be seeing these kids out here today out on the Gulls ice in 10-15 years.” Amber Willis, marketing coordinator for THE RINKS, echoed the same testament of that of Savant. “THE RINKS are excited to establish themselves in
the San Diego community,” Willis said. “In the past, we have partnered with multiple facilities and started the San Diego Gulls ‘Learn to Play’ program as a means to spread the sport of ice hockey to the community. With the addition of Poway ICE, not only can we further entrench our brand in this community, we can also further grow the sport of hockey and other ice sporting events to this area that clearly demands it.”
San Diego Gulls players and more than 300 fans took in the grand re-opening of THE RINKS-Poway ICE on Dec. 2, an event that included an autograph session and public skating with the players. Photo/ THE RINKS
The grand re-opening event itself made it very clear on why the Gulls lead the AHL in average attendance per game, as fans arrived early just to get in line for autographs from their favorite Gulls players. After the player signing session, fans made their way over to the Gulls locker room for their first ever look into what is consid-
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ered a state-of-the art-facility for most NHL teams. Once all the behind-the-scene looks were over, the Gulls players made appearances during the event’s free public skating session and helped welcome over 60 new skaters during a session of the ‘Learn to Play Hockey’ class. “It was fun to see all these enthusiastic kids come out and want to learn how to play hockey and want to hear everything about it,” said Gulls defenseman Marcus Pettersson. “We have a great facility here in Poway and it’s great to show it off to the fans and have them come visit us for a day.” “Overall, you will see an improvement not only in the facility itself, but in the programming that we offer here,” added Willis. “We look forward to not only replicating the successful programs that we offer already in our Orange County market, such as learn to skate, homeschool programs, public skating session and the ‘Learn to Play Hockey’ programs, but also to continue maintaining and growing the synergy between THE RINKS and Gulls in the community. “With this facility and the Great Park Sports Complex coming in 2018, it will be exciting to see the growth of hockey in the Southern California community in the upcoming years.” For more information on THE RINKS–Poway ICE and updates on all the upcoming changes, visit www. therinks.com. Also visit www.sandiegogulls.com/learntoplay for more information on how to get your child started playing hockey in the San Diego market for free.
ANAHEIM JR. DUCKS Jr. Ducks 16s making tracks to top of CAHA, Tier 1 Elite League By Chris Bayee
hampionships aren’t won in December, but the Anaheim Jr. Ducks’ 16U AAA team has put itself squarely on the national radar with a start that didn’t include a regulation loss in nearly 30 games. The Jr. Ducks soared to the top ranking by myhockeyrankings.com in early December with just two losses – one in overtime and one in a shootout – in Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) events while piling up 26 wins. “We’ve got a really good group of kids,” said co-coach Alex Kim. “There’s a lot of cohesion on and off the ice, and that’s a big part of having success.” The Jr. Ducks had 19 wins in 20 T1EHL games, and a 107-18 scoring differential. They won two of three at the USHL Fall Classic in Pittsburgh, falling only in a shootout to the Chicago Mission, and started 7-0 in CAHA play, outscoring foes 42-3. “This is a group that is very easy to coach,” added co-coach Craig Johnson. “They come to the rink every time willing to listen, willing to work and willing to get better. They’re getting rewarded for what they’re doing every day. “Everyone one wants to be a better player.” About one-third of the team has played together for all or nearly all of their youth hockey careers for Johnson and assistant coach Scott Niedermayer. That familiarity has also helped, Johnson said. Josh Groll had 42 points (19 goals), Jackson Niedermayer 37 points (21 goals), Ryan Johnson 34 points (26 assists), Thomas Cody Sherman 33 points and Joseph Harguindeguy and Jonathan Panisa 27 each. The goaltending tag team of Tyler Shea and Ethan Lahmon has been lights out. Shea had not allowed in goal in four CAHA appearances, and Lahmon was 10-0 with four shutouts in the T1EHL. Both had save percentages above .950.
Take a moment and think to yourself: What drives you? I
t’s often said that sports are a microcosm of society at large. In other words, what happens in sport often reflects society and the current values and experience. The word “microcosm” is used because a small sample size in sports (one season or Ben Frank even one game) can reflect many things that happen in real life over a much bigger sample size or length of time. This is why youth sports are so important for young people. Every game and every experience, the kids have the opportunity to practice dealing with challenge, success, failure, adversity, fairness, unfairness, social issues, and more. The athlete can practice these situations over and over again in a short period of time in what should be a safe environment free from real world consequences that will face them in the bigger picture later in life, where poor decisions may result in failing a test, choosing the wrong group of friends, or far worse. Considering the above, youth sports should impact our society in that if young people are practicing and learning how to handle all of these situations, they will
carry that poise and experience into their daily lives and make better decisions, be less selfish, work harder, and persevere more often through adversity. But often, instead of the youth sports experience influencing society, society (adults) will influence and control the youth sports environment, at the expense of the athlete’s enjoyment, engagement, and overall long term development. What happens when these decisions and choices in the youth sports experience are taken away from the athlete or controlled by the adults? Perhaps, and most likely, the team will achieve a more “successful” short-term result as expectations and consequences are made clear and the team functions as a well-oiled machine to achieve the goal of winning the game. But at what cost? In Daniel Pink’s book “Drive,” he discusses human motivation and that much of what is done today in schools, business, and many other environments is based off of old society beliefs around rewards and punishment (or as he calls, “carrots and sticks”). Every scenario is placed as an “If you do this, then that happens” scenario. If you do something “good,” you are rewarded. If you do something “bad,” you are punished. If you execute the coach-designed game plan, then you are rewarded with perhaps more ice time. If you
don’t execute, then you are benched or berated. Many of us may view this on the surface as commonplace in youth sport and perhaps even “the way it should be.” Players need to know they have to work hard and be team players or else they will be held accountable and have direct consequences, right? Are you sure this is the best approach towards sport? If you speak to anyone who recruits players at the highest levels, they are quick to tell you that those who “make it” long term must have a deep and undying love for the game. So much that they tirelessly work at their craft and sacrifice many luxuries that the average young athlete would partake in. Motivation becomes the critical element that separates the promising athletes from the ones who make it, and the good ones from the great. Beyond that, internal motivation is the real key here. It’s easy for an adult with hockey experience to tell the players what to do and manage that behavior with positive and negative consequences. It’s entirely different to provide the guidance and environment for players to experience the process of learning what to do internally and actively. Just maybe, over time, they will find a better way than we even thought they could achieve. That is not a math formula, that is an art. What kind of hockey player would you want? An accountant, or an artist?
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York making strides in his first season with U.S. NTDP By Chris Bayee
is first season in the prestigious U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP) has been everything Cam York had hoped for. The defenseman from Anaheim Hills has gotten off to a solid start with the NTDP’s Under-17 team, helping Team USA win the U17 World Challenge in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, in November. The Americans swept their seven games against the top 2001 birth year teams in the world. “That was a nice experience, to be able to play against the best players from my age group was an honor,” said York, a longtime Anaheim Jr. Ducks player. “The World Challenge was super fun, especially to come out on top.” York became the first Jr. Duck to reach the NTDP, and he said his learning curve has steepened since he arrived in Plymouth, Mich. “It’s hard, but it’s also a great experience,” he said. “I feel like I’ve cleaned up a bunch of stuff in my defensive game. The main thing was my gap control, taking on a 3-on-2 or something like that. I’ve gotten a lot better at that. “The coaching staff has shown a lot of trust – they’re playing me in pretty much every situation.” Not only does the U-17 team play a United States Hockey League-heavy schedule, but the program practices present another challenge, York said. “My teammates are awesome,” he said. “On the ice, they’re all so good. There’s no easy player to go up against. The competition for playing time is unreal. “Off the ice, they’re all super nice. And we’re all
in the same boat; we know it’s hard to be away from of his former youth coaches. family.” “Cam has always been a phenomenal hockey York spent the past two seasons playing at Shat- player,” said Craig Johnson, his 2001 team coach tuck-St. Mary’s Prep in Minnesota, so he had a bit and the Jr. Ducks’ director of coaches. “You could of a head start in that regard. Still, there has been always see he would be a great player. no shortage of adjustments. “He sees the ice very The NTDP has a dewell and his ability to defend manding daily schedule, is very good. He transitions and York said a typical day pucks well and keeps things begins at 6 a.m., includes simple and in the right place. going to school from 7 a.m. He’s a good decision makuntil noon, then dedicater.” ing five hours to hockey, York relished his time off-ice training, video and with the Jr. Ducks playing team building. The team lifts for Johnson and Scott Nieweights twice a week and dermayer. periodically participates in “Craig and Scott have combat exercises with a milhad a huge impact on me itary veteran. After dinner, and still do today,” York it’s time for homework. said. “I enjoy keeping in “I didn’t think it was going touch with those two.” to be as strict as it is,” said York, who is eligible for York, who has committed the 2019 NHL Draft, got to NCAA Division I Boston another taste of what he’s College. “You’ve got to be up against when he skated almost perfect. It’s helped with a group of 2000 birth me a lot as a person tidy up year players eligible for the some things off the ice.” Anaheim Hills native and longtime Jr. Ducks standout 2018 draft at a CAA camp On the ice, York had Cam York is having a productive first season playing for this past summer. 12 points, including three USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. “It was cool to go up goals, in his first 20 games. Photo/Rena Laverty/USA Hockey against future draft picks The point total was second among defensemen on and see how you measure up,” he said. the team. But there is much more to the 5-foot-11, Some day in the not-too-distant future, it’s likely 160-pound York’s game than just points, said one other players will be saying that about York.
