California Rubber Magazine - November 2017

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Year after year, the Anaheim Lady Ducks continue to develop their players to advance to higher levels, all while maintaining a positive environment and dedication to doing things the right way


Attracting the very best youth hockey programs under the bright lights of Los Angeles 2017-18

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FROM THE EDITOR I believe there is so much to be thankful for this time of year


ith Thanksgiving and the annual food coma right around the corner, I’d like to take this opportunity to share my thoughts on what we have to be thankful for as November will soon morph into December. First off, nothing tops family. Nothing. While this time of year generally brings about time spent with loved ones, perhaps more than normal, try and live that up and embrace those moments. Soon, you’ll be looking back and asking yourself, “Wow, was that really 10 years ago? Seems like yesterday.” Yes, time flies. Especially when you are having fun and more so, I think, as you get older. Be thankful for this great country and all the positive that it stands for. Sure, it seems at times that Matt Mackinder society as a whole can be negative and gloomy, but be the difference. There is plenty to be proud of and plenty to be joyous and happy about. And lastly, yes, I’ll say it, let’s be thankful for hockey. And not just the game itself, which goes without saying. We’re thankful for the parents that lug their kids to early-morning, weekend practices, tournaments that mean road trips, hotel stays and restaurants, and everyone at your local rink that keeps things running smoothly each and every day, from rink and team managers, to coaches, to concession stand workers, to Zamboni drivers, to custodians, to office workers. To all of our loyal Rubber readers, THANK YOU! With 2018 knocking on the door, California recently got an early Christmas present for 2019. USA Hockey announced Nov. 8 the host sites for its slate of 2019 USA Hockey National Championships, with each tournament to be contested in March/April 2019. The Girls Tier I event will be played in Irvine and hosted by the Anaheim Jr. Ducks and Lady Ducks, while the Youth 18U Tier II event will take place in San Jose, hosted by the Jr. Sharks. The 2019 USA Hockey National Championships will mark the 70th anniversary of USA Hockey crowning the nation’s best in youth hockey, a tradition that dates back to 1949 and the inaugural national championship tournament held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Stick taps all around!

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The Los Angeles Kings unveiled recently three special outdoor ice rink locations throughout Southern California in time for the holiday season. LA Kings Holiday Ice will be featured in Long Beach (The Pike Outlets) and Woodland Hills (Westfield Topanga), in addition to the organization’s annual LA Kings Holiday Ice in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live. Each rink, which will be open to the public for skating, will be operated by American Sports Entertainment Company, the operating team at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo and LA Kings Holiday Ice. This sounds cool – the Ontario Jr. Reign has announced its Triple Impact Competitor program for each team. After a game is played, the coaching staff will recognize a player by awarding them a Jr. Reign hard hat, which will be held by that player for the week. Being a Triple Impact Competitor means the player is committed to improving him or herself, always looking for ways to perform better; helps teammates through positive reinforcement and by prioritizing team success; and with an underlying respect for the rules, opponents, officials, teammates and self, strives to make the game better. NXT Level Hockey (NLH) has announced that Southern California’s newest training facility, located inside THE RINKS-Yorba Linda, will be having its grand opening Nov. 22. It will feature a state-of-the-art hockey training system called RapidShot, which is used by many NHL and NCAA programs, and can pass up to 800 pucks per hour and gives feedback on every shot. Best of all, NLH is owned and operated by two former Southern California hockey players, Mike Bickley and Brady Horn.

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She won’t turn 19 until January, but Eastvale native Cayla Barnes, who will delay her freshman season at Boston College, has a chance to play for the United States Women’s National Team at the 2018 Winter Olympics. More on Page 7. Photo/Boston College Athletics

ON THE COVER Players from all age divisions of the Anaheim Lady Ducks lend immense credibility and proof that girls hockey is certainly on the upswing in California, especially in Southern California. Photo/Joe Naber



Lady Ducks closing in on 20 years of grassroots player development, 100-plus NCAA athletes By Kathy McGarrigle


aving earned a dozen medals at USA Hockey National Championships and topping the 100-player mark to the NCAA, the Anaheim Lady Ducks set their sights on growing the game for girls in pursuit of their love of hockey by casting a wide net of grassroots efforts, rec-level to elite player development and a comprehensive college showcasing program.

Getting Started

Sitting around Disney ICE after hosting the 1998 Girls/Women’s National Championships, the Lady Ducks were born. Soon thereafter, it was a matter of counting up players to see what could be. Ten girls AND a goalie? That’s a team! Ultimately, 26 girls and two teams were formed. The story goes something like this: 26 girls showed up, 26 were signed. You have to start somewhere. From those meager beginnings in 1999 to becoming the West’s powerhouse girls hockey program today, the Lady Ducks field teams from the spectacularly fun 6u cross-ice team to the 19U AAA level, including two nationally-competitive women’s teams – 15 teams in all. “Its hard to believe that when I played, we were happy to have girls on our team,” said inaugural season 15U goalie Stephanie Yates. “Just fielding a team – that was success.” Now the 8U head coach and program goalie instructor, Yates backstopped the Lady Ducks program to its first Pacific District Championship in 2001, later moving on to play her college hockey at Utica College. After college, she stayed out East as an assistant coach/goalie coach with her former team before she returned to California with career plans and the chance to give back to the girls program where it all began. “It is so motivating to work with our young players starting out,” said Yates. “Every day, they improve at something, especially the goaltenders. I hadn’t even started playing at this age and now they are so excited about blocking shots and wearing goalie pads.”

Player Development Is Key

The Lady Ducks program focuses on growth and never cuts 6U, 8U, or 10U players as you never know who is going to really take off, so create the environment to learn the basics. The Lady Ducks in Training program offers even the most raw beginner a chance to work at the American Development Model clinics and get started playing in the program. Skills and more skills help create fundamentals. “My daughters, Mila (9) and Norah (6) both started by attending Girls Try Hockey Day, which brought them to the Lady Ducks in Training,” Raj Advani explained. “Being around other girls in hockey made it fun. The coaching was fantastic so their progress was great. Each of them are thriving on their 10U and 8U teams this season.”

Female Coaches – Mentors

The Lady Ducks boast a powerful resumé of high-level women players, former NCAA athletes and coaches who are in Southern California working to prepare the next generation. This is just one of many components that helped the Lady Ducks become recognized in 2016 as a USA Hockey Model Association. The development is there. The mentoring is there. “As a defenseman, my favorite coach was Danielle Ramirez, who played defense for Vermont,” said 16U AAA player Maddie King. Former Providence women’s hockey player and SoCal native Laura Veharanta has enjoyed giving back to local players following her successful collegiate hockey career and international roller hockey success. “My favorite childhood memories are from my days playing hockey in California and I’ve learned so much through those experiences,” she said. “It’s great to be coaching here now and offer the same memories and opportunities today..”

College Opportunities

The 14U AAA, 16U AAA and 19U AAA teams have talent depth and travel to compete against top North American competition in front of scouts, leading to Division 6

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I and III college opportunities. Currently, there are more than 30 Lady Ducks alumni playing in the NCAA at schools like Division I St. Lawrence, St. Cloud, RPI, Clarkson and Lindenwood, and Division III programs such as Buffalo State, Trinity, Colby, NEC, Elmira and Plattsburgh, to name a few. The Lady Ducks program supports players all the way to a “good fit” college by working with NCAA coaches to match up players with schools. Caroline Marchant stepped in from the get-go and learned the process. “We quickly recognized that player support was going to be key for my own girls as they reached recruiting age, so I took on the roll of college liaison, built a rapport with every NCAA coach and began a college tour for high school-aged Lady Ducks,” explained Lady Ducks general manager Caroline Marchant. Marchant’s eldest daughter, Lillian, is playing at Lindenwood and younger daughter, Ashley, is a high school senior finishing up the recruiting process with no plans to slow down. “Next year, we are going to visit at least 10 Midwest schools,” Marchant said. “We will keep up a rotation so ninth, 10th and 11th graders can see virtually every area of the country with women’s hockey.” Ivy Boric, a high school junior, added: “It’s literally a 12-campuses-in-six-days kind of tour. We go visit the campus, a class, the women’s hockey locker room and arena. You really get a feel for the kind of school where you would fit.” The Lady Ducks program begins this process at 14U. Seminars are held, including recruiting “dos and don’ts” and how to write a recruiting email. It’s very comprehensive. More importantly, the prep time and support is without cost. It’s just part of what the Lady Ducks do as part of college prep support.

NCAA Women’s Hockey: It’s A Process

Girls who play 14U and older will get introduced to the recruiting process and supported all the way through as their college options are presented, lists are made and academic and athletic matches are narrowed down. Division I athletes get scouted as early as eighth grade, so if a player is really at the high end of the spectrum, they are involved in the process early, during 14U AAA years. Other Division I athletes are narrowed down in ninth and 10th grade. By 11th grade, Division I players have completed their commitment process and must finalize their grades and complete academic requirements. Division III recruiting starts just as the D-I process ends. Division III schools look at players in their 11th and 12th grade years, as these schools are not handing out athletic scholarships. While D-III schools have financial aid and the usual academic awards, players don’t get a “full ride,” as they say. Most AAA and AA players fit into this category. “We encourage our athletes to do their research and select from schools where they would attend regardless of a hockey program – it needs to be the right fit,” Marchant emphasized. “These young women will not play hockey forever, and attendance at a university that gives them academic support and opportunity to compete as an athlete is the way to go.”

Where To Go From Here?

Lady Duck alumni are now women’s hockey Olympians, doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, writers, coaches and professionals of all backgrounds and interests. Not only do the Lady Ducks meet on the ice as NCAA teammates and rivals, they also cross paths as women in business. “The Lady Ducks have been much more than just a hockey team for my girls,” Advani commented. “They are teaching them to be strong, independent, confident women through empowering team building experiences, coach mentoring and the family environment built here.” Next up: The Lady Ducks will bring college hockey to Southern California as Lindenwood will play St. Lawrence on Jan. 5-6 at the Honda Center. April will bring several college coaches in town for the Lady Ducks College Development Camp. And in 2019, the USA Hockey Girls Tier I National Championships have been awarded to the club. On the horizon – developing the second generation of Lady Ducks, who play and follow in their sister’s or even mom’s footsteps into the greatest sport in the world.


