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Los Gatos native, Jr. Sharks grad Cooley signs with NHL’s Predators

September 30th, 2020

University of Denver goalie Devin Cooley, who would have been a senior in 2020-21, has signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the NHL’s Nashville Predators. Cooley, a native of Los Gatos, will forgo his final season with the Pioneers. In three seasons at DU, the San Jose Jr. Sharks product went 15-9-4 with a 1.93…

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…

ACHA Division II embracing California teams

June 19th, 2020

Collegiate club ice hockey continues to grow at the ACHA Division II level in California, and continues to grow in stature as well. Three California-based teams managed to crack the top 20 final rankings in the West Region in 2019-20. West Coast Hockey Conference (WCHC) champion CSU Northridge (CSUN) finished at No. 11, followed by…

SDSU, USD make statement with record-breaking seasons

June 17th, 2020

ACHA hockey is alive and well in the San Diego region as evidenced by record-breaking seasons turned in by both the San Diego State University Aztecs and the University of San Diego Toreros in 2019-20. The Aztecs posted their first 20-win season in the program’s multi-decade history while the Toreros won the West Coast Hockey…

Barnes, Petrie, Smigliani named California Rubber NCAA Women’s Players of the Year

May 18th, 2020

What do you value? Offense? Defense? Both? California Rubber Magazine’s NCAA Women’s Players of the Year address all of that and more. That three players turned in such dominant performances that it was nearly impossible to distinguish between them speaks to the growth and depth of the girls game in California. Here’s why Boston College…

Khodorenko, Slaker tabbed California Rubber NCAA Men’s Players of the Year

May 14th, 2020

It’s not essential to have the Big 10 Network if you like keeping track of top hockey talent from California, but during the 2019-20 season, it sure helped. Five of the players on California Rubber Magazine’s annual All-California NCAA Men’s Team played in the league, including co-players of the year Patrick Khodorenko of Michigan State…

Simi Valley product, ‘natural-born leader’ Somoza named 2020-21 captain for Bemidji State

May 13th, 2020

Bemidji State University senior Ethan Somoza will serve as captain of the 2020-21 Beavers hockey team. A native of Simi Valley, Somoza was an alternate captain in 2019-20 and is thought to be the first Californian to wear the “C” for the Beavers. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “Ethan is a natural-born leader that does the…

Jr. Kings alum Pike named winner of prestigious 2020 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award

April 11th, 2020

American International senior forward and Los Angeles Jr. Kings graduate Jared Pike has been named the winner of the 2019-20 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award. The award was established by the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) in honor of former Army West Point player Derek Hines (1999-2003), who was killed in the line of duty on…

Anaheim’s Rogers family finding ACHA hockey a valuable experience

March 5th, 2020

When Xander Rogers wrapped up his junior hockey career in 2019 with the NA3HL’s Helena Bighorns, he wondered what his next step would be. He had some NCAA Division III options and wanted to go to a school that had a solid hockey program and a Computer Science curriculum. In the end, the 20-year-old Anaheim…

Los Angeles native, Jr. Kings graduate Guttman picks up weekly NCHC award

February 25th, 2020

University of Denver sophomore forward Cole Guttman has been named the NCHC Forward of the Week for the week ending Feb. 23, 2020. Guttman paced all conference skaters with six points on three goals and three assists last weekend as the Pioneers swept Miami University. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The Los Angeles native and Tampa…