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NEVADA REPORT Golden Knights exceeding goals, UNLV on track for strong run in not playing like expansion team second half of ACHA D-I season By Matt Mackinder
By Matt Mackinder
ust 20 games into their inaugural NHL season, the Vegas Golden Knights hardly looked like an expansion franchise. And this was after having used five goaltenders, including 19-year-old Dylan Ferguson, who was summoned from the Western Hockey League on an emergency basis. Still, Golden Knights GM George McPhee knows the hard work must continue to get more desired results. “We wanted to be really competitive and we want to be a playoff team,” McPhee told vegasgoldenknights.com. “We’re going to do everything we can to remain a playoff team. There are some truths to those statistics. We certainly like where we are right now, but we’d also like to continue to improve.” McPhee won’t use the goalie situation as an excuse after losses. “There’s no excuses that we’re ever going to come up with,” McPhee said. “(Vegas head coach) Gerard (Gallant) has done a terrific job of having this team ready to play every night. If our team is playing the game that we can play, we’re going to protect the goaltenders and we’re going to have a chance to win. Doesn’t matter who’s in net. If you’re not protecting them, it’s hard to win. Gerard has done a terrific job in the way we play and how hard these guys play every night. The goaltenders have been there for us.” Prior to the season, McPhee assembled a roster that he hoped would be competitive, but to play as well as the Golden Knights have has been a bonus. “We did our very best and put this team together,” McPhee said. “In the very first game, we were completely outplayed. ‘Flower’ (goalie Marc-Andre Fleury) had a terrific game for us and kept us in long enough to win a game. We got some momentum and we’ve started to gel, but we still go day to day in this business. I don’t know what’s going to happen any particular night. I don’t know if we’re going to win 5-1 or lose 5-1. It’s nice coming to the rink knowing that you’ve got a team that’s going to compete and you have a chance to win.”
or UNLV, making the move this season to the ACHA Division I ranks has meant increased competition and increased preparation. The Rebels have not missed a beat in adjusting nicely to new opponents and new road rinks. “I like that we’re progressing up,” said UNLV head coach Anthony Vignieri-Greener. “We’re continuing to get better every day and we’re moving in the right direction. Guys are stepping up at the right times and new guys are stepping right in. Things are definitely trending in the right way and we’re just keeping our focus on getting better every day.” Vignieri-Greener said that the chemistry between new players and returning players is “getting there, a work in progress.” “Last year was a little bumpy in the beginning and the same can be said for this year,” said Vignieri-Greener. “Our program is unique in making the jump (to ACHA D-I) and we had to bring in 19 new faces this year. It’s kind of unusual to have that many freshmen walk through the door and have them outnumber the upperclassmen. We have zero seniors on our team and just three juniors, so kind of in a weird spot, but we’re gelling together, both on and off the ice.” Forward Joe Kaszupski is a player that Vignieri-Greener calls “the best player I have ever coached.” “How he works on the ice, off the ice, in school – the kid is just phenomenal,” Vignieri-Greener added. “I’ve only had him here three months, but I’ve known him a long time. If I would have known what he could bring to our team, I would have begged him to come sooner.” Adding to the team’s depth, all four goalies – Ben Giesbrecht, Alex Feese, Erik Eidissen and Mike McDaniel – have at least one win this year. Overall, the Rebels don’t talk about the Oct. 1 shooting that seriously injured assistant coach Nick Robone, but Vignieri-Greener said that Robone “is back to normal, can’t skate yet, but he’s doing everything he should be doing.”
FROM THE TRAINER’S ROOM Looking at high ankle sprains – common injuries, easy to treat A
nkle sprains are the most common injury seen in sports. Typically, the ligaments on the lateral or outside part of the ankle are affected. In hockey, the stiffness of the skate helps protect these ligaments, but the force can be translated up above the ankle joint, resulting in a high ankle sprain. The tibiofibular ligament and interosseous membrane hold the two shin bones together and are located Chris Phillips above the ankle joint. These two structures are at a higher risk of injury in the hockey player. The injury can occur when the skate rotates outwards and force is placed on the outside of the ankle, pushing the ankle into external rotation. The mechanism of the injury usually involves the boards where an athlete collides with an opponent’s skate, forcing the ankle into the boards or falling and sliding feet first into the boards. High ankle sprains can be very painful, but rarely result in any instability or require surgery. Recovery time can be anywhere from 2-8 weeks. The athlete should remain either non-weightbearing or in a walking boot until they can walk normally and without pain. Proper rehab should include range of motion exercises, manual resistance exercises, weight bearing strength and stability exercises and impact/jumping exercises prior to returning to the ice. When returning to skating, start with flow drills and progress to starts and stops and transitions. During the return, an athlete may experience short spurts of pain with certain movements. This is normal, and should dissipate over time. If these do not dissipate and improve, continue with rehab.
Chris Phillips is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist who spent eight years in the NHL. He currently owns and operates Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Orange County. CARubberHockey.com
Spectators yelling from the sidelines during youth hockey games creates nothing but tension adaptive manner? During our last hockey tournament in Los Angeles, ’d like to bring up a rather interesting behavior that I began to wonder why people, who normally would happens in hockey rinks across North America. probably get along with one another because of The typical hockey rink has approximately 300 their common interest in supporting their children feet of seating or standing room directly on the glass, in such a time- and labor-extensive and expensive which puts the spectator mere inches away from sport, actively said things to one another that were the players. Parents and supporters congregate at often unkind and sometimes downright mean about one end of the ice or the other and tend to migrate other children. I also wondered why parents who depending on the play. It could see that there were happens in every rink at at least six adults who incredibly early or late were directly in charge hours of both day and of what was occurring night. on the ice and who are I often find myself hockey professionals, standing back from were often disregarded the glass because I as people who are able learned early on that to protect the players on it can be a hotbed of the ice. explosive interactions It could be argued that between opposing the action of screaming team spectators. One and banging on the glass only needs to type into only serves to distract Google “hockey parents the player and teach behaving badly” to see the player an important the most inappropriate lesson – when you dislike interactions between something or feel it unfair, adults. In many rinks it is expected that you across the country, police should lose control and officers are stationed scream. Imagine if we at youth hockey games were called to our son’s due to aggression and or daughter’s school and fighting that commonly told by the principal that occurs between parents. they punched a hole in Trevor Small, Psy.D. I felt it necessary to the wall and screamed at bring up this issue because the people who are the teacher when an assignment was not recorded watching the games seem to be unaware of that correctly. impact of how and what they’re saying. During a Please keep in mind recent tournament, I witnessed a parent issue a that I’m not saying that the string of profanities at the glass toward a Squirt refs or coaches don’t miss player who she felt tripped her son during the play. things. What I am saying is Something that seemed to miss her attention was that in the moments of the that the parents of this child were literally standing game that are the most right next to her. This created an awkward silence intense and the adults on and some bitter feelings. the ice need to be most It is important to keep in mind that I am not focused, often times their saying all hockey parents scream and yell, bang on attention is drawn away the glass or get into verbal and physical altercations by parents behaving with other parents. Actually, most parents are badly either with one incredibly supportive and will cheer for the team another or towards the that they want to win. I recall specifically at the end ref. of a very contested and physical game between two Which brings me to teams that played every shift like it was their last my next question: Do in Quebec, spectators erupted in unity into a loud parents and spectators and sustained applause for all the players as they of youth hockey went through the handshake line. It was clear that truly believe that by they were not only celebrating their team or even screaming at the ref the team that won, but both sets of players for an and telling them that incredible game of hockey. People left the rink they are incompetent feeling proud and positive rather than defeated and or have missed some divided. egregious action, What I am discussing is, if each of us takes a something will moment to honestly look at what goes on for us change? From what during a game, I would argue that the screaming, I understand, about yelling parent exists in all of us. That aspect of the the only thing that spectator who wants to scream at the top of their will change is that lungs as if the rink was on fire or our child was in the screaming parent cannot be direct danger of being eaten by a tiger. Then why anywhere near the team or in the rink for the next do some parents yell and bang on the glass, often 30 days after being ejected and will be fined for alienating themselves from the rest of the group, verbally abusing an official. and others cheer and support their team in a more What I would like to suggest is that as hockey
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parents, all of us take a moment to think about the reality of screaming at a piece of glass. It might seem like we’re able to impact what’s occurring on the ice, but really all we’re doing is amplifying our voice to all of those next to and behind us. A thought that might help in those moments is to keep in mind that this is a game. It is a game that all of us as parents have dedicated so much in the service of – providing our child with an opportunity to do something that they love. Hockey is a passionate sport. That passion can sometimes carry over into an expression of rage and inappropriate behaviors. Our children can see through the glass and your behavior does not go unnoticed. In other words, just as you can see what’s happening on the ice, your child can see what you are doing on the other side of that glass. During the next tournament or league game, I would like to encourage you to try something. When the game becomes intense and you’re watching one team overtake another, begin to think about that first day that you brought your son or daughter to their first hockey lesson. Think about the joy that you experienced watching them out on the ice and how excited you were when they were chosen onto a team and began their new identity as a travel or in-house hockey player. Now, look around you. Almost every other person sitting there next to the glass has a similar set of memories. We might not all have the same backgrounds, policy views, parenting style or family values, but we do share a common experience and are in this massive community together. We all want our children to learn how to be good teammates, good friends, and great hockey players. I would suggest that the best way to do that would be to model to them that you are supportive of them however they play as long as they try their hardest and support their team and teammates. Whether or not you yell or scream is not going to change anything about how they’re playing in that moment. Leave the teaching to the coaches. Leave the reffing to the refs. Enjoy the experience of being at the rink around all of these people who share your same ideals – the ideals of helping a child develop a lifelong love of the most beautiful sport. Trevor Small, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who is the SafeSport coordinator for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings, the clinical director of Bridges to Recovery, and is in private practice in Santa Monica. He has provided mental health services to adolescents and adults for almost 30 years.
