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AHL’s Firebirds tab NHL veteran Bylsma as first head coach for ’22-23 season

June 21st, 2022

The Coachella Valley Firebirds, the 32nd AHL team debuting in fall 2022 and the affiliate of the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, have announced the hiring of Dan Bylsma as the team’s first head coach in team history. Bylsma comes from the Charlotte Checkers, home of the defending Calder Cup Champions, where he was named assistant coach…

Barracuda, new Tech CU Arena selected to host 2024 AHL All-Star Classic

May 13th, 2022

The American Hockey League has announced that the league’s board of governors has unanimously approved the San Jose Barracuda as hosts of the 2024 AHL All-Star Classic. The event will be held at Tech CU Arena, the crown jewel of a 200,000-square-foot expansion of the Sharks Ice at San Jose public skating facility that will…

Gilroy native, Jr. Kings grad Wolf tabbed AHL’s top goaltender for 2021-22 season

May 6th, 2022

The American Hockey League has announced that Dustin Wolf of the Stockton Heat is the winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding goaltender for the 2021-22 season. The award was voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 31 cities. Named to…

Jr. Kings alum, Gilroy native Wolf making big strides in first pro season with AHL’s Heat

April 18th, 2022

For being the 214th player selected in the 2019 NHL Draft, Gilroy native Dustin Wolf is doing quite well for himself in his first professional season. Make that extraordinarily well, in fact. Taken in the seventh round by the Calgary Flames, Wolf, 21, has had a major impact on the fortunes of the Stockton Heat,…

Valencia native, California youth hockey graduate Kozlowski named 2021-22 ECHL Community Service Award winner

April 17th, 2022

Trevin Kozlowski of the Iowa Heartlanders has been selected as the recipient of the 2021-22 ECHL Community Service Award. Each ECHL team was given the opportunity to nominate a player for their efforts supporting community and charitable causes during the 2021-22 season. The nominations were voted on by League Office personnel. A graduate of Army…

Irvine native Kane to represent China at 2022 Winter Olympics

February 12th, 2022

Irvine native Cory Kane has been named to the China men’s hockey team for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Kane, who currently plays for the KHL’s Kunlun Red Star, based in China, was one of several players not from China to make the team but have since been nationalized in order to meet Olympic eligibility. Photo/Marian…

Oakland’s Sommer notches 800th coaching victory, says ‘I’ve had some lean years and I’ve had some pretty good years’

January 11th, 2022

Since the San Jose Sharks moved their top development affiliate in the American Hockey League out west to form the core of the AHL’s ground-breaking Pacific Division, the San Jose Barracuda have recorded several milestones, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals during the 2016-17 season. But Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer has reached…

San Diego native, former California youth hockey standout Demko named NHL Third Star for month of December

January 3rd, 2022

The NHL has announced that Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko has been named the Third Star for the month of December. Demko went 7-1-0 with a 1.72 goals-against average, .946 save percentage and one shutout to help the Canucks (16-15-3, 35 points) post an 8-1-1 December, including a record-tying 7-0-0 start under new head coach…

ECHL’s Grizzlies sign El Segundo native, Jr. Kings, Titans alum Orgel

December 28th, 2021

The ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies announced today that the team has signed defenseman Ryan Orgel. The 24-year-old defenseman from El Segundo played for University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point the last two seasons and in his senior season of 2020-21, he had nine points (five goals, four assists) in 10 games. Orgel started his college career at the…

Coachella Valley Firebirds enter AHL for ’22-23 season as Kraken’s top affiliate

November 8th, 2021

The AHL’s 32nd franchise will be called the Coachella Valley Firebirds. Taking its name from a desert legend, the name, primary and secondary logos, and colors of the Firebirds were unveiled by Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke near the construction site of the new arena this past Friday. The team, owned jointly by OVG…

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