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Ducks Foundation puts sled, Warrior hockey on display

October 7th, 2019

On any given day, the beautiful and sprawling Great Park Ice facility’s four rinks are bustling with hockey players and ice skaters of every skill level. But on Aug. 17, the rink hosted a sport of a different kind – one that most people in Orange County probably don’t know much about yet. The Anaheim…

Palm Springs lands AHL team, will be new Seattle NHL team’s top affiliate

October 2nd, 2019

Hockey’s continued growth in the state of California was further evidenced by the announcement on Sept. 30 by American Hockey League president-CEO David Andrews that the league’s Board of Governors had awarded an expansion franchise to Palm Springs. The new club becomes the AHL’s 32nd team and its sixth in California, joining the San Jose…

Ducks host blind hockey events at The Rinks-Irvine Inline

August 22nd, 2019

“Hockey Is For Everyone” has become more than just a month-long initiative by the NHL – it’s now a motto that the league strives to support on a year-long basis. The Anaheim Ducks and THE RINKS have embraced this motto by introducing or helping existing disabled hockey programs in the special hockey, sled hockey and…

NHL teams again look to California to stock rosters for future seasons

August 20th, 2019

Want more evidence that the development model of California youth hockey works? Look no further than the 2019 NHL Draft, which was held June 21-22 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Three California-born and –trained players were selected, including two in the first round, and two of the three played hockey in the state through their 16U…

California teams, Vegas all plan for future at NHL Draft

July 26th, 2019

Over the June 21-22 weekend, the NHL Draft was staged in Vancouver, B.C., with all three California teams and the Vegas Golden Knights stocking up for the future. The Anaheim Ducks selected seven players, the Los Angeles Kings nine, San Jose Sharks five and the Golden Knights a total of eight prospects. READ OUR LATEST…

After breakout ECHL season, Hermosa Beach’s Sholl signs AHL deal with Stars

June 18th, 2019

Idaho Steelheads goaltender Tomas Sholl has signed an AHL contract with the Texas Stars for the 2019-20 season. Sholl, 24, completed his first full season with the Steelheads in 2018-19, posting a 26-12-1 record with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage with three shutouts through 39 games. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The…

San Diego’s Moskal overcomes odds in rookie pro season

June 17th, 2019

Talent has a way of somehow finding its way to the top. In the case of San Diego native Parker Moskal, the path to success was long and circuitous, involving stints with eight teams in six leagues while interrupted by numerous setbacks due to injury. Moskal had played for four teams in as many leagues…

California’s AHL teams provide Calder Cup playoff intrigue

April 16th, 2019

While the Calder Cup playoffs may be something new for the Bakersfield Condors, the Edmonton Oilers’ top developmental affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), it’s old hat for eight-year pro Mitch Callahan. A Whittier native and former Los Angeles Jr. King, Callahan won two Calder Cup championships with the Grand Rapids Griffins during a…

Off-Ice Training Center another avenue to excel

March 12th, 2019

Since the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers left Toyota Sports Center (TSC) a couple of years ago for their new headquarters at UCLA Health Training Center, the Los Angeles Kings have wasted little time making good use of the extra square footage. During that stretch, the two-time Stanley Cup champions have relocated their entire front and…

Oakland native Sommer chasing 750 AHL career wins

January 30th, 2019

It’s a milestone in any sport: 750 career coaching wins. The number alone is staggering to comprehend. Oakland native Roy Sommer is closing in on that magic number as head coach of the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League (AHL), the top developmental affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. READ OUR LATEST…