Her country calls, and Eastvale’s Barnes gladly answers By Chris Bayee


veryone is entitled to change their mind, even USA Hockey. And that’s just what the hockey’s governing body in the United States did in late October when it added Californian Cayla Barnes to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster, which is training in suburban Tampa, Fla., for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next February. “I got a call mid-week (during the last week of October) from Reagan (Carey, USA Hockey’s director of women’s hockey),” Barnes said. “She said, ‘We want you on the Women’s National Team.’ “Obviously, I was going to take this opportunity.” The turn was the latest in what has been a dynamic year for the 18-year-old from Eastvale, who won a Four Nations title with Team USA on Nov. 12. In December, she skated with the Women’s National Team for exhibition games against Canada. In January, she helped Team USA win the Under-18 Women’s World Championship for the third consecutive year and became the only U.S. player ever to win three gold medals at the event. In the process, she was selected the tournament’s best defenseman for the second time in a row. In March, she helped New Hampton Prep School win its first ever New England Girls Prep D1 title. She was in the tryout camp for the National Team last spring, but was cut. And this fall she began her collegiate career, playing five games for Boston College before getting the call from USA Hockey. She withdrew from school – she’ll restart next fall – and moved to Florida in just a few days.

“It’s a big transition, but a pretty quick transition,” playing against women who are so strong, so fit and Barnes said. “I don’t have a car. The girls have been so focused and mature. super helpful taking me places.” “College – especially my coaches at Boston ColIt’s not as if Barnes, who played youth hockey for lege – prepared me pretty well, but there is a big difthe Anaheim Jr. Ducks, the Lady Ducks, the LA Se- ference in speed and strength. They play so hard at lects and the LA Jr. Kings, this level.” comes into the team cold. Still, Barnes wouldn’t She is rooming with fellow be where she is if it wasn’t Californian Annie Panwarranted, Carey said.. kowski (Laguna Hills), “Cayla is a poised, who is delaying her senior young defenseman, and year at the University of we are looking forward Wisconsin in order to parto her joining the Womticipate in the Olympics. en’s National Team as we Two of her Boston College prepare for the upcoming teammates, as well as two 2017 Four Nations Cup,” former Eagles, are on the said Carey, who is also the National Team as well. general manager of the Na“I’ve met everyone tional and Olympic teams. through camps – Meghan “Cayla has proven to be Duggan and the Lamouan impact player for Team reux sisters helped with USA at the Under-18 level, the U18s – so it wasn’t Starting her college career this season at Boston College, East- and we expect her skill, viawkward,” Barnes added. vale native Cayla Barnes will instead join the U.S. Women’s Na- sion and energy will serve It’s not a transition tional Team and re-enroll as a freshman in the fall of 2018. Photo/ her well at the National without its challenges. For Boston College Athletics Team level.” one, she’s jumping into training mid-stream. For anothBarnes’ role has yet to be defined, and she’s fine er, she’s easily the youngest player on the roster at 18 with that. (she turns 19 in January). The transition she described “I’m not sure what they have in mind; how much I’ll is not unlike what young men experience when going play or not play,” she said. “Either way, I’m good with from college or junior to the pros. whatever.” “I’m stepping into an environment where they’ve Still, she and Pankowski have the opportunity to here two and a half months, so I have a lot to do to represent the United States at the Olympics. get up to speed,” Barnes said. “It is a step up. I’m “It doesn’t get any better,” Barnes said.


Well-rounded Balisy joins California’s NHL contingent ment Program (NTDP) and then at Western Michigan University, where he was a four-year standout. Between the NTDP and college, the Nashville Predators made him a sixth-round pick (170th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. In college, the center was a model of consistency, scoring between 25 and 37 points every season, handling faceoffs, playing in every situation and finishing well into plus territory.

as his hands, and that M.O has to continue if he wants to remain viable to the NHL. here aren’t many blocks in Southern California “I have to play smart, that’s kind of been my that can claim two NHL players, but one in Rangame,” he said. “I don’t make too many mistakes. cho Santa Margarita can after Chase Balisy made “(In my first few NHL games) I thought I played his debut in the league with the Florida Panthers on pretty well defensively. I wanted to create more ofOct. 28. fense than I did. Playing the right way is the way I Balisy spent his elementary school years just have to in order to be successful.” four doors down from Jonathon Blum, who made Balisy usually played on a line with Panthers caphis NHL debut with the Nashville Predators in tain Derek MacKenzie and fellow veteran Miearly 2011. cheal Haley. They and his Panthers teammates “It’s funny, I never got to know him too well quickly helped him get up to speed on the variuntil this past summer,” Balisy said. “I’ve been ances between Florida’s preferred style of play back the last two summers to train. There’s not and that of the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds. really a better spot to spend summer than Cali“The older guys especially helped me learn fornia.” the system,” Balisy said. “Most of the stuff is Fall in South Florida hasn’t been too shabby pretty similar.” either, and it’s the latest step in what has been Much of the advice centered on just keep doa winding journey for Balisy, who played youth ing what you’ve done to get to this point. It was hockey for the South Coast Sabres, Anaheim a welcome reminder given the jump in play. Jr. Ducks and Long Beach Jr. Ice Dogs. He also “Obviously, guys are faster and stronger in played on a stacked California Brick Tournament the NHL, but the biggest thing is guys are smartteam in 2002 with Beau Bennett, Emerson er,” Balisy said. “You have to be in the right spot Etem, Matt Nieto and Shane Sooth, among at the right time. Be on right side of the puck.” others. Balisy was in his fourth season in the The 1992 birth year had played in four games American Hockey League (AHL) when he got In between stops with the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds, Rancho Santa with the Panthers through Nov. 8, when he was Margarita native Chase Balisy made his NHL debut on Oct. 28 with the loaned back to Springfield. It’s a good bet he’ll the call. Florida Panthers. Photo/Danny Baxter “You’re always kind of surprised and obvioushave more opportunities in Florida. ly pretty excited,” he said. “You never know when He moved on to the AHL after he graduated, and Regardless of what the future brings, Balisy alit’s going to happen. I was lucky enough to have it eventually found a home in Florida’s organization. ways will cherish the last week in October and the happen.” His AHL career has tracked his college one – con- first week in November. Balisy’s calling card has been his steady play in sistent, with 44-, 26- and 45-point campaigns to his “Growing up and always wanting to play in the every zone. It’s an attribute he had as a young play- credit. NHL and being able to fulfill that dream was the er, first with USA Hockey’s National Team DevelopBalisy prides himself on using his head as well coolest thing,” said Balisy.

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Chances to serve, learn front and center for Army duo By Chris Bayee


t’s a road less traveled by California hockey players, but Taylor Maruya and Trevin Kozlowski are proud to journey down it at Army West Point. The two are the lone players from the Golden State playing NCAA Division I hockey for U.S. service academies for the 2017-18 season. But Maruya said Californians shouldn’t let military service and academic rigor deter them from taking advantages of the opportunities a military school offers hockey players. “Keep an open mind,” said Maruya, a junior forward from Westchester. “When I was getting recruited here, I never thought I’d be involved in the military at any point. “Young players in California should keep their options open. Be patient. Don’t make any rash decisions. In terms of academics, when you get here, there are so many resources to help you succeed. It’s really not as hard as you might think.” Added Kozlowski, a freshman goaltender from Valencia who had one grandfather serve in the Army and a great grandfather who served in the Navy: “It’s one of those things where you get the opportunity to do so many things all at once – a great education, serve your country and play D-I hockey. It’s all there in one confined area, which is pretty unique. “It’s hard to visit this place and not want to come here.” Black Knights coach Brian Riley said the two already have left an impression on his program. “What a great young man,” the coach said. “Taylor is everything you hope players will be when they come in. How he represents this institution is how you want players to, both on and off the ice.”

Maruya’s play has improved steadily, Riley added.. The longtime L.A. Jr. Kings player is a penalty kill fixture and seamlessly moves throughout the Black Knights’ top nine forwards. “Not only does he have tremendous leadership qualities, but he is an outstanding player. He can play with anyone on the team and he plays an honest, 200-foot game,” Riley said. “He’s such a trustworthy player and he’s very self-

Taylor Maruya

Trevin Kozlowski

less.” Kozlowski is one of two freshmen goaltenders backing up senior starter Cole Bruns. His youth hockey (Jr. Kings, LA Selects and California Titans), prep school and junior credentials are impressive, but he won’t be handed anything, and he knows it. “The culture here demands that you respect upperclassmen – you’ve got to be respectful,” Kozlowski said. “On the hockey team, that exists but if you’re playing

better, you’re going to play. Our upperclassmen try to help you out and provide guidance.” Any contribution from a newcomer is a bonus at Army. There are so many things freshmen have to adapt to. “It’s tough for freshmen anywhere in college hockey and then when you’re at a service academy, it’s even harder,” Riley said. “You have so many things on your plate – the academics, the military training and the hockey part. “Trying to get an understanding of how things are done, time management has a lot to do with it. You’re trying to be good at everything, and these guys figure it out.” Neither player said he would trade his experience at West Point, adding the military element draws the team closer. “Going through six weeks of basic training is a culture shock, and it’s a lot different summer than what most kids have – a huge wake-up call,” said Kozlowski, who is a business management major interested in going into armor or infantry when he is commissioned. “Repelling, throwing grenades, firing rocket launchers. It’s rigorous, but fun. Readjusting to school after a year of junior has taken some work, but it’s well worth it.” Maruya also is a management major and is leaning toward working with combat arms, either in field artillery or armor. He said the closeness of his teammates has left a big impression on him. “It’s a different type of teammate,” said. “It’s not that I didn’t have good teammates in juniors, because I did, but I’ve had so many great experiences here besides hockey.”

