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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…

Thousand Oaks’ Moore says NHL debut was ‘kind of a blur’

January 24th, 2019

As stretches of one’s career go, Trevor Moore’s past seven months haven’t been too shabby. Consider: • In June, he helped the Toronto Marlies win the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Calder Cup. Moore was a key cog in the playoff run, ringing up 17 points in 20 postseason games after 33 points in 68 regular-season…

After winning his own fight, former Titans star Woods joining cancer battle to help others

January 3rd, 2019

Former California Titans standout Justin Woods is now a professional hockey player in every sense of the word. But there was a time when that was not so certain. Woods, who played the 2010-11 season for the Titans’ 18U team, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer following his freshman season at the University…

La Mirada’s De Leo basking in Southern California homecoming

November 9th, 2018

La Mirada’s Chase De Leo grew up as an avid fan of the Anaheim Ducks. He’s now an actual Duck after joining the NHL team in an offseason trade. Understandably, De Leo called his Southern California homecoming a “dream come true.” READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “Obviously it’s every kid’s dream to grow up and play…

Orange native, Jr. Kings grad McGrew inks NHL deal with Sharks

October 29th, 2018

It’s onward and upward for Orange native Jake McGrew. The former Los Angeles Jr. King signed a standard, entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks last month. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE McGrew, a 19-year-old forward, spent last season playing for the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He’ll skate there again for the…

Kings, ASEC move forward with new rink in Reseda

October 23rd, 2018

More ice rinks in the Los Angeles area? Yes, please. Given the escalating squeeze on ice availability across the region in recent years, the announcement earlier this month that Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and Los Angeles Kings president Luc Robitaille signed a memorandum of understanding solidifying a new public-private partnership to build and…

NHL Pacific Division stronger with newcomers Pacioretty, Karlsson

October 23rd, 2018

As the summer wound down and NHL training camps kicked into high gear, the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights decided to make blockbuster trades within days of one another. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE First, the Golden Knights acquired Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty – and abruptly signed him to a four-year contract extension…

San Diego hockey icon O’Ree’s pioneering legacy now includes Hockey Hall of Fame induction

September 29th, 2018

When the San Diego Gulls released their 2018-19 American Hockey League (AHL) promotional schedule, one date immediately stood out from the rest. The Gulls are hosting Willie O’Ree Night on Nov. 16. O’Ree, who will turn 83 on Oct. 15, has been an icon in the San Diego hockey community for decades after suiting up…