CIF-Metro Conference opens 18th straight inline season By Phillip Brents
he 2017-18 season marks the 18th consecutive year for California Interscholastic Federation-sanctioned inline hockey in the San Diego Section. The 17-team conference, which is supported by the Sweetwater Union High School District, remains the only scholastic inline hockey league in the state sanctioned by the CIF, the official governing body for all high school sports in the state. Getting back on the playing court was the big thing for many teams, regardless of their records, to face off the new season. “It’s definitely exciting to get the season going,” explained Bonita Vista Barons coach Keith Quigley. “I can’t believe it’s my 20th season. The dedication has obviously been there. I’ve been a supporter of hockey in the district for a long time now.” Quigley has coached the Barons since their formation as a club team in 1998. He had the honor of coaching in the very first CIF-sanctioned inline hockey game when the Metro Conference took the floor in Nov. 2000. The game, played against neighborhood rival Eastlake High School, resulted in a 4-4 tie. Bonita Vista won the first two post-season tournaments, including the first Kiwanis Cup championship in 2002. Each season has been different, and this season should not be an exception. “We just want to get the games going, get the kids on the floor and have some fun,” Quigley said.
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The Westview Wolverines are the defending CIF-
Metro Conference Kiwanis Cup champions after freshmen Tyler Lee and Gavin Lissebeck along with defeating the Rancho Bernardo Broncos 3-2 in an Ben Goodard, a junior. exciting overtime game in last season’s finals. “All three skaters will add depth to the roster,” Smith Both teams look strong to start the new season. They said. will meet for the first time in league play on Jan. 3 in a Loshak, Laurent Lee and Goodard have combined highly-anticipated matchup. for 14 goals and 27 points in the team’s 3-0 start. The Wolverines have captured back-to-back Rancho Bernardo won last season’s regular-season conference championships and have won six Kiwanis North County League banner before being upset in the Cup championships overall. finals by the Wolverines. The Broncos are no “So far, while dealing with strangers to hoisting the a shorthanded bench, we’ve championship trophy with four done pretty well,” explained conference championships RBHS head coach Joey to their credit, including an Gelsomino, whose team undefeated 20-0 season in began the season unbeaten 2015. in three starts. “Just like other Westview head coach teams, were dealing with Ron Smith said his team’s injuries and conflicts with ice goals this season are to once hockey. again represent the school to “Our expectations are no the best of the team’s ability different then every year for us on the playing surface. — to grow as a team on and “We expect this season’s Eastlake High School’s Will Hamilton prepares to take a off the rink, win our key games team to be one of the top four shot on Bonita Vista goaltender Ashley Massarene in the during the season and take teams, which also include teams’ CIF-Metro Conference season opener on Nov. 30. everything we’ve learned from Rancho Bernardo, Cathedral Photo/Phillip Brents Game 1 all the way to the Catholic and Scripps Ranch,” championship if we can.” Smith said. Miles Cook started off the new season with a bang Smith lists the team’s top returners as Laurent Lee for the Broncos with 17 points in three games to lead the and Jason Gyokery, both seniors, sophomore Andrew North County League in scoring. Chua and Lyushen Loshak, a junior. Cathedral Catholic’s Jake Belland, meanwhile, “All four bring quite a bit of CIF championship drew honors of scoring the opening goal of the 2017-18 experience to the rink for our new season,” Smith said. season and the season’s first hat trick in an 8-0 win over Impact new skaters for the Wolverines include Escondido Charter. CARubberHockey.com
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NCHC Devin Cooley (Los Gatos) – University of Denver Lawton Courtnall (Westlake Village) – Western Michigan University Jake Durflinger (Walnut Creek) – University of Denver Grant Gallo (San Diego) – University of Nebraska-Omaha Jack Gates (Oceanside) – Colorado College Robby Jackson (Alameda) – St. Cloud State University Ben Lown (Newport Coast) – Miami University Tyson McLellan (San Jose) – University of Denver Patrick Newell (Thousand Oaks) – St. Cloud State University Rourke Russell (Long Beach) – Miami University Ryan Siroky (Manhattan Beach) – Miami University Brian Williams (San Diego) – Colorado College WCHA Niko DellaMaggiore (Gilroy) – University of Alaska-Fairbanks Brendan Harris – Bemidji State University + Nate Kallen (San Diego) – Ferris State University Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach) – Northern Michigan University Nicholas Rivera (Pacific Palisades) – Minnesota State University Tyler Rockwell (San Jose) – Michigan Tech University Ethan Somoza (Simi Valley) – Bemidji State University Filip Starzynski – Northern Michigan University % Justin Woods – University of Alaska-Fairbanks + NCAA DIVISION I – WOMEN CHA Hannah England (Simi Valley) – Penn State University Lillian Marchant (Tustin) – Lindenwood University Baylee Trani (Huntington Beach) – Rochester Institute of Technology ECAC Katherine Beaumier – Clarkson University $ Bailey Bennett (Gardena) – Colgate University Hana DeClerck (Menlo Park) – Brown University Keiko DeClerck (San Jose) – Princeton University Kara Drexler (Manhattan Beach) – Yale University Kendra Farole (Irvine) – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Lydia Grauer – St. Lawrence University $ Christina Kao (Huntington Beach) – Yale University Keely Moy (San Diego) – Harvard University Kayla Nielsen (Laguna Hills) – St. Lawrence University Justine Reyes (Chino Hills) – St. Lawrence University Tia Stoddard (La Mesa) – Clarkson University
HOCKEY EAST Cayla Barnes (Eastvale) – Boston College Nicole Dunbar (Coto de Caza) – University of New Hampshire WCHA Tatum Coats (Lakewood) – St. Cloud State University Leila Kilduff (San Jose) – Minnesota State University Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills) – University of Wisconsin Aubrey Pritchett (Orange) – St. Cloud State University D-I INDEPENDENT Anna Estes (Whittier) – Post University Gabby Monaco (La Verne) – St. Anselm College Kalena Mueller (San Ramon) – Post University NCAA DIVISION III – MEN CCC David Anderson (Stevenson Ranch) – Nichols College Matt Audet (Campbell) – Western New England University Paul Boutoussov (Dana Point) – Salve Regina University Adam Canepa (Santa Cruz) – University of New England Cody Foster (Saugus) – Becker College Garrett Geane (Fullerton) – Wentworth Institute of Technology Carter Horwitz (Tustin) – Endicott College Evan Nyhus (Dove Canyon) – Nichols College Haroutiun Sarkisian (Encino) – Nichols College Evan Schmidbauer (San Diego) – Salve Regina University Joseph Thielen (Huntington Beach) – Curry College MASCAC Connor Cooley (Simi Valley) – University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Khalil East (Los Angeles) – Worcester State University Drake Longaker (San Jose) – Plymouth State University Cameron Mack (Long Beach) – University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Connor McPherson (Lancaster) – Fitchburg State University Kyle Orgel (El Segundo) – Plymouth State University Josh Reinstein (Woodland Hills) – Worcester State University Nicholas Short (Los Angeles) – University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Cody Slocum (Temecula) – Worcester State University MIAC Peter Barral (Berkeley) – Bethel University Don Carter (Antioch) – Hamline University Noah Griffith (Bakersfield) – Concordia