Petrie carves own path en route to Harvard commitment By Chris Bayee


ominique Petrie always has a plan – the 2001 birth year is nothing, if not highly focused. Play for team Team USA with her age group? Check. Play youth hockey with boys through her Midget 16U season? Check. Commit to an Ivy League university and continue her hockey career? Check. A Los Angeles native, Petrie hit the third item at the end of October when she committed to Harvard. The San Diego Jr. Gulls forward will enroll next fall at 17. Being one of the youngest students – if not the youngest – in her grade is nothing new. She has been a year ahead in school since third grade. The college choice caps a dynamic year for Petrie. In January, she helped Team USA win its third consecutive gold medal at the Women’s Under-18 World Championships in the Czech Republic. In August, she helped Team USA take two of three games from Canada at Lake Placid, N.Y., in the Under-18 Select Series. “It’s been an exciting year,” she said. “I was very tedious in my college selection process, and there were a handful of other schools that were in the mix, but I decided going to an Ivy League school was something I really wanted. “After my parents and I visited Harvard, I realized it was everything I was looking for – the campus, the coaches, the community. And Boston is one of my favorite cities. It’s like a mini-L.A., just not as hectic. The combination of hockey and academics and location was what I was looking for.”

Her work ethic and skill set haven’t gone unnoPetrie is relishing this season with the Jr. Gulls as ticed. much as she did her time with the Jr. Ducks. “She is really, really, really unique,” said Noah “Everyone in San Diego has been unbelievable,” Babin, who along with Jay Heshe said. “This has been a very bert, coaches Petrie. “From a fun year of youth hockey. It’s a hockey perspective, she’s outvery close-knit team, so I wasn’t rageously good. She thinks the sure what I’d be getting into, but game as well as anyone I’ve seen I’ve formed many friendships and at this age, and she pushes herdeveloped my game further.” self non-stop to get better.” She was quick to credit her Fitting into an established years with the Jr. Ducks for helpAAA team would be difficult for ing her get to the position she’s anyone, much less a girl. Yet in. Babin said it has been a non-is“I’ve had many fun years and sue. multiple great coaches with the “She fits in unbelievably well,” Jr. Ducks,” Petrie said. “One of he said. “There hasn’t been any my 15U coaches, Mike Bickawkwardness, and that’s a testaley, stood out to me. He has rement to her and the kids on this ally believed in me and took a lot team. She just rolls with things. of time working with me on my It’s impressive.” skill development. Of course, that’s not breaking “He has a tremendous pasnews. sion for helping young players, The 5-foot-7 Petrie was a as do Darryl Tivero, Craig and longtime member of the 2001 Jr. Scott. There are so many coachDucks birth year team coached Los Angeles native Dominique Petrie will enroll es who’ve helped me.” at NCAA Division I Harvard University in the fall by Craig Johnson and Scott of 2018 as a 17-year-old prodigy to start her acBut all the coaching the in Niedermayer. world won’t matter without a ademic and hockey career. “Dominique always has been strong work ethic. a huge part of our teams,” Johnson said. “She could “She had high goals and went about working toproduce offensively and compete defensively. ward them every day,” Johnson said. “It’s great to see “She spent a lot of time working on her game and all that work pay off for her.” going to the weight room. She always had a great attiOne only needs to take a look at Petrie’s personal tude and was liked and respected by her teammates.” checklist to confirm that.


OneHockey arrives in California with four holiday events By OneHockey Staff


t’s taken 14 years, but the hockey tournament industry’s undisputed international leader is finally going to introduce its home state of California to what the highly-acclaimed OneHockey experience is all about. OneHockey CEO Sebastien Fortier, a Laguna Hills resident, is excited to announce that OneHockey will bring four OneHockey holiday weekend spectaculars to the Golden State during the 201718 season. These three-day hockey festivals will take place at Icetown Arenas in Carlsbad and LA Kings Icetown Riverside during the Thanksgiving, Presidents Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July weekends.

Both arenas are owned and operated by the Dunaev family and the Riverside location is a community partner with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings franchise. “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to break into California, and now we got one,” said Fortier, who founded OneHockey in 2003 and operates the 25-plus year-round tournament organization from his home office. A OneHockey event is anything but your everyday tournament at your neighborhood ice rink. From its festive music and playful mascot streaming throughout each venue to its bus-

tling lobby featuring a multitude of hockey vendors as well as its popular red-carpet social media interviews, all culminating with its trademark championship ceremony – complete with a OneHockey Cup raising and non-alcoholic champagne celebration – the OneHockey experience cannot be equaled. For more information on the new OneHockey California events as well as the rest of the 201718 in-season OneHockey schedule across North America, visit

ONEHOCKEY CALIFORNIA EVENTS: Thanksgiving - NOVEMBER 2017 Dates: November 24-26 Category: Boys - 4 Games Div/Level: Mite A, Mite B, Squirt B, Peewee AA LOCATION: Ice Town Carlsbad

Presidents’ Day - FEBRUARY 2018 Dates: February16-19, 2018 Category: Boys - 5 Games Div/Level: Peewee A, Peewee B, Squirt B LOCATION: Ice Town Carlsbad

Memorial Day - MAY 2018 Dates: May 25-28, 2018 Category: Boys - 5 Games Div/Level: Bantam A, Bantam AA, Peewee AA LOCATION: Ice Town Carlsbad

Fourth of July - July 2018 Dates: July 5-8, 2018 Category: Boys - 5 Games Div/Level: 2008 AAA, 2008 AA, 2007 AA LOCATION: Ice Town Carlsbad

Div/Level: Peewee A, Peewee B, Bantam AA, 16AA/JV High School, 18AA/Varsity LOCATION: Ice Town Riverside

Div/Level: Squirt A, Bantam B, Bantam A, Bantam AA, U16 AA/JV High School U18AA/Varsity High School LOCATION: Ice Town Riverside

Div/Level: Mite A and B (half ice), Squirt A, Squirt B, Peewee A, Peewee B, U16 AA/HS JV, U18 AA/HS Varsity LOCATION: Ice Town Riverside

Div/Level: 2002 AAA, 2002 AA, 2004 AAA, 2004 AA, 2005 AAA, 2006 AAA, 2006 AAA, 2007 AAA LOCATION: Ice Town Riverside


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Myhres working with LAKHSHL to address substance abuse “As the Kings player assistance director, his role is to be essentially a life coach and provide advice for playrantt Myhres had a promising NHL career under- ers,” said Emma Tani, the Kings’ coordinator of league way and appeared to have everything going for him. and rinks, hockey development. “Our goal is to have That was until he was hit with his first suspension for Brantt provide the same services for our high school substance abuse, an occurrence players, who we feel are at a pivthat he would revisit three more otal point in their lives - where the times before eventually receiving a decisions they make can have a lifetime ban from the league. dramatic impact on their futures.” A right wing who had been seMyhres entered a rehabilitalected by Tampa Bay in the fifth tion program shortly after being round of the 1992 NHL Draft, he banned from the NHL, and then possessed size, speed and powent back to school to study subtential, yet bounced around to five stance abuse behavioral health. teams and never played more than He developed a program to ad47 games in any of his seven seadress substance abuse issues that sons in the league. His addiction he presented to the league and issues eventually outweighed his the NHLPA. With the memories immense talent in hockey skates. of his issues as a player still fresh Now sober for more than nine in many minds, he didn’t get much years, Myhres has worked with traction on his effort, but Kings the L.A. Kings since 2015 as the general manager Dean Lombarteam’s player assistance direcdi reached out to him in 2015 and tor - addressing issues from subhe jumped at the chance to turn Brantt Myhres stance abuse to domestic viohis negative experiences and his lence and gambling - and has recently taken on a similar education into a positive for players who may be dealrole with the L.A. Kings High School Hockey League ing with the same problems he dealt with during his (LAKHSHL). Myhres will visit with many of the league’s career. teams, talking to players and parents about the dangers “My role has been to lend support to anyone in the of substance abuse, how to spot the warning signs and organization that may feel they need to address issues how to get help. - whether it’s addiction, depression or anything else,”

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Myhres said. “Based on my experiences, I was able to see what worked and what didn’t. I think having a former player in this role, it lends a lot more merit to what you’re talking about with these guys about than if someone who has never skated tried to reach out to them. There’s a bit of a respect factor because you have been in their shoes before.” Myhres has already addressed two teams in the LAKHSHL. In each session, he first spoke to the players and then to their parents, and answered plenty of questions. He said his goal with the high school league is mostly to address prevention strategies. “Kids can find themselves at a crossroads at that age,” he said. “There can be a lot of peer pressure, and it can be difficult to choose the right path. Drugs are everywhere, and they’re easy to get, so it’s important to bring awareness to that and to be able to provide a real-life example of what can happen when you get caught up with the wrong people and when you don’t reach out for help.” Myhres said he gave each player and parent his business card with an open invitation to contact him any time as a resource if issues arise. “If the window of willingness is open just a little bit, then we can work on a solution,” Myhres said. “My issues started when I was 16 and playing in the Western Hockey League. At the time, it was taboo to tell anyone you had a problem - it’s my goal to break that stigma. If I can reach even one kid in each room, I consider my efforts a success.”




