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Oakland native, Barracuda coach Sommer reaches AHL milestone with 700 wins

December 9th, 2017

Oakland native Roy Sommer achieved yet another milestone in his illustrious coaching career when the San Jose Barracuda defeated the host Bakersfield Condors 2-1 on Dec. 3 to hand Sommer his 700th career regular-season American Hockey League (AHL) victory. Sommer, who surpassed the all-time career coaching wins of 636 posted by AHL coaching legend Fred…

Olympic hopes alive for trio of Californians playing in Europe

December 6th, 2017

The NHL’s decision to not supply players for February’s Olympic Games in South Korea opened the door for a trio of California professional hockey players to compete for Team USA. Defenseman Jonathon Blum and forwards Robbie Earl and Ryan Lasch (pictured) were part of Team USA’s squad that competed in the Deutschland Cup in Augsburg,…

Well-rounded Balisy joins California’s NHL contingent

December 5th, 2017

There aren’t many blocks in Southern California that can claim two NHL players, but one in Rancho Santa Margarita can after Chase Balisy made his debut in the league with the Florida Panthers on Oct. 28. Balisy spent his elementary school years just four doors down from Jonathon Blum, who made his NHL debut with…

Reign charting unfamiliar territory in AHL Pacific Division

November 22nd, 2017

The Ontario Reign, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, had to be navigating in unfamiliar territory following its 0-6 start to the 2017-18 campaign. The Reign, AHL Calder Cup champions in 2014-15 and Pacific Division champions in 2015-16, has since earned points in six of its last seven games…

California strikes gold with pair of AHL monthly awards

November 3rd, 2017

California struck gold during the month of October as San Diego native Thatcher Demko of the Utica Comets and Stockton Heat forward Andrew Mangiapane each collected awards for excellence from the American Hockey League (AHL). Demko received recognition as the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month, while Mangiapane was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month….

Ex-California player LeMarque tells story on big screen

November 2nd, 2017

Hockey is a sport played in the winter months, so needless to say, it’s cold. Eric LeMarque experienced something far colder back in 2004 when he was lost in the Sierra Nevada wilderness, but survived for a week by living in a makeshift igloo and eating pine nuts and pine needles. He lost both feet…

Training camp labors of a half-dozen players with California ties results in preseason action

October 25th, 2017

There was no press release. No grand announcement or much – if any – media attention. Just a sheet of paper on the wall with names on it. For six players with ties to California, that was all they needed to see. They got a chance to live out every hockey player’s dream and skate…

Californians making the grade in AHL

October 13th, 2017

Turn the clock back a generation and few Californians would grace the lineups of professional ice hockey teams in North America. There has been a major turnaround today. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE A clear example, two dozen Californians – whether native sons or those who grew up in the Golden State – were showcased on…

Ducks capture NHL Prospect Showcase tournament title

September 22nd, 2017

The recent 2017 NHL Prospect Showcase tournament provided a competitive edge to rookie camps being conducted by the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. The four-team event, hosted by the Sharks Sept. 9-12, featured round-robin games between the teams, with each team playing the other once for a total of three…

Glendora native, Wave, Jr. Kings alum Miner-Barron calls it a career

September 20th, 2017

In what has become almost a common theme these days, a pro athlete has utilized social media to make an announcement. Alex Miner-Barron, a Glendora native and former youth player with the California Wave and Los Angeles Jr. Kings, announced his retirement from the game with a Facebook post earlier this month. READ OUR LATEST…