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NHL’s Kraken announce plans for Palm Springs AHL affiliate in 2022

September 17th, 2020

The Seattle Kraken have announced the organization’s plans for a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment arena for Southern California’s Coachella Valley, which will serve as the home of the Kraken’s AHL franchise beginning in 2022. The project includes an adjacent training facility and community gathering spaces and will be privately funded and erected on land owned…

WCHC to host online recruiting camp, ’20-21 season facing uncertainty

September 17th, 2020

The West Coast Hockey Conference had to cancel its in-person recruiting camp and college fair in August at Lakewood Ice due to concerns related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. But the collegiate ice hockey conference has kept the door open to prospective recruits by offering a virtual camp instead. The conference will host an online…

Home means Henderson for AHL’s Silver Knights franchise

September 11th, 2020

With two professional hockey franchises that now call Southern Nevada home, Las Vegas has cemented its reputation as a bona fide hockey town. The Vegas Golden Knights made history as the region’s first NHL team in facing off with the 2017-18 season. The Henderson Silver Knights of the AHL were officially branded with a name…

After three national championships, Santa Margarita coach Johnson steps aside, will remain consultant

September 9th, 2020

Santa Margarita Catholic High School head coach Craig Johnson has resigned from his position, effective immediately. Johnson said he is currently unable to devote the time needed to coach at SMCHS, but will serve as a consultant for the program during 2020-21 season. Johnson led the Eagles (Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League) to three…

Taking Liberties With… Valencia native, Jr. Ducks, Jr. Kings alum Ethan Wolthers

September 1st, 2020

ETHAN WOLTHERS Position: Forward, Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Hometown: Valencia California Youth Teams: Anaheim Jr. Ducks, LA Jr. Kings, West Ranch High School Age: 19 California Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Ethan Wolthers: My favorite hockey memory growing up was being able to play in the Quebec Pee Wee tournament. Playing in that…

From the Trainer’s Room: Limiting injuries when returning to organized sports

August 30th, 2020

After spending time away from organized activities, there will be an understood eagerness to quickly return to previous levels of practice and competition. That being said, young athletes and performers are best protected by realizing that starting with too many or too intense of practices, too, can be a recipe for bone and soft tissue…

Kern County’s Rodrigue plans for future career in QMJHL

August 17th, 2020

Emile Rodrigue was born in Quebec and learned the game of hockey in his native country. Two years ago, Rodrigue and his family moved to Bakersfield as his father Sylvain Rodrigue is one of two goalie coaches for the Edmonton Oilers, working with the club’s AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors. The younger Rodrigue joined the…

Girls roller hockey growing across all youth divisions in California

August 12th, 2020

Youth roller hockey has long been a coed sport but a recent uptick in participation numbers by girls has prompted the creation of multiple gender specific divisions for female participants. For instance, the North American Roller Hockey Championship Series (NARCh) has created a separate Girls Division apart from its traditional Women’s Division. Perhaps not surprisingly,…

Jr. Sharks continue to be total package of player development, team success

July 30th, 2020

The San Jose Jr. Sharks were set to send two teams to various USA Hockey national tournaments in March and April before the COVID-19 crisis put a halt to hockey not only in the United States, but across the world. Did the Jr. Sharks sulk and sit back? Far from it. Truth be told, the…

Junior hockey clubs draft 18 current, former Jr. Ducks players

July 30th, 2020

Suffice to say North American junior hockey leagues are well aware of the Anaheim Jr. Ducks. Nine players with ties to the Jr. Ducks were selected in the USHL’s Phase I and II drafts on May 4-5. Previously, another nine players were taken in separate WHL and NA3HL drafts. The USHL total is the most…