Jr. Kings launch new Web site, fundraising program By Brian McDonough


ver since the Los Angeles Kings assumed operations of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings over a year ago, the organization has been provided with countless resources in an effort to help push the club to new heights. Another case in point: The recent launch of the Jr. Kings’ brand-new Web site. Designed on the youth-hockey savvy SportsEngine platform and powered by Lucky Brand, the site,, was unveiled earlier this month with grand anticipation. “From a communication and branding standpoint, this is a huge step forward for our program,” said Jr. Kings general manager of hockey operations Nick Vachon. “We put a lot of time and energy into this project, and I’m certain it’ll serve as a go-to educational and informational resource for both our current and future families as it relates to what our club has to offer, head to toe.” Among the highlights on the new site includes a “Hockey 101” page, which addresses frequently asked questions regarding travel hockey, as well as a renewed effort to promote all club-sponsored events and fundraising programs. The site’s look and feel was bolstered by the creative efforts of Jeff Berting. The father of Squirt BB2 goalten-

der Jackson Berting, Jeff’s professional photography and design work took the finished product to a new level in the youth hockey world, aesthetically. “We’re fortunate to have Jeff offer his time and expertise to really help elevate our Web site, along with other branding initiatives, to a new level,” said Vachon. “The imagery and layout really came together thanks to his vision and passion for helping us deliver an absolutely top-notch site.” The new site coincided with the launch of the Jr. Kings’ all-inclusive online shopping platform, JrKings. org. The Web site was designed for - but not limited to - Jr. Kings families, friends and supporters to seamlessly purchase everyday goods and services from dozens of brand-name retailers. At the same time, consumers receive steep discounts and valuable coupons on each purchase while most notably helping build the organization’s Financial Assistance Program. “Since I became involved with this club six years ago, my No. 1 priority has been to make the game significantly more affordable for our families,” said Jr. Kings executive director Kelly Sorensen. “And while we’ve had plenty of success in that regard through our annual and valued fundraising initiatives, I’m convinced the platform will


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be a game-changer. “So many of us are shopping online regularly these days, and to have the opportunity to give our Financial Assistance Program a huge shot in the arm through this e-commerce vehicle - along with providing savings and incentives to those who participate - is exciting to say the least.”, which can be accessed through any computer or mobile device, features dozens of household-name merchants, including Staples, eBay, Groupon, Macy’s, Skechers, Nike, Priceline,, all leading rental car companies and countless more. was architected by Exponential, Inc., a United States subsidiary of London-based M6, Ltd. Its technology automatically tracks all purchases and discount, coupon and cash-back allocations, leaving consumers only having to shop or click directly on special offers received via e-mail at no cost. “In addition to adding plenty of muscle to our Financial Assistance Program, the ancillary benefits provided are unmatched,” added Sorensen. “Collectively, I’m certain we can make a huge impact as it relates to assisting our families, financially, by embracing this Web site to its fullest.” And while both sites will inevitably evolve, the club is nothing but excited to bring a fresh look to the Jr. Kings on the World Wide Web. “All of the early feedback has been over-the-top positive,” said Vachon. “All of our online and digital resources continue to evolve, and that’s going to bode well for not only our program, but more importantly the families who are invested in our club right now and who will be in the coming years.”


Grimm, Cafrelli goalie coach tandem boosting Jr. Sharks By Matt Mackinder


t’s one thing to have a youth hockey organization bring aboard top-notch goalie coaches. It’s another to have those coaches be graduates of that program and do their part to give back to the organization that gave them that extra push as youths. Nick Cafrelli and Geoff Grimm are San Jose Jr. Sharks alums who joined the association for the current 2017-18 season in goalie coach capacities – Cafrelli with the AAA teams and Grimm with the AA, A and B teams. Cafrelli will help out Grimm as well. The pair has revolutionized the Jr. Sharks goalie program, which now has a goalie coach for 90 percent of its AA, A and B practices and almost 100 percent for the AAA teams. “The Jr. Sharks are excited to bring these two goalie coaches to our staff,” said Jr. Sharks development coordinator and 16U AAA coach Mike Janda. “Nick and Geoff fill a void the Jr. Sharks have had for many years. I had the opportunity to coach Geoff my first season in San Jose and Nick comes to the Jr. Sharks after a NCAA Division III experience and brings a wealth of knowledge to our goalies.”

Cafrelli and Grimm took similar paths home to the Jr. Sharks. “I knew Nick Gialdini, who was a coach for the Jr. Sharks from 2008 until last year,” said Cafrelli. “He’s now the video coach for the San Jose Barracuda. Nick is one of my best friends and I knew him since middle school. I had been living in Boston for the past seven years and I had wanted to come back home. Nick had told me that the Jr. Sharks needed a goaltending coach and I knew it was a perfect fit for me.” Cafrelli worked for a number of hockey schools, including Stop It, All American Goaltending and Goaltending Development Services before coming back to San Jose. “I moved back to San Jose after I finished my own hockey career and was still in contact with the local hockey community,” said Grimm. “I heard from a friend that the San Jose travel programs needed more assistance with goalie training. I was excited about this opportunity and got in touch with (Jr. Sharks director) Curtis Brown last summer. My goalie coaching career took off from there.” Both coaches hope their knowledge and strategies can boost the Jr. Sharks netminders into elite players.

“I want to grow competitive goalies at every level,” said Cafrelli. “I strive to help my goaltenders become backbones of the team and teammates the other players can rely on. San Jose, from what I have heard in the past has produced some ‘good’ goaltenders, but I would like to bring that term to ‘great.’” “I coach all ages and all levels of men and women goaltenders,” added Grimm. “I hope to accomplish certain aspects while coaching my goalies. I want them to be competitive, while maintaining their love for the sport. If they are competitive, they will continue to have a desire and drive to accomplish their own goals. I would also like my goalies to leave practice with the knowledge of how to improve their technique and form. I want to watch them develop their skills and reach their potential.” As for reflecting back on their youth, each sees their Jr. Sharks time as one of pure enjoyment. “Coming back to this organization brings me back to my winningest year of my competitive career,” Cafrelli said. “My 18U AA team had made it to nationals and it was one of my favorite years I ever had playing. I hope to bring the same experience to the players playing now.” “I played for three years in the Tier I Elite Hockey League for the Jr. Sharks and over the course of those years, the organization really helped me understand how to improve in every aspect as a goaltender,” added Grimm. “Coming back to the organization is a real honor because I am able to pass down the knowledge I learned throughout my career to my goalies and watch them grow. I hope to give back what I received, and more.”


PICTURE PERFECT Former California Golden Seals players (left to right) Wayne King, Joey Johnston, Marv Edwards and Reggie Leach took part in a book signing at St. Michael’s College in Toronto back on Oct. 23 in partnership with the Society for International Hockey Research. Photo/Greg Oliver

The San Jose Jr. Sharks girls 19U team captured an International Silver Stick regional championship Oct. 29 in Westminster, Colo., defeating Steamboat Springs 1-0 in the title game.

Thatcher Demko, a San Diego native and alumni of the San Diego Jr. Gulls and LA Jr. Kings, was named the American Hockey League Goaltender of the Month for October with the Utica Comets. Photo/Utica Comets

Beach wear was the travel attire for the San Jose Jr. Sharks 16U AAA team over the Oct. 27-29 weekend as the group journeyed to Phoenix for a Tier 1 Elite Hockey League event.

The San Diego Jr. Gulls 16U AAA team visited USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., during a road trip last month and took a photo in the National Team Development Program’s locker room at the facility.

Tustin native and LA Jr. Kings graduate Dustin Wolf earned his first two Western Hockey League wins in goal (and added two assists) Oct. 27-28 for the Everett Silvertips in two road victories over Kamloops and Portland. He was named WHL Goaltender of the Week on Oct. 30.

The San Jose Jr. Sharks girls 12U team captured an International Silver Stick regional championship Oct. 29 in Westminster, Colo., with a 4-1 win in the championship game over the Rocky Mountain Lady RoughRiders.

Las Vegas native and Nevada Storm (now Vegas Jr. Golden Knights) graduate Cameron Zucker takes a breather during a recent game for the North American 3 Hockey League’s Lansing Wolves.

The San Jose Jr. Sharks 10U A-1 boys team traveled to Aspen, Colo., over the Oct. 20-22 weekend to compete in the Fall Face-Off tournament against some of the top Colorado programs. On day three of the trip, they awoke to three inches of snow.

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Arizona duo thriving in Tahoe Hockey Academy environment didn’t know that much about it, but I decided to take a chance to try to improve my skills as much as possible. “It wasn’t that difficult of a decision for me. I didn’t think moving away from home would be too hard, and it hasn’t been too bad for me. It’s been a really positive experience for me. The first year was great, and I’m hoping

and said he appreciates how well the student-athletes’ time is managed. pair of Arizona natives have taken their skills from Lewis, the head coach of Tahoe’s prep team, said the desert to the mountains and are establishing Birecki has a great feel for the effort needed to continuthemselves as cornerstones of the prep team at Tahoe ally improve. Hockey Academy. “He understands the hard work that needs to be put Defenseman Jack Birecki and center Jared in to reach the next level,” Lewis said. “Whether in Shuter are in their second year as student-athletes the weight room or on the ice, he pushes his limits at California’s first prep boarding school for hockey and has that desire to want to be the best. He’s a players, and the two juniors are thriving in their new player that you can count on to give you everything environment. because he expects nothing less from himself.” “It’s really great that we are able to get so much Lewis said Shuter is the type of player who wants ice time at Tahoe Hockey Academy,” Birecki said. to win no matter what it takes. “The elevation training is a big thing, too. I’m defi“His attitude toward wanting to be better is what nitely in really good shape, and my skills have imdrives him to compete every shift,” Lewis said. “His proved - and I’ve made a lot of great memories with work ethic is second to none, and you can tell he my teammates.” has his sights set on higher levels of hockey. I never Birecki grew up playing hockey in Flagstaff until question whether or not Jared is ready to go. He’s a he was nine and when his family moved to Phoenix, player you want to do well because he deserves it.” he began skating with the Jr. Coyotes’ AAA teams. Leaving home at 15 might seem like a daunting After three seasons, he moved over to the Arizona prospect for a lot of teenagers and their parents, esBobcats and played for their 14U AAA squad, and pecially to attend school and play hockey for a prothen took the big leap of moving away from home The desert pair of Jack Birecki (left) and Jared Shuter are excelling in their gram just getting off the ground. Birecki said that to attend Tahoe Hockey Academy prior to last year. junior seasons at Tahoe Hockey Academy. having a familiar face in Shuter by his side has made Shuter, a Phoenix native, played three seasons to build on that in my second year.” the experience that much easier. for the Jr. Coyotes and another year for the Bobcats beShuter said the opportunity to be on the ice every day “We played on the same team for the first time when fore deciding to leave home last year to join the Tahoe with head coach Mike Lewis has made a big difference, we were 10 and one more season after that, so I’ve program. as their ice time isn’t limited like it is in so many other known Jared for a while,” Birecki said. “Our parents are “It just seemed like a really good opportunity to get places and they’re not wasting time driving to and from friends, too, so it’s been a big help having a friend alongon the ice a lot and get in great shape,” Shuter said. “I the rink. He described the training facilities as top notch side me when I moved to Tahoe.” By Greg Ball



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‘Tis the season for THE RINKS All-World Winter Camps By THE RINKS Staff


inters in Southern California are not your typical wintery wonderland as children play and have snowball fights while schools are out for a snow day. Instead, Christmas lights are wrapped around palm trees, Christmas music is on the radios of beachgoers, and the chillingly cold of 60-degree weather makes some people put on a light jacket. For dedicated California hockey players, though, winter is hockey season. As they spend their afternoons in school, every night they are at practice or playing in a game. As every player looks to gain a competitive edge and to hone their skills as hockey players, most look forward to the couple weeks of that school is let out to look for additional ice time. To help these dedicated hockey players grow on and off the ice, THE RINKS is proud to announce the All-World Hockey Institute 2017 Winter Camp. During its 22nd season, the All-World Hockey Institute will be hosting a premiere youth winter hockey camp at THE RINKS-Anaheim ICE after hosting over 500 participants during its summer programming. In this camp, kids will spend an unforgettable four days with professional coaches, learning all aspects of the game of ice hockey at Anaheim ICE, the official practice facility of the Anaheim Ducks. Each day of the camp consists of on- and off-ice skills,

drills, scrimmages, fun and games. “The All-World winter camp is special in that while it is a fun environment for the kids, the coaches constantly challenge them to get better,” said THE RINKS hockey manager Vince Valles. “Many of our current travel hockey players and even high school hockey players have participated in our winter camp, and it shows in their play on the ice as well as their sportsmanship and community involvement off the ice. The focus of our camp is not only improving the skaters’ skills on the ice, but also teaching them sportsmanship, accountability, and just how to be a leader in general.

