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Special needs hockey stars take in Ducks’ Top Flight Program

September 21st, 2018

Back on Aug. 2, members of the Anaheim Ducks staff, THE RINKS, Fox Sports and the Albert Pujols Foundation came together to offer Southern California’s special needs community a unique introduction to the Anaheim Ducks’ Top Flight Program at The Rinks-Anaheim ICE. The program which encompasses street hockey, ice hockey and Learn to Skate classes,…

Jr. Sharks alum Cassetti credits association for success

September 20th, 2018

Advancing past AAA hockey is no easy task, but Joey Cassetti has succeeded the past number of years with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) and in the USHL. Next season, the Pleasanton native will suit up for Merrimack College, an NCAA Division I school located near Boston that plays in the powerhouse Hockey…

Like father, like son: Jr. Ducks grad Johnson commits to NCAA D-I Minnesota

September 20th, 2018

Hockey came full circle for the Johnson family in August. Longtime Anaheim Jr. Ducks defenseman Ryan Johnson committed to the University of Minnesota, the same school his father, Craig, played for in the early 1990s. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “I went on a couple of visits there and just fell in love with the school,”…

Model Association status a feather in Jr. Kings’ cap

September 19th, 2018

Ever since the Los Angeles Kings assumed operations of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings organization back in the summer of 2016, the NHL club has put forth a renewed and noticeable commitment towards nurturing all levels of hockey across Southern California. The fruits of their labors resonated loud and clear again last month when USA…

Heat recognized with ‘beyond huge’ achievement of USA Hockey Model Association status

September 19th, 2018

The California Heat has now accomplished something just 23 other youth hockey associations across the country have – attained USA Hockey Model Association status. With this designation, each has committed to fully implement programming dedicated to age-appropriate, age-specific skill development in accordance with USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) throughout the 8U, 10U and 12U…

Gates, Moy, Smigliani helping to grow Jr. Gulls girls hockey

September 18th, 2018

Girls hockey is growing at a rapid pace all across the country, and that growth has never been more evident in San Diego and with the Jr. Gulls youth program. Keely Moy, a local product who now plays NCAA Division I hockey at Harvard University, has helped with the boom in San Diego and along…

Manhattan Beach native Brisson commits to NCAA D-I Michigan

September 18th, 2018

Brendan Brisson, a former Los Angeles Jr. King, has committed to attend and play his NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Michigan following his junior career. Brisson, a Manhattan Beach native and forward who played the last two seasons at Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Minnesota, began his youth hockey career with the…

California trio to be showcased at USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

September 17th, 2018

Players from 17 states, including three standouts from California, have been selected to compete in the seventh annual USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, scheduled for Sept. 19 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., home of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Anaheim Hills’ Cam York, Tustin’s Dustin Wolf and Los Angeles’ Nick Robertson are…

UNLV squad chomping at the bit to get ’18-19 season underway

September 17th, 2018

Not only is UNLV’s schedule competitive this season but getting ice time will also be a challenge for the Rebels. “Honestly, I can’t wait for our home opener against Colorado (on Sept. 14 at City National Arena),” said UNLV head coach Anthony Vignieri Greener. “We have a deep team and it’s going to be tough…

Jr. Gulls, Lions among first programs to join brand-new Jr. NWHL

September 17th, 2018

The San Diego Jr. Gulls and LA Lions are providing more proof that girls hockey is alive and not only well, but booming across California. Both programs recently joined the Jr. NWHL, the official youth affiliate program of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). According to the NWHL website, “By connecting the NWHL with community…