University Chandler Madry (Bakersfield) – Augsburg College Dallas Marvin (Newbury Park) – Bethel University Nick Nast (Oxnard) – St. Mary’s University Kyle Rimbach (Encinitas) – St. Olaf College Cole Souto (Yorba Linda) – St. John’s University Alex Stoley (Manteca) – Concordia University Christian Stoley (Manteca) – Concordia University J.T. Walters (Escondido) – Gustavus Adolphus College NCHA Rock Boynton (Lomita) – Milwaukee School of Engineering Lonnie Clary (Riverside) – Marian University Zach Feldman (San Diego) – Lake Forest College Kyle Gonzalez (Chino Hills) – Northland College Curran Klein (Palm Desert) – Finlandia University David Marabella (Clovis) – Milwaukee School of Engineering James Mathias (Ontario) – Marian University Connor Melton (Chico) – Northland College Danny O’Donnell (Ventura) – Aurora University Liam Stirtzinger (Simi Valley) – Aurora University Chris Timm (Dublin) – Trine University Nick Trefry (Upland) – Northland College Quinton Wunder (Simi Valley) – Lake Forest College NEHC Coby Downs (Montclair) – Norwich University Conor Ferrera (Trabuco Canyon) – University of Southern Maine Ben Greiner (Newport Beach) – Hobart College Keenan Haase (Mission Viejo) – New England College David MacGregor (Azusa) – University of Massachusetts-Boston Ryan Ng (Manhattan Beach) – Castleton State University Bryce Nielsen (Laguna Hills) – New England College Adam Papayoanou (Valencia) – University of Southern Maine Will Platt (San Francisco) – New England College Mark Shroyer (Fresno) – Castleton State University Corey Sikich (Hermosa Beach) – Castleton State University NESCAC Nick Balboa (San Francisco) – Tufts University Ryan Glantz (Tarzana) – Connecticut College Chad Goldberg (Agoura Hills) – Tufts University Evan Johnson (Huntington Beach) – Williams College Sean Lawrence (Granite Bay) – Colby College Marcus Mollica (Dove Canyon) – Williams College Sean Ross (San Diego) – Wesleyan University Oliver Takacsi-Nagy (Los Gatos) – Tufts University Theo Tydingco (Newark) – Wesleyan University
NORTHEAST-10 Matthew Toombs (Pleasanton) – Franklin Pierce University SUNYAC Max Blitz (Chino Hills) – Fredonia State University Mike Freeman (Rancho Cucamonga) – Fredonia State University Paul Fregeau (Los Angeles) – Cortland State University Doc Gentzler (Manhattan Beach) – Brockport State University Carson Kelley (Portola Valley) – Geneseo State University Jasper Korican-Barlay (Oakland) – Fredonia State University Sean Lincoln (Rancho Santa Margarita) – Brockport State University Luke Rivera (Pacific Palisades) – Fredonia State University Zac Sikich (Oak Park) – Brockport State University Dylan Vander Esch (San Jose) – Potsdam State University UCHC Cory Anderson (Bakersfield) – Manhattanville College Andrew Frojelin (San Jose) – Manhattanville College Brian Hodges (Yorba Linda) – Stevenson University Manuel Mancha (Rosemead) – Chatham University Aaron Murray (Chino) – Stevenson University T.J. Sneath (Chino) – Lebanon Valley College Felix Takacsi-Nagy (Los Gatos) – Lebanon Valley College Jordan Watt (Riverside) – Stevenson University Chase Wilson (Riverside) – Lebanon Valley College Colin Woods (Yorba Linda) – Stevenson University WIAC Nicholas Klishko (San Diego) – University of Wisconsin-Superior D-III INDEPENDENT Devin Day (Fontana) – Post University Alec Grollman (Laguna Niguel) – Bryn Athyn College Kyle Matsumoto (Walnut) – Canton State University NCAA DIVISION III – WOMEN COLONIAL HOCKEY Madison Maloney (Clovis) – Becker College Cameron Payne (Rancho Cucamonga) – Becker College Ally Stout (Stockton) – Canton State University Anastasia Thompson (Riverside) – Becker College Jensen Wurm (Arvada) – Nichols College MIAC Valerie Brown (San Martin) – St. Thomas University Jessica Jones (El Cajon) – St. Mary’s University NCHA Jacqueline Audet (Campbell) – Lake Forest College Rachael Goodrow (Rancho Santa Margarita) – St. Norbert College Abby Kolek (San Marcos) – Finlandia University Julieana Tarantino (San Diego) – Lake Forest College NEHC Alexandra Anderson (San Anselmo) – Salve Regina University Taylor Chisholm (Discovery Bay) – Salve Regina University Maria Coleman (Garden Grove) – Salve Regina University Mackenzie Kennedy (Brea) – Plymouth State University Brooke Maggy (Alhambra) – Plymouth State University Maisie Tatum-Borich (Newport Beach) – New England College Tara Turcotte (Huntington Beach) – New England College NESCAC Colleen Castro (Redwood City) – Wesleyan University Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa del Rey) – Trinity College Candace Lu (Studio City) – Williams College Alicia Nickolenko (Encinitas) – Wesleyan University Sarah Takahashi (Pleasanton) – Wesleyan University Emily Williams (Fallbrook) – Hamilton College NEWHL Emily Burke (San Jose) – Potsdam State University Bri Carroll – Buffalo State University $ Eva Kristof (Pleasanton) – Cortland State University Justine Silva (El Monte) – Buffalo State University Laura Thacker (San Jose) – Oswego State University Samantha White (Oceanside) – Potsdam State University Olivia Wilburn (Stockton) – Cortland State University UCHC Mary Deyell (Glendale) – King’s College Devyn Gilman (Yorba Linda) – Elmira College Victoria Lahey (Redwood City) – Lebanon Valley College Kristi Peters (Newport Beach) – Manhattanville College Savannah Sommers (Corona) – Stevenson University Amy Templeman (Rancho Santa Margarita) – Lebanon Valley College CANADIAN UNIVERSITY Keanu Yamamoto – McGill University % JUNIOR HOCKEY ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE Sam Anzai (Los Angeles) – Drayton Valley Thunder
Michael Boutoussov (Anaheim) – Drayton Valley Thunder John Elliott (Lakewood) – Drayton Valley Thunder Landon Pavlisin (Orange) – Camrose Kodiaks Lucas Yovetich (Los Angeles) – Fort McMurray Oil Barons BRITISH COLUMBIA HOCKEY LEAGUE Brandon Bergado (San Jose) – Alberni Valley Bulldogs Daniel Chladek (Anaheim) – Wenatchee Wild Jared Christy (Cypress) – Wenatchee Wild Slava Demin (Cypress) – Wenatchee Wild Zak Galambos (Walnut Creek) – Wenatchee Wild Andre Ghantous (Glendale) – Trail Smoke Eaters Noah Kim (Fullerton) – Wenatchee Wild Gregg Lee (Aliso Viejo) – Alberni Valley Bulldogs Jack Lippis (Mission Viejo) – Wenatchee Wild Jacob Modry (El Segundo) – Wenatchee Wild Luc Salem (Los Angeles) – Prince George Spruce Kings Chad Sasaki (Cypress) – Wenatchee Wild Paul Selleck (Laguna Hills) – Alberni Valley Bulldogs Murphy Stratton (Los Angeles) – Wenatchee Wild Julian Timba (Oceanside) – Salmon Arm Silverbacks Jared Turcotte (Moorpark) – Chilliwack Chiefs Jackson Wozniak (Cypress) – Wenatchee Wild CENTRAL CANADA HOCKEY LEAGUE Casey Rhodes (Huntington Beach) – Pembroke Lumber Kings EASTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE Hayden Dalton (Bakersfield) – New York Applecore Tanner Dalton (Bakersfield) – New York Applecore Dakota Delbridge (Tracy) – Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Ethan Gill (Santa Clarita) – New England Wolves John Grealish (Bakersfield) – Boston Jr. Rangers Nicholas Harris (Glendale) – Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Shawn Horner (Santa Clara) – New Hampshire Avalanche Eric Phillips (Orange County) - Walpole Express Bryan Verna (Lake Forest) – New England Wolves Eric Wright (San Diego) – Walpole Express GREATER METRO HOCKEY LEAGUE Christopher Maghakian (Santa Clarita) – Northumberland Stars Spencer Taylor (Venice) – Tillsonburg Hurricanes Jarrett Townsend (Rancho Santa Margarita) – Northumberland Stars KOOTENAY INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE Trevor Dilauro (Huntington Beach) – Spokane Braves Campbell Jackson (Hermosa Beach) – Spokane Braves NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE Jake Acton (Livermore) – Corpus Christi IceRays Nathan Burke - Aberdeen Wings % Connor Chilton (Simi Valley) – Fairbanks Ice Dogs Jayson Dimizio (Goleta) – Corpus