“It’s a special experience.” In addition, returning for the winter season is world-renowned camp director Rick Hutchinson. With over 20 seasons of experience, Hutchinson has developed a science of running highly successful pro-


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grams including helping THE RINKS become a USA Hockey Model Association last year. “Winter is a great time for skill development,” Hutchinson said. “Hockey season is underway, and the kids are really excited to come to the rink each day. That excitement is felt and reciprocated by the coaches, and it makes for a fun and memorable camp experience. “The kids love it.” While the All-World Hockey Institute Winter Camps will be the main focus on the ice, THE RINKS will also be hosting two holiday camps at THE RINKS–Irvine Inline from Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2-5. Players attending these four-day camps will experience professional instruction from top inline players to help bet- ter their skill development, learn proper techniques, understand the game, and learn the importance of sportsmanship. Every camp is available for players of all levels and are guaranteed to take their game to the next level. To find more information on any of the camps mentioned or if you want to spend your winter at THE RINKS, visit to find out how you can take your game to the next level.

ANAHEIM JR. DUCKS Current Jr. Ducks standout Groll commits to NCAA D-I Michigan By Chris Bayee


weekend in Pittsburgh at the end of September helped determine Josh Groll’s future course.. The performances by the Anaheim Jr. Ducks center and his 16U AAA team at the United States Hockey League (USHL) Fall Classic drew a lot of attention from college coaches, including the University of Michigan, which Groll ultimately committed to in late October. “Michigan was one of the schools that communicated with my family advisor after that,” said Groll. “They arranged a campus visit. I liked the tradition of the school and the hockey program. Their legacy showed what it was worth to go there.” During his visit, he spoke with fellow San Diegan Jake Slaker, who is an assistant captain for the Wolverines. “He gave me great insight into his experiences there,” Groll said. Groll, who along with Jr. Ducks teammate Ryan Johnson helped Team USA win the U17 Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic in August, is on quite a run this year. “Josh’s work ethic and compete level are very high,” said Alex Kim, Jr. Ducks 16U co-coach and the club’s director of player personnel. “He’s also very mature. He takes academics very seriously. Whether he’s in the gym or on the ice, he’s always trying to better himself. “He’s always around the puck, and he can create offense because of his speed and strength.” Through the end of October, Groll was tied for the scoring lead in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League with 23 points through 12 games. Groll’s next step after this season likely is to play junior in the USHL for the Omaha Lancers, which holds his rights, before enrolling at Michigan in the fall of 2020.


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orking with young players and talking to them about their goals and dreams has often caused me to reflect back on my goals and dreams, my successes and failures. The more I reflect, the more questions it Ben Frank raises and the hungrier I become to search for answers. I often wonder to myself why my failures in hockey didn’t derail me and actually motivated me further to succeed. I wonder why other, more talented players seemed to shut down, not work hard, or quit as they grew older and experienced some adversity. Much of this can be explained by Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s work on mindset and praise. Dweck explains two contrasting types of praise given to kids that work toward developing two contrasting mindsets. Warning: This may scare you when you think about your own natural habits of well-intentioned praise. I know it does for me when I think back to my early days of coaching and teaching. Praising someone’s abilities contributes to what

Dweck coins as a “fixed mindset.” These players hear that you think they are talented and that is why they are valued and important. They don’t want to do anything that will disprove this evaluation and they go on to play it safe and only take on challenges they know they will succeed at so they can continue to guarantee success, thus limiting the long term growth of their talent. Praising someone’s EFFORTS and their PROCESS of growth, however, contributes to the “growth mindset,” causing the player to think that if they don’t take on hard things and stick to them, they will not grow and that challenge is all part of working towards mastery. Can you see how much impact this can have on young players? Think about how often the most talented players at youth levels are told how talented they are, or referred to having a natural ability. And this same well-intentioned adult will often praise the work ethic of the less talented players because they don’t view them as having the natural talent, so in being kind, they praise their work ethic or positive attitude instead. Can you see when considering Dweck’s work how this may actually reverse the roles in the long run? Is it any wonder why many of the most talented players at a young age end up being surpassed by less talented players in the long run who seem to

work much harder? Players who have always had to work hard and continue to do so, compared to players that feel like their ability is a gift and when others start catching up, just view it as themselves “losing it” or avoiding the challenge all together to avoid disproving their talent identification from the beginning? If they just quit or don’t try out for that team or put themselves in that situation, they can always say that they were a great player, but didn’t want to play or didn’t try, rather than embrace failure and working through it. Do you recognize any of these tendencies in the people around you? Young players? Adults? Maybe yourself? Can you see how powerful the difference is and what it can mean to a young person to shift their mindset one way or the other for their future? If this interests you, I encourage you to check out Dweck’s book and dig into this and reflect further about the language you use with young people and even in your own self talk. Once you have reflected on it, “the toothpaste is out of the tube,” as they say. You can’t go back and it is powerful, the changes in young people you can see when you can help them adopt the growth mindset for their hockey and their lives.

Ben Frank is the president of the Ontario Jr. Reign, a USA Hockey Model Association. Interested in being a Chalk Talk columnist? E-mail Matt Mackinder at


Frozen Fairgrounds hockey festival coming to San Diego By Greg Ball


hen you think of San Diego, the first thought that comes to mind isn’t usually hockey. After all, with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees year-round, finding a frozen pond with kids playing pickup games in the winter is out of the question, and rinks aren’t nearly as plentiful as they are in other parts of the country. For 17 days in December, however, the San Diego suburb of Del Mar will be transformed into hockey central when the Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar takes over the seaside city. From December 15-31, the outdoor arena at the Del Mar Fairgrounds - a 4,000-seat open-air arena with a covered roof that’s used during other parts of the year for everything from minor-league soccer to horse shows and CrossFit competitions - will host public skating, youth hockey games and an outdoor practice for the local American Hockey League (AHL) team. “You’re going to get that outdoor feel without having to worry about the potential for rain or for the sun to be beating down on the ice all day,” said Barry Sherer, president of International Hockey Events. “We’re pretty excited - the response has been overwhelming.” International Hockey Events, in conjunction with Rich Cubin and Golden State Ice Sports, will build a regulation-size NHL rink in the arena, as well as a 120-foot by 60-foot community rink that will be used for public

skating and Mite play. From December 15-17, Frozen Fairgrounds will drop the puck for the Heroes Cup adult tournament, which will include multiple divisions to accommodate a variety of skill levels from an Open division down to the Novice division and multiple options in between. There will be an ACHA college game on the night of Dec. 17 featuring San Diego State against Long Beach State, and on the morning of Dec. 18 from 10-11:45 a.m., the AHL’s San Diego Gulls will host the first outdoor practice session in their history. The session will be open and free for the public to attend, and the immensely popular local team should be a big draw - they’ll

also participate in a public skate on both sheets of ice on Dec. 20. “We’re making that first weekend military and first-responder appreciation weekend,” Sherer said. “That’s really important to us, and we know how big a role the military plays in the San Diego area and how important first responders are everywhere. “The Gulls are a key partner in all of this. They’ll have a presence during the entire event.”

From Dec. 21-23, youth divisions, including high school varsity, high school junior varsity, 8U A and 8U B, will be featured. After a break for Christmas Eve and Christmas, Dec. 26-28 will be open for teams at the 10U B, 10U BB, 14U A and 8U B levels. The final three days, Dec. 29-31, will see teams on the ice at the following levels: 12U A, 12U AA, 12U BB, 16U AA and 8U A. Parents and coaches can find information and can register for the USA Hockey-sanctioned tournaments at International Hockey Events has organized youth and adult tournaments for more than 20 years. Last December, the company put on its first outdoor event in Bakersfield and with youth games, adult contests and a n AHL game between the Edmonton Oilers affiliate Condors and L.A. Kings affiliate Ontario Reign on its final night, it was a smashing success. The idea is to move the event to a new location each year, giving hockey players and fans all over the country the chance to participate in something totally unique. “There will be public skating on the community rink throughout most of the event, and there will be several days and evenings when both sheets of ice will be open for skating,” Sherer said. “This is the first time a NHL-size outdoor rink has been built in San Diego County, so I think people will be pretty excited about it.” 18

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NEVADA REPORT Golden Knights’ Engelland wants Foley draws assist, helps with to help city through NHL hockey Northern California fire relief By Matt Mackinder

