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David becomes first California native to lead USHL team

August 14th, 2017

Oliver David has bucked the odds for a long time, so it should surprise no one that he became the first California-born and –trained coach to take over a team in the United States Hockey League (USHL) when the Dubuque Fighting Saints hired him as their head coach in early June. The generosity of others…

York learned lessons well, will carry them to U.S. NTDP

May 31st, 2017

When Cam York was a little boy, he watched countless Anaheim Ducks games at Honda Center and on television, and he was always drawn to Scott Niedermayer. York was in good company. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The Hall of Fame defenseman had a rare combination of skating, skill and hockey intelligence, and he was a…

Two California connections bag CHL national awards for ’16-17 season

May 29th, 2017

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) on Saturday announced the 10 national award winners for the 2016-17 season and two winners have California connections. The awards were presented as part of the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup festivities in Windsor, Ont. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE CIBC Scholastic Player of the Year Award: Sasha Chmelevski, Ottawa 67’s NHL…

Kapusta new owner, takes reins of WSHL’s San Diego Sabers

May 23rd, 2017

Tomas Kapusta has spent a lifetime in hockey and wants to pass on his knowledge and understanding of the game to those in the junior hockey world. Earlier this offseason, Kapusta purchased the San Diego Sabers, a Tier II team that plays in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL). He’ll also serve as the general…

USHL teams call on more California connections in Phase II of 2017 draft

May 3rd, 2017

More players with California ties were selected on Tuesday, May 2, during Phase II of the United States Hockey League Draft. Phase II this year was for any player born between 1997 and 2001. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE 4th Round, 63rd overall Joseph Cassetti (Pleasanton native, San Jose Jr. Sharks) – Waterloo Black Hawks 14th…

Four players with California connections taken in Phase I of 2017 USHL Draft

May 2nd, 2017

Several players with California ties were selected on Monday night, May 1, during Phase I of the United States Hockey League Draft. Phase I this year was for 2001 birth year players only. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE 1st Round, 3rd overall Ryan Johnson (Irvine native, Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U AAA) – Sioux Falls Stampede 2nd…

Patience becoming a virtue for Fontana product Texeira

March 15th, 2017

There is much more to Keoni Texeira’s game this season than setting career bests in points and goals two-thirds of the way through the Western Hockey League campaign. Yes, the defenseman from Fontana has become an integral part of the Portland Winterhawks’ lineup. That has happened in large part, he says, because he has found…

Humble McMahan excelling in USHL, scoops up NCAA D-I offer

March 6th, 2017

Shane McMahan has no problem being a role player. Fortunately for him, that role on the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League has expanded to the point it led to a Division I college commitment to Minnesota State University (WCHA). READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “His opportunities have escalated a lot in the past…

Improved Avalanche likes chances in WSHL’s tight West

February 15th, 2017

Sitting 10 games over .500 with a lineup that features three players in the top 10 in scoring in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL), the Ontario Avalanche may be an unusual pick for a dark horse candidate come playoff time. Such is life in the league’s top division. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Under the…

Jr. Sharks graduate Acton pins down monthly NAHL laurels

February 3rd, 2017

San Jose Jr. Sharks graduate Jake Acton has been named the Vaughn NAHL Goaltender of the Month for January. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE After arriving in the NAHL at the beginning of the New Year, Acton, 18, made the most of his new surroundings with the Minnesota Magicians by putting up some great numbers in…