Christi IceRays Josh Fricks (Laguna Niguel) – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Cooper Haar (Huntington Beach) – Bismarck Bobcats Austin Koss (Huntington Beach) – Minot Minotauros Kyle Mayhew (Anaheim Hills) – Fairbanks Ice Dogs Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda) – Janesville Jets Ryan Orgel (El Segundo) – Lone Star Brahmas Jake Rosenbaum (Trabuco) – Springfield Jr. Blues Evan Somoza (Simi Valley) – Odessa Jackalopes Kaelan Taylor (Oceanside) – Corpus Christi IceRays Matthew Wiesner (Newport Beach) – Northeast Generals Conor Yawney (Anaheim) – Corpus Christi IceRays Dante Zapata (Huntington Beach) – Austin Bruins NORTH AMERICAN 3 HOCKEY LEAGUE Ian Acuna (Glendora) – Peoria Mustangs Riley Anderson (Bishop) – Helena Bighorns Matthew Brown (Woodland Hills) – Maine Wild Nick Castro (Redondo Beach) – Granite City Lumberjacks Brandon Chapin (Santa Clara) – Atlanta Capitals Ryan Cortez (Norco) – Long Beach Sharks Trent Cowden (Simi Valley) – Great Falls Americans Luc Cross (Anaheim) – Helena Bighorns Mason Evans (Danville) – Point Mallard Ducks Michael Fary (Anaheim) – Great Falls Americans Jacob Fisher (Danville) – Northeast Generals Ryan Gridley (Santa Monica) – Binghamton Jr. Senators Tyler Hawk (Palos Verdes) – Pittsburgh Vengeance A.J. Hoyt (Yorba Linda) – Breezy Point North Stars Hayden Hoyt (Yorba Linda) – Breezy Point North Stars Kellen Ireland (Turlock) – Texas Brahmas Christian Kazoleas (Irvine) – Louisiana Drillers Morgan Kelly (San Jose) – Northeast Generals Ben Kottmeier (San Mateo) – Helena Bighorns Malik Lamotte Stokes (Anaheim) – Oswego Stampede Jett Larson (Rancho Mirage) – North Iowa Bulls Michael Lempiainen (Corona) – New England Stars Carson Murison (Half Moon Bay) – Texas Brahmas Luc Meier (Laguna Beach) – Long Beach Sharks Hunter Norris (Mission Viejo) – New England Stars Tristen Poliseno (Valencia) – Alexandria Blizzard Jack Radley (San Diego) – Peoria Mustangs Luke Richesin (Clovis) – Great Falls Americans Owen Sikich (Hermosa Beach) – Granite City Lumberjacks Jacob Takashima (Torrance) – Willmar WarHawks
ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE Sasha Chmelevski (Huntington Beach) – Ottawa 67’s Ivan Lodnia (Anaheim) – Erie Otters Jason Robertson (Los Angeles) – Kingston Frontenacs Nick Robertson (Los Angeles) – Peterborough Petes QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE Matthew Boucher (Los Angeles) – Quebec Remparts SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE Rob Ivy (Bermuda Dunes) – Fort Frances Lakers SASKATCHEWAN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE Ryan Gil (Huntington Beach) – Battlefords North Stars Evan Plotnik (Capistrano Beach) – Melfort Mustangs Maxim Sidelnik (Los Angeles) – Estevan Bruins Connor Smith (Rancho Santa Margarita) – Battlefords North Stars Egan Wolford (San Jose) – La Ronge Ice Wolves UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE Vincent de Mey (Brentwood) – Muskegon Lumberjacks Cole Guttman (Los Angeles) – Dubuque Fighting Saints Rory Herrman (Poway) – Green Bay Gamblers Jack St. Ivany (Manhattan Beach) – Sioux Falls Stampede Cam York (Anaheim Hills) – U.S. NTDP Under-17 Team UNITED STATES PREMIER HOCKEY LEAGUE Alex Allen (Morgan Hill) – Islanders Hockey Club (Elite) Aaron Aragon (Whittier) – Northern Cyclones (NCDC) Lucas Bachofner (Los Angeles) – New Jersey Rockets (Premier) Jackson Baughman (Windsor) – Eugene Generals (Elite) Nash Berkowitz (San Jose) – Eugene Generals (Elite) Ethan Bock (Upland) – Boston Jr. Bruins (Premier) Guillaume Bose (San Jose) – Northern Cyclones (Premier) Bradley Budman (Foothill Ranch) – South Shore Kings (NCDC) Anthony Capraro (Hacienda Heights) – Northern Cyclones (Elite) Nikolai Cherednichenko (Berkeley) – Boston Bandits (Premier) Takato Cox (Redondo Beach) – Connecticut Jr. Rangers (NCDC) Evan Cronkhite (Aliso Viejo) – Boston Bandits (Premier) Ryan Danner (San Jose) – Ironwood Fighting Yoopers (Premier) Sean Dickson (Millbrae) – Hampton Roads Whalers (Premier) Tyler Dill (South Lake Tahoe) – Charlotte Rush (Premier) Dante DiNapoli (Moss Beach) – New Jersey Rockets (Premier) Dylan Dix (Scotts Valley) – Northern Cyclones (NCDC) Justin Dixson (Sunnyvale) – Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC) Thomas Dyreng (San Jose) – Northern Cyclones (Elite) Dillon Foster (Saugus) – Eugene Generals (Elite) Luc Fox (Valencia) – Richmond Generals (Elite) Donovan Garcia (San Jose) – Islanders Hockey Club (Elite) John Garrity (Dublin) – Islanders Hockey Club (Premier) Dylan Gluck (San Juan Capistrano) – Tampa Bay Juniors (Premier) Joshua Harburn (San Ramon) – Boston Jr. Bruins (Elite) Jonathan Holguin (Fresno) – Hartford Jr. Wolfpack (Elite) Blake Howard (Coto de Caza) – New Jersey Rockets (NCDC) Adam Husley (Bakersfield) – Atlanta Knights (Premier) Wiggle Kerbrat (Laguna Niguel) – Rochester Monarchs (NCDC) Mason Kohn (San Diego) – Boston Jr. Bruins (Premier) Georg Landro (Riverside) – Potomac Patriots (Premier) Justin Lebouef (Canyon Country) – Boston Bandits (Premier) Jason Lee (Thousand Oaks) – Boston Bandits (Elite) Tyler Levine (Laguna Beach) – Islanders Hockey Club (NCDC) Wyatt Light (Manhattan Beach) – New Jersey Rockets (Premier) Mike Lopez (Bakersfield) – Atlanta Knights (Elite) Collin Markoski (Corona) – New York Aviators (Premier) Luis Mendoza (Newark) – Daytona Racers (Premier) Josh Morrison (San Diego) – Minnesota Moose (Premier) Nick Nakagawa (Los Angeles) – Daytona Racers (Premier) Matthew Newberger (Lake Tahoe) – Palm Beach Hawks (Premier) Ryan Newman (Bakersfield) – Charlotte Rush (Elite) Daniel Nikiforov (Roseville) – Minnesota Blue Ox (Premier) Geno Norraik (Northridge) – Boston Bandits (Premier) Robert Norwalk (Fremont) – Islanders Hockey Club (Premier) Nicholas Peterson (Stockton) – Palm Beach Hawks (Elite) Nick Privitera (Sun Valley) – Steele County Blades (Premier) Brandon Putman (Redondo Beach) – Northern Cyclones (Elite) Dylan Robello (San Jose) – Florida Eels (Premier) Brendan Schulte (Fullerton) – Northern Cyclones (Premier) Jordan Shepherd (Bakersfield) – Connecticut Nighthawks (Premier) Ryan Sheridan (Mission Viejo) – Northern Cyclones (Elite) Jack Sitzman (Redondo Beach) – Jersey Hitmen (NCDC) Jered Stevenson (Tracy) – New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (Elite) Mischa Subotin (San Jose) – Syracuse Stars (Premier) Taylor Urch (Anaheim) – Richmond Generals (Premier) Tristian Waechter (Fairfield) – Jersey Hitmen (Premier) Jack Walsh (Oceanside) – Boston Bandits (Elite) Nick Wardstrom (Discovery Bay) – Islanders Hockey Club (Premier) Chad Watt (Riverside) – Potomac Patriots (Premier) WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE Blake Bargar (Torrance) – Seattle Thunderbirds Hunter Campbell – Calgary Hitmen % Jake McGrew (Orange) – Spokane Chiefs Carl Stankowski – Seattle Thunderbirds # Keoni Texeira (Fontana) – Portland Winterhawks Brayden Watts (Bakersfield) – Vancouver Giants Evan Weinger (El Segundo) – Brandon Wheat Kings Dustin Wolf (Tustin) – Everett Silvertips Kailer Yamamoto – Spokane Chiefs % WESTERN STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
