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All in the family: Jr. Gulls more than a youth hockey organization

June 18th, 2019

For Phil and Val Makrogiannis, having their three children in the San Diego Jr. Gulls youth program has been a home away from home, as well as a second family. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The oldest, Niko, has been playing ice hockey for seven years, starting in the Learn to Skate program and progressing to…

Casey Strale continues to inspire local California hockey community

June 11th, 2019

Casey Strale lost his battle with adrenal cortical carcinoma, a rare form of cancer that affects only one or two individuals out of 1.7 million, at the age of 16 in June 2013. An avid ice and roller youth roller hockey player whose incredible work ethic and sportsmanship placed him above his peers, Casey lived…

Jr. Ducks grad York chosen California Rubber Magazine’s Junior Player of the Year

June 7th, 2019

The needle continues to point up for Cam York. A defenseman for the U.S. National Team Development Program, the Anaheim Hills native and longtime Anaheim Jr. Ducks player put together a season for the ages. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE York amassed an eye-popping 109 points between his games for the NTDP and Team USA in…

THE RINKS, Great Park Ice succeeding with adult hockey

May 31st, 2019

If you have not noticed, hockey in California is growing. With the addition of the largest facility on the West Coast, Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena, the number of new participants is increasing in all ages. While THE RINKS and Great Park Ice offer programming for youth hockey players to experience the sport, including…

National inline champ CSU Fullerton realizes season goal

May 28th, 2019

CSU Fullerton and UC Berkeley’s inline hockey teams both made statements for the Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League (WCRHL) at the 2019 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA) Championships April 10-14 in Rochester, N.Y. Fullerton won the Division II national championship while the Cal Bears came home with a second-place trophy in Division III. The…

St. Mary’s freshman trio excited for future of high school program

May 9th, 2019

The foundation of a new hockey program, the building blocks if you will, start at the bottom and usually start with youth. The 2018-19 season was the inaugural foray for the Stockton-based St. Mary’s High School program, and the Rams did not disappoint in NAHL Prep League play and in the Anaheim Ducks High School…

Jr. Golden Knights’ 16U AA team brings Vegas USA Hockey national crown

May 7th, 2019

While the Vegas Golden Knights came up just short of a Stanley Cup championship last June, they may want to look at the area’s youngsters for motivation this year. Back on April 8 in Plano, Tex., the Jr. Golden Knights’ 16U AA team captured a USA Hockey national championship, winning the 1A division of the…