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Jr. Kings graduate Stratton commits to NCAA D-I North Dakota for 2019-20 season

July 20th, 2018

The BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild has announced that forward Murphy Stratton has committed to play for the University of North Dakota beginning in the fall of 2019. A native of Los Angeles, his attraction to the game was sparked by watching his father, a St. Paul, Minn., transplant skating in men’s leagues. He began to play…

BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild tastes great success in ’17-18, boosted by California natives

July 13th, 2018

Slava Demin said “it is pretty crazy to think that half of our team is from California, which is considered a small hockey market.” Demin, a Cypress native, is one of nine California natives on the Wenatchee Wild’s roster this season. The Wild rolled to the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) Fred Page Cup championship…

Half-dozen NAHL California products make NCAA decisions

June 19th, 2018

It’s that time of year when junior hockey players start to make plans for the future by way of NCAA commitments. Recently, six California natives – Connor Chilton (Simi Valley, Division III Aurora University), Kyle Mayhew (Anaheim Hills, Division I University of Denver), Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda, D-I Union College), Jake Rosenbaum (Trabuco Canyon, D-I…

Junior leagues drop a 10-spot on Jr. Ducks during May drafts

June 18th, 2018

A total of eight current and former Anaheim Jr. Ducks players were selected in the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Phase I and II Drafts on May 7-8, while two more went in the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Bantam Draft on May 3. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Defenseman Kobe Pane was picked in the Phase…

Cypress native Demin ‘a heck of a prospect’ for NHL Draft in Dallas

June 15th, 2018

There is a distinct defensive flavor to the top prospects from California for next week’s NHL Draft in Dallas. Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) defenseman Slava Demin, a 2000 birth year and Cypress native, was rated No. 40 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in its final rankings of the season. Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)…

2017-18 All-California Junior Player of the Year: Evan Weinger, Brandon Wheat Kings

May 29th, 2018

Evan Weinger had to blaze a new trail this season. After three seasons in Portland, he was dealt to Brandon after playing just one game for the Winterhawks during the 2017-18 Western Hockey League (WHL) season. The shift to the plains from the coast agreed with the 1997 birth year from El Segundo, who put…

California natives aplenty chosen in pair of 2018 USHL Drafts

May 9th, 2018

The United States Hockey League held its pair of annual drafts this week and numerous players with California ties were selected. Phase I on Monday was for players born in 2002, while Phase II on Tuesday was open to all junior-eligible players. READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE PHASE I 4th round, 53rd overall Thomas Stift,…

Slew of California players selected in 2018 WHL Bantam Draft

May 4th, 2018

The Western Hockey League held its annual Bantam Draft on Thursday and a slew of California talent was drafted, in addition to one Nevada player. Players eligible for the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft were 2003-born players residing in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana,…

Galambos’ wild journey will continue at Minnesota State

April 24th, 2018

Over the past four seasons, Zak Galambos has played for five junior hockey teams in three different leagues. Next year, he’ll get some well-earned stability to his credit as the Walnut Creek native and San Jose Jr. Sharks alum will be off to play NCAA Division I hockey for Minnesota State University (WCHA). READ OUR…

Humboldt Broncos tragedy gets healing message from hockey world

April 14th, 2018

The hockey world was stunned on April 6 when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos Junior A team collided with a semi-trailer truck at an intersection in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 16 members of the team and support staff and injuring 13. Among the dead were 10 players, the team’s head coach, bus driver, two…