Joseph Aguirre (West Covina) – Ontario Avalanche Tristan Ayoubi (Orange) – Long Beach Bombers Leon Biller (Valencia) – Valencia Flyers Domenic Bosetti (Long Beach) – Long Beach Bombers Ryan Brown (South Lake Tahoe) – Seattle Totems Rhett Bruckner (Huntington Beach) – Phoenix Knights Christian Bundschuh (Newport Coast) – Utah Outliers Declan Curtis (Fontana) – Ontario Avalanche Carter Dahl (Fresno) – Colorado Jr. Eagles Lucas Demsar (South Lake Tahoe) – Tahoe Icemen Quinn Deshler (Hawthorne) – Ontario Avalanche Conner Duffy (Orange County) – Ontario Avalanche Easton Easterson (Canyon Country) – Tahoe Icemen Ryan Favilla (Garden Grove) – Ontario Avalanche Sage Fleming (Costa Mesa) – Ogden Mustangs Nicholas Gary (Palo Alto) – West Sound Warriors Daniel Goodwin (Fresno) – Fresno Monsters Ben Greenlee (San Jose) – San Diego Sabers David Grindstaff (Sacramento) – San Diego Sabers Nickolai Gruzdev (Valencia) – Valencia Flyers Joseph Hebert (Santa Clarita) – Valencia Flyers Samuel Hernandez (Fontana) – Ontario Avalanche Taylor Hiatt (Fresno) – Fresno Monsters Jason Hickman (Saugus) – Valencia Flyers Keshawn Hopkins-Scott (San Diego) – Phoenix Knights Taylor Jolly (Saugus) – Cheyenne Stampede Max Kamper (Aliso Viejo) – El Paso Rhinos Cody Key (Fresno) – Fresno Monsters Thomas King (Ontario) – Ontario Avalanche Gabel Longshore (Davis) – Tahoe Icemen William Ma (Orange County) – Ontario Avalanche Jacob Mabaquaio (San Diego) – Bellingham Blazers Kyler Mackay (Corona) – San Diego Sabers Jeremy Malm (Santa Clarita) – Valencia Flyers Daylon Mannon (Fresno) – Fresno Monsters Tate Martishius (Valencia) – Valencia Flyers Parker Moskal (San Diego) – Long Beach Bombers Cole Parker (San Diego) – San Diego Sabers Michael Perez (Fresno) – West Sound Warriors Joseph Piroli (Saugus) – Valencia Flyers Bailey Prouty (Valencia) – Valencia Flyers Brett Ruiz (Ontario) – Ontario Avalanche Dylan San Agustin (Santa Clarita) – Valencia Flyers Kane Toriumi (Westlake Village) – Utah Outliers Tanner Turcotte (Huntington Beach) – Tahoe Icemen Jeremy Van Dyke (Corona) – Ontario Avalanche PREP SCHOOL Alan Austria-Garcia (Redwood City) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Brandon Bedient (Stevenson Ranch) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Grady Birk (Carlsbad) – Shawnigan Lake School Jordan Bonner (Huntington Beach) – Albany Academy Noah Dahlen (Orange) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Liam Dauphinee (Newport Beach) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Jared Day (Orange) – Brooks School Zachary Dill (Tahoe) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Corey Eaton (San Marcos) – Tilton School Tanner Ensign (Tustin) – Holderness School Riley Fenn (Newport Beach) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Ryan Fischer (Anaheim Hills) – South Kent Dennis L. Y. Franklin (Oakland) – The Taft School Aidan Garcia (Burbank) – The Groton School Shane Gilbert (Newport Beach) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Jonah Gold (Rolling Hills Estates) – Groton School Niko Grollman (Mission Viejo) – The Gunnery Tyler Herr (Huntington Beach) – Culver Academy Nathan Katzaroff (Anaheim) – Milton Academy Nicholas Kent (Ladera Ranch) – Delta Hockey Academy Noah Kim (Fullerton) – Cushing Academy Indigo Kinzey (Pacifica) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Matt Kors (Los Angeles) – Shawnigan Lake School Alexander Krause (Calabasas) – Loomis Chaffee Jordan Labbe (Pasadena) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Erik Larsson (Los Altos) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Nicholas Lee (Los Angeles) – Salisbury School Noah Lee (Los Angeles) – Salisbury School Tae Lee (Irvine) – The Governor’s Academy Koby Leeman (Napa) - Culver Academy Tyler Leibl (Del Mar) – Shawnigan Lake School Roan Linvill (Berkeley) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Mathias Long (Marina del Rey) – Lake Forest Academy Jesse Lycan (San Diego) – Berkshire School Brandon McDonald (Los Angeles) – Vermont Academy Kyle McElhaney (Yorba Linda) – Tilton School Nolan McElhaney (Yorba Linda) – Cushing Academy Adam McGill (Rancho Santa Margarita) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Keely Moy (San Diego) – Kent School Matthew Odom (Elk Grove) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Zach Pires (Villa Park) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Steven Plante (Valencia) – Tahoe Hockey Academy John Pratt (Laguna Niguel) – Berkshire School Patrick Pugliese (Pasadena) – Loomis Chaffee Alexander Rogers (Anaheim) – Williston Northampton Brett Roloson (Newport Beach) – Shawnigan Lake School Ross Roloson (Newport Beach) – Shawnigan Lake School Hunter Sansbury (Lomita) – The Gunnery Chase Sechrist (Santa Rosa) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Blake Selden (Santa Clara) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Jordan Skahill (San Dimas) – South Kent
Daniel Thomas (Irvine) – Hotchkiss School Daniel Ton-That (Laguna Hills) – Tilton School Jackson Tuszynski (Valencia) – Tahoe Hockey Academy Lukas Uhler (Upland) – New Hampton School Brent Valentine (Newport Beach) – Choate Rosemary Hall Ryan Wilson (San Diego) – Milton Academy Eric Yagubyan (Burbank) – Tilton School Billy Zegras (San Diego) – The Berkshire School
NEVADA PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Jason Zucker (Las Vegas) – Minnesota Wild AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE Gage Quinney (Las Vegas) – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ECHL Chris Francis (Las Vegas) – Quad City Mallards Zach Pochiro (Las Vegas) – Allen Americans Ross McMullan (Las Vegas) – Wheeling Nailers Cory Ward (Las Vegas) – Manchester Monarchs EUROPE Bryce Reddick (Las Vegas) - United Kingdom SOUTHERN PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Derek Sutliffe (Las Vegas) – Mississippi RiverKings CANADIAN WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE Megan Myers (Las Vegas) – Boston Blades COLLEGE HOCKEY NCAA DIVISION I – MEN ECAC Joe Sullivan (Las Vegas) – St. Lawrence University WCHA Brendan Harris (Henderson) – Bemidji State University D-I INDEPENDENT Dominic Garcia (Las Vegas) – Arizona State University Joey Raats (Las Vegas) – Arizona State University NCAA DIVISION I – WOMEN CHA Sarah Robello (Las Vegas) – Mercyhurst University NCAA DIVISION III – MEN CCC Alec Mono (Las Vegas) – Curry College NESCAC Brenden Russ (Las Vegas) – Connecticut College UCHC Eric Williams (Henderson) – Chatham University D-III INDEPENDENT Tanner Todd (Henderson) – Bryn Athyn College JUNIOR HOCKEY EASTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE Gage Roberts (Las Vegas) – Valley Jr. Warriors NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE Joseph Allegrini (Las Vegas) – Kenai River Brown Bears Seth Bergeron (Las Vegas) – Philadelphia Rebels NORTH AMERICAN 3 HOCKEY LEAGUE Vito Carlo (Las Vegas) – Atlanta Capitals Brenden Fehlig (Las Vegas) – Lansing Wolves Josh Kirk (Henderson) – Missoula Jr.. Bruins Gunner Moore (Las Vegas) – Atlanta Capitals Cameron Zucker (Las Vegas) – Lansing Wolves QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE Landon Quinney (Las Vegas) – Saint John Sea Dogs UNITED STATES PREMIER HOCKEY LEAGUE Michael Cichy (Las Vegas) – Wisconsin Muskies (Premier) Hayden Knight (Las Vegas) – Hampton Roads Whalers (Premier) Spencer Poscente (Las Vegas) – Wisconsin Muskies (Premier) WESTERN STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE Jake McKenna (Las Vegas) – Valencia Flyers Jackson Oleson (Stateline) – Tahoe Icemen Gabriel Testa (Las Vegas) – Fresno Monsters % former LA Jr.. King + former California Titan * former LA Select
! former San Jose Jr. Shark # former Anaheim Jr. Duck $ former Anaheim Lady Duck