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es, the tragic and sickening events of Oct. 1 will linger for a very long time in the Las Vegas community. But Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland, a longtime resident of the city since his days with the old Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, wants to see the city heal through hockey. “It would be completely foolish to say that sports can help people recover from a tragedy like this one; we know that it’s just hockey,” Engelland wrote in the famed Players’ Tribune. “We know that it’s just a game, but our team came together in the days after the shooting, and there was a real sense of purpose in our locker room. We just kept saying, ‘Hey, maybe we can go out and make this city proud, and maybe take people’s minds off things for just a few hours.’” Engelland admitted he was nervous when he made a stirring pre-game speech to the sold-out crowd at T-Mobile Arena for the Golden Knights’ home opener on Oct. 10, but said encouragement and inspiration for doing that came well before that game. “It was extremely tough (starting the season in Dallas) because everybody wanted to be back in Vegas doing whatever we could to help,” continued Engelland. “We wanted to get that win so bad. And after we pulled it out 2–1, I stood up on the team bus on the way back to the hotel and read a text message from a friend of mine at the Las Vegas Fire Department. He said, ‘Man, you wouldn’t believe the spirits you’re lifting here at the fire department.’” “Everybody on the bus had goose bumps. I mean, guys were standing up and cheering. I’ve never seen anything like that energy. It felt like, in some very small way, we could give people something to feel good about. (For the home opener) when I skated out there, I saw the faces of all the first responders — men, women, younger people, older people, doctors, nurses, firefighters, engineers, police officers — and my nerves went away.”

s the wild wine country fires raged last month in Northern California, hockey philanthropy once again came through in the form of Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley on Oct. 23. Through his charity, the Foley Family Charitable Foundation, $225,000 was donated in support of the communities recently devastated by the recent fires. The money will be divided among the Community Foundation Sonoma County (Sonoma County Resilience Fund), the Napa Valley Community Foundation (Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund), and the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation (Housing Support for Ag Workers Displaced by Fires Fund). The Foley Family Charitable Foundation has also set up a GoFundMe account to support those affected by fires and the employee contributions to this fund will also be matched up to $50,000 by the foundation. “We are deeply saddened by the destruction and devastation we see all around us, and our hearts go out to our wine country community,” said Foley. “Our first priority is the safety and support of our employees who have been deeply affected by the fires. We remain hopeful as we combine efforts with our neighbors, to support victims displaced by these fires and rebuild. We know that our contributions are going to three conscientious charities that will put relief money to work in the areas they’re needed most.” In addition, on Oct. 22, the Foley Family Wines culinary team shared 500 meals at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Culinary Arts Center in support of Sonoma Family Meal, an organization spearheaded by The Press Democrat and Bite Club’s Heather Irwin. The organization is helping to bring meals from local chefs to families in the affected communities who need a helping hand to feed extra family and friends affected by the fires. “We invite you to help strengthen our devastated winery community by choosing Sonoma and Napa wines,” said Foley. Foley Family Wines was established by Bill Foley in 1996 with the acquisition of Lincourt Vineyards in California’s Santa Ynez Valley.

FROM THE TRAINER’S ROOM The importance of in-season strength training in hockey T

he grind of a hockey season can take a toll on a player’s body. There can be upwards of 50-60 games, plus 2-3 practices a week and private training during a season that can run from August until USA Hockey Youth Nationals in April. This grind can break down the muscles in the body leading to decreased performance and possible acute or overuse injuries. A common oversight is to either stop Chris Phillips dryland training during the season or to train the wrong systems leading to more breakdowns in the body. There is a reason all NHL teams have a full-time strength and conditioning coach that works with the team during the season. The players that play a ton of minutes will need more recovery work to maintain strength and he player who does not get a lot of playing time may need a more intense program to prepare them for when they are asked to play. The goal of an in-season program is to prepare the athlete to play their best. This means the program will change throughout the season. For instance, in the beginning of a season, the program is based more towards aerobic and anaerobic work to prepare for the games to come. As the season progresses, the focus shifts to maintaining strength and doing the things necessary to remain healthy, including resistance exercises and deceleration drills. Following a tournament or showcase weekend, the focus is on recovery work, such as foam rolling, mobility and injury prevention exercises. By making these modifications throughout the season, you will maximize your performance while reducing injuries.

Chris Phillips is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist and owner of Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Orange County. Chris spent eight seasons as an athletic trainer in the NHL.


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Olympic hopes alive for trio of Californians playing in Europe

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he wildfires that blazed through Northern California last month have left a trail of tragedy that will take time to clean up and recover from. But hockey has already played a small part in the recovery efforts. Back on Oct. 22 at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa (also called Snoopy’s Home Ice, as Peanuts creator Charles Schulz built the rink in 1969), seven- and eight-year-olds gathered to play the annual Great Halloween Jamboree tournament, a one-day event that saw the area’s Mite teams help bring the Santa Rosa community together. Canceling the event was considered, but quickly rejected. According to, organizers found ways to work through a week-long power outage that melted the ice, lack of motel space and burned-up gear for 19 hockey families who lost their homes. The NHL’s San Jose Sharks donated new skates and gear to the affected families and as a Santa Rosa coach also owns a local pizza parlor, pizza for lunch was served free of charge. “We needed to be here,” said Rebecca Henderson, one of the tournament’s organizers, to Nearby buildings were destroyed in the fire, but the rink and its Warm Puppy Cafe came through unscathed. The Wagner family lost two homes in one of the hardest-hit Santa Rosa neighborhoods. The family left its new home of 10 months with little more than the clothes on their back. Everything was lost in the fires, including eight-year-old Daniel Wagner’s pet bunny and his hockey gear. “It’s terrible to be eight years old and have to run out of your house with nothing,” Daniel’s father, David Wagner, said in the report. “He has no toys, no Legos. Nothing.” David said seeing Daniel play in the Great Halloween Jamboree “was definitely needed.” Sadly, he said Daniel now suffers from nightmares of fire and evacuation. Daniel said life may never be the same after the fire, but still vows to one day play pro hockey. “I miss my old skates,” he said. “I miss my old stick.”

he NHL’s decision to not supply players for February’s Olympic Games in South Korea opened the door for a trio of California professional hockey players to compete for Team USA. Defenseman Jonathon Blum and forwards Robbie Earl and Ryan Lasch were part of Team USA’s squad that competed in the Deutschland Cup in Augsburg, Germany, from Nov. 10-12. USA Hockey used the tournament as one of its evaluation tools for selecting the Olympic team, which it is expected to announce in late December. Each of the three is playing in Europe. Here is a closer look at each: · Blum, a longtime California Wave player, is in his third season with Vladivostok Admiral of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. He was the team’s highest-scoring defenseman during his first two seasons. Blum, the highest-drafted Californian ever (No. 23 overall in 2007), played six seasons in the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild organizations, appearing in 110 NHL games. He was selected the CHL’s Defenseman of the Year in 2009 after racking up 84 points and going plus-53 for the Vancouver Giants. · Earl, who played for the Bay Harbor Red Wings, Wave and L.A. Jr. Kings, is in his seventh season in Europe and third with Biel HC in Switzerland.. He led Biel in scoring last season and was among the top 15 point-getters in the Swiss A League. A sixth-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs (No. 187) in 2004, Earl spent six seasons in the Toronto and Minnesota organizations and played 47 NHL games. A U.S. National Team Development Program alumni, he was a member of Wisconsin’s 2006 NCAA championship team. · Lasch played for the Wave and Yorba Linda Blackhawks and has piled up points at every stop in his eight-year pro career, capturing championships the past two seasons in Europe. The all-time leading scorer at St. Cloud State, Lasch helped Bern SC win the Swiss A League title last spring, one year after sparking Frolunda HC’s run to the Swedish Hockey League championship. He led the league in scoring last season and also led Finland’s top league in points in 2012.

Poway’s Herrman off to quick start in second USHL season day,” he said. “My dad has always told me no matter my status on any team — whether it be top three ormer L.A. Jr. Kings, Anaheim Jr. Ducks and forwards or the bottom three forwards — just work San Diego Jr. Gulls standout Rory Herrman hard every day. has faced off his second season with the Green “I don’t think I’ll ever set goals for how many Bay Gamblers in the points I want to get United State Hockey in a year. I am more League (USHL). focused on my overall Herrman, 18, a naprogress as a player. tive of Poway in San I know that if I work Diego County, said his hard and train right, goal for this season is the points will follow.” to build on the founHerrman said the dation he established structure and top-levlast season. el coaching available “I was the youngwith the Gamblers enest kid on the team abled him to progress last season, so I knew not only as a hockey playing time wasn’t player but also, pergoing to be what it haps just as imporwas like in California,” tantly, mature as an explained Herrman, individual. who collected one Ducks director of goal, two assists, 39 player personnel Alex penalty minutes and Kim called Hermann a minus-3 rating in “an extremely hard 37 games. “With that Rory Herrman is enjoying his sophomore campaign with the USHL’s worker, (who) combeing said, I primarily Green Bay Gamblers and has an NCAA Division I commitment in place petes hard, is physical with Arizona State University. Photo/USHL set my goals to things and shoots the puck such as work ethic and overall progress as a player.” very well.” Herrman said his goals and expectations for his “I was the hardest-working guy every day and second season in Green Bay are to mirror the goals made sure I used the opportunity with the great faand expectations of his first season. cilities and coaches to make sure I got better every “I’m going to work hard and get better every single day,” Herrman added in describing his ongoBy Phillip Brents



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ing development during his first season in the USHL. “At the end of the year, I looked back and knew that I was a workhorse and I had really developed into a better hockey player than the previous year. “I learned a quicker more structured brand of hockey and learned what it was really like being a professional in every form of the word. A lot of the vital things I learned in my first year in the USHL really tie into the whole professional lifestyle. You need to work hard, train your body correctly, energize your body correctly with the right food and beverages and lastly, train your mind to be mentally tough.” After an introduction to what real winter weather feels like in Wisconsin last season, Herrman said he is now prepared for whatever Mother Nature might deliver. “The weather is pretty different here in Wisconsin than California, so it took me a little bit to adapt to it, how cold it gets and how longer the winters are … but I felt fine in my warmer-than-usual clothing. “It took a couple weeks to learn how to drive in the snow, but I took it slow and easy and I didn’t have any problems.” Prior to playing in Green Bay last season, Hermann had made a commitment to play for Arizona State University’s NCAA Division I team. “My hockey goals for the future are still the same as when I was a kid,” he said. “I want to play in the NHL. ASU is definitely in my picture. I love Arizona State and cannot wait to continue my career to the NHL by playing Division I ice hockey for the Sun Devils. Words really can’t describe how excited I am to continue my development at ASU.”

