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Second-year LA Lions solidifying their footing in local girls hockey scene

October 27th, 2016

They say timing is everything. When it came to architecting the newly minted LA Lions girls hockey program, that cliché couldn’t ring truer. Bring together a Los Angeles Kings employee who played NCAA Division I girls hockey – Megan Rivera – and a passionate mother of an equally-passionate hockey-playing daughter – Becki Winckler – along…

Lady Ducks product Johnson leaves mark on NCAA, NWHL next

October 24th, 2016

Much is made, and rightfully so, of players like Auston Matthews and Todd Burgess coming out of Arizona and moving on to the NHL and NCAA ranks. Kaliya Johnson, a native of Chandler, Ariz., is certainly doing her part as a high-end women’s player. In the spring, she graduated from Boston College after four seasons with…

Jr. Ducks’ Petrie following in Barnes’ USA Hockey footsteps

September 22nd, 2016

Dominique Petrie moved one step closer to crossing off a goal in mid-August. Petrie, who has played five seasons with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 2001 team, made the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team that won two of three exhibition games against Canada on Aug. 18-21 at Calgary. Petrie picked up an assist in the third…

San Diego sled star Bettencourt honored with USA Hockey award

July 19th, 2016

Sled hockey is much more than a game for San Diego resident Sarah Bettencourt. “There are many stories of how playing sled hockey changed lives,” she said. “I found sled hockey at a very crucial time of my life and it did more than change my life. It saved it.” A rare neurological disorder that…

Jr. Sharks’ revamped girls program provides more choices

May 31st, 2016

The San Jose Jr. Sharks are making changes to the structure of their girls program with a focus on streamlining the older age groups. Beginning in the fall, the Jr. Sharks will launch a 17U AAA team, but because USA Hockey doesn’t have a 17U AAA classification, that team will declare as a 19U AA…

Senior moment: Lady Ducks exceed 100 playing in college

May 30th, 2016

It’s not as if the Anaheim Lady Ducks haven’t achieved numerous milestones, but this one spoke to the growth and endurance of the program. The nine girls to date who made NCAA Division I and III college commitments this season meant the program has helped more than 100 young women move on to college hockey…

Tier I girls nationals features three California teams

May 23rd, 2016

A trio of California teams traveled to Blaine, Minn., in late March and early April for the USA Hockey Tier I girls Youth Nationals. Tier I – 19U The Anaheim Lady Ducks went 1-2 in their trip to nationals. The opened with a 3-2 defeat to the Minnesota Elite White. Lillian Marchant had a goal…

Californians thriving in new women’s pro league

January 23rd, 2016

When Rachel Llanes first began playing hockey with the San Jose Jr. Sharks at the age of 12, she never dreamed of playing professionally. The possibility didn’t exist then, but last fall, when Llanes pulled on a Boston Pride jersey for the first time, she became part of the first North American women’s hockey league…

Barnes shines for U.S. at Women’s Worlds

January 19th, 2016

Corona’s Cayla Barnes was named the Best Defenseman at this year’s IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship, which was showcased from Jan. 8-15 in St. Catharines, Ontario. A member of the U.S. team, Barnes tied for the tournament lead in assists (six) as the Americans skated to a gold-medal performance at the event, which culminated in…

Ladies ready for MLK Tournament in San Jose

January 13th, 2016

Over 50 girls and women’s teams spanning 12 different divisions and age groups will descend on San Jose from Jan. 15-18 for the 13th annual MLK Tournament, hosted by the San Jose Jr. Sharks. The event will be the culmination of close to eight months of behind-the-scenes legwork for tournament coordinator Sheela Mohan-Peterson, who says…