Home Sweet Home WCRHL Division I newcomers Cal State Fullerton, Chico State thriving in new digs of Arizona (6-1-0). SJSU finished 4-1 at the HB event with victories he Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League against UC San Diego, Long Beach State, Arizona (WCRHL) reformatted its top tier division for and Northern Arizona University. 2017-18 to include a pair of teams that excelled at The Spartans’ lone loss occurred against Arizona April’s National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association in a rematch the following day. (NCRHA) national championship tournament, Goaltender Jack Robinson said the addition of rewarding the Cal State University-Fullerton Titans Christian Sy as a fourth defenseman helped balance and Chico State Wildcats with Division I status for the team. the current season. “Our 7-1 win over Long Beach State was a The standings at the semester break show that testament to how our system should work and the both teams have been competitive in the move up way we’d hoped the team would come together,” from Division II where they dominated last Robinson explained. “There were very few season. mistakes in that game.” Fullerton, the 2017 Division II national San Jose State had to overcome adversity champion, faced off the season with a 2-2 when goaltender Peter Simonsen suffered record at the WCRHL’s kick-off event Oct. a concussion in the team’s third game at the 28-29 in San Jose. The Titans defeated HB tournament and the team was forced to resident Division I member Cal Poly San Luis play with empty net while Robinson changed Obispo by a score of 5-3 and topped Chico from player to goaltender gear. State 10-1. “During that time, our defense blocked The Titans went 0-2 in a pair of nonabout six shots and they (Arizona) didn’t divisional games at the Nov. 11-12 regularscore and we even managed to put one in season event at Huntington Beach, dropping their net,” Robinson recounted. a 4-2 matchup against Saddleback College Simonsen couldn’t play the remainder of and a 10-3 decision to Lindenwood University, the tournament, so the Spartans were down last season’s Division I runner-up at the a defenseman while Robinson manned the NCRHA national championship tournament. net. Despite being shorthanded, San Jose Chico State is 2-5-0 through seven games. State managed to pull off a 6-5 shootout win However, both wins have been notable. against NAU despite being out-shot 29-15 in The Wildcats defeated defending Division I regulation and overtime. champion UC Santa Barbara 9-8 in overtime Jacob Hickey and Trever Rivera top the at the San Jose event and edged defending CSU Fullerton goaltender Ron Best returns from last season’s national champion- Spartans in scoring with 21 and 18 points, national Junior College Division champion ship Division II team as the Titans make the move up to the Division I tier this season. respectively. Lachlan Williams leads the West Valley College 5-4 at the HB event. team with two game-winning goals. “Our team was happy with the performance at leader with 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists), while The Cal Berkeley Bears, another team making a the kickoff event,” Fullerton goaltender Ron Best ASU’s Aaron Gittings leads division goaltenders return to WCRHL play following a hiatus, occupy explained. “They were our first games in the division with a 2.71 goals-against average and .871 save third place in the division standings with a 4-4-0-1 and we felt that we held our own well with wins percentage. record. against established DI team Cal Poly SLO and our Division leaders at the semester break include Best ranks second in the division with a .853 save rival, also up from D2, Chico State. percentage, while Cal Poly’s Nicholas Leacox ranks Ryan Daubenmire of the Bears with 44 points (25 “There was some silver lining to the HB tournament second with a 3.44 GAA. goals, 19 assists) and SJSU’s Simonsen with a 1.33 with the team showing that it could compete with a GAA and .935 save percentage. top team in the nation for at least two periods against Division II Robinson ranks second among division netminders Lindenwood, with a 3-2 lead halfway through the San Jose State leads the WCRHL Division II with a 3.27 GAA and .848 save percentage, while game. The WCRHL Division I division is shaping up standings at the semester break with a 7-2-0 record. Cal Poly Pomona’s Garrett Griffin is third with a to be a division where any team can beat each other The Spartans hold a two-point lead over the University 3.95 GAA and .845 save percentage. on any given day. No team has been able to come out and beat every other team consistently.” Returner Kyle Alexander tops the Titans (2-3-0) with 11 points, including four power-play goals and one shorthanded goal, at the semester break. Christopher Fischer leads Chico State with nine goals and 12 points. He has both of the Wildcats’ game-winning goals. Arizona State (5-2-0) and UC Santa Barbara (4-10-2) are tied with 10 standings points for first place in the division standings at the semester break. Santa Barbara’s Kevin Mooney is the runaway
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Gauchos excelling on the court in return to WCRHL play S
addleback College is enjoying a strong start to Godinez (one goal, nine assists) top Saddleback in the 2017-18 Western Collegiate Roller Hockey scoring. Mason Pilkington (six goals, three assists) and Jackson Faught (three League (WCRHL) season goals, six assists) are tied for after a three-year hiatus from third in team scoring. the playing court. Impressively, 13 players The Gauchos ended have picked up at least one the first semester with a goal so far. 7-1 record and a six-game The Gauchos faced off the winning streak. season with a 3-1 record at “We have a deep the Oct. 28-29 event in San bench – 14 skaters and Jose. Included was a matchup two goalies,” club president against the WCRHL’s only George Godinez said. “All other Junior College Division of our guys have played club and tournament hockey. A Saddleback College club president George Godinez stick team – defending national West Valley good majority have played handles the puck during a 2017-18 regular season game champion as the Gauchos make their return to the playing court. high levels of ice hockey as College. Saddleback won 5-4 well.” in overtime. Spencer Gaalaas (eight goals, seven assists) and “The game against West Valley in San Jose was a 24
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very tough one,” Godinez recounted. “We had to fight and battle hard every second of it. Those guys are a very solid squad. There’s a reason they won nationals and we saw that reason. They are fast and they move the puck very well.” Saddleback went 4-0 at the Nov. 11-12 event in Huntington Beach. The Gauchos scored impressive victories over a collection of WCRHL Division I and Division II teams – 8-3 over Cal Poly Pomona (Division II), 9-4 over Northern Arizona University (Division II), 4-3 in overtime over UC Santa Barbara (Division I) and 4-2 over Fullerton (Division I). “We have a good squad,” Godinez offered with pride over his team’s first semester showing. “Ultimately, our goal is to go to nationals and bring home a cup. It’s not going to be easy and we have our work cut out for us.” - Phillip Brents
Jacks of All Trades Roller hockey is icing on the cake for talented group of Beckman High players By Phillip Brents
shutout this season. Senior John Gardner, coming off an injury from last year, leads the Beckman II team in skill, leadership and competitiveness, according to the coach. Both Beckman inline teams sported 4-0 records in their respective groups through the first weekend in December. “We should be the favorites, but I see other teams getting better and better as weeks go by, so we will have to stay ready,” Dan Maxwell said. The elder Maxwell, who serves as an assistant coach on the Beckman ice hockey team, has deep roots in roller hockey. He is the head coach of the
man-on-man defensive players as a team. “Roller helps the ice players possess the puck longer and look for more calculated opportunities rather than just dumping it. Also, with only four players and wide-open spaces, each player must be a better all-around player. They can’t hide and must be able to play both offense and defense and therefore, passing and stick-handling improve dramatically. “Ice helps the roller players win stick battles, be more physical for better corner work and board battles and usually helps them be more tenacious and play at a high tempo. With less space and time, they tend to learn how to make quick decisions.”
