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Sharks, SAP Center selected to host NHL All-Star Weekend in 2019

January 28th, 2018

The NHL announced today that the San Jose Sharks have been awarded the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, the 64th in the history of the NHL. The 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend will be held at SAP Center at San Jose on Jan. 25-27, 2019. The NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26…

Californians to shine at annual AHL All-Star Classic

January 27th, 2018

The American Hockey League’s (AHL) annual All-Star Classic features some of the best young talent in the 30-team playing circuit, which serves as the top developmental league for the National Hockey League. Since 1995, more than 93 percent of All-Star Classic participants have gone on to compete in the NHL. Two California natives will represent…

Talented California trio will represent United States at 2018 Winter Olympic Games

January 25th, 2018

As hat tricks go, this is an impressive one for California. In Cayla Barnes, Jonathon Blum and Ralph DeQuebec, the state has a member of the United States’ women’s, men’s and Paralympic teams for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, which start Feb. 9. All three are defensemen, but they represent three completely…

Three Kings, Ducks’ Rakell, Sharks’ Burns named to 2018 NHL All-Star Game

January 11th, 2018

The NHL announced Wednesday the teams of players who will play in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 28 in Tampa, Fla. READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE Los Angeles Kings center and captain Anze Kopitar, goaltender Jonathan Quick and defenseman Drew Doughty join Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent…

Camaraderie, passion help Californians excel in overlooked minor-league markets

January 2nd, 2018

Once hockey grabs ahold of you, there is no telling where it might take you. Players from California are no different than anywhere else – everyone would love to play at the highest level possible. There isn’t one template for that, but there are patterns – play AAA hockey and then juniors. For some, the…

Gulls’ Schultz, Heat’s Goloubef named to Team Canada roster for Spengler Cup

December 26th, 2017

San Diego Gulls defenseman Jeff Schultz and Stockton Heat defenseman Cody Goloubef are among four current American Hockey League (AHL) players who have been named to Team Canada’s 20-man roster that will compete in the 91st annual Spengler Cup tournament Dec. 26-31 in Davos, Switzerland. The Spengler Cup is the oldest club tournament in the…

NHL’s Wild inks California product Lodnia to entry-level contract

December 14th, 2017

The Minnesota Wild has announced that the club has agreed to terms with forward Ivan Lodnia on a three-year, entry-level contract. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Lodnia, 18, has totaled 33 points (16-17=33) and 12 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season, leading the team in…

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…