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Californians capture ’16-17 championships in AHL, USHL, NAHL, Switzerland

August 11th, 2017

If you want to win a sports championship, having players who have accomplished it before can be an important ingredient. Just ask the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, SC Bern of the Swiss A-League and the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE All of those teams…

Wildly popular Give Blood Play Hockey Tournament set to face off in October

August 10th, 2017

The 11th annual Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Charity tournament is scheduled Oct. 19-22 at The Rinks-Irvine Inline. And it’s not too early to reserve a spot in this event that grows each year. For many teams, the warm-hearted charity event faces off the new season of roller hockey in Southern California. It is usually…

Ruhwedel introduces prestigious Stanley Cup to San Diego

August 9th, 2017

Stanley liked Southern California so much that he decided to start his summer vacation there for the second year in a row. The occasion on June 30 was Chad Ruhwedel’s day with the hardest trophy to win in professional sports, the Stanley Cup. The defenseman from San Diego earned a date with Stanley by virtue…

Half-dozen players with California ties selected during 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago

August 7th, 2017

The 2009 California Brick team decided to hold a reunion in late June – it was called the NHL Draft. Five players from that team – Sasha Chmelevski (Huntington Beach native), Cole Guttman (Los Angeles), Ivan Lodnia (Anaheim), Jake McGrew (Orange) and Jason Robertson (Los Angeles) – heard their names called by NHL teams during…

The Rinks offering up beginner programs for adult players

August 3rd, 2017

The continued success of the Anaheim Ducks has fueled not only Orange County residents’ hockey fandom, but their desire to play themselves. While beginner programs are typically aimed towards children, adults are discovering there is a whole world of hockey programs available for them. Just like kids, adults can learn the basics of skating and…

Fedorin Cup a major cog in hockey’s battle to help defeat cancer

July 20th, 2017

When his pickup hockey buddies found out Eric Fedorin had brain cancer, they were stunned. Action quickly overtook the shock. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Rick Hutchinson led the charge, starting a charity hockey game in his friend’s honor and forming a charitable foundation, Athletic Sports Fund of America (ASFA). The game has grown in size…

Lady Ducks grad Pankowski makes U.S. Women’s Olympic team

June 20th, 2017

What if there hadn’t been the opportunity to play girls hockey in California for Annie Pankowski? Her athleticism, intelligence and work ethic no doubt would have opened doors in other sports, but once she got a taste of hockey, she was hooked. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE And the sport will take the longtime Anaheim Lady…