tudents at Beckman High School in Irvine have taken a liking to both ice and inline hockey, with much success. The Patriots are currently fielding two teams – Beckman I and Beckman II – in the Anaheim Ducks Inline Scholastic League’s (ADISL) fall/winter season. Both squads draw heavily on the Beckman ice hockey program in the ADISL’s sister league, the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL). Beckman I captured Division 1 championships in both the ADISL’s fall and spring seasons in 2016-17, while Beckman II captured the Division 3 championship during the 2016New horizons 17 fall season. The ADISL is fielding 22 teams Beckman I is considered the more solid during the current fall/winter season and and experienced of the two Patriot teams, Crossroads Christian is among three according to head coach Dan Maxwell. newcomers to the league. “They are mostly ice players who are According to manager Brad Northcutt, taking a liking to roller,” Maxwell said. there is a lot of excitement among players “They are using the ADISL as a great on the school’s first-year entry. complement to growing their game. Both “We see our team as the embodiment teams are very successful at this point. Our of the Anaheim Ducks’ approach to goals are to win their respective divisions.” building fans of the game,” Northcutt said. Beckman I senior Hayden Maxwell, “Crossroads started with participation in the assistant captain on the school’s ice the SCORE street hockey event for fourth hockey team, sets the tone on the floor graders about 8-9 years ago. When the in quarterbacking plays and puck control Ducks started the i3 Jr. High League, on the roller hockey team. Senior Alex Crossroads was one of the first four teams. Altman, the captain of the ice hockey “Today, we’re glad to report that all team, has become more comfortable on but two of our high school players came wheels and his play has correspondingly Students on the Beckman High School team in the Anaheim Ducks Inline Scholastic through those programs and represent League have taken both ice and inline hockey to heart as they develop their skills. Crossroads Christian.” improved. “He (Altman) started later than the others in Militia/HB Groove travel roller hockey programs Despite fielding a very young squad, with about roller and has become a huge asset,” Dan Maxwell and also serves as the State Wars California state 50 percent being freshmen, Crossroads Christian said. has been competitive right from the start. director. Juniors J.P. Panisa, Grayson Yada and John “We have several players who play club hockey Maxwell said the Beckman players benefit from Jogiel have also become top players in the ADISL the best of both worlds in developing their hockey currently, both roller and ice – this group of players for Beckman I. skills. The goal is to become more creative by is exceptionally well bonded,” Northcutt said. Meanwhile, goaltenders Max Dei Rossi and getting all their teammates involved. “Our goal for the current year is to establish a Danny Tasigeorgos, who are interchangeable “Roller hockey is a great way to get these kids successful team that will continue to draw players between the teams, have been solid. time and space to make plays and use each other to our school and grow the love of this sport. “They have not seen a lot of shots, but are doing more than they may on ice,” Maxwell said. “I’m “With a total school enrollment of around 125 an outstanding job,” the Beckman coach said. hoping this will carry over to the ice game and students to get more than 10 percent to play on Tasigeorgos, in fact, recorded the league’s first make them better players off the puck, and better this team has been so gratifying.”
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any of the teams that competed in the Nor Cal Cup’s Thanksgiving Weekend event, Nov. 2526 in San Jose, will make the trek down the coast to compete in January’s NARCh Winternationals in Huntington Beach. The mix of Northern and Southern California teams should make for a highly competitive event. This year’s Nor Cal Cup entry list included 41 teams from Cub (6U) through Junior/Men’s (adult). Championship awards were presented in 12 subdivisions, including Gold and Silver-level tiers. The Revision Revolution fielded nine teams in six divisions – Atom (8U), Mite (10U), Squirt (12U), Pee Wee (14U), Bantam (16U) and Midget (18U) – and won three division titles: Squirt Gold, Pee Wee Silver and Midget. The Mission Mayhem was also represented in six divisions (Atom through Midget) and won three division titles: Mite, Pee Wee Gold and Bantam Silver.
The Silicon Valley Quakes entered teams in five lead their respective divisions in scoring. Jaisal Patel of the Mayhem (Pee Wee) recorded a divisions (Atom through Bantam) and had two division perfect 1.000 save percentage – champions: Atom and Bantam 29 saves on 29 shots – to lead Gold. all division top goaltender award Additional division champions winners. included the Square Pants (Cub), Ethan Bach of the Revo River Rats (Squirt Silver), NCR Black 99s (Midget) posted a .925 Konixx Elite (Men’s Gold) and save percentage, while Jake Verbero Cypress (Men’s Silver). Fuss of the Quakes (Bantam) Aiyhden Martinez of the recorded a .919 save percentage. Suiciide Squad (Squirt) and The 2018 NARCh Hudson Fox of Jr. Sharks Roller Winternationals, scheduled Jan. 14U (Pee Wee) each tallied 15 The Silicon Valley Quakes captured the Bantam points to lead division high scorer Gold Division championship at November’s Nor 12-15 at THE RINKS-Huntington award winners. Cal Cup Thanksgiving Weekend event in San Beach Inline, features 15 divisions, ranging from 6U to 40-and-over, Cooper Haung of the Jose. Photo/NARCh Revolution 07 (Mite), Nathan Durrans of the Silicon plus women’s and NARCh Pro divisions. Valley Quakes (Bantam) and Chase Edwards of the Revo Black 99s (Midget) each collected 11 points to - Phillip Brents CARubberHockey.com
DANIEL ‘GUDGE’ GENTZLER Position: Center, Macon Mayhem (Southern Professional Hockey League) Last Amateur Team: Colgate University (ECAC) Youth Teams: El Segundo Regents, Long Beach Stars, Long Beach Ice Dogs, Anaheim Wildcats, Los Angeles Jr. Kings California Rubber: Do you have a favorite memory from your California playing days? Daniel Gentzler: There’s a couple. Winning the state championship in Squirt BB with the El Segundo Regents with Brett Beebe is one. I had a pretty good game in the finals. Then playing for the Jr. Kings under Jack Bowkus. The group of guys we had both years and playing for Jack both years, I loved it. He gets the game. It was a pleasure playing under him, and it helped make me the player I am today. CR: What is your favorite memory since California? DG: Winning the SPHL championship last season in Macon was pretty special. Being able to win a championship is something you’ll always remember. CR: What is your go-to California place to eat when you’re home during the offseason? DG: Besides In-N-Out? I have a list of 10 restaurants I go to all the time. There’s a little Hawaiian place called the Beach Hut – that’s our go-to. My favorite meal there is a teriyaki chicken bowl with two over-easy eggs on top. CR: Who is the funniest teammate you’ve ever had? DG: Brendan Corcoran, a kid from Boston who played with me at Colgate. CR: Are you particular about any of your gear? DG: I’m pretty superstitious with my tape jobs. I’ve been known to really mix it up whether I’m scoring or not. I might go from white to black to no tape on the toe. I get some flak for that. I’ve got an ugly one now. I saw (Nashville Predators center) Ryan Johansen do it in the playoffs. The heel is taped and the whole toe is exposed. It took a lot of courage to walk around the locker room with that. CR: What’s the best advice you’ve received? DG: Just to have fun. Everyone says it, but it’s true. The game gets stressful. But remember, it’s hockey, it’s a game, just love it. Don’t worry about the extra stuff on the side. Don’t let anyone disturb your peace of mind. CR: Who was your favorite player growing up? DG: I was a big Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic fan. Them and (Sergei) Fedorov. I don’t have the speed to make Fedorov my favorite player, though. Then it would be any person from the Kings in the ’90s and 2000s. CR: If you weren’t playing pro hockey, what would you be doing? DG: I’d love to be a pro golfer. But I’m not very good at it, so that’s probably out. I think coaching. I have a good mind for the game. If I wasn’t playing, I’d be coaching somewhere. Or playing pro baseball. CR: The minors are well known for long bus trips. What is your craziest one from Macon? DG: Peoria, Illinois – it’s 12-13 hours. That’s a doozy. We leave at 9 p.m. for a game the next day. Thank goodness they’re sleeper buses. You have your own bunk. It’s not terrible, although there can be some stinky people on the bus. CR: So besides air freshener, what are some other essentials for those road trips? DG: Headphones, your iPod or your phone with music. We have guys who bring iPads and play games of Monopoly that get pretty intense. I bring my laptop and watch some movies I have on there. We have a booster club that provides us with goodie bags of protein bars and Gatorade for the trip, which is a huge help. Photo/Bryan Meeks/Orbicular Media
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Published on Dec 14, 2017
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