The Magnificent Seven

Californians taking the lead as team captains in NCAA Division I hockey circles By Chris Bayee


hey span the continent and have different roles on their respective teams, but there are similarities. California Rubber Magazine has identified seven players with ties to the state who are wearing a letter for NCAA Division I programs this season. They bring different skills and play various positions, but there are a few constants in the template. All are good students, six of the seven are leading ranked teams and none shy away from accountability. Two are captains – Alaska-Fairbanks’ Justin Woods and Northeastern’s Nolan Stevens – while five are assistants – Clarkson’s Brett Gervais, Harvard’s Merrick Madsen, Notre Dame’s Andrew Oglevie, Boston University’s Nik Olsson and Michigan’s Jake Slaker. Woods, a burly defenseman who played Midget hockey for the California Titans, missed his sophomore season as he battled – and overcame – a rare form of bone cancer. He graduated and is playing this season as a redshirt senior. A WCHA All-Academic Team pick, Woods is heavy contributor at both ends of the ice for the Nanooks. “What stands out to me most about him is how he is such a strong and humble leader,” Nanooks coach Lance West told the Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner. “Justin not only has the ability to lead and pull others in, he teaches his teammates how to become leaders as well.” Stevens, a forward who played Midgets for the LA Jr. Kings, helped Northeastern to a 6-3-1 start and No. 12 ranking. A Hockey East All-Academic pick, Stevens suffered a season-ending injury after piling up 22 points in 17 games last season. He had 42 points as a sophomore, prompting the St. Louis Blues to take him in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft. He was back scoring more than a point per game this season. “Nolan will give us a little bit of versatility,” Huskies coach Jim Madigan told the school’s official website. “He’s a really smart player. You can make some comparison to his brother (John) that there’s a really good hockey IQ there. It’s not hard to find out quickly that their dad (Kings coach John) was a positive influence.” Woods and Stevens were assistant captains last season, as was Gervais, who has been Mr. Consistency for Clarkson, which has been in the top 10 all season. The senior forward from Corona, who played for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Yorba Linda Blackhawks and OC Hockey Club, is a three-time ECAC AllAcademic pick. He also was the Golden Knights’ Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, chips in offense and is a face-off monster. “He’s an engineering major, so he’s attacking one of the tougher disciplines, and he has a work ethic that is unmatched,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “There’s a lot that goes into being a leader – keeping the team’s energy up, figuring out how to stay grounded. It’s a grind with the academics, but he’s balanced all that. “He plays in all situations for us. His hockey sense and IQ are excellent. He’s not the rah-rah guy. He’s someone who spends a lot of time with the guys on the side to get to know them.” Madsen’s ascension into a leadership role is

Brett Gervais is a three-time ECAC All-Academic pick and was Clarkson’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2016-17. Photo/Clarkson Athletics

Merrick Madsen is the first goaltender to wear a letter in Harvard coach Ted Donato’s 14 years with the Crimson. Photo/Harvard Athletics

Jake Slaker is a versatile player for Michigan and is an assistant captain as a sophomore forward this season. Photo/Michigan Photography

notable because he’s a goaltender. “I’ve been here 14 years and it’s the first time we’ve had a goalie wear a letter,” Crimson coach Ted Donato said of the Acton native. “It’s a tremendous honor and a tribute to Merrick’s character and how his teammates perceive the manner in which he carries himself on and off the ice.” Harvard’s outgoing captains hold a team vote to determine the following season’s leadership group, and Donato cited Madsen’s treatment of others a huge factor in his election. “It also speaks to the fact you’re judged not on a popularity contest, but how you treat those people you encounter away from the rink,” Donato said. Madsen was a lynchpin for a Harvard team that reached the Frozen Four, setting a school records with 28 wins and a 16-game win streak. With a 2.11 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage, the 2013 Philadelphia Flyers draft pick (his rights were traded to the Arizona Coyotes this summer) also was a Mike Richter Award semifinalist and an ECAC All-Academic selection. Oglevie, a junior who played for LA Hockey, scored the goal that sent the Irish to the Frozen Four last spring, and he’s picked right up where he left off, averaging more than a point per game. He was selected Notre Dame’s Most Improved Player after going from nine points as a freshman to 41 as a sophomore. After an up-and-down junior career, Oglevie has made a believer of Irish coach Jeff Jackson, who told the Indianapolis Star, “You can stereotype kids from California, mostly beach boys and maybe a little bit free spirited. Andrew, I was worried that he didn’t have the commitment level to be that kind of player and he’s definitely proved that’s not the case.” Olsson is another story in resilience. Wearing an ‘A’ for the second season in a row, the Hockey East All-Academic pick, has seen the past two seasons derailed by injuries, including a broken leg in January. Yet the senior, who played for LA Hockey and the San Diego Jr. Gulls, pressed on and carved out a niche as a leader for the Terriers. “I know Nik’s time has been hard, but what he went through last year is worth it for him,” coach David Quinn told the Daily Review. “He went through some tough times and is a better player for it now.” Slaker is the only sophomore among the group, but he has wasted no time become a key member of the Wolverines, who recently climbed into the national rankings. The San Diegan scored a teamhigh 21 points as a freshman and was Michigan’s Rookie of the Year. “He has a lot of leadership qualities,” Michogan coach Mel Pearson said. “Jake brings a couple of things. He plays with a lot of energy. Not once in a while, but all the time. He has that passion. He’s one of the more vocal players in the locker room, whether it’s encouraging or saying what needs to be said.” A younger player has some leeway in that regard when he brings what Slaker does on the ice. “He’s a good skater with a great work ethic,” Pearson said. “He has a really good shot; a great release. He also sees the ice well and I can play him anywhere.” Clearly these seven are up to the task of leading their teams.


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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

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 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 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 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) – Topeka RoadRunners 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 Zach Pochiro (Las Vegas) – Allen Americans Ross McMullan (Las Vegas) – Wheeling Nailers Cory Ward (Las Vegas) – Manchester Monarchs 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

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Back On The Floor San Jose State’s return adds depth to WCRHL’s already-strong 2017-18 lineup experience. “Having such a nice roller hockey facility in San Jose creates interest for the sport, so most kids who grew up playing in the youth leagues eventually play travel, high school division, or at the very least, continue to play in a weekly league,” he said. “While only three of us have played college hockey before, we have all played in travel tournaments or Division 1 high school.” The Spartans’ college veterans include Robinson and two graduate students — Peter Simonsen, an outstanding goaltender formerly from UC San Diego, and Jacob Hickey, the team’s only returning

filling that role will be an additional defensemen,” Robinson said. “This worked incredibly well for the he Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League opening weekend.” faced off its 2017-18 season with its annual Excluding the exhibition game against West Kick-Off event Oct. 28-29 in San Jose. Valley, Robinson posted a .909 save percentage Both San Jose State University (Division II) and and had five assists as a skater. Simonsen posted a Saddleback College (Junior College Division) made .917 save percentage and scored two goals. triumphant returns to the playing court. Rivera (five goals, three assists) and Hickey (two San Jose State skated to three wins and one goals, six assists) led SJSU in scoring with eight overtime loss in four games while Saddleback points each. Seven of the team’s eight players posted a 3-1 record. picked up points in the four games. Goaltender Jack Robinson, who won a national “Jacob quarterbacks our team completely, championship with West Valley College’s Junior contributes a lot and is a strong defenseman,” College Division team last season, is the Robinson offered. “Trever Rivera and driving force behind San Jose State’s Lachlan Williams (four goals, one return to play. assist) also flex their travel experience “After transferring out of West Valley, with quick puck movement, smart plays I was thinking about what a shame it and hustle. was that the school I was going to didn’t “What I’d like for the team ties in currently have a team, especially after heavily with my experience with West winning the JC national championship,” Valley. Come together into a tight knit Robinson explained. “I considered the group of friends that push each other thought of trying to start a team. Having and value time at the rink, improve worked at the Silver Creek Sportsplex naturally as a team, and show those in San Jose for several years, and around us how much fun it is to play practically growing up at the rink, I college roller hockey. knew of a couple players who would be “In doing so this year, we want to interested. remain a very strong Division II team and “At first, I brushed off the idea, push for nationals. If we’re successful, thinking that it might be better just to then our bench should be a bit bigger get on with school, and that it would be and wiser for a push into Division I in difficult to find a group of guys as tightly the next year or so. I won a few Division knit as we had with last year’s West I games with West Valley last year. Valley squad. The idea was curbed and I We had commentators at nationals really had no intention of pursuing it until claiming that we would be a competitor the first day of classes, the last week of San Jose State University made a successful return to active playing status in the Western Col- in the division were it allowed. I feel I legiate Roller Hockey League with three wins and an overtime loss in October’s season-opening owe it to myself and my players to get August. tournament in San Jose. “In my second class, a kid who looked the most out of college hockey.” insanely familiar took the open seat next to me. As it SJSU roller player. Of course, the Spartans will have competition. turns out, Trever (Rivera) had been an addition to Hickey has name value in the Bay Area; he’s The Cal Bears posted a 3-1 record in Division II, my NARCh team in Juniors about a year and a half played in travel tournaments all his life as well as in while Cal Poly Pomona and UC San Diego both before then, and he mentioned being disappointed the American Inline Hockey League and for Team finished 2-2. by a lack of team as well, so I said, ‘You know, I’ve USA (2009-10). He also plays on San Jose State’s Four Bears topped the division’s early season kind of been thinking about putting one together.”’ ice hockey team. scoring chart: Delfino Varela (13 goals, 27 points), One thing led to another and the Spartans were “With such a short bench, and dare I say, two very Ryan Daubenmire (12 goals, 25 points), Darien reborn. strong goalies, Peter and I have decided to split the Oliver (nine goals, 14 points) and Cal McCleery Robinson said the team’s biggest strength is its games between the pipes evenly, and whoever isn’t (five goals, 11 points).

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Saddleback takes opening advantage in WCRHL JC rivalry S

addleback College and West Valley College helped put the Junior College Division back on the map during the Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League’s (WCRHL) season opening tournament Oct. 28-29 in San Jose. West Valley College is the division’s reigning national champion, while Saddleback, no stranger to national championship appearances, returns after a three-year hiatus. WCRHL director Brennan Edwards said the first bid from the WCRHL to the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association national championship tournament in the JC Division will go to the team with the best head-to-head record throughout the season. Saddleback earned early season bragging rights with its 5-4 overtime win at the San Jose tournament. Riley Hummitsch, who netted the game winner 24

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off assists from Mason Pilkington and Jared Smer, led the Gauchos in tournament scoring with seven points (five goals, two assists). A true rivalry appears to have been born between the teams.

