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Former Sharks player, coach, broadcaster Zettler giving back mentoring youth hockey hopefuls

October 14th, 2020

Rob Zettler played 569 games in the NHL over 10 seasons, including nearly 200 games with the San Jose Sharks in the early 1990s. More than skill, Zettler said his commitment to stay motivated to play the game kept him going until he retired after the 2001-02 season. These days, Zettler is working with former…

Manhattan Beach native, Jr. Kings grad Brisson selected by Vegas in first round of NHL Draft

October 7th, 2020

Brendan Brisson, a graduate of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings program, was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round (29th overall) of this year’s NHL Draft, which was conducted today virtually. The 2001-born Brisson, a University of Michigan recruit, completed an outstanding 2019-20 season with the USHL regular-season champion Chicago Steel in…

WCHC to host online recruiting camp, ’20-21 season facing uncertainty

September 17th, 2020

The West Coast Hockey Conference had to cancel its in-person recruiting camp and college fair in August at Lakewood Ice due to concerns related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. But the collegiate ice hockey conference has kept the door open to prospective recruits by offering a virtual camp instead. The conference will host an online…

Taking Liberties With… Valencia native, Jr. Ducks, Jr. Kings alum Ethan Wolthers

September 1st, 2020

ETHAN WOLTHERS Position: Forward, Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) Hometown: Valencia California Youth Teams: Anaheim Jr. Ducks, LA Jr. Kings, West Ranch High School Age: 19 California Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Ethan Wolthers: My favorite hockey memory growing up was being able to play in the Quebec Pee Wee tournament. Playing in that…

Kern County’s Rodrigue plans for future career in QMJHL

August 17th, 2020

Emile Rodrigue was born in Quebec and learned the game of hockey in his native country. Two years ago, Rodrigue and his family moved to Bakersfield as his father Sylvain Rodrigue is one of two goalie coaches for the Edmonton Oilers, working with the club’s AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors. The younger Rodrigue joined the…

Girls roller hockey growing across all youth divisions in California

August 12th, 2020

Youth roller hockey has long been a coed sport but a recent uptick in participation numbers by girls has prompted the creation of multiple gender specific divisions for female participants. For instance, the North American Roller Hockey Championship Series (NARCh) has created a separate Girls Division apart from its traditional Women’s Division. Perhaps not surprisingly,…

Jr. Sharks continue to be total package of player development, team success

July 30th, 2020

The San Jose Jr. Sharks were set to send two teams to various USA Hockey national tournaments in March and April before the COVID-19 crisis put a halt to hockey not only in the United States, but across the world. Did the Jr. Sharks sulk and sit back? Far from it. Truth be told, the…