“We knew coming in that it would be a good test for our team and with Saddleback also being a community college, it creates a rivalry between the two colleges,” West Valley head coach Jose Mondragon said. “It’s definitely a team we look forward to playing again in the upcoming tournaments.” Overall, close competitive games defined the

season opening tournament. “There were lots of close games in Division I at this event,” Edwards said. “UC Santa Barbara has a short bench (6-7 skaters). Arizona State was missing one of their top defensemen, Ryan Cotton, for the weekend, so look for their defense to be a little more shored up when they have him in the lineup. “Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) added a second Division III team (Green), and all rosters look full, with about 12 on their Division I roster, and eight on each of the Division III rosters. CSU Fullerton has a Division I and Division III team, with around 12-14 on each as well. “Larger clubs could mean the sport is in a growth pattern.” - Phillip Brents

All About Giving Back Villa Park senior’s high school cancer awareness project laces up for moms By Phillip Brents

breast cancer and had successful treatment. She does not have MBC, but any woman who has had breast cancer and successful treatment still has a 30 percent chance of developing MBC sometime in their life. That is what spurred Nichols’ interest in finding a cure for this deadly form of breast cancer. Nichols said he learned a lot about working with others and being persistent to reach his goal. “At first, it seemed impossible to get everything set up, but then as word got out more and more, people were willing to help and I am very grateful for that,” he said. “I’m also proud of what we were able to raise to help find a cure for MBC and I want to thank everybody that helped me along the way. Let’s

Record breaker

The 11th annual Give Blood Play Hockey event he Give Blood Play Hockey (GBPH) inline hockey produced some record-breaking numbers, according charity tournament is all about giving to those in to tournament co-founder Mary Quayle-Korus. need. “We blew every goal out of the water,” she Alex Nichols of Villa Park High School took that gushed. message to heart. This year’s event raised $160,461.42. The Nichols recently started a charity fundraising funds will go to the event’s co-benefactors: campaign called “Lacing Up For Mom” to help find Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and a cure for metastatic breast cancer (MBC). He sold Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). pink skate laces for $10 per pair, with all proceeds This year’s total brings the total donation over the (minus the cost of the laces) being donated to 11 years to $911,943., the leading charity funding the efforts The event also collected 495 pints of blood to cure MBC. through off-site drives held at Pacific Premier Bank, He and his family set up a booth at this Hybrid Apparel, Lake Ariel Fire Department year’s Give Blood Play Hockey event, held and during the Give Blood Play Hockey Oct. 19-22 at The Rinks-Irvine Inline, to help event weekend. raise funds for cancer research. Korus noted the event celebrated its Nichols set a goal of donating $5,000 by 3,000th pint donated in the tournament’s the end of October. He surpassed that with history. $5,570. He and his family estimated the This year’s event attracted 124 teams. fundraising efforts resulted in about $4,000 On a more personal level, 11 individuals during the GBPH event weekend. donated their hair for the “Locks of Love” In recognizing his charity work, Nichols drive sponsored by Vogue Salon. earned honors as the Anaheim Ducks Inline “Never would I have thought a small idea Scholastic League’s (ADISL) Studentwould become so big,” Korus said. “In 2018, Athlete of the Month for Oct. 2017. we will surpass our $1 million donation. A senior, Nichols maintains at 4.7 GPA “It makes me proud to keep my while taking Advanced Placement classes. grandfather’s memory alive, to be able to He plays for Villa Park in both the ADISL keep fighting for people like Casey Strale and Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey and my Uncle David and to celebrate what League (ADHSHL), the ADISL’s companion cancer research, treatments and cures can ice hockey league. do to produce cancer survivors like Niko He serves as a captain on Villa Park’s Villa Park High School senior Alex Nichols poses with his mother, Dianne Nichols, Greco, Scarlette Tipton and other family inline team and an assistant captain on the and sister, Meg Nichols, at the Lacing Up For Mom booth at October’s Give Blood members and friends who are still here Play Hockey charity inline hockey tournament in Irvine. ice hockey team. today because we refuse to lose to cancer. Villa Park inline team manager Kim Parker keep ‘Lacing Up For Mom’ and find a cure.” “As always, the outpouring of support was describes Nichols as “an amazing kid.” Brad Nichols, Alex’s father, is obviously very incredible — 495 pints of blood, those are 495 “Alex is one of the best players on our team,” proud of his son. people who help save lives. That is an incredible Parker said. “He was selected this year to be our “He has shown that when he puts his mind to number of individuals. Give Blood. Play Hockey. captain because he is a great role model and hard something, he will get it done,” the elder Nichols Fight Cancer.” worker. Alex is always encouraging other players said. “He’s a great young man and has made his The event’s two $500 scholarship award winners both on the rink and from the bench. mom feel very appreciative.” were Brandon Hom of Beckman High School and “He is a natural leader who works hard and is Nichols is currently applying to several colleges Timothy Gardner of Foothill High School. committed to his team.” in California, Texas and Colorado and plans on Other awards presented at this year’s event A personal connection got the project rolling. majoring in International Relations and Global included the Volunteer of the Year award (Samantha Alex’s mother, Dianne, was diagnosed with Security. Mayer) and the Machine award (Keith Kareta).


Nor Cal Cup gets NARCh events for ‘17-18 season rolling N

ARCh’s 25th anniversary season is right around the corner and NARCh president Daryn Goodwin expects another exciting season of travel team hockey on tap. The Nor Cal Cup, an annual draw for Northern California teams, is scheduled Nov. 25-26 at San Jose’s Silver Creek Sportsplex. The 2018 NARCh Winternationals face off Jan. 12-15 at The Rinks-Huntington Beach Inline. “The Nor Cal Cup over Thanksgiving has shaped up to be another great event,” Goodwin said. “The Men’s Division continues to grow and we’re excited to introduce a 6U Cub Division for the event. The last few years, we haven’t had enough interest with this youngest age to have a division, so it’s great to have it back.” There will be only one stand-alone Winternationals event in 2018 – that in Southern California.

“Winternationals is always a great kick-off to the season and many travel in from tougher climates to enjoy Huntington Beach in January,”

Goodwin said. “More Canadian teams will be making the trip and participating this year. We’ve also had more interest from South American teams and East Coast teams, so the divisions will have a great mix of teams. The year of 2018 is a very

special year for us -- it’s the 25th anniversary of NARCh.” Among many teams with the same goal, the Silicon Valley Quakes Bantam ‘01 team will be looking to make its mark in 2017-18. “We played AA last year and were middle of the pack — that was expected for a first year team,” Quakes program director Dave Inouye explained. “Our goal is to be at the top of AA this year if we progress at the same rate as the past seasons.” The Quakes will field five teams (Atom through Bantam) this season, one down from last season. “Our philosophy is the same as it’s always been,” Inouye said. “We’re doing this to improve our hockey skills and knowledge, play in a competitive environment, and most important, make some lifelong friendships and memories.” - Phillip Brents



Position: Forward, Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) Hometown: La Jolla Last Amateur Team: Harvard University (ECAC) Youth Teams: SDIA, San Diego Jr. Gulls, Chicago Fury California Rubber: Your dad (Randy), a former college player and coach, coached you and your friends. How helpful has that been? Tyler Moy: He’s extremely knowledgeable in the game, and he has a lot of wisdom. He was tough on me, but I knew that he wanted what was best for me.. I had to categorize the criticism he might give and realize it was for the best. He has a wealth of knowledge a lot of people don’t have access to. We did a lot of game film review. Being able to understand the way the game works, the positioning and the strategy was extremely valuable. When I come back in the summer, he will work with me on my skills. I’m extremely fortunate. CR: Do you have a favorite California hockey memory? TM: Some of my favorite years were when we were playing as a tournament team. That’s a portion of my life I take a lot of pride in. We took kids from one single rink who played in a house league. We were sweeping California tournament after tournament, producing a lot of players who went on to play high-level hockey. Those were some of the best times of my life. Being part of that group at a young age was such a special thing. CR: What is your favorite memory since you’ve moved on? TM: I’d say this past year of hockey was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, years in my life. It was a pretty historic run for us at Harvard. We won the ECAC tournament, we won the Beanpot for first time in 23, 24 years. We went to the NCAAs for the third year in a row and made it to the Frozen Four. It was a heartbreaking loss to Duluth, but it was one of the most special years of hockey for me. CR: Your senior class was quite close, wasn’t it? TM: We had nine guys who came in as freshmen and started with a pretty mediocre, if not poor performance. To go from that extreme and make it to Frozen Four and have so many guys hitting their stride was special. Last season, we came into games expecting to win. The culture on the team, we held every single person accountable. It’s a testament to guys on the team this year, but also years prior who contributed to that. CR: How did you balance hockey and academics at Harvard, particularly with a Human Evolutionary Biology major? TM: When you come into Harvard, especially as a hockey player, you have a vague idea of what you’re getting into. It takes a lot to balance demands of the school with the hockey demands. We created a culture on the team where everyone on board is shooting for the same goal. We had the mentality that whatever we do we’re going to do it excellently. The travel, the competition and daily demands of balancing sleep, school and hockey is definitely difficult. It builds a lot of character because it tests you, and that definitely helped us on the ice. CR: Are you particular about any of your gear? TM: I’m picky about how the stick feels. I need gloves to be broken in. If I don’t like how my gloves feel, that’s a no-go for me. Having my stick exactly how I want it and having my gloves broken in is enough. CR: Do you have a favorite meal when you’re back in California? TM: Whenever I come back, I look forward to my mom’s spaghetti. Being in San Diego, my buddies and I make the most of the Mexican food. We’ll hit the beach and head over to a taco stand. CR: Who is the funniest teammate you’ve ever had? TM: Forest Donovan. He grew up playing with me on Team San Diego. He, Alec McCrea and me were a trio. Wherever we would go, some of the funniest things would come out of that guy. I’m a fan of humor. Photo/